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Two Underrated Disney Restaurants are Getting Enhancements

Between quick-service restaurants, table-service restaurants, signature dining, food kiosks, and more – Walt Disney World Resort offers roughly 400 places to enjoy its delicious Disney food between its Parks and Resorts. And now, Disney has revealed enhancements are arriving at two of its most underrated restaurants.

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Mama Melrose (Credit: Disney)

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

First up, head on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Mama is cooking up yummy Italian dishes in the Grand Avenue portion of the Disney Park. Nestled just past Muppet Vision 3D and the quick-service restaurant PizzeRizzo, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a table-service restaurant that is often overlooked with mixed reviews.

Not only has Disney announced the return of Hollywood & Vine’s buffet, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers other rock-star restaurants such as Hollywood Brown Derby and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. With this restaurant mix, Mama Melrose often gets forgotten, making it one of the easiest to snag a dining reservation for. Well, now, Mama is debuting a new menu!

Disney has announced Mama Melrose’s new menu is inspired by classic Italian cuisine and will debut in late June 2022. The new menu selections sound incredible as Disney reveals:

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Mama Melrose’s New Menu Items (Credit: Disney)

“For starters, the Fried Fresh Mozzarella is a must-try with marinara sauce, ricotta Salata, and lemon oil, while the Grilled Bone-in Pork Chop entrée can’t be missed. This dish is accompanied by creamy polenta, roasted tomatoes, mustard vincotto, and charred broccolini. You can also indulge in enhanced versions of Mama’s Italian Pasta and the Sustainable Fish dish. For a grand finale, there are several new eats to choose from – the Mini Cannoli Trio, Colors of Italy Cheesecake, Mama’s Cookies To Go, and Blueberry Frangipane Tart. Now that’s a well-rounded dessert menu.”

Mama mia! All of that sounds incredible, especially the Mini Cannoli Trio. Be sure to make dining reservations 60-days in advance to ensure a spot at Mama Melrose.

Coral Reef Restaurant

The excitement of visiting EPCOT right now is at the forefront of many Disney fans’ minds. With the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, new dining experiences such as Space 220, and the transformation of EPCOT into four neighborhoods well underway – it’s easy to hurry past an often overlooked restaurant known as Coral Reef.

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Coral Reef Restaurant (Credit: Disney)

Coral Reef Restaurant is located in EPCOT’s World Nature neighborhood, next to The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The restaurant boasts a stunning wall of a massive aquarium with more than 2,000 amazing sea creatures who call it home.

Disney has announced that enhanced items are on the way to Coral Reef Restaurant! Disney reveals:

“Start off your meal with new appetizers like the Trio of Seasonal Dips with fresh vegetable crudité and crisps or the New England Clam Chowder. As you enjoy the incredible underwater views, feast upon entrée additions like the Orange-glazed Sustainable Salmon served with vegetable stir-fry and shiitake sticky rice. If this doesn’t quite float your boat, consider the Cajun Chicken Pasta filled with pulled Cajun-spiced chicken, parmesan cream sauce, roasted mushrooms, peas, peppers, and onions.”

Just like Mama Melrose, even though Coral Reef is often an easier dining reservation to obtain, you’ll still want to snag one 60-days in advance of your dining date to ensure a table. Happy dining, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.