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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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TOP 5 THINGS to do this week at the Disneyland Resort:
1. Watch the new "Paint the Night" parade 8:50 and 11pm nightly.
2. Watch the new "Disneyland Forever" Fireworks show at 9:30pm nightly.
3. See the new "World of Color" 9pm and 10:15pm nightly.
4. Try to find a "Made with Magic" wand or paintbrush which allow you to interact with select Disney experiences and merchandise.
5. Look for the Word of the Day displayed outside of the theme park entrances (or in the MouseWait Lounge) and text the word between 7am and 10:59am Pacific to the shortcode listed on the sign. You must be at the Disneyland Resort to enter. If you win, you will be notified around 11am via text or phone. For more info go here.
And don't forget about Food! Check out our real-time Food blog to see what's new at the Resort. POST YOUR IDEAS BELOW and they could make the weekly top 5!
Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!
Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com
unFORECAST for the week of August 24, 2015 Summer is over, according to the Disneyland Resort calendar. Hours have been reduced for the first time since summer began (Disneyland & DCA closes at 10pm M-TH). Most Orange County schools are back in session today, which usually points to smaller crowds. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our new MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the low 60s (approx 60% capacity) -- it even dipped into the 50s on some days. This data points to lower crowds this week. If you've been waiting for the summer madness to end, this might be your week to hit the Parks! 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 Aug 24, 2015 11:03AM
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DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username!
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MouseWait COUNTDOWN for iOS is here! Countdown the days to your next Disneyland or Disney World trip with our images OR your pics! Your Countdown also displays on Apple Watch and is beautiful on iPhone 6 screens. Secure the discounted launch price for a limited time.