It’s the most exciting time of year as the website covers quick service menu updates. Disney updates every single quick service menu on property on the same day during the hottest week of the year here in Orlando – proof perhaps that they really do hate me.
We begin in Future World before moving up through World Showcase clockwise. Epcot’s newest cart also changes its menu most often.
Expect it to add a couple wines for the Food and Wine Festival next month. For now, it’s your first or last opportunity to pick up a beer and an ice cream bar.
Electric Umbrella is one of Future World’s two major quick service outlets and one you should only visit if Sunshine Seasons is flooded or otherwise incapacitated.
This is our first of two major updates. Spoiler: The only other place we’re going to see much of a difference is Liberty Inn.
The French Dip Burger replaces the Macaroni and Cheese Burger. The Sausage and Pepper Sandwich replaces the Meatball Sub. The Veggie Naan Wich is all new (unfortunately).
The Veggie Naan Wich – Broccoli Slaw, Edamame, and Tofu Wasabi Dressing with choice of Grapes or French Fries – $9.49 sounded promising on paper.
What’s served is one of the more insulting dishes to appear in recent memory. It’s maybe 50 cents of shredded broccoli and beans bathed in a tasteless “sauce” that seemed to be nothing more than a thin mayonnaise. Zero stars out of 100 and a waste of money. You get more of this slaw on the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich over at Magic Kingdom, not to mention the waffle and the chicken! For less money.
The Vegetarian Flatbread here is actually excellent and a significantly better vegetarian option. Consider ordering it as a Kids’ pick where you’ll receive a half portion, in addition to two sides and a refillable fountain beverage. Order two for $11.99 and you’ve spent $2 more than the adult entree and come away with two refillable kids’ fountain beverages and four additional sides.
Disney is tossing their salads to order these days using higher quality, nicely seasoned chicken breast. While not a particularly exciting item, they are consistent.
Around the corner you’ll find two snack carts.
Standard popcorn and ice cream bars.
Disney sneaks in Epcot’s best IPA in Racer 5, which also ties into the Test Track theme. If for some reason you’re after a turkey leg, this is your best opportunity until you hit the Fife & Drum in the U.S. Pavilion.
A 22-ounce bottle would run you $5.49 in stores, making the $8.50 draft price one of the better values.
One of the four Joffrey’s locations, all of which basically have the same menu.
Unfortunately, they’re almost completely off the Dining Plan. Snack credit users probably want to head to Fountain View Starbucks.
The Tea Breeze is far more refreshing than it is boozy, but pours do vary.
Same with the Shakin’ Jamaican, which is available iced.
The Frozen Cappuccino is one of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages on property and a great pick-me-up in the heat.
The Peach Iced Tea has a nice subtly peachy flavor, but is expensive at $3.99. It remains a better choice than most of the bottled beverages at similar price points though.
Cool Wash outside Test Track is open more often than not these days.
Serving frozen beverages.
Now onto the opposite side of Future World.
This is Epcot’s first major foray into the world of flavored popcorn, which is popular in the Tokyo theme parks.
I’m not sure how well it could hold up when the “RealFeel” is 100+ degrees from 10am through 8pm and the flavors aren’t particularly imaginative, but radioactive cheese sounds promising.
The other cart:
It’s unfortunate how bad of a value many of the healthier options are, particularly fruit.
One last outdoor kiosk.
The almonds and pecans are a nice snack, but the price point is getting up there.
Sunshine Seasons inside the Land Pavilion is arguably the best theme park quick service on property and a no-brainer for anyone considering a meal in the area. It offers a healthy, robust menu in addition to plentiful air-conditioned seating and refillable fountain beverages:
There isn’t a bad item on the menu.
Up into Mexico where the names of the dining locations are Confusing de San Angel. La Cantina de San Angel is outside on the water next to La Hacienda de San Angel, which is a table service restaurant only open for dinner. San Angel Inn is inside the pyramid. La Cantina menu:
As previously reported, the Mexican sandwiches are no longer available.
