Its time for some Epcot rumors and news! Every other park has had either a new land added (Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios and Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom) or a major land expansion (the New Fanstasy Land Expansion at the Magic Kingdom.)
So let’s talk about what we know is coming to Epcot and also what Epcot rumors are floating around. And if I miss something be sure to let me know in the comments. Or just let me know what you think about everything going on. Continue reading Epcot Rumors and Updates October 2018→
]There is a new Ratatouille ride coming to Epcot! It only seems fair that Epcot should get something because every other park has been getting some major love. It is Epcot’s turn!
I’m going to be completely honest when I say Epcot is my least favorite park. I know some of you love it and I am not saying it is a bad park. But it is my least favorite. To each their own, right? One of the things I love about Walt Disney World is that there is something for everyone! Maybe this new ride and the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster will change my mind. Who knows? Continue reading Ratatouille Ride Coming to Epcot→
Like all of the other parks at parks at Walt Disney World Epcot is getting some big changes. One of those changes meant the end of Ellen’s Universe of Energy to make way for a brand new attraction, a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
This is all part of an effort to update and upgrade Walt Disney World’s second theme park. Other projects include a Ratatouille inspired ride at the France pavilion in World showcase and maybe more.
Headed off to a Disney vacation but afraid of burger burn out? After all that is the only option theme parks really offer. Right? And they will be overpriced too. Right? Well Grumpy cannot disagree about the overpriced but there is no need to suffer from burger burn out. There is something besides burgers at Disney.
In fact you do not have to pay to have a fancy sit down dinner or hit one of the character buffets to escape the bun. There are plenty of options from sushi (yes Grumpy really said sushi) to bbq ribs that will not set you back a fortune. In fact most of them are one quick service dining credit.
Top Quick Service Options By Park
So where do you find these options? First let’s take a look at Grumpy’s top choice for each park (and one honorable mention.)
Columbia Harbor House: In the Magic Kingdom and looking beyond Pecos Bill’s or Cosmic Ray’s? Give Columbia Harbor House a try. Located in Liberty Square you have probably seen it a million times and never paid attention. But you are passing up some good food! The menu centers around seafood and includes tuna, battered fish and shrimp. Have non-seafood people in your party? There are also chicken nuggets on the menu. The theme in the Columbia Harbor house is also worth a look.
La Cantina de San Angel: Located in the World Showcase’s Mexico pavilion La Cantina de San Angel is an excellent escape from burgers. La Cantina de San Angel offers excellent Mexican selections like Tacos de Barbacoa. These shredded beef tacos are a Grumpy favorite. The only drawback to La Cantina is the seating is very limited and is outdoor. Note: Don’t confuse La Cantina de San Angel with La Hacienda de San Angel. La Hacienda is in the pyramid and is table service (much higher prices.)
Fairfax Fare: If you head down Sunset Boulevard towards the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith and smell something good cooking it might be Fairfax Fare. This is another one of those places that is easy to overlook. Most people head to ABC Commissary or the Studio Catering Company. They are missing out on some good barbeque. Fairfax Fare offers chicken and spareribs. As with La Cantina de San Miguel one of the big drawbacks here is outdoor only seating.
Flame Tree Barbecue: A real favorite for visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Flame Tree is found on Discovery Island and offers ribs, chicken and pork sandwiches. The seating area is large but spread out and outdoors. But there is some bad news…Flame Tree is currently closed for refurbishment but some of their offerings are available at kiosks like Beastly Kiosk (also on Discovery Island) and Trilo-bite in Dinoland.
Be Our Guest: Be Our Guest is one of the hottest meals in the Magic Kingdom. And by hottest Grumpy means it is hard to get into not that the food everywhere else is cold. In fact it is so popular it is the only quick service (as of publication date) that offers Advanced Dining Reservations.
So why is it honorable mention? For one because you probably will not be able to get in there and it doesn’t really matter what they offer or how good it is if you cannot get in. Secondly, it is only Quick Service for breakfast and lunch. At dinner it becomes Table Service.
Be Our Guest is located in the new Beast’s Castle. It is impressive from the outside and inside. The menu has a French flair to it and includes Croque Monsieur (Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham and Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel) with Pommes Frites, carved Turkey Sandwich Carved and carved prime chuck roast beef sandwich.
Disney just announced that both Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania are being expanded. Soarin’ is one of the top attractions at Epcot. Toy Story Midway Mania is not only the most popular attraction at Hollywood Studios it is one of the most popular in all of Walt Disney World.
Soarin’ will be getting another theater as well as some updates to its screen and projection systems. It has long been rumored that Soarin’ was being converted to a digital format. It has also been rumored that a new movie, perhaps one made just for Walt Disney World, would be introduced. Only time will tell if either or both of these rumors are true.
Rumors of an expansion for Toy Story Mania first became popular when the Studio Backlot Tour was closed. There was a lot of speculation that the show building for the Studio Backlot Tour would be converted to a third track for Toy Story. While Grumpy cannot confirm that the Studio Backlot Tour Building is where the expansion will be it has been confirmed that there will be adding more track to Toy Story. This should be a third track that will increase capacity by 1/3.
This expansion of capacity, even more than the one for Soarin’, should prove a huge help to crowd flow at Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Midway Mania is, in truth, the only ride at the Studios that is friendly to younger children. It was so popular that before Fastpass + was introduced the paper Fastpasses were over gone by 10 am. With the new Fastpass + system they are still among the hardest to get anywhere in Walt Disney World.
The bad news is that the expected completion date for the two expansions is not until late 2016. Till then it will be hard to get Fastpasses and long standy-by lines.
Disney announced today that Epcot is making big cuts to entertainment. Four popular acts are on their way out. Those acts are Mo’Rockin’, Off Kilter, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and World Showcase Players.
With four theme parks to choose from maybe Walt Disney World has too many options. Each park is certainly worth visiting but if you have limited time Which Park Should You Visit?
This short quiz is NOT the way to decide where you will spend your vacation time and dollars but it might give you a better idea. And Grumpy hopes you have fun taking it! Be sure to share your results.