New to Me: Epcot’s World Showcase
|April 18, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Parks, New To Me, Walt Disney World|
Well we made it through Future World and now it’s time to move to the back of the park to World Showcase. But before we do, I have to say that I received a TON of comments, tweets, FB messages and texts about great meals that were recently had at Coral Reef! I am so excited to hear that and can’t wait to eat there this weekend. (Yes, I will be in WDW this weekend…let me know if you want to say hi!)
So World Showcase…home of my FAVORITE event, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival! It is also probably my favorite place to grab a beer and just sit on a bench. This is a regular occurrence for Amanda and I. But as with most of WDW, there are still quite a few things I haven’t done here. They mainly consist of films and restaurants. Let’s move clockwise around the lagoon…
I actually haven’t eaten at any of the Norwegian establishments, but I think the fact that I haven’t tried the beloved School Bread is probably the most significant. If you’re not familiar with this Disney cult classic, it is available at the Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norway pavilion. It is a sweet roll filled with vanilla custard and topped with icing and toasted coconut. This sounds right up my alley, so I’m really not sure why I haven’t tried this yet…it’s a mystery! But now that I know I have an egg sensitivity, it doesn’t look like I’ll be trying this anytime soon because of the custard. Fail.
Reflections of China
As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of films in WDW and this is particularly true when you have to stand for the film. I get that the Circle-Vision 360 films aren’t conducive to sitting, but after walking around Epcot the last thing I want to do is stand for a 13-minute film. I’ve heard this is a breathtaking film and I think I would actually enjoy it since I don’t think I will ever see China in my life (that’s a seriously long flight!). I think the key to seeing this will be to make it one of the first things I do, so I won’t be so tired from walking around all day. Yeah…that’s the ticket!
I’ve been in this restaurant a few times for runDisney meetups, but I’ve never actually eaten here. Again surprising since my heritage is half German and knowing that so many people rave about it. I also love sausage and sauerkraut so what gives?? Well a few things.
1. I only like buffets for breakfast…strange, but true. There is something about lunch and dinner buffets that just really don’t appeal to me. Plus, I never feel like I eat enough to make it worth the price for me.
2. B doesn’t like anything about the menu here. He hates all things pickled, despises cabbage and beets, and really isn’t a fan of sausage. Why did I marry him you ask? Well he is pretty awesome in most other things. 😉 So because he doesn’t like the food, it’s never really on my radar.
3. The entertainment just isn’t for me. When it comes to music, I turn to my Irish heritage for that. Yodeling…no thanks.
Well, the reasons I haven’t seen this are the same as Reflections of China. Film + Standing = No. I actually almost went to see this over Wine & Dine Weekend, but we just missed it and I didn’t want to wait 18-minutes for the next one. I’ve heard Martin Short is actually really funny and again the film is gorgeous. Plan for this weekend…Canada first, China second…go!
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Gasp! I know! The most beloved restaurant by Disneyphiles everywhere and this foodie hasn’t been there! To be honest, when restaurants are that hyped up, I tend to avoid them. Don’t get me wrong, the food looks great here, but I just don’t want to be on the phone 180 days out making ADRs. Now that it’s been bumped up to 2 table service credits on the Dining Plan, I hear that it’s easier to get a reservation so hopefully I’ll be able to give it a try soon. I recently popped my head in to get a look at the restaurant and was surprised by how small it is, which is what probably attributes to the difficulty of getting in.
What attractions and restaurants are new to YOU in World Showcase at Epcot??
What are your thoughts on films where you have to stand??