This year is the 20th anniversary of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. It is one of the most popular events on the Disney calendar as guests are able to sample food and beverage from around the world as well as close to home. My family and I had the pleasure (or displeasure) of attending the festival this year after missing out on last year’s festival.
EPCOT’s World Showcase is the perfect venue for this event since each pavilion brings out the best its country has to offer and some additional countries join in the festival as well. It is the one chance where the South Hemisphere has the opportunity to shine the World Showcase as Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Patagonia have booths.
After an evening with friends, we were up and ready to go right at park open. The only parts of the park that we had attacked were Fantasyland, Toon Town, and parts of Tomorrowland. We headed straight to Fantasyland and, most importantly, we went straight to Peter Pan’s Flight. Even at park open, we had to wait about 30-40 minutes for the attraction, however, most of that time was spent dealing with a mechanical issue with the ride. The good news was even with this wait, there were not enough people in the park to create extended wait times on other attractions.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing some of the unique dining experiences you can find at Walt Disney World.
One of my favorite unique dining experiences is at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. It gets guests back to a time when family dinners were a daily occurrence. Families were not worried about getting home from work and then rushing to get the kids to their nightly activity (sports, drama club, band, etc.). Families, in the 50’s, took the time and spent time eating together and catching up on the day before sitting down in front of the tiny television to watch some family programming.
The servers treat both the young and old as their kids. The servers play the role of mom and dad. They have high expectations. They expect to hear “please and thank you,” they expect to not to see your elbows on the table, they do not like tattle-tales, and they expect you to be a member of the clean plate club. Very few restaurants or homes are like this any more. One of the last places that I experienced this was during elementary and middle school where we had family-style lunches. The teachers sat at the head of the different tables and set the rules for the table. Some teachers were relaxed while others were strict. One teacher even went as far as having a three-strikes and no dessert policy.
But back to Disney and 50’s Prime Time Cafe. the decor is simply 1950’s from the tables to servers even down to the shows on the televisions sprinkled throughout the restaurant.
Who doesn’t enjoy watching the film from the opening day at Disneyland while eating their lunch or dinner. Some of the other televisions show various television shows from the 1950’s. It adds a nice piece of background ambiance to the meal.
Enough about the ambiance and decor….what about the food. The food is fantastic. Large portions and very filling. When I went with my family a couple of years ago, we went with the following. Any time fried chicken is on a Disney menu, it is going to be in front of me. So, I went with Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. My wife could not make up her mind (everything sounded so good). She decided on A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes which is a piece of fried chicken (which meant more fried chicken for me), pot roast, and meat loaf. My daughter took in some baked chicken.
But we weren’t done. It was time for dessert. Since we were on the dining plan, we all got dessert and just like our entrees. The portions were large and filling. We couldn’t finish our dessert. I had the warm apple crisp while my wife had the brownie sundae which my daughter poached some of the ice cream out of.
I would like to thank a fellow Blogorailer, Julie from Saving Up For Disney, for letting me borrow her pictures for use in the article. The photos from my experience at 50’s Prime Time Cafe are lost somewhere on a fried laptop. So, thank you, Julie.
50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the more unique dining experiences at Walt Disney World and take guests back to the everyday dining experience of our parents and grandparents.
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Disney Parks, over the weekend, announced another price increase to their annual passes and a new annual pass structure. The weekend’s increase was the second increase since May 2014 and structure change and the introduction of blackout dates to the Walt Disney World calendar for some “lower tier” annual passes. This is a lot of change for people to digest in a short period of time. In general, people do not like change and protest that change. “I’m never buying annual passes again…..Disney has priced me out of the annual pass market.”
This article is just going to focus on the annual passes at Walt Disney World not the annual pass fee increases and structure changes at Disneyland.