TOP EXPERTS IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE DELIVER UNFORGETTABLE DINING EXPERIENCES
AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN RESORT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Celebrity dining venues, awarding-winning chefs, extensive wine lists, unique cocktails, eye-catching restaurant designs and unmatched service are just a few of the elements that make the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort a recognized leader in the hotel dining experience.
Featuring 17 restaurants and lounges, the resort offers something for everyone, from the most passionate foodie, to those seeking a quick, yet satisfying meal.
The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Robert Ciborowski, a master of eco-friendly kitchen creations. His organic menus draw rave reviews from banquet guests. Wherever possible, the resort uses locally grown and organic ingredients to provide guests with the highest quality dishes.
Executive Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard is the only two-time World Pastry Champion. Branlard is known for his intricate, pulled-sugar confections that look similar to pieces of glass artwork but are 100 percent edible. During the holiday season, guests can view one of Branlard’s largest and most complex sculptures in the resort’s lobby – a 2,000-pound chocolate holiday display featuring Santa, a fireplace with stockings, Christmas tree, toy train and 7-foot tall nutcracker.
The resort’s extensive beverage program employs more than 70 sommeliers and rivals those in fine dining venues globally. Led by Director of Food and Beverage Tony Porcellini, the wine program features more than 1,400 selections, including organic and rare vintages, plus tastes from Greece, Turkey, Israel and South Africa. The resort’s assistant director of food and beverage, Luciano Sperduto, is one of fewer than 100 B.A.R. certified food and beverage professionals in the country. He has created signature cocktails for the resort’s restaurants and lounges.
In 2010, the resort launched the Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort as a way to celebrate and share their team’s passion and expertise of the culinary arts with guests. This weekend event in the fall features hands-on food and beverage seminars and a culinary festival featuring food and drink tastings from the resort’s restaurants and lounges. For more information on this year’s event, guests can visit www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com.
Dining options at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort include:
Todd English’s bluezoo (Dolphin): This AAA Four-Diamond creation of internationally renowned celebrity chef Todd English features coastal cuisine with both international and New American culinary influences. From the signature simply fish to the two-pound Maine “Cantonese” lobster, bluezoo’s menu serves blissful bites for every palate. The restaurant’s award-winning design by Jeffrey Beers captures an ethereal, underwater theme with sophistication. The signature “Dancing Fish” grill spit roasts an assortment of fresh fish over an open fire pit. www.thebluezoo.com Reservations recommended. Dinner only.
Il Mulino New York Trattoria (Swan): The acclaimed Il Mulino New York Trattoria offers its superior signature dining experience in a relaxed and vibrant setting at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Guests can enjoy fragrant wood-fired pizzas, fresh fish, chicken, pastas and meats, which all burst with hearty blends of seasonal ingredients drawn from the Abruzzi region of Italy. www.swandolphin.com/ilmulino Reservations recommended. Dinner only.
Shula’s Steak House (Dolphin): Guests can enjoy a premium Black Angus steak, The SHULA CUT®, in the midst of Miami Dolphins memorabilia representing the 1972 undefeated season under the NFL’s winningest coach, Don Shula. From the field to the kitchen, Shula scores big with entrees that have made his restaurant “Critic’s Choice for Orlando’s Best Restaurant.” A wine list featuring more than 450 selections has been a consistent winner of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Touchdown! www.swandolphin.com/shulas Reservations recommended. Dinner only.
Kimonos (Swan): Dark teakwood, colorful kimonos and an intimate atmosphere are the inviting hallmarks of this authentic Japanese sushi restaurant. Kimonos’ house specialties include gyoza, octopus, shrimp and the signature dragon roll. Kimonos also features karaoke sing-a-longs with favorites from the ‘50s and on -- always a hit with the late night crowd. www.swandolphin.com/kimonos Dinner only.
