New Restaurant Named Takumi-Tei Has Opened in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Takumi-Tei has officially opened at Epcot in World Showcase at the Japan pavilion. The restaurant will appeal to guests looking for a unique place to dine. It is a new signature table-service restaurant. Guests are able to enjoy an upscale dining experience within a unique atmosphere.

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The dining experience at Takumi-Tei is meant to give guests an understanding of Japanese culture presented by Japanese cast members. As guests enter the restaurant, they can feel like they have been transported to the island nation and can learn about Japanese traditions and how they connect to the world.

Takumi-Tei will offer an prix fixe multi-course tasting menu as well as a chef’s table experience. Dinner menu will include items such as wagyu beef, sushi, sashimi, desserts, signature cocktails, sake, and much more.

As of July 5, 2019, Takumi-Tei is open 4:00 p.m. daily for dinner in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Walk-ups are being accepted and reservations will be available beginning July 16, 2019, with bookings starting that same day.

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Special Limited-Time ‘The Lion King’ Food Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

During the summer of 2019, there will be new limited-time food offerings celebrating characters from “The Lion King.”

Items will be available through the end of the summer. You can find things from latte art to special cones to ice cream sandwiches. There is something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Tamu Tamu – Simba Ice Cream Sandwich

Delicious vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with a chocolate tail and an image of Simba.

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Tamu Tamu – Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip

A pineapple Dole Whip topped off with a red syrup made up of watermelon and cononut.

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Tamu Tamu – King’s Cooler

A pineapple Dole Whip with rum topped with red syrup made of watermelon and coconut.

Shave Ice Car Near Harambe Market – Asante Slush

A shaved iced which has been topped with a watermelon and a passion fruit-mango syrup.

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Dawa Bar at Harambe Market and Boneyard Bar – Serengeti Sangria

This is a red sangria.

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Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites – Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone

This is a chocolate soft-serve ice cream served in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, a chocolate beetle, and gummy worms.

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Various Outdoor Vending Locations throughout Animal Kingdom Park – A “Lion King” Novelty Popcorn Bucket and Sipper Cup

This item will only be available while supplies last.

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. – A “The Lion King” Latte Art

This will be adorable latte art featuring Simba.

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Pizzafari – Simba Cupcake

This is a yellow vanilla cupcake bursting with white chocolate mousse in the middle and topped off with buttercream frosting along with an edible Simba candy surrounded by a mane of yellow and orange frosting.

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Tusker House (Breakfast Only) – Simba and Nala Waffles

These are kid-sized waffles featuring the faces of Simba and Nala from “The Lion King.”

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You Can Explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with the Disney Parks App and the Star Wars: Datapad

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You will be able to interact with the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area while physically in the land either at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The Star Wars: Datapad can be accessed through the Play Disney Parks mobile app. With Star Wars: Datapad you will find that you have several tools that you can use while exploring the planet Batuu–who knows what surprises you’ll uncover!

There is a “hacking” feature which you can use, which allows you to interact with certain door panels and droids to be able to see what’s in their memory. You can also open the “scanning” feature to peek inside of cargo crates you that you may come across will exploring Black Spire Outpost. Another handy feature is the “translation” tool which can help you understand Aurebesh (the official language of the Star Wars galaxy). You will be able to tap into and decrypt signals from antennas and communication devices and listen in on secret messages using the “tuning” feature.

The First Order has apparently been installing surveillance devices on door panels throughout the Black Spire Outpost in order to spy on the Resistance. You can use your Datapad to join in “Outpost Control” (a game played throughout the land) where you can choose which side you’ll join and vie for a hold on the land. You might even be rewarded with galactic credits for your efforts.

You can continue using the Datapad while in line at Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. While you wait to board the Millennium Falcon you may be enlisted to take on a task for Hondo Ohnaka, the pirate turned businessman who is now operating Ohnaka Transport Solutions out of Black Spire Outpost. When you reroute the misplaced cargo, you will learn how to keep your cover under pressure and prep the Millennium Falcon for your flight in the queue.

The Play Disney Parks app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. I recommend downloading before your visit. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland and will open at Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, 2019.