Electric Umbrella

by josh on December 4, 2012

11/15/13 Update: Menu updated and items added.

Location: Electric Umbrella is located in Future World East in between Mouse Gear and Innoventions East.  It’s also accessible from inside Innoventions East.

Food Type: Disney burgers, nuggets, meatball subs, salads, and a vegetarian flatbread.

Disney Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.

Menu:



Unique Items: Vegetable Flatbread is unique and the Macaroni and Cheese Burger is a unique take on the usual Disney burger.

Advantages:

  • Refill your fountain beverage yourself for free.
  • A lot of indoor, air-conditioned seating, sometimes on two levels.  Plenty of outdoor, covered seating.
  • Centrally located in Future World.
  • Offers the Disney usuals for those “picky eaters.”

Disadvantages:

  • Limited menu with only Disney’s most basic items.
  • Can be loud inside when it’s busy.
  • Service is often slower than other Disney operated quick services.

Value: Below average to average.  This is standard Disney quick service in almost every way.

Reputation: Below average.  Offering a boring menu at the usual Disney prices, there aren’t a lot of reasons to visit with so much high quality food at Sunshine Seasons and the World Showcase.

Food Items:

Chicken Breast Nuggets:

Like the Burgers, Disney Chicken Nuggets are basically the same theme-park-wide.  The exterior is light/crispy and they aren’t greasy.  The nuggets are quite good dipped in sauce, though nothing spectacular or much different than Tyson brand nuggets you can heat in the oven at home.  If you’re looking for something that isn’t quite as heavy and don’t want a salad, then the nuggets aren’t a bad idea.  At nearly $9, they don’t offer much value though.  The Buffalo version have a bit of a kick to them.

Meatball Sub:

And like the Burgers and Nuggets, the Meatball Subs are the same at Pinocchio Village Haus and Toy Story Pizza Planet.  This is from Pizza Planet, where it’s served with a side salad instead of grapes or fries.  This tasted okay. I’m sure the meatballs are made with 70% lean ground beef, making it high in fat.  There wasn’t a ton of flavor, but the meatballs were quite soft and easy to eat.  The melted provolone cheese didn’t seem to add much flavor either, making for an ultimately forgettable sandwich.  It was quite filling and nothing about it was offensive, but it’s going to be a pretty heavy meal and I didn’t find it to be flavorful.

Hand Tossed Caesar Salad with Chicken:


The prototypical Disney  Caesar Salad is about as generic as it gets with a bed of romaine topped with parmesan cheese pieces, chicken, and Ken’s Caesar Dressing.  Salads aren’t typically loaded with chicken – what you see up top is what you get.  If it’s what you’re looking for, they’re just fine, but don’t expect to be wowed.

Kids Vegetarian Flatbread:

The Kids’ Flatbread here is a good value at $5.99. You get half of the adult portion, in addition to two sides and a drink. So for $2.30 more than the regular adult flatbread, you’d come away with a whole flatbread, four sides, and two drinks if you ordered two kids’ meals. Like Restaurantosaurus, Backlot Express, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Sunshine Seasons, the beverage dispensers are self-serve and refills are free.

I actually really enjoyed the flatbread. I read a review somewhere that complained that theirs was burnt and their subsequent flatbread was undercooked. But it is not burned, despite the color that might indicate otherwise. This had a nice gooey layer of cheese over a bed of mushrooms and a crispy flatbread crust. The arugula on top added an additional bit of crunch. This would be a terrific vegetarian option if the kids are demanding burgers and nuggets and you have no choice but to head to the Umbrella.

Seating:

Outdoor seating is plentiful and indoor, air-conditioned seating is almost always available.  If it’s busy, they open second floor seating.  Head up there for fewer people.  More detailed pictures coming.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie April 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi Josh, reviews of the Electric Umbrella always remind me of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jlfc8zZF7Wc

And that’s why we always go to Sunshine Seasons for Epcot QS.

Susan May 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

My daughter said that she ate here in May 2012. She said the Meatball Sub was delicious.

Laura September 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

They must have very recently changed their vegetable flatbread from the eggplant/zucchini to a new veggie flat bread. This one had mushrooms, arugula and feta cheese. It was disgusting and greasy. When I was handed the tray, it was a burnt mess. Literally the whole flatbread was burnt to a crisp and the mushrooms didn’t even look edible. I told them it was too burnt and they re-did it. This time it was undercooked but I ate it anyhow— wouldn’t send it back a 2nd time. I would never go there again. It’s true that the menu is very limited, but what drew me there was the flat bread. Major disappointment!! yuck. I could barely pick it up when eating, it was so soft (under cooked). Oh well.. checked that off my list of places to eat. :)

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