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I'll have the soylent green, please

While Disney is damn good at getting most things just right, it really misses the mark when it comes to food. Their park guides have lots of descriptions of the various sit-down restaurants you can go to, which have mouth-watering menus and okay prices -- but these places are always so packed, with reservations made many days in advance, that it seems nearly impossible to actually get a seat at one. We were left with either the food court at the resort, the smaller counter-service restaurants around the parks, or the very expensive places in Downtown Disney.

The food courts (we tried the ones at both Port Orleans Riverside where we were staying and Port Orleans French Quarter, just down the river) are absolutely terrible. They serve a bunch of crap that's comparable to McDonald's fast food, which is disgusting. And if you're a vegetarian, like Sarah, you can just forget about having a decent selection of crap -- you're pretty much limited to a green salad, a veggie burger, or a piss-poor cheese pizza, and each of these costs five or six dollars. When you want to eat meals regularly for six days, this is not a very good menu to have.

We discovered, thankfully, that the World Showcase in Epcot has a lot of relatively good counter-service restaurants. We got some meatless burritos in Mexico, and a delicious vegetarian platter at the Tangierine Café in Morocco (which has really fantastic food). If you've got a park-hopper pass and want a good selection of food, I urge you to take a walk through the countries and see what there is to offer. We also quickly discovered that eating meals at normal mealtimes is a bad idea, but often ended up doing so despite our best intentions, and having to either wait in long
lines or go from restaurant to restaurant looking for one where we could be served quickly.

Drinks were another nasty problem. For $10.95, resort guests could get plastic mugs that could be refilled any number of times during one's stay -- but only at the resort food courts. The mugs were not easy to carry without spilling, did not hold very much, and did not keep liquids cold for long. Elsewhere in the park, water was available in 24-oz. bottles for $2.50, a dreadfully expensive price. We would have gladly refilled these water bottles at our hotel sink, except the water that came out of the cold water tap never got below lukewarm in temperature, probably by design. Disney has a stranglehold on its guests when it comes to hydration.

Overall, the worst point in the trip was the amount of time and effort that went into finding food that was palatable and drinks that wouldn't empty our wallet. It seemed very unlike Disney to inconvenience its guests to such a huge extent, when they put so much effort into making everything else wonderful.


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Apr. 27th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
yeah - whenever I went to Disney we had to make reservations at least a month in advance...always fun....hahaha...it's really absurd...but did you get to eat at Cinderella's Palace? that place is awesome!!! and the Crystal Palace - and the Patriotic Tavern PLace...those are good...
Apr. 27th, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
We did not get to eat at Cinderella's Palace, unfortunately. That sounds like a lot of fun! We just ate at the counter-service places and the food court. Maybe next time we will get reservations!
Apr. 28th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
oh - I hope you can too!!!
Apr. 28th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
I find it humorous the Soylent Green is in the title of this entry...I don't know exactly why...I just do, weirdness is about today.
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