One more look at Art of Animation for no reason really. But we’re here. Might as well post? No one really cares about the cars at Car Masters Weekend anyway, right? I don’t know. I certainly don’t.
We’ll start at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace stop. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Art of Animation from here, including stops at Pleasure Island and Typhoon Lagoon.
I wasn’t too thrilled with the pictures of the animation walls last time. This one might be better. Bigger: https://www.easywdw.com/reports4/wallofanimation.jpg.
The lobby you’ve seen a million times already.
Over to the Landscape of Flavors back when it was pleasant. These pictures are from June 3rd, so we don’t have the masses here quite yet. And in “reality” the masses won’t arrive until the middle of September. Duck, cover, and roll.
Some interesting choices at the Create Your Own Pasta station. Bow Tie Pasta! Multi Grain Linguine =[ I would guess that they will change the sign to indicate that you can order shrimp or chicken or andoulle sausage along with the other toppings rather than all of the meats.
Fresh and pretty. It’s the best choice over at Port Orleans Riverside and I’m guessing one of the better choices here too.
You tell them what you want and they sizzle it up for you on the spot. No pre-cooked shrimp here!
Still stoked about the beer choices, even if they run like $6 each.
A closer look at the white wine choices.
My original intention was to visit the Tandoori station for the shrimp or sausages, but realized it would be dumb to have a big meal at 2:30pm when I was headed to Tusker House for a 5:45pm reservation. In the full look at Landscape of Flavors, I said, “Check out that Cheesy Pesto Bread as a snack credit. Divine brought out poolside, I bet.”
Oh my science was this delicious. The cheese is melted fresh while you wait and the marinara sauce is excellent. If you’re staying at Art of Animation and have some snack credits, this is the epitome of a snack. Out of pocket it’s a decent value. It isn’t a ton of food for five bucks, but you could do a lot worse. Recommended either way. As I mentioned before, preparation is slow. It took a good five minutes to prepare/bake this and I was the only one in line.
The smoothie station menus have snack credits noted now:
Everything is a snack credit other than the smoothie.
For our purposes today, we’re interested in the gelato. Look at how the designs differ today from day one:
Not that it matters.
Toppings. This is another example of a station that’s going to take some time. I probably spent four minutes ordering as I looked over the flavors, sampled the torrone, and inquired about the toppings. I wasn’t sure what those pink ball things are or what’s going on in the lower left hand corner. Turns out they are strawberry sprinkles of some variety. Then the cast member very delicately spoons whatever you decide onto your concoction. Just a lengthy process.
The gelato in context. It isn’t a particularly large portion. Even at something like Coldstone Creamery you could expect about 5x as much at a similar price point.
Up close and personal. I tried the torrone with the little strawberry pearl things and some run of the mill sprinkles. Bite for bite, very good, though no better than the gelato you’d get from any sort of specialty ice cream shop, mall or otherwise. At $4.49, the price point is a little hard to swallow, but the portion size is certainly “sensible.” At five bucks a cup I’m not in a hurry to order another, but you’re on vacation!
Certainly very tasty as you can’t really go wrong with 100 grams of sugar and 400% of your daily saturated fat.
Looking outside, it’s a little sunnier than last time.
The pool that will only get more crowded. It was so nice when no one was here!
Wish they were mine.
Around the pool:
No rhyme or reason and I’m too lazy to caption anything. But then you’re wondering if I really put any effort whatsoever into it? And if I do, it’s sort of sad?
What you can see of the Little Mermaid section from the Lion King section.
From the bridge that connects Art of Animation with Pop Century.
One last look.