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Good morning and happy Friday! This day in Disney history, December 20th, 2002: Ariel’s Grotto opens on Paradise Pier in DCA!
But did you know, it wasn’t always Ariel’s Grotto? Originally it was the Avolon Cove restaurant (it opened with the rest of DCA in Feb. of 2001) operated by Wolfgang Puck. A high scale surf and turf restaurant where you could find creatively prepared meals made from California’s freshest ingredients.
a peek at their dinner menu...
Crispy Calamari with cilantro mint aioli and spicy marinara 10.00
Iced Oysters on the Half Shell with cocktail sauce and citrus mignonette Market Price
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with avocado, watercress and cocktail sauce 15.00
Wolfgang’s Iced Seafood Sampler for Two oysters, shrimp, crab 19.00
with half lobster Market Price
Tuna Sashimi Appetizer with spicy tartare, ginger, chives, avocado, and ponzu 12.00
Grilled Beef Satay cilantro mint aioli and spicy Thai cold noodles with crushed peanuts 9.00
Spicy Tuna Roll chopped fresh tuna, chili sauce, green onion, avocado and sesame seeds 8.00
California Roll crab, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds 8.00
Soups and Salads
Garden Tomato Gazpacho with cucumber raiita, basil oil and parmesan crostini 4.00
Avalon White Clam Chowder applewood smoked bacon and fingerling potatoes 5.00
Caesar Salad with curly romaine, parmesan crostini and freshly grated Parmesan 7.00
Cobb Salad with romaine, watercress, tomatoes, eggs, green beans, smoked bacon, blue cheese
with chilled shrimp 16.00 with crab meat 18.00
Four Cheese Raviolis with tomatoes, basil and freshly grated Parmesan 14.00
Spaghettini Shrimp Pomodoro tomatoes, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil 16.00
Linguine with Clams with butter, oregano, garlic, and white wine 16.00
Penne with Chicken asparagus, blanched garlic, oven-dried tomatoes and pine nuts 15.00
Grilled Salmon with ginger tomato fondue and baby vegetables 18.00
Seared Big Eye Tuna with “Hong Kong Style” stir-fried vegetables 24.00
Grilled Mahi Mahi Teriyaki Style on wasabi potato puree 19.00
Maine Lobster steamed or grilled with bearnaise sauce Market Price
Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Half Steamed Lobster
garlic mashed potatoes and drawn butter Market Price
Veal Picatta with sizzling lemon caper butter and garlic potato puree 23.00
Grilled New York Steak Bearnaise potato puree and steamed asparagus 25.00
Grilled Chicken with double blanched garlic and French fries 16.00
Did YOU get a chance to eat here when it was the Avalon Cove?
Avalon Cove in it’s original colors:
Ariels Grotto in 2006:
While the food was wonderful, the crowds weren’t. After September 11th 2001, DCA just wasn’t getting the visitors it needed. The Avolon Cove closed and re-opened a few months later as a Disney-operated character-dining restaurant. A year later, December 20th, 2002 it was re-named what is is today, Ariel’s Grotto.
First Wolfgang Puck. Then Family Dining. Now Ariel’s Grotto.
Ariel’s Grotto is now a disney Princess celebration! Enjoy your breakfast or lunch with the princesses while you watch, get autographs, take photos and visit with the Disney Princesses circulating around the dining room and outdoor patio! But be sure to make a reservation as this restaurant books up FAST!
Have you eaten at Ariels Grotto? Is there something in particular you loved about it? Maybe something yummy you’d like to suggest to those of us who haven’t been?
Thanks so much for reading! I don’t know about you, but now I’m craving some seafood like nobodies business! ::tummy growls::
Anyway, hope you all have a fabulous Friday! Hope to see some of you out for the MW Christmas party at La Brea Bakery tonight! Don’t forget your ornaments for the ornament exchange! ;) Oh! Also, The photograph below was taken by our very own CobbPR! Isn’t it stunning?
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Jungle Cruise REOPENS MAY 6
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Monorail REOPENS MAY 20
Matterhorn Bobsleds closed from April 18-22 and April 25-29
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unFORECAST for the month of April 2016 Spring Break traffic continues to make the Parks busy, however, we've made it past the heaviest part of Spring Break. Expect strong crowd levels through April 11th, and then things should slow down a bit. Look for crowds to pick up again at the end of the month and through May. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), through April 11, 2015, crowds averaged in the low 80s (approx 80% capacity), then the Crowd Index dipped into the 60s, until later in the month when the Crowd Index rose to the 70s. Remember, we've seen larger crowds ever since the 60th Celebration began, so keep that in mind when looking at historical Crowd Index data. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Apr 4, 2016 3:24PM
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