Update: Added the rest of the Walkabout below the menus.
Before I get on with my usual nonsense, here are the Food/Wine Festival booth menus that are already up. I’ll be back with the rest when they are available. And maybe some straighter pictures of the ones I have now. Let me know if you’d like to see the full size image of any of them. I think most everything should be perfectly readable.
I’ll be back shortly with the full “walkabout.” Just wanted to toss these menus up here real quick.
And because it just went up, the Mexico booth (it’s very cute!)
Brewer’s Collection – amusingly, the Brewer’s Collection and the Germany Booth are behind a lot of bushes because they don’t want people sitting at the tables or messing with the signs prior to the Festival. Luckily, your author is tall AND A COUPLE OF BUSHES WILL NOT STOP HIM.
We are really just popping into Epcot for the menus and a little exercise. But we might as well see what else is going on. The Food/Wine Festival begins this Friday. It may very well be the most over-hyped event of the year at Disney World, but we’ll play along anyway. I’ll be at a few Festival events here over the next week. I’ve got the First Bites event to kick off the Festival on the 29th, the Scott Hunnel Kitchen Memories at 10am the next day, and I’ll be at the first 3D Dessert Party on October 7th, among a few others. I’ll also be gorging on $4 beer samples and try to eat everything at every booth over the course of the six-week event.
Here we are arriving just before noon. No discernible difference in lines that I notice, but I’m not a professional:
I think these shirts are new and the cast member agreed and also thought they were new. I can’t promise anything though. I feel like you would get dizzy staring at them.
Looks like we have 2.5 people in line for Spaceship Earth.
Doesn’t look too crowded.
Heading over to the Imagination Pavilion to check out on the construction of my pyramid.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this is where I’ll be living during the Food and Wine Festival. It looks like it’s going to be a wet one.
I ride the monorails a few times every week and you just never know what you’re going to get. My trip today started out with the monorail needing to be reset. That includes completely shutting down the monorail cars and then turning the whole thing back on. No big deal, but it turns the air-conditioning off for a couple of minutes and you have to sit there for the duration. Luckily, there were only about six people in my section, but it’s always more uncomfortable when people are packed in tight. While this was going on, the roof began to leak. Luckily, no one was sitting underneath the leak and it wasn’t yet raining. I’m not sure how wet people got over the course of the evening, as it rained for about five hours. We then started out on our trek very slowly with the cars tipping to the left and then back to the right as it clanked along toward Epcot. It was sort of disconcerting, to the point where the woman sitting across from me actually grabbed the hand of her husband. It wasn’t a huge tipping motion by any means, but everyone certainly felt it.
Looking back at Future World before heading up to the World Showcase.
A cute topiary of Donald and Daisy Duck welcomes guests to the Festival.
A couple of set pieces to help set the theme:
I’m not sure why the theme isn’t just “booze and little pieces of food” every year, but I have never been much for marketing.
Many (all?) of the World Showcase booths have plants in front of them. Here we have lime and cilantro, among others.
I’m not sure how long those limes are going to last with a bunch of drunks wandering around with margaritas. I already have my eye on a couple ripe looking ones.
Walking up toward China.
A look into the Norway Pavilion for no reason, really.
A pretty day. Hot and humid, but nowhere near as bad as yesterday.
Disney was walking around some Food/Wine cast members to most of the booths explaining what would be served at each along with some information about cooking techniques and presentation.
I followed them around (like a ninja). If you want to know what size plate a particular item is going to be served on, just ask.
Eat to the Beat always brings some decent acts with it. We’re not talking Van Halen here, but I’m looking forward to a few in particular. There are three performances each evening – 5:15pm, 6:30pm, and 7:45pm at the American Gardens Theater right across from the American Adventure Pavilion.
Over to the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Preparing Festival stuff in the garage-looking buildings.
Looking back at Future World around 1:30pm.
Despite it being slightly less miserable than yesterday weather-wise, it was still uncomfortably hot. Against my better judgement I decided to take a foray over to Captain EO, the 3D Michael Jackson film, to cool off before lunch. At a cost of 1.76 million dollars per minute, it was the most expensive film ever produced in 1986. I’m not sure what to say about it. It’s bad. Is it so bad that it’s actually good? It’s hard to say. I feel like it’s the wrong kind of bad. It definitely isn’t good though. They even managed to make the pre-show, which is a short documentary that you would think could be interesting, incredibly boring. It’s worth seeing though.
Don’t worry kids. He can’t hurt you anymore. Too soon, right?
Wait times at 2pm according to the board:
I guess if I were going to complain about the World Showcase quick services, it would be the fact that the seating is outside at all of them, save for Liberty Inn. I was just to hot to sit outside in Mexico or United Kingdom. So we’re headed over to Sunshine Seasons.
Sunshine Seasons is popular, especially in the afternoon from 12pm – 2:30pm, but there are still plenty of tables around. You can see a bunch in the top section there.
“Literally” no one in line at Living with the Land, but I’m hungry!!!! So we can’t ride now. Sorry kids.
We should have a look at Sunshine Seasons’ menu while we’re here, starting with breakfast.
Pastries and Desserts – Available All Day I’ll try to get better pictures soon.
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Cold Items Available Throughout The Day – These items are often overlooked, but check them out!
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Sunshine Seasons is one of the best quick service locations in any Disney World theme park, offering a bevy of freshly prepared dishes using high quality ingredients. Like most quick service locations at Disney resorts, there are several “pods” where you’ll order food. For lunch/dinner, you have the pastry/dessert pod, sandwich pod, Asian pod, salad pod, and grill pod. Luckily, service is much faster than Cosmic Ray’s at Magic Kingdom and you pay for your food at one time after you pick up everything you’d like to order. Fountain beverages are self-serve. You should be able to get refills with a valid receipt. You’ll note the pricing is in line with other quick service locations where refills are permitted ($2.79 rather than $2.59 or 2.89) – Backlot Express, Restaurantosaurus, and Electric Umbrella.
The Asian pod is the only real lackluster option. I was going to order some, knowing full well it would be a relatively small portion and not be particularly good, but I wussed out and got a sandwich instead.
This is excellent in just about every way. Cheese piled three slices high. Chipotle mayo on both sides. It’s huge. A healthy helping of turkey. It would be a tough choice between this, a sandwich from Starring Rolls, and a sandwich from Earl of Sandwich. The potato salad accompaniment is great too – though there isn’t much more than a couple of bites here. Stay away from the Asian food and you’re in good shape.
I’ll be back for the rest of the Food/Wine Festival booths once they’re available.