Sorry I’m such a jerk. I know I put “Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf” in the title of this post and then waited until Part 3 to mention such a thing. But as a “webmaster,” you have to understand that all I care about is pageviews. I don’t care if you enjoy the content. I don’t care if you typed in “Purple Geo Metro with Race Strips Trade-In Value” and the first Google result was my review of Restaurantosaurus. I only care that you click and continue to be fooled into clicking. I have no interest in anything else.
Actually, my brain doesn’t work well enough to organize content in any way other than chronological. I had lunch at the end of my picture taking expedition and thus, those pictures appear at the end of the last part. But I realize the pain that I have caused you and in this one instance I’ll cut right to the chase. Or as close as this website can get to doing that. Just don’t be surprised if I seem a little frazzled later on.
Here we are at the Wolfgang Puck Express in the Marketplace section of Downtown Disney. Previously, we took a look at the one over on the West Side that is attached to the Wolfgang Puck Cafe and the upstairs Dining Room. At this location, we’ll see more upscale items on the menu and additional indoor seating. On the far right, you’ll notice that we have some refurbishment walls. Wolfgang is currently expanding the indoor seating area after realizing the uncovered outdoor seating is intolerable about eight months out of the year.
Another look at the refurbishment wall. Construction didn’t disturb the meal whatsoever.
If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this is the single best use of a quick service credit at Walt Disney World. With the Salmon, the Creme Brulee, and a Beverage, you’re looking at a meal that costs about $28 with tax. Even with a $14 entree, the $4 frozen yogurt, and the $3 beverage, you’re still looking at a meal around $22 without even trying to order the most expensive items. It’s a no brainer if you’re on the Dining Plan.
Inside, you’ll line up here and order your food and beverages like most quick service locations. One problem with Wolfgang Puck Express is that there are only three registers and lines can back up during peak meal times. The good news is that’s also about as fast as the kitchen can prepare the food, so your wait won’t be tons longer than it takes to order.
You’ll be given a number and your beverage should you order one. A server will bring your food out to you when it’s ready, so you can relax at a table outside.
Or inside as the case may be.
Additional outdoor seating that shouldn’t be going anywhere. If you need a larger table, you can push tables together yourself or ask the server to help.
The Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf – Mashed Potatoes, Port Wine Sauce, Crispy Onion Rings – $15. Looks better than anything we’ve seen in a while, doesn’t it? And it’s just as good as it looks, if not better. “Melt in your mouth” meatloaf, creamy mashed potatoes, an amazing wine sauce. And it looks beautiful. A huge portion. Most of the other items on the menu are even bigger. People toss around the “big enough to share” too often I think, but those pizzas really are big enough to share. I don’t think you’re going to find fresher, higher quality quick service food anywhere else on Disney property. Of course, you’re also paying for that quality, but I think it’s worth the extra $5 or so per entree in order to get something truly enjoyable. If cost is a concern, simply split entrees and desserts among more than one person. Your server will be happy to provide additional plates and you won’t feel the awkwardness of “pressure” that might come with sharing meals on the Dining Plan at a typical table service restaurants. We’ll come back for some pizzas and other goodies.
Popping over to Once Upon A Toy.
Which is mammoth as we’ll soon see once we step inside. That’s all the same store going back there.
A popular activity here is filling up a box or “souvenir” Mr. Potato Head with Mr. Potato Head parts. This sucker is $46.95.
Or a smaller box for $19.95.
One of these.
One or more of your parts can be the Mr. Potato Head body if you’d like to put together the Potato here. But any seasoned Mr. Potato Head parts buyer will tell you that you’re better off getting the Mr. Potato Head itself elsewhere and filling your box with smaller exclusive parts here instead.
Tables where you can put your Potato together.
I’m not a Mr. Potato Head expert, but I think most of these parts are exclusive to Disney theme parks. Not sure about this store in particular. It’s a fun and unique activity if you’re looking to spend $20 on something you can potentially take home and have fun with for some time to come.
New Muppets merchandise. These “your head here” shirts are popular.
We’ve seen these Animal backpacks before. They are pretty cute but I’m not sure my camera would fit!
Animal-themed hit your sister, I mean drum sticks. $16.95.
Walls and walls of stuff.
This is barely a taste.
We took a look at stroller rental pricing the other day. Disney will sell you one of these.
For $49.95. They’re available in several locations around the resort. I saw them for sale at the International Gateway yesterday.
This is the home of another Build Your Own Lightsaber kiosk. We previously took a look at similar kiosks at Mickey’s Star Traders in Magic Kingdom and Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios.
Walls of Cars and Toy Story merchandise.
And Monorail Playsets:
I wonder if somebody made a voodoo monorail playset and sticks pins in it to cause the monorail to stop working.
A Jedi Training Academy shirt to go along with a ton of Star Wars merchandise, including Legos.
And Star Wars Muppets merchandise. Two birds with one stone I guess.
Yo dawg, I heard you like hats.
Books? What kind of a toy store is this?
Some Indiana Jones merchandise:
There’s merchandise from a few other attractions too.
The Disney Interactive Studio where you can play video games (and purchase them) for a variety of consoles, including Wii and DS. I have a detailed look at this area in this post in case you missed it.
Animators’ Collection Dolls:
This is one of those things where the “doe eyes” don’t necessarily translate well off screen. These dolls sort of look like the kind of thing that will wake up in the middle of the night, find a chef’s knife, and stab you to death. You have seen Toy Story, right? Real life isn’t like a Disney movie. The dolls will get you eventually.
The Princess merchandise is located in the room furthest from the main entrance. Here we have Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle.
Along with Snow White and then to the right of her Ariel and Tiana.
The available dresses with Snow White above:
I recommend buying a dress and bringing it with you if you’d like your daughter (or son) to wear one during your stay. It will be higher quality, less expensive, and less generic than most of the others you see. BuyCostumes.com is a good store to check availability of officially licensed costumes and accessories.
Over to Mickey’s Pantry.
A little window shopping before we go in.
Not as big as the toy stores:
That’s about half of it.
Those Mickey ice cubs in a more traditional Red, Black, and Yellow.
A mix of common and less common merchandise. A nice stop if you’re looking for something kitchen-y and don’t want to spend a lot of time looking around in various stores. A better selection than Yankee Trader over at Magic Kingdom too.
Along with the run-of-the-mill merchandise, this store is somewhat unique in that it offers a lot of “gourmet” salts, sugars, and spices:
Produced by the Spice & Tea Exchange in St. Augustine, Florida. Their website is here.
That sums up this round of Downtown Disney musings. I think we’ll have just one more part in the overarching series to see Cap’n Jack’s, Rainforest Cafe, Art of Disney, and a couple of the other stores and restaurants.
Feel free to post a question if you’d like me to look into something in particular.