We continue from Greece.
Japan returns waterside across from the rest of the Pavilion.
The Teriyaki Chicken Bun is the only returning item from last year.
And it actually wasn’t an original item. Disney switched out the Donburi above about a week into the Festival in favor of the less expensive Bun. But never fear, Japan is giving shrimp another go. We’re just trying to use a hot dog bun instead of a bowl this year. It certainly sounds promising.
We continue from Morocco and Tangierine Café.
We continue on with what we can probably refer to as Mediterranean Avenue for the time being as Greece takes up residence inside of the old Morocco booth this year.
Greece has been kicked around a bit over the years, moving from one side of the World Showcase to the other, depending on where there’s room, and considering their recent financial woes, probably wherever rent is cheapest. The Marketplace took a break a few years ago to pool together some Euro, disappearing in its entirety in favor of culinary delights such as the Italy. I think we’re all happy to see its prodigal return.
Tangierine Café, Morocco’s longtime quick service reopened as home to the Food and Wine Festival offerings this year. Seating is available all around the Pavilion and Disney has opened Restaurant Marrakesh for additional seating opportunities. Since we’re somewhere around the middle of our walk around World Showcase (I hope), this is a good opportunity to grab some waters and relax while seated in air-conditioning. I haven’t left yet. Here’s the menu:
If you had told me at the beginning of last year that Tangierine Café would shutter, Restaurant Marrakesh would be closed indefinitely, and Disney would take over for a bankrupt Pavilion, I probably would have believed you. Morocco was probably just too authentic for your average tourist to give much thought, and there was nothing in the back like an attraction or show. Just a windowless restaurant to walk around before coming out the other side. Since Disney took over, just about everything is new.
We continue on from Brazil.
Eventually, the area should look as lively as this, but Belgium remains closed until its October 1st opening date. Here is the previous menu for an idea about what to expect:
The menu should be largely the same, though we should be getting some upgrades in the Belgian Abbey Ale and Chimay Dorée Gold. If you see of a creepy person in the corner of what is hopefully still Morocco with a handful of small beers, it’s probably me.
We continue on from France.
Brazil will return in between what will probably still be the Morocco Pavilion come October 1st and France, which is probably safe assuming their 250-million dollar decade-old dark ride isn’t a flop. Are we taking bets? Ordinarily, the Marketplace would be painted yellow, but maintained its grey aesthetics for our fanciful evening of lights last year. A wavelength of 582nm might work.
It currently looks like this, but October is only like nine months away, so hopefully we’ll see it come alive sooner rather than later.