One other somewhat recent change is the switch over to edible chips rather than the “stale,” multi-colored variety. While La Cantina remains popular because it’s the first World Showcase quick service, Mexican food is popular and recognizable, and it smells good, it’s one of my least favorites. You don’t get a lot of taco for your money.
One more margarita opportunity before Norway.
Pour quality varies considerably here, particularly in the frozen margaritas where they occasionally taste like cheap tequila and occasionally taste like sugar water. The “3-Shot Tequila Flight” is three small plastic cups that roughly add up to the size of a regular shot.
“Norway Beer” is sort of disingenuous since it doesn’t actually serve Norwegian beer.
Carlsberg is as close as you’re going to get, though the licorice-y Linie Aquavit is uniquely Norwegian.
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is one of your best bets for an afternoon delight.
Price increases and the Olaf cookie are the only new things here. School Bread is all the way up to $2.99 from $1.99 just a couple years ago.
Kringla’s sandwiches are pretty decent, but I think most people will do better elsewhere. The Salmon and Egg is unique and a favorite of many.
The Ham and Apple is also very good, but the Norwegian Club (pictured) and Roast Beef are relatively rudimentary.
China has two quick service outlets.
Lotus Blossom is the best known:
I don’t have a lot of use for Lotus Blossom, which serves fast food Chinese that’s lower quality than Panda Express. Otherwise, entrees are 50 cents more expensive.
The Curry part of the Chicken with Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry Over Rice is interesting, but the chicken is fatty, greasy, stringy, and difficult to eat with a plastic fork and knife. The orange chicken is serviceable, but you can do a lot better in World Showcase. On the plus side, the fountain beverages are the cheapest at Epcot for whatever reason.
Joy of Tea is a diamond in the rough for exactly one reason.
The Tipsy Ducks in Love.
Unlike the drinks in most Pavilions, where a cast member shyly pours a half ounce of triple sec underneath a non-alcoholic slushie, your new Chinese friends generously pour chilled Jim Beam over the top of the drink with a smile.
Otherwise we have no changes. I always advise against the Lucky Combo, which looks like a good deal on paper, but only includes one of the previously mentioned snack items instead of the two you receive a la carte. The other alcoholic beverages are tasty, but not particularly boozy.
Next up is the Refreshment Outpost in between China and Germany.
Outpost updated its menu back in June to add the cocktail and frozen yogurt.
The yogurt now comes in a “waffle cup” instead of the inedible-for-most plastic. If you’re looking for a cold snack in the area, the yogurt is a fine choice, though France’s decadent offerings are far superior.
The Mango Smoothie is a waste of money – little rum and more of an Icee consistency than anything.
Germany’s Trinken Cart is out on the promenade.
They’ve added the popular Schofferhofer Grapefruit Beer on draft, while Hovels is no longer available.
At 2.5% ABV, this hefeweizen isn’t going to take you very far, but it is refreshing on a hot summer day and has quite the following.
Inside the Pavilion on the right is the Bier stand, offering virtually the same menu. For whatever reason, the Trinken cart usually has a shorter line when both are open.
Most of Sommerfest’s food items have gone up 30 to 50 cents in price and the Leberkase Reuben that was added last year is long gone.
One common mistake people make is seeing the price in one location lower than another and assuming that it’s a better value. In “reality,” it’s just that tax is included at the outdoor carts and kiosks and not included at the major quick services. So the Barenjager is actually 8.5 cents less expensive at the outdoor carts.
Barenjager Honey and Bourbon (no relation to Jagermeister) might sound like a mixed drink of some variety, but is actually a shot of bourbon laced with honey liqueur, not unlike Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Honey. The liqueur helps counteract what might be described as the harsh aftertaste of a straight bourbon shot, but you’ll still feel a bit of a burn. My recommendation is always the Altenmunster Oktoberfest, which is relatively rare.
Even more wines and beers are available at the oft-overlooked Weinkeller.
Radeberger makes a lot more sense on draft outside, but the other three are nice choices if you don’t mind paying the money for a bottle.
The Spaten Optimator, which was available on draft in yesteryear, is your best choice and the highest ABV, at 7.6%. And your best chance to drop my favorite pickup line (100% success rate), “Baby, I didn’t know you like to doppelbock.”
