France returns out in front of the Pavilion on the right side. I’d expect it to be busier once the Rat Ride officially arrives on October 1st, but the Creperie may also take some of the pressure off as people elect there at prices that are still unreasonable, but slightly less so. Either way, Bailey from Houston can’t wait to serve you.
That’s it in red.
We continue from Appleseed Orchard.
Ireland should look something like this when it reopens on October 1st. Food and Wine is split into two parts this year with the second half-ish arriving this fall.
The following booths will open October 1st:
- The Alps
- Lobster Landing
- Mac and Eats
You can pull up the menus for all of the booths, including those not yet opened, at DisneyWorld.com, here. Personally, I’m not sure if I want to make it to October 1st. But we’ll be back if we have to be.
We continue from Canada.
A couple of years ago, Appleseed Orchard took up residence inside Canada’s Circle-Vision 360 theater, since O’ Canada was in the process of being switched over to Canada Far & Wide. EPCOT has since made the switch to the new production that’s more like 287.2 degrees. Apparently, Disney would prefer to sell apples in the building than offer the film presentation, which is barely 18 months old. Apparently biomes and off-camera narrators didn’t exactly resonate with guests. I’m at least one of those myself, but I would implore you to stick with me rather than spending 365 days a year picking apples.
If you’re looking for the Orchard, continue down past the entrance to Le Bifteck Cher Cellier on the left until you eventually arrive around the corner into the world of la pomme.
We continue on from Refreshment Port.
Canada returns in the same spot in front of its namesake Pavilion. On the promenade, it’s the booth that you’ll pass after Australia on the left and Refreshment Port on the right.
Both popular food items return this year, each 50 cents more expensive than last year. I wonder if we should start taking bets on when Canada will actually offer a new food item. A similar Merlot from the same winery returns from last year alongside a new beer from the same brewery. This is the second year in a row that an Ice Wine hasn’t been featured, perhaps because the portions were simply so small for the money given the high bottle price and the sheer sweet viscosity of it all that complaints piled up. I’d certainly like to see it return, perhaps with an asterisk that it’s probably not what you’re expecting and you may have to put the ounce on layaway.
We continue from Australia.
Refreshment Port is located on the right side of World Showcase as you walk towards the Canada Pavilion or on the left side after you pass through our neighbors to the north. During the Food and Wine Festival, the Australia Marketplace situates itself across the way. Miss you Orange Bird and General Citrus Lobby. I still waved.
Refreshment Port has become a bit of a Festival poutine headquarters in recent years, offering a new take for most Festivals. As far as strongly-worded letters from the citizens of the great country of Canada go, I don’t name the dishes, so please send hate mail in Disney’s direction as it’s been five or six years and they seem to think that putting anything on top of fries qualifies as Poutine. There will probably just be a hamburger on top of them next year. “It’s not a Hamburger Combo! It’s Poutine, which comes with a $2 upcharge because it sounds fancier than ‘Old Hamburger Recently Found in the Electric Umbrella Rubble.'” The kiosk did go decidedly non-bougie this year as they’ve served “Lobster Poutine” and “Duck Confit Poutine” among others over the years. The very good Maple Boursin Cheesecake moves over here, as the company had to move booths since their old one is in a construction zone I’d still risk death, or at least some minor scratches, or sending in an assistant, for that Cheesecake though. And we have a new wine and beer. Note that only the regular Poutine is a snack credit and not the specialty version, unlike most other Festival dishes. We’ll see why in a moment.