Longtime readers of the website know that I lurve me some bus stop pizza even more than that AH.MAZE.ING. hot cheese sauce they used to serve at Casey’s Corner before the FDA banned the main ingredient. So when I learned that All-Star Movies and Music would be offering pizzas at their bus stop, I canceled my Mickey’s PhilharMagic FastPass+ and rushed over.
But while I have been making fun of the concept because bus stop pizza sounds as funny as it is depressing.
Hmmmmmm…time apparently flies. I was about to start this review by saying that we had visited just last month to review some new baked potato options at what is the most popular piece of Sunset Ranch Market on Sunset Boulevard. But that post was apparently written back in August. But with the recent opening and review of PizzeRizzo, in addition to some major changes covered in the review of the fast casual dinner service at ABC Commissary, I thought it would be prudent to cover some other changes to Studios dining. This all supposes you stay long enough to get hungry, of course. We’ll also return to Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano and check in for a review of Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine in the near future.
As recently as the beginning of November, Fairfax Fare served predominantly “smoked specialties.” Here’s the menu that had been offered prior to the middle of last month with the items no longer available lightly crossed off:
In what seems like an unfortunate move, Disney has elected to cut the hours of the Adventurers Outpost Meet & Greet, which is most guests’ only opportunity to meet Mickey and Minnie together. The Meet and Greet will close at 4:30pm regardless of the closing time for the foreseeable future. Considering we are supposedly on the cusp of Rivers of Light debuting, with another round of Cast Previews next Monday and Tuesday, the timing seems suspect. On one hand, you’re trying to lure people in. On the other hand, you’re reducing the number of things they might be coming over to experience.
But somebody has to balance the checkbook around here and everybody knows the Walt Disney Company doesn’t have a lot of money. When entertainment costs go up in one area, they are typically stripped from another. Dug, who used to meet alongside his pal Russell, was cut from the Park some number of weeks ago now. The Wilderness Explorer meets by himself.
Ordinarily, if the words “fast” and “casual” come up in a conversation about ABC Commissary, it would probably be in the form of, “I walked very casually away from that quick service as fast as my feet would carry me.”
But “fast casual” is the buzzword Disney is using to describe what has long been heralded as Hollywood Studios’ worst quick service, which is an achievement in its own right. I mean Catalina Eddie’s is literally a “pizzeria” that doesn’t have marinara or pizza sauce on hand so they literally serve their breadsticks with Ken’s Caesar Salad Dressing. If people still opt for the salad dressing breadsticks over whatever you’ve got going, then it might be time…well…time to make a change. And here we are.
What’s officially called “Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social & Viewing Party” debuted on November 29th, 2016 and your resident character enthusiast and “all-around swell guy” departed his cave deep in the mountains very early in the morning to attend the first event.