The Italy kiosk may do the least business of any, though the UK beer stand is a close second:
Expensive ice cream and some of the worst wine Italy has to offer.
Head into the Enoteca for a cheaper pour of better wine.
While not a quick service, Tutto Gusto doesn’t accept reservations and is usually an easy walk-up:
Gusto’s beer selection changes often and looks to have moved away from rare Italian beer. The Extra Hop from Birrificio Italiano is excellent, but $14 is pretty rough. The other draft selections are well above average, but $11 + tax + tip puts you around $14.50 for a beer. Moretti is more common than you might expect and available at most Publix in 6-packs for $7.99.
Along with several hundred wines by the glass or bottle.
Another of the Joffrey’s stands with the same menu as the Future World location.
Fife & Drum Tavern will be serving Hanson’s Mmmhops beer (seriously it’s a thing) for the Food and Wine Festival and otherwise sits out in front of the Pavilion.
The American Dream and Frozen Red Stag Lemonade are excellent even as they go up in price.
Liberty Inn is the other quick service to see major changes:
The Strip Steak is up nearly a dollar, the Surf and Turf burger replaces the California Angus Burger, the Louisiana-Style Shrimp with Rice is new, the Red White and Blue Salad is new, and the Chick’n Breast is up a dollar, among other price increases.
The Caesar Salad and “Smoky Mountain Barbecued Pork Sandwich” are no longer available and the Maryland Crab Cakes with Old Bay Fries are new.
Anchor Liberty Ale is no longer available =[
The Maryland Crab Cakes – House-made Crab Cakes, Spicy Tartar Sauce and Old Bay Fries – $10.99.
As far as eleven dollar Disney fast food goes, the crab cakes are a nice change of pace from the usual. Of course they will never live up to _______ at _________ in ________ (but please northeasterners, compare your favorite to mass produced Disney food in the comments), but the cakes are mostly crab and the tartar sauce adds some zing to the flavor profile. The Old Bay seasoned fries have a nice zip to them as well. I’m otherwise sort of torn on how to rate these – I did enjoy them pretty well, but they are not necessarily outstanding quality or a compelling value. They are here though.
The New York Strip is actually surprisingly good.
And the Sweetwater IPA on draft is better than your Sam Adams seasonal or Yuengling (sorry Lisa <3).
Block & Hans moved to mostly beer several months ago.
Bell’s Oberon and Victory Golden Monkey in particular are excellent, but $8 for a bottle of beer is rough. The Sweetwater is a better value.
How about no.
Kabuki Cafe is one of several Japan quick service outlets and home to the Kaki Gori Sno Cone.
The website continues to strongly discourage the “Frozen Kirin,” which is a Kirin with a strange whipped beer topping with an off-putting flavor that makes it difficult to drink.
The sushi isn’t a lot of food for five bucks, but quality is in line with what you’d be served at the other outlets.
The outdoor sake bar rarely has a line and the cast members are among the sweetest people you’ll ever run into.
Unfortunately, the beer and cocktails offered aren’t outstanding.
The sake flight is a nice way to sample three very different styles.
Inside Mitsukoshi in the far corner sits an unheralded sake bar.
With numerous options.
If you’re already looking at spending eight bucks for a bottle of Sapporo (don’t), you may want to hunt down the Ginga Kogen at the indoor bar. It’s overwhelmingly better and a significantly better value considering the price and rarity.
I don’t recommend Katsura Grill for the food, though the outdoor seating in the garden is serene. The sushi is lower quality than your neighborhood supermarket and the overly sweet teriyaki sauce often covers fatty chicken thigh and beef.
While largely unattractive, the Chicken Cutlet Curry is very good though.
Lastly, this outdoor cart offers a few frozen goodies.
That are available for significantly less at your local Trader Joe’s.
Morocco added two new dining establishments late last year.
Amusingly, the “Juice Bar” doesn’t actually serve juice, the ice cream is sitting outside all day in 100 degree heat and is served mostly melted, and the $10 slushies are a half shot of alcohol underneath the non-alcoholic slushes.
