Continuing from Part 1, we’ll start with the Resort’s quick service, Landscape of Flavors.
BUT FIRST THING IS FIRST. Stacey is on the televisions in the seating areas! TRIPLE MOUNTAIN WHAMMY!
The order area is expansive with plenty of room behind the lines to contemplate the menu and well defined lines to keep things orderly.
First up is the sweets station on the far left. Apparently I didn’t take proper menu pictures of this one because I’m bad at this. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.
Only the highest quality with a 5D Mark III. They must be missing the Snack Credit logos. I would guess most of the items here would qualify.
Fresh fruit to add to your smoothie.
For your gelato.
Yeah, that all looks really good.
Certainly some unique flavors if you’d like to try something different.
Sandwiches and Salads:
It’s nice to see the popular Create Your Own Salad made famous at Port Orleans Riverside has moved over here. And look! It’s on the Kids Picks, WITH SHRIMP! That’s crazy. The cast member in the picture above was very excited to help make this an action shot.
Fresh ingredients, freshly made. Not that you can make anything not-fresh mind you.
Speaking of which, you can see everything being prepared in the open kitchen behind any of the stations.
The Tandoori/Mongolian station. Did you see that coming? Maybe since the menus leaked months ago….
A little out there on these. I’m hoping they’re successful so more interesting items will start showing up elsewhere.
Pizza and Pasta Station.
Check out that Cheesy Pesto Bread as a snack credit. Divine brought out poolside, I bet. You may remember my 5lb portion of pasta over at Riverside and it’s nice to see that has made its way over here too. The kids can even get a healthier whole wheat pasta with turkey meatballs if they like or opt for the more familiar cheese pizza. It’s a win/win . Even the Meatball Sandwich is served on ciabatta.
Just read the descriptions for those burgers and the list of toppings. This is unlike any quick service anywhere on Disney property. It makes Sunshine Seasons look like it’s McDonalds circa 1996 when your Big Mac was made last week.
Beverage/fruit/yogurt/dessert/sushi/etc. choices. Bigger: https://www.easywdw.com/reports4/aoabev.jpg.
Bigger since this is important: https://www.easywdw.com/reports4/obp.jpg. I was extremely surprised to see Estrella Damm Daura, Orange Blossom Pilsner, and Orlando Brewing Pale, Brown, and Blonde in the case here. As I mentioned via Twitter this morning, the Orange Blossom Pilsner is an excellent choice if you know someone that “doesn’t like beer” but still wants to fit in with the other bros. And of course what I’m really saying here is that it’s a good beer for women.
I wasn’t kidding when I said research continues on taste testing every beer that may or may not show up at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. I say this is a good choice for the non-beer-liking folk because it tastes strongly of orange and honey. It isn’t necessarily a good choice for people that “like beer,” though it’s certainly worth trying. A six-pack runs about $9 in grocery stores. It’s easy to find at area Total Wine stores and may be available at Publix and the like. Mine down the street carried it for a while, but I haven’t seen it in the last month or so.
A yellow cake cupcake topped with “macarons” to the right middle there: $3.99. Above that are Cheesecake Bites ($4.99) and Strawberry Cheesecake ($3.99). Underneath that is the standard Disney Sushi – Tokyo Sushi Sampler, Spicy Tuna Roll, and Vegetable Roll. $8.95 each it looks like. Never leave home without disposable chopsticks. Trust me.
Those eclair-looking-things sure look good.
Less exciting Kids Picks items.
As far as fruit and prepackaged items, it’s a mixture of new items and items we’ve seen elsewhere. On the top shelf is Caramel Popcorn ($4.99), Odwalla White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Chewy Nut Bar ($2.99), and an Odwalla Chocolate Chip Original Bar ($2.99). Below that we have Odwalla Bars in Protein, Berries GoMega, Blueberry Swirl, and Superfood. $2.99 each. Below the bananas are rice krispy treats and yogurt pretzels. Everything is a snack credit. We’ll take a look at the beverage options shortly, but you can see on the left that we have the same refillable mugs here as other resorts. No RFID protection, so you can bring your old mugs and refill to your heart’s content! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW.
Totally healthy and organic and preservative free and all natural Disney chips and Doritos.
Rice Crisps for those of you from Oregon. $2.69 each or a snack credit.
And finally Surf Sweets Fruity Bars and popcorn.
Time for drinks and condiments:
I think this is the first time I’ve seen “mello yello” served anywhere. But where’s the Hi-C! And Caffeine Free Diet Coke! Not that I would ever drink that! BUT I WANT TO SHUT IT DOWN SO BAD.
Nice slot for the pizza box. By the time all is said and done, I will get a can through there.
But the real surprise might just be the fact that they use “real” silverware and plates here. They don’t even trust the 1%ers at the Grand Floridian’s Gasparilla Grill with that! Wonder how long that is going to last. I’m running low on spoons….
Moving on to seating, I don’t think you’re going to find more pleasant surroundings at a resort quick service. Though time will tell how noisy/crowded it is during the breakfast rush in October when the resort is 95% full.
There are several different sections each with distinct art and overhead lighting.
Prettier than you might expect.
Cars-ish. Or something.
Confident that this is Lion King-ish.
We’ll see how nice it stays after tourists happen to it.
The tile changes too in each section.
While simple, the chairs have arched backs and the tables are sturdy.
I really like the mixture of “safe” classics and more unique choices on the menu. The healthier options are a nice change of pace and the beer selection is better than you’ll find at any other Disney quick service. Didn’t see that coming.
In Part 3 we’ll finally head out back.