Garden Grove (Swan): Set in a tranquil atmosphere featuring a 25-foot oak tree centerpiece, Garden Grove offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special memories are in store during evening dinners and weekend breakfasts featuring beloved Disney characters. For dinner, the restaurant features an unlimited buffet of fresh, gourmet vegetables, soups and salads, accompanied by a delectable selection of prime rib, half roasted chicken, or cedar plank salmon and chef's created sides. A special seafood buffet is served on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast features a buffet or a la carte menu; lunch is served a la carte.
Fresh Mediterranean Market (Dolphin): Fresh Mediterranean Market serves made-to-order breakfast dishes along with a full buffet. Lunch offers custom salads with some of the finest, local products available. Sangria and wine also are featured. Open for breakfast and lunch.
FAST AND FABULOUS
The Fountain (Dolphin): This ice cream fountain and snack shop is the ideal stop for crisp salads, custom-grilled burgers and a delectable array of hearty sandwiches and sweet treats. It’s hard to resist the hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream. Open for lunch and dinner.
Picabu (Dolphin): Picabu, for whom the restaurant is named, is an artful animated wood-carved character adding excitement to the dining experience. The 24-hour fare, served cafeteria style, includes hot and cold sandwiches, pizza and other favorites, perfect for family dining. A Taqueria section allows guests to custom-order tacos and burritos.
Java Bar (Swan): Escape for a frothy cappuccino, espresso or fresh pastry in this relaxed coffee bar.
Cabana Bar and Beach Club (Dolphin): Kick back poolside for a flatbread, fish tacos or grass-fed organic burger. Wispy white drapes, exotic woods and glass floor tiles surround you with South-Beach- chic ambiance. The outdoor Cabana Bar and Beach Club encourages everyone to “come as they are” for savory treats like the soft shell crab “Spider Roll” and charred Ahi tuna tataki. Refreshing signature cocktails include the Sailor’s Mai Tai, Hibiscus Cooler and Lemongrass Tejito. Nighttime is signaled by the lighting of the towering fire torches, which bring warmth and a touch of magic to the scene. A signature chandelier sits above a glowing Onyx bar in the center of this resort oasis.
Splash Terrace (Swan): This playful poolside café is designed for guests who don’t want to leave the Florida sun for even a minute. The menu serves up custom-made specialty sandwiches, freshly baked pizza and other snacks. Diners can relax beneath cool canvas umbrellas and enjoy a leisurely table- service meal.
TIME TO LOUNGE
Lobby Lounge (Dolphin): Located in the central axis of the Dolphin rotunda lobby, the Lobby Lounge creates a relaxing gathering spot with plush, comfortable group seating and live piano music. Also, enjoy coffee and freshly prepared pastries in the morning.
Todd English’s bluezoo Lounge (Dolphin): Toast the good life with fine champagne, a classic or creative cocktail or cordial in a chic underwater setting around a blue, backlit bar. Those seeking a unique taste can find the latest creations from the resort’s expert mixologists, such as the Bazooka Joe Vodka, the flaming Burnt Orange as well as the venue’s signature cocktail, the Zooberry.
Il Mulino Lounge (Swan): Unwind with wines from Italy or classic cocktails.
Kimonos Lounge (Swan): Karaoke sing-a-longs with favorite hits from the ‘50s and on pair well with cocktails and a wide variety of Japanese sake.
Shula’s Lounge (Dolphin): Sink into a leather chair and tune in to a favorite sports channel while sipping wine or sampling a special drink.
PERFECT FOR PARK HOPPING
Picabu Sundries Shop (Dolphin): Snacks, toiletries, sodas and sweets are all part of this fully-stocked convenience store located adjacent to the Picabu eatery. At Picabu, visitors can stock up on everything needed for a full day at the Disney theme parks. Open 24 hours.
For more information on any of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort restaurants or to make dining reservations, please call (407) 934-1609 or visit www.swandolphin.com/dining.
About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The resort is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.
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