Longtime readers of the website know that I lurve me some bus stop pizza even more than that AH.MAZE.ING. hot cheese sauce they used to serve at Casey’s Corner before the FDA banned the main ingredient. So when I learned that All-Star Movies and Music would be offering pizzas at their bus stop, I canceled my Mickey’s PhilharMagic FastPass+ and rushed over.
But while I have been making fun of the concept because bus stop pizza sounds as funny as it is depressing.
It’s sort of an ingenious plan. All they are doing here is having a cast member walk out cheese and pepperoni pizzas so guests can bypass the food court and either take their pizza back to their rooms or directly to the food court seating area. Order your pizza or convenient beer and you won’t have to wait around for your pizza to be baked or stand there while it’s getting cold waiting to pay for it. The kiosk has industrial-style warmers so even if the pizzas sit for a few minutes, they should still taste fresh.
The beer selection. At least there’s Yuengling.
You’ll have to excuse me as these are camera phone pictures. I was too excited to pack Tom.
And at $15.49, there is a considerable amount of value here as this is big enough for four adults to each eat two large slices. That comes out to $3.87 per person and you’d have eaten considerably more pizza than one of Disney’s standard $9.99 frozen pepperoni pies from the likes of PizzeRizzo. Like the food court, they also accept Tables in Wonderland for a 20% discount and don’t add a tip.
On the quality front, I think this tastes better than the personal pan pizzas that are more or less now resigned to just PizzeRizzo. The crust, particularly on the bottom, is much thinner and the pepperoni coverage is better with what may or may not be a higher quality pepperoni and seemingly more cheese. It’s not “good pizza” in that 80% of pizzerias in the “real world” are going to serve a better product because they have to to survive, but it’s “good pizza for Disney.” If the family is wiped out after getting back from not seeing Rivers of Light and you’re staying at a world class resort that offers bus stop food, then this may be just the ticket.
As I’ve mentioned before, the food courts that don’t offer flatbreads moved to these “monster slices” maybe two years ago now. Each one should be a fourth(?) of the whole pizza, so if you’re considering two slices with the same toppings, it would make more sense to go with a whole. Ask for some aluminium foil and you can stick the leftovers in the fridge and save it for breakfast the next day. As if there is any chance of there being leftovers.
While we’re here, we can take a look at the Christmas decorations offered – wreaths above the desks and some holiday inspired plants in the planters.
When you get the tree from Sears that is already decorated.
A red carpet photo opportunity.
E! News: “Josh, what are you wearing this evening?”
Me: “Bus stop pizza.”
The All-Stars’ collection of merchandise:
Each individual resort offers its own postcard, but the other items read just “All-Star Resort.”
Speaking of resort quick services, a lot of the various resorts have been adding some more interesting items over the last month or so. At Movies, we have items like the:
- $11.49 House-made Macaroni and Cheese with Spicy Andouille Sausage with Garlic Toast and Side Salad
- $10.49 Spinach Artichoke Pasta – Penne Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes in Alfredo Sauce served with Garlic Toast and Side Salad
- $11.49 Curry Chicken – Red Curry Chicken with Rice and Stir Fry Vegetables
- $14.99 Reuben Burger – Angus Burger, Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing with Coleslaw and French Fries
But even then, the “usual” items are gussied up with this or that, at least in name:
- $12.99 Barbecue Chicken Sandwich – Barbecue Chicken Breast, Fried Onion Straw, and Smoked Cheddar with Coleslaw and French Fries
- $11.49 House-made Meatball Sub – House-made Beef and Pork Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, and Mozzarella Cheese with House-made Chips and Side Salad
- $11.99 Hot Italian Sandwich – Ham, Salami, and Pepperoni toasted on a Sub Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pepperoncini, and Provolone Cheese served with House-made Chips and Side Salad
This all sounds very positive. The full menu is available here. But then, we all remember my “Pop Century Debuts Pretty Crazy New Menu” post from last year.
We’ll switch gears slightly and visit the Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music to see if what “feels” like some lofty promises materialize into positive experiences. And if you’re tired of reading I’ll just tell you right now. No…no they don’t.
Toppings go on top of the hamburger. It makes sense.
If I was going to create my own pasta that is definitely not the one that I would create. But it is interesting that it’s more of a “chicken parmesan” situation than the typical grilled pieces.
Another bonus of going Bus Stop with your pizza. Disney keeps the salad.
Why would anyone with any sense of self worth…any foresight…or regular sight…or ability to hear words that describe what pictures look like…order fast food braised short ribs from the All-Star Music? And that is the most optimistic picture of a Disney quick service steak that I’ve ever seen.
Is it still a sandwich if it’s served on a multi-grain croissant?
Salads lol. I haven’t been eating nothing but kale for six months to eat it on vacation too.
DOUBLE SCOOP? Somebody’s feeling generous.
Is Mickey Gelato made out of…
They want you to order the single scoop so badly that it appears on every screen. Then it’s followed by an item that is literally nothing for $5.99. Maybe to improve the perceived value of the Deluxe resorts they will build “Disney’s Invisible Resort (No It’s There Honest)” and charge $275 a night, thereby making $375/night at Saratoga Springs appear attractive. Still a better night’s sleep than Cabana Bay.
I wonder how many different fruits and vegetables they had to try to make bread out of before they found the one that sort of works.
If I was the muffin man I think I would have led with that at #1 and hoped people stopped reading immediately after.
Cookies and such.
Check out that luscious theming on the top.
Mass produced cupcakes YEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
I ordered the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with
Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, and a fresh(?) Roll.
I felt like Bonasera in the Godfather using all of my powers and all of my skills to make this look presentable to you, but there was no hope. The beef is the exact same quality as what they used to serve as “pot roast” for around $12. And the beef was actually the best part – mildly edible and while fatty, what they describe as “red wine sauce” on top actually did enough to cover the flavor of the “short rib.” They didn’t have a “fresh roll” so I was given a breadstick from the pasta section, which was like trying to eat through a medium size pine branch. And less flavorful to boot.
The “stuffing” may be the worst thing that I’ve ever been served on property. And I have eaten some pretty unfortunate things. I’m not sure if it was cooked. I’m not sure anybody was using a recipe. I’m not sure if food was involved. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
The plantains, while greasy, overcooked, and hardened, might be able to get you through the winter if for some reason you had to go sit in a cave for six months and could pick only one food item off this plate. The beef is the “obvious” choice, but I don’t think you’d last longer than a week on that for a variety of reasons.
Do you want it?
Corless ordered the $13.99 Pub Burger – Burger topped with Onion Strings, Fried Pickle, and House-made Beer Cheese on a Pretzel Roll with Coleslaw and French Fries. I realize it might not look very good in the picture – it was after dark and the food courts at the All Stars do not offer particularly favorable lighting. But it looked really promising in the tray – a soft, fluffy pretzel roll topped with coarse salt; a thick slice of seasoned fried pickle on top; a burger poking out of the sides of the bun; a heaping portion of fries.
Unfortunately, good looks will only take you so far in this world and the burger and beer cheese were surprisingly flavorless. If you had gone back and requested a cup of the beer cheese for dipping, you might have fared better, but as it stood, the liquid did little other than soften the crispy onions to a generic limpness.
This scene in front of the “carving station” tells you all you need to know – a poor woman crying into her food and another poor boy madly trying to scoop up his dropped chicken nuggets off the floor because he knows that if he can’t, it’s the short ribs.
Overall, I don’t know if any of us are prepared to live in a world where the best choice is bus stop pizza.