Victoria & Albert’s Returning in July
Victoria & Albert’s has announced its return, Disney has promised more changes at the Grand Floridian, and Spider-Man has crashed into a wall. We have some unique updates today.
The Most Expensive Disney Restaurant Reopens Next Month
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has nearly completed its latest Disney Vacation Club conversion.
Now that the work has ended, the Grand Floridian can bring back the crown jewel of its theme park restaurant empire.
I’m happy to report that Victoria & Albert’s, which some sites have ranked as THE best restaurant in America, will reopen on July 28th. And yes, the Chef’s Tasting Menu is back!
Importantly, Advanced Dining Reservations begin on June 20th, which is next week.
Folks, if you’re traveling to the Grand Floridian any time on or after July 28th, you should consider booking your reservations now.
Guests have expressed their frustration at the absence of Victoria & Albert’s. So, I expect it to operate at maximum capacity for a while.
The Parks Blog has posted an update about the restaurant’s return next month.
As part of the update, Disney reminds guests that the dress code remains in place. You should wear semi-formal or formal attire when dining here.
Toward the end of the post, Disney indicates the following:
“The reopening of this fine dining staple comes as part of the multi-year transformation of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, honoring its rich history at Walt Disney World Resort while enhancing its iconic Victorian charm and elegance…
The transformation will continue with updated offerings across the resort over the coming years.”
In other words, the Grand Floridian has more exciting changes in store, which is good news overall. It does make me wonder about the fate of the still-absent 1900 Park Fare, though.
That’s one of my favorite restaurant experiences at Walt Disney World. I hope it survives the upcoming updates.
As for DVC members, the big day is nearly here. On June 20th, the Pine Key Building finally debuts!
Did I Do That?
Sometimes, the Avengers don’t assemble the way they’d want.
I liken the whole thing to the premiere episode of Ms. Marvel, which you should totally watch on Disney+ because it’s terrific.
In that episode, Kamala Khan invents a detailed plan, only for it to not go as she’d hoped.
She’s not the only Avenger struggling in this regard. Here’s a recent Spider-Man jump at Avengers Campus.
Yes, Peter Parker fell a few feet short of his landing spot. In the process, he kinda…well, splatted into a wall, wrecking that portion.
While the footage is worrisome and hysterical, it’s not a big deal. Disney knew this Audio-Animatronic wouldn’t stick the landing 100 percent of the time.
You can tell that the wall there is simple to reconstruct, as it’s basically a tearaway design, only with Spider-Man doing the tearing.
Thankfully, the webslinger was back up and soaring across the sky again two hours later. It’s definitely not a big deal when this happens. It’s just funny.
This news won’t impact many of you since you usually stay at DVC resorts, but it still may bum you out.
Management has chosen to re-theme the beloved pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort in 2023.
Weirdly, despite their perception from the general public, they’re unpopular with Disney fanatics and usually the last ones booked at Caribbean Beach.
Caribbean Beach has soared in popularity due to the advent of the Disney Skyliner, which makes the perception of the rooms hilarious.
There is an explanation for the issue, though. Those adorable pirate beds end at an odd angle. So, they can be miserable for anyone over 6 feet tall trying to sleep.
Disney believes it can sell out every room at Caribbean Beach and doesn’t want bad beds standing in the way of that.
The conversion may be as simple as switching back to standard rooms. So, Disney will try something new soon.
Finally, Disney has posted showtimes for the upcoming Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The new Finding Nemo show debuts on June 13th. Its current daily showtimes are:
- 10:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m.
- 3:30 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
That’s the schedule through at least August 17th. So, you can plan your park visit accordingly.