Friday, December 2, 2011

Foodie Friday: What's On Your Plate?

Well, to answer that question, pretty much whatever you want! There are over 135 restaurants on Disney property at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. At least 70 of them hav advanced dining availablity. These numbers don't even include quick-service eateries or snack carts scattered throughout. Over 600 food items can be found at the many establishments! There are so many different ethnicities represented in the dining at Disney. You can get anything from Italian to German and just your plain old American. There is Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano in Disney's Hollywood Studios, O'Hanas at the Polynesian resort for a Hawaiian fare and the 50's Prime Time Cafe, also at DHS for you basic American home cooked meal of meatloaf and potatoes. EPCOT is a whole dining experience on it's own. There is Teppan Edo for a Hibatchi type Japanese meal in the Japan Pavilion, San Angel Inn where you dine under the stars in a Mexican marketplace in the Mexican Pavilion, German at the Biergarten, Norweigen at the Akershaus, Italian, French, gosh, the list goes on and on! If you happen to visit during the annual Food and Wine Festival, you can try samples from any of these countries from the many carts set up around the "world". There are also quick service eateries such as the famous Casey's on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom for a hot dog and Cosmic Rays over in Tomorrowland for chicken finger basket. Each resort also has it's own food court for a quick breakfast before you hit the parks or a late night snack. Several resorts also have table service dining available such as Boatwright's at Port Orleans Riverside, Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort and BOMA at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There are many, many snack carts scattered through out the parks. You can buy suchthings as Mickey ear ice cream, popcorn and even the Disney famous Dole Whip or Dole Whip float, found only in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. Restaurants and foods are not olny found at the parks and resorts. Visiting Downtown Disney by bus, car or boat will lead you to another world of options. There is everyting from candy, snacks and desserts to fine dining options. Visi Goofy's Candy Co. and fill a bag with goodies, priced by the pound. They also have a selection of sugar free treats. The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain serves ice cream sundaes, scoops in cones, coffees, hot cocoas and soft drinks. For dining options you can visit one of the renowned eateries such as Wolfgang Puck's, Portabellos for brick oven pizzas, T_Rex or your traditional McDonalds, with a Disney twist, of course. So, if you leave your magical vacation hungry, it is no ones fault but your own. Stay tuned to Foodie Fridays for reviews of these restaurants and many more and also dining tips, food plans and ideas to fit your dining needs on your next trip.

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