Oh hello strawberry shortcake! Yum. The photo above is from one of our very favourite places to eat in Disney World. The Garden Grill, Epcot.
I thought I’d pop in with a few food thoughts from our recent trip. I wrote a huge post back in 2017 about this and all of this still stands true although I am no expert on this subject. While I was planning this years trip I discovered a couple of great You Tube channels (All Ears and The Disney Food Blog) and they both have an amazing amount of information about all things Disney including lots of food related details. I picked up several tips from them.
This time around we again had upgraded our ‘free’ dining plan to the one where you get one quick serve, one table serve and two snacks each day. I also made our table service reservations 180 days in advance. Yep 180 days before you go, if you are staying on Disney property, you can book your table service meals. I said it back in 2017 and it’s worth repeating, having a framework of meals to work your days around is a great way to plan these trips. Knowing you have food all sorted helps smooth any other wrinkles that are bound to pop up with this type of holiday.
Not the best photo but I don’t care about that. All I’m thinking about is how delicious that ‘bread pudding’ was. And of course Mickey waffles have to be on chosen too.
We ate at four character breakfast buffets. Breakfast buffets are the star in the dining plan crown. You meet characters and have a huge array of great food to choose from. And the value for money is good. I just happened to notice the cost of Chef Mickeys.for breakfast…. $50! For breakfast! They are not all as expensive as this one and you meet the big five guys/gal here so I get why it’s expensive but $50….. It isn’t the best food but a great way to eat and meet but only if you are on the dining plan or rich!
As well as Chef Mickeys we also did Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort (Minnie, Pluto Donald and Daisy), 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter) and The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom (Winnie, Tigger, Piglet and Eyeore).
At Cape May it was upscale food. Very well presented food in a lovely setting. They had a cooked to order omelette station and build your own breakfast burrito as well as all the other delicious breakfast goodness.
1900 Park Fare had the signature strawberry soup which was like a strawberry smoothie but more liquid. It was delish but oh so sweet. They also had a made to order omelette station. Definitely Gav’s favourite thing.
The Crystal Palace had a good range too and an ice cream self serve station. Oh yes I ate chocolate soft serve for breakfast.
Gav was interested to find as many non alcoholic speciality beverages as possible and had done his own research online before we arrived. The first we found was Le Frou’s Brew at Gastons Tavern in Magic Kingdom.
It’s frozen apple juice with a foam ‘head’ of passion fruit and mango. Oh my gosh. It was sooooo sweet. Way too sweet for us. And that’s saying something.
We also found the strawberry dole whip float (there was a photo of that a week or two back in a photo a day post) and our very, very favourite was the frozen mint julep lemonade from Casey’s corner. No photos of that one but truly it was very good and we are trying to recreate it here at home.
Above is the Cheshire cat tail from the Cheshire Cafe in Magic Kingdom. Basically a chocolate french pastry like a croissant but with that colourful icing to resemble the Cheshire Cat! It was very good and a great use of a snack credit.
Something we did not plan to do at all was eat at the International Food and Wine Festival. This goes on in Epcot from September to late November. After wandering around Epcot one afternoon and seeing all the amazing food choices we decided to alter our plans and make eating ‘around the world’ one of our evening meals. We used a combination of snack and quick serve credits (you need to check that they are willing to do this) to sample around ten different cuisines. Such an unexpected treat.
Here is a warm Irish stout dip with brown bread from Ireland.
A trio of dips with naan bread and a mango lassi from India.
A black pepper boursin souffle from the Cheese Studio. This was really delish!
A trio of artisan cheese and butternut squash ravioli from the Wine and Dine Studio.
And perhaps out favourite was from Earth Eats.
The Impossible Burger and Impossible Cottage pie. Really tasty and all plant based!
I would definitely include this festival in any plans. It was such good food, beautifully laid out with large planters full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. My only grumble would be all the disposable single use plates etc. Many were recyclable and they had separate places to dispose of them but most folks were dumping all their used plates in the same bins.
On to another delicious burger at De Luxe Burger in Disney Springs. This was a fav last time we came and is still one of our top choices. We even used the mobile ordering on the Disney App! I impressed myself with that one.
I went all gourmet and had cornflake encrusted French toast at the Wolfgang Pucks quick serve venue, also in Disney Springs.
And of course we had to try the Mickey shaped Biegnets from our neighbour hotel Port Orleans, French Quarter. These were A-MAZ-ING!
And finally because this post is going on and on! We shared a classic dole whip on our last morning. So. so good.
All in all the food in Disney is good. There is a vast range of choices to suit all tastes and you can find healthier food too. We just didn’t. Ha, ha, ha!