When it comes to food at Disney, Epcot is hands-down my preferred park! Future World is home of one of my very most favorite Disney eateries—Sunshine Seasons. For starters, as someone who places a high value on nutrition, I’m thrilled at the selection of healthy food there. Much of the produce is grown on-site (right there in The Land pavilion). The sheer variety of the “grab-n-go” offerings is amazing. And, above all, there are food bargains to be had! Complete meals—entrees and two sides—for around $10, and various a la carte offerings under $5. My favorite is a large side salad for around $3!
But let’s move on to what I’m most excited about: fabulous ethnic cuisine! I have never met a country whose food I didn’t like, and Epcot provides me an opportunity to sample some of my favorites. I could literally eat my way around the “World”—World Showcase, that is—in a day. Don’t believe me? Let’s give it a theoretical try! (We’ll go in an organized, clockwise around-the-lagoon fashion.)
- Ah, Mexico! How my children love your Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros! You can grab an order of Churros from La Cantina de San Angel!
- Next stop: Norway. If you have little princesses, like me, you’ll want to check out Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for the Storybook Princess Lunch. Yes, it’s a bit pricey (OK, a LOT pricey), but you’ll see six princesses in the span of an hour. Can you really put a price on that? But if you’re trying to stick to a budget, at least drop by the Kringla Bakeri og Café for a sandwich or pastry. Try the Lefse, traditional potato bread with butter and cinnamon sugar.
- Before you grab a seat to watch the Dragon Legend Acrobats in the China pavilion, stop by the Joy of Tea stand and select your favorite brew. They have both hot and cold selections, as well as some interesting ice cream flavors—Strawberry Red Bean, anyone?
- Guten Tag! (That’s about the extent of the German I remember from my three years of studying it…sad, right?) No visit to the World Showcase is complete without a visit to the Biergarten in Germany. At about $25/adult lunch, this buffet meal is actually a pretty good deal, and oh-so-entertaining! Lederhosen-clad servers…an oompah band…and imbibing tourists…now there’s a funny combination. But if you want to grab a quick snack or brew without all the fuss (and at significantly less expense), stop by Sommerfest. You can get Apple Strudal and a German beer. Sehr Gut!
- You can visit Tutto Italia for a nice relaxing authentic Italian dining experience or stop by the cart for Italian ice or authentic Italian wine.
- I cannot, in good conscience, recommend stopping by the American Adventure to eat, when one is surrounded by all this exotic cuisine. But if your family is of the “burgers, dogs, & fries” ilk, feel free to stop here and have some. Or a funnel cake.
- I love sushi! Sadly, my family doesn’t share this love. That’s why I enjoy eating at kiosks and counter service restaurants: we each grab what we like and meet up to eat. Everyone wins! At the Katsura Grill in Japan, I like the Spicy Tuna Roll.
- At this point, if you’re eating alone, you might be getting a bit full. (I probably should have mentioned that sharing is a great option for sampling!) In Morocco, you might want to head into Tangierine Cafe for a quick little snack. Gotta save room for what’s coming next. Trust me, it will be worth it.
- This is it. What I’ve been anxiously waiting to tell you about. My favorite Epcot eatery. Of course, it’s in the country known for its food: France. It is a hidden gem: Boulangerie Patisserie. This tiny bakery is home to quiche, croissants, soufflés…many of the same items sold for much more at those other France restaurants, but for less. You are cheating yourself if you do not try the chocolate mousse. Indulge!
- I’m not a huge fan of fried food, but on our last trip to the World, I finally tried the Fish & Chips at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom. I admit it—I was pleasantly surprised! I quite liked it. It’s the same food you’d order at the Rose and Crown, but it’s a real bargain.
- Our final stop: Canada. And here’s the thing: Canada doesn’t really have a kiosk or quick service restaurant. So, I’m going with the “go big or go home” philosophy here. If you can swing a visit to Le Cellier, it’s well worth it. Yes, it will cost you your first-born child (unless you have the dining plan), but it is always mentioned in any discussion of the finest restaurants on Disney property. So if you opt to indulge, I recommend the Mushroom Filet Mignon. You only live once, right?
Did you enjoy our trip around the world? Outside of that last stop, and if you were sharing among, say, a family of four, you could easily sample something from each country for an average of around $20 per person. Not bad at all! What are your favorite World Showcase eateries?
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