We continue with our jaunt around World Showcase with what’s happening around the China Pavilion.
In my opinion, China might be the most underappreciated of all the World Showcase Pavilions.
It has a sit-down restaurant, a major quick service, and a substantial drink/snack kiosk.
You’ll find an expansive store and a Circle-Vision 360 film, in addition to an interesting cultural exhibit.
You’ll also find Mulan meeting guests and a live acrobat show. And on top of all of that, the architecture is vibrant, diverse, and most importantly, looks really cool.
Joy of Tea is the waterside kiosk serving food and drink.
The specialty cocktail menu was recently refreshed. The BaiJoe Punch and M.S.G. are new additions, while the Tipsy Ducks in Love is permanent. From the old menu, only the Green Tea Plum Slush doesn’t make the cut.
The $10.50 “BaiJoe Punch with Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut, and Pineapple” is a surprisingly refreshing cocktail that’s easily sippable and packs a considerable punch. It moves over here from the Flower and Garden Festival and is a good choice in the summertime heat. Very different from a lot of the other drinks available.
The $10.50 “Tipsy Ducks in Love with Bourbon Whiskey, Coffee, Black Tea, Cream, and Chocolate Syrup” is perfect for when you’re looking for a perfectly chilled, creamy coffee drink with a little bit of chocolate and a lot of Jim Beam. I’m not always in the mood for something this heavy, but it definitely hits the spot and provides a little bit of a caffeine boost with the coffee and tea.
There’s also the unfortunately-titled “M.S.G.” which is a mixture of Mango Wine, Strawberry Syrup, and Ginger Ale. The carbonation from the soda makes this a good choice if you’re looking to sip on something very sweet for a while without any concern that you’re going to be stumbling home.
Here’s the Canto Loopy on the left with the Peach Snap! on the right. Both easy-drinking, light options. I like the Canto Loopy a little more – it’s not as syrupy and the melon flavor hearkens back to a time where we could enjoy seeing the winter melon out on the Behind the Seeds desk out in front of Soarin’.
Teas, Soft Drinks, and Snacks are also available.
The Bubble Tea is kind of fun, particularly if you’ve never tried anything like this before. It’s cold and refreshing and a reasonably-sized portion for the money.
I’d probably skip the food unless you’re particularly desperate. Everything sits in the warmer all day until someone orders it. And these Curry Pockets are not typically quick to go.
On the other hand, four bucks for two egg rolls isn’t the worst thing in the world.
The delightful Flower and Garden Festival continues for a couple of more weeks:
Reflections of China, the Circle-Vision 360 film that plays continuously inside the Temple of Heaven, is supposed to be refreshed in the near future.
But I haven’t heard anything about it since the announcement at last year’s D23 Expo.
Reading about it on a blog is, though.
Reflections of China probably isn’t a “must-see,” but it is incredibly quotable:
The new film is supposed to be “seamless” so there won’t be any space in between the screens.
It might be worth seeing before it glows away forever.
There’s a countdown clock at the front of the waiting area that counts down until the start of the next 14-minute show.
If there’s a few minutes to spare, you might check out the “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort” exhibit, which I have 150+ pictures of in this post.
The Tron Lightcyle Power Run stuff should be of particular interest as a similar ride is currently under construction at Magic Kingdom.
Lotus Blossom is the China Pavilion’s main quick service outlet. It benefits from a large, dedicated, covered seating area, in addition to the fact that there isn’t faster service anywhere at Epcot. Lines are virtually nonexistent and you should have your order within two minutes of placing it.
The food is better than you might be expecting. The $10.95 “Beef Noodle – Mongolian Style” is an overwhelming portion.
The Orange Chicken is exactly what you would expect.
You can pull up my most recent review here, which includes an in-depth look at most of the offerings. The Sichuan Chicken is above average.
Lotus Blossom is not a bad stop for a snack or a quick shared meal, but none of this seems that far out of the ordinary and nothing here is likely to impress. I’d love to see them pull some dishes served at Shanghai Disneyland, much like I’d love to see Katsura Grill serving some Tokyo Disneyland favorites over in Japan.
One other plus: Fountain sodas are cheaper here than just about anywhere else on property. A Disney-operated outlet would charge you $3.29 for a Regular and $3.69 for a Large. Buy two Larges and you’re .004% of the way to purchasing one Disney Vacation Club point at the Grand Floridian.
The Draft Beer choices are also updated, now with Tiger and Foo Beers in place of Yuengling and Bud Light.
Foo, with this neat handle, is also available at Joy of Tea.
$7.50 buys you 12 ounces of Foo Beer, which is a dark amber ale with a mild sweetness and just a little carbonation. It’s quite drinkable and considering it’s actually from China, worth pursuing. I haven’t seen it elsewhere.
Tiger Beer is more ubiquitous with its sweet, malty body pairing nicely with spicier food. It’s as drinkable as it is forgettable – crisp with a lot of corn and grain.
We’ll check out shopping around China next.
And then get over to the best restaurant at Walt Disney World.