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May 31, 2016

Disney World and EPCOT food and snack review

The Disney World theme parks in Florida have some great offerings when it comes to dining.  Pictured below, is just a fraction of the park fare my family and I enjoyed during our last trip there.  Something that may interest you, is that all of the items pictured, were purchased from counter service restaurants and eateries in the parks.   I must apologize beforehand about the picture quality, as the pictures were taken with an older phone on its last leg.



Lobster Roll and homemade chips
I got this beauty at "Tomorrowland Terrace Cafe" in Disney World.  This cold sandwich really hits the spot when you've got a heat index outside of 105 degrees!


Philly Cheese Steak

To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting much before I took my first bite of this sandwich.  As you can see however.. I took three more bites before snapping this picture.  Heck, I almost didn't even stop to take a photo at all because it tasted so good!  I ordered this sandwich at  "Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe" in Disney World.  They have a heck of a condiment bar to load your burgers and sandwiches up with, so I was able to get extra cheese and mushrooms on my Philly ( just how I like em' ).

As we ate our lunch, we were serenaded by "Sonny Eclipse", an animatronic alien lounge singer.  If you ever make it to Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World, stop by Cosmic Ray's to catch his show!


 Fish and Chips

Every time I visit EPCOT, I always make a point to get an order of fish and chips from the "Yorkshire County Fish Shop", located in the United Kingdom pavilion at The World Showcase.  On this day, a rainstorm had just passed over, and my wife and daughters were headed towards France to get some sweets from the bakery.  I decided to get an early dinner, and ordered some fish & chips, and an ice cold pint of Bass Ale. 

I got my order, and sat down on a bench by The World Showcase Lagoon.  At that very moment, the clouds parted and a rainbow appeared on the other side of the small lake. (look close and you can see it in the picture above).  I lifted the pint of ale and took a long slow sip.  I took my first bite of the delectable fish and chips, shook my head, and thought to myself..  "It just doesn't get any better than this".



 Fresh waffle with strawberry jam

During my first visit to EPCOT back in 1990, I discovered a little gem called "The Kringla Bakery" at the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase.  It was back then when I ordered my first freshly cooked waffle filled with strawberry jam.  I was immediately hooked, and have never visited the park since without eating one (or two).  They've always been made the same way over the years, and the quality and taste have never varied.  All waffles are made to order, filled with strawberry jam, and dusted with powdered sugar.


 Candied Apples from "Karamelle-Küche" 
Germany pavilion at EPCOT's World Showcase


Croissant and layered Apple Tart


The France pavilion at EPCOT has a great bakery called the "Boulangerie Patisserie".  The bakery features light sandwiches, quiches, and a huge assortment of French pastries.   My desert taste leans towards items that aren't super sweet, so the warm flaky croissant, and fresh baked apple tart pictured above fit the bill perfectly!  My wife on the other hand, prefers rich, chocolatey deserts like the one below..

By the time I got my camera out to snap a picture, a few bites had mysteriously been taken from this gooey, moist, chocolatey cake.



While the kids opted to go on the STAR TOURS ride for the third time in a row at Disney Studios, my bride and I decided to take a load off, and popped in at the "Writer's Stop" bookstore and coffee shop.  We enjoyed a mocha latte, and split this delicious cupcake, as we thumbed through some books and magazines.  We left 20 minutes later rested, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the rest of the afternoon and evening.



Behold the wonder that is..
The Dole Whip Float

As you pass the entrance to Adventureland, in Disney World.. there is a little shop on the right called "Aloha Aisle Refreshments".  Their specialty.. Dole Whips, and Dole Whip Floats.  Sponsored by, you guessed it.. DOLE!  This little shop sells delicious pineapple, soft serve, frozen sorbet as a stand alone treat, or in float form with pineapple juice.  I've had Dole Whips at fairs before, but hands down.. none of them could even hold a candle to the ones you get at Disney World and Disneyland!  That being said.. it really stinks when I get a craving for one during mid summer, and the closest Disney park is 1100 miles away.

So needless to say, my family enjoyed some great food in the Disney World parks during our visit.  But.. we didn't even scratch the surface on what we could have dined on.  I myself wanted to try the Philly Cheese Steak hot dog and Taco Hot Dog at the "Lunching Pad".  Not to mention the giant smoked turkey legs that they sell in Adventureland.  I won't fret about it too much however.  It just gives me plenty to look forward to until my next trip!


2 comments:

  1. In the 1980s, the Fla. Epcot, also sold the turkey legs, at the US / USA section. Maybe Epcot still does this.

    My sister doesn't like it. She thinks that visitors will misunderstand, + think that all USA people, walk down the sidewalk, munching on roasted turkey legs! :D

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    1. Too Funny. And.. I believe they still do serve them at the America pavilion. I would love to see some food trucks parked out there somewhere, That would be a nice way to update the area. A Hot Dog and Apple Pie stand would rock too!

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