I recommend holding off on ice cream until France. The almaza beer is rare and Estrella is a better gluten free option than most.
Tangierine Cafe’s menu is the same.
We actually had a lousy meal there last week.
This is the Moroccan Kefta Sandwich – Seasoned Ground Beef, Grilled and served with fresh salsa and fries – $10.99. It turns out to be sort of a Moroccan hamburger with diced tomatoes on a thick, dry roll. The beef was cooked to death and the fries were among the worst I’ve had anywhere. You may have better luck – it would have been nice to be able to switch out the fries for a more interesting side.
Lisa ordered the Falafel Wrap served with Tangierine Couscous Salad and Lentil Salad – $8.99.
This was better, but the falafel was overcooked, dry, and crumbly. Sticking with the shawarma platters is smarter.
Tangierine has a separate coffee and pastry bar in the back corner that few people visit.
Knowing full well I was about to be ripped off, I ordered the $8.99 Tangierine Cocktail, which is a short pour of triple sec underneath half strawberry/half tangerine non-alcoholic slush. Refreshing, but a waste of money.
Moving into France.
No changes at Crepes.
I haven’t had much luck here in the past and would stipulate that the “crepes” taste and “feel” like a wet paper bag.
Wine and the overrated Grey Goose Slushes.
I like what Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie offers, but ordering is often confusing, particularly when it’s crowded. You wait in the single line until it’s about your turn to proceed up to the first case, where there may or may not be anyone to take your order. Once you fumble through your pronunciation of Chaussons Aux Pommes and miss whether the cast member asked if you wanted your sandwich heated (you do), you move on to the pastries and then the beverages:
Much of what is offered is excellent.
The Pissaladiere in particular is an excellent, hearty use of a snack credit and a good value out of pocket at $4.50.
Just keep in mind it often looks like this.
The French L’Artisan des Glaces is also back here.
Flavors may change.
This is one rare circumstance where I recommend avoiding the the Ice Cream Martini with a shot on top – it’s probably already 95 degrees out and the booze will only speed up the melting process.
It’s also rare that the ice cream and alcohol flavors complement each other, though you may have better luck.
Nearing the end.
Quick service options in the UK are slim.
Just price increases here – Fish and Chips are up 50 cents, Cookie is up 40 cents, beer is up a quarter.
I like the fish and the chips are among the best quick service fries on property, even if that’s not saying much these days.
$7.75 for a bottle of Newcastle or $8.50 for a can of Guinness is pretty rough. It’d certainly be nice to see a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout or something at a similar price point.
Canada Cart is The Best Cart.
The Unibroue drafts are far and away the best beer in World Showcase and a fair value, particularly considering we just walked past a $7.75 bottle of Newcastle. Both La Fin and Trois Pistoles come in at 9%, which is over twice as alcoholic as Bud Light. In the United States, this is one of the only locations to get Cherry Ephemere on draft. If you’re into beer, consider camping out close by for the day.
The St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is excellent and relatively difficult to find in the states. Canada does only offer it in a bottle, but per-bottle pricing outside Canada is going to be $3-$5, making it a better value than most of the other options, including anything at the UK, Italy, France, etc. As is typical from the variety, St-Ambroise is chocolatey with oatmeal and robust malts.
The Apricot Wheat is decidedly more summery and a better fit for the typical Florida afternoon. It has a natural, subdued sweet apricot flavor without the medicinal aftertaste that plagues most fruit beers.
They recently added some decidedly non-Canadian wine on tap.
Also served at The Wave at the Contemporary (and probably far more places soon), it tastes like wine.
Refreshment Port is home of the Croissant Doughnut:
Unfortunately, the Fried Shrimp are long gone.
The Croissant Donut is one of my favorite snacks on property – deliciously cinnamony/sugary with layers of piping hot croissant. Deeeeeelish.
And finally, Promenade Refreshments, which switches over to Desserts and Champagne for the Food and Wine Festival.
Nothing to see here.
That’s it for inside the Park.
Outside you’ll find one more location that most people bypass, but it’s handy if you’re looking for a coffee, beverage, or pastry on your way in or out.
The same menu as other locations.
Animal Kingdom up next.