We continue from Shimmering Sips.
Citrus Blossom situates itself on the Canada side of World Showcase across from Refreshment Port and Shimmering Sips. If you’re thinking that it looks vaguely familiar…from earlier this year…that’s because it’s an unexpected holdover from the Flower and Garden Festival.
This is where you’ll find the popular Orange Bird Sipper with the Orange Cream Shake either inside the vessel (not recommended) or in a plastic cup on the side (recommended). While it may now be hard to believe, there was a time when lines to order one would be 40 or 50 people deep, necessitating a nighttime return when waits dissipated. With the late arrival, you would have also benefited from not having to lug the souvenir cup around all day, though if I had to carry around a piece of plastic for the rest of my life, it would probably be this precious little guy. Now you can not wait and carry the cup around all day. And they said nothing good ever came from 2020.
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon — $8.25
It’s rare to see a straight-up Lobster Tail appear on a Festival menu. We’ve seen Lobster-topped Nachos, Lobster-topped Asparagus, Lobster-topped Macaroni and Cheese Bread Cones, and other instances over the years. The $8.25 Tail is about what you would expect. There’s a thin stick through it, which makes the meat easy to extract from the shell, and there are a solid seven or eight bites of what ends up being straightforward Lobster with just a hint of citrus. You’ll rate this one significantly lower if you bite into the wood stick, so be careful on that front. Freshness may also come into play as the meat only gets gummier under the heat lamp. You might ask for the freshest tail. Since Lobster Tails are typically on the expensive side, we thought the price point was one of the fairer offers at the Festival. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. While it was a good use of a snack credit in the Before Times, $8+ is an above-average price point out of pocket, and I don’t think this delivers anything special enough to demand a purchase. It’s still pretty good, though.
Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens — $5.75
The Chicken is coated in a thin, crispy batter with a thick citrus-forward sauce on top. It’s a nice “safe” choice for those averse to seafood and it’s a relatively large cutlet for the money with careful attention to detail. I don’t think the few bites demand a purchase, but you could do a lot worse. We still remember the Italian Chicken Fingers with a side of Ragu for more money.
Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup — $15
Standing about eight inches tall, the Bird is full of an Orange-Julius-like, thin orange substance; the consistency is similar to a melted Creamsicle bar. The very sweet orange and vanilla flavors are probably too sweet to be refreshing, but most people are probably after the souvenir vessel, anyway. Note that this version is non-alcoholic, while the following review will contain wine. For $15, the construction of the bright orange plastic bird “feels” pretty good in the hand and will probably look great on your shelf and/or eBay page. I’d recommend picking one up if you like this sort of collectible.
Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy — $6.75
The Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy may be my favorite drink at the Festival. At under seven bucks, it’s also a relative steal with the sweet, creamy, perfectly-frozen-yet-still-very-sippable slush filling the plastic martini glass up to the brim.
It’s basically a sweeter, more orangelicious (not a word) version of the Wine Slushy that we may or may not see return at some point this year. There probably isn’t a ton of wine involved here, but it’s so tasty and refreshing that it might not matter. I’d definitely recommend picking one up. You’ll come away with more Slush than the typical non-alcoholic cup for just about two dollars more. The drink is also a lot more novel than those juicy Mimosas from Glistening Gulps.
Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale – $4.50 or $8.50
The Islamorada Coconut Key Lime Ale, seen here as part of a now-unavailable flight, is heavy on the coconut flavor that lingers throughout the sip, with just a brief tinge of zesty lime at the beginning. Six ounces will probably be enough for most people, but it’s an interesting taste of something that I wouldn’t ordinarily commit to in a 6-pack.
Citrus Blossom was a little more interesting with the Tuna Tataki and multiple beer selections, but it remains a solid stop for straightforward flavors at prices approaching reasonable. You’d have to check eBay to see if you can still flip one of the Orange Birds to help offset the cost.