Disney’s real-world experiences aren’t slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy. In some instances, the House of Mouse has used the forced hiatus required by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic to reconsider things and see if there are areas where it can excel.
All Disney (district) – The Walt Disney Company reports that theme parks and experiences would close shortly after the outbreak in March 2020, and the company began cautious reopening last year as vaccine rollouts began.
It’s still slow in many ways, since Disney didn’t make the Main Street Electrical Parade or the Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular at Disneyland until a few months ago, and recently reintroduced the Hoop-D-Doo Musical Revue. did. , this month at Disney World.
With the reopening of the western-themed Hoop-D-Doo Musical Revue, Disney has taken a moment to revamp and update the show with a Wild West theme, updating the story and graphics for the modern era. And remains true to the spirit of performance.
Now Disney has announced that one of the most acclaimed pieces of jewelry in its portfolio will make its long-awaited return in July, and the company has revamped it to look more luxe than ever.
Which restaurant is Disney bringing back?
Disney World guests, who are big fans of the Disney Experience, often choose to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel within the park.
There are many great restaurants in Grand Florida, but Disney fans and Florida eaters generally consider Victoria & Albert’s to be the best.
The restaurant opened in 1988 and has since received numerous awards, including an AAA Five Diamond Award since 2000, a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star since 2018, the Wine Spectator Best of Excellence Award, and the Florida Trend Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. American Regional, among others. Victoria & Albert’s is one of only 26 restaurants in the United States to hold both an AAA Five Diamond and a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award.
The restaurant closed in March 2020 but will officially reopen on July 28th. Advance dinner reservations will be available starting June 20, though as the Disney Tourist Blog notes, it’s a little unclear when the reservation will be ready.
But Disney isn’t just bringing back the beloved restaurant. The plan is to make it more attractive and more affordable than ever… and more expensive than ever.
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What is Disney improving for Victoria & Albert?
The Victoria & Albert relaunches with an updated menu and a new dining room.
According to WDW News Today, “The newly renovated dining room transports guests to a Victorian-style setting, with murals and paneling reflecting the timeless elegance and subtle inspiration of a sunken garden. For a more intimate evening, work in the private Queen Victoria’s Room for the Culinary Mastermind or at the coveted Chef’s Table with front-row seating.
More than 500 wine pairings will be available, selected by the staff sommeliers. The chef’s tasting menu includes Colorado lamb with tangy blueberry and violet mustard, and Wagyu A-5 Miyazaki with Romesco sauce and potato hash browns. Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to the Spectrum of Chocolate, an ombre with a signature sour chocolate with accents of buttermilk, Grand Marnier and vanilla.
The new kitchen was developed by a team led by Chef de Cuisine Matthew Sauvers, who has worked at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts since 2006.
As the Disney Tourist Blog explains, diners are expected to wear semi-formal to formal attire “that respects the restaurant’s elegant and opulent aesthetic.” And “unlike other signature restaurants, the dress code at Victoria & Albert’s is really enforced.”
The Tourist Blog also speculated that the improvements are a sign that Disney won’t rest until Victoria and Albert receive one of the food world’s greatest accolades: a Michelin star.
“Disney is focused on achieving V&A Michelin accreditation in the new Florida guide and most of the changes have been made to that end.”
But that grandeur comes at a price, as the price of a luxurious night in Victoria and Albert is bound to go up significantly. According to the Disney Tourist Blog, a fixed-price menu starts at $295.00 per person and optional wine pairings start at $150.00 per person. “It’s gone from $185 per person at the time the fixed price menu closed and $250 with wine pairings… as opposed to $445 now.”
Good things come to those who wait … and apparently save their money.