Phone a Friend! Dining Recon: Tangierine Café

My friends, I have to give my podcast-partner John Peters credit for this one.  Why?  Well, I said it a few days ago.  Mrs. All in WDW and I usually walk right by the Morocco Pavillion!

A few months back, I was taking an evening solo stroll through World Showcase and found hunger on my mind.  It was time for dinner, and I was in quest of Counter Service cuisine.

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop’s deliciously crispy Fish and Chips crossed my mind, but Mrs. All in WDW was back at the resort.  It didn’t seem right to enjoy a portion without her.

Sunshine Seasons and Sommerfest, they seemed a little bit “been there, done that”.  I checked out the Lotus Blossom Café’s menu.  I wasn’t enticed.  Hmm.  What to do?  Phone a friend!

One of John’s favorite – dare I say, “must do” – spots in Epcot is Morocco’s Tangierine Café.  A quick call to him, and I knew just what to have!

Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery.  It is known for its authentic shawarma platters.  It delivers terrific flavor.

Enjoy the architecture and decor, folks, but feast on the food.  You have to order the Shawarma Chicken and Lamb Platter!  Served with hummus, tabouleh, couscous salad, and fresh Moroccan bread, it is fantastic!

Take an Exciting Trip to Morocco … with ResortTV1!

A very under-appreciated pavilion, Morocco actually has a lot to offer visitors to Epcot’s World Showcase.  Hey!  Mrs. All in WDW and I are as guilty as most.  We usually walk right by!

Anyway, what do they have to offer, you ask?  Quite simply, my friends, it boasts amazing architecture, beautiful artwork, fantastic shopping, and food that is much better than one would expect!

We’ll be back in a couple of days with a delicious taste of some of that Moroccan cuisine, but, in the meantime, please click the picture below to join ResortTV1 for a full and exciting tour of Morocco!

What?! Disney is Raising Ticket Prices Again?! Our Response …

That’s right, folks.  With immediate effect, the cost to visit the place “Where Dreams Come True” has risen to even greater heights.

Are you looking for a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom?  $119.  And, that’s the “regular” price!  Do you need it during a peak season?  $122!

Geez.  I remember the good, old days.  You know, the days where the idea of “breaking the triple-digit threshold” was thought to be impossible.  Want that $100 ticket now?

What is our response?  Well, Mrs. All in WDW and I might have been ahead of the game for once.  Late last month, our Annual Passes were due for renewal.

I thought that we were going to end up regretting this, but, because of the web site, we renewed my ticket.  However, due to rapidly-inflating costs (for everything WDW-related), we did not renew hers.

Before we get criticized for being anti-Disney, look at it this way – a Platinum Pass (for Florida residents) is now $729 … up from $679.  Folks, that is a bit over a 7.3%!  I don’t know about you, but I did not get a 7.3% raise last year.  Not even close.

True, we’re not Florida residents, but that doesn’t matter.  The $705 that I paid for my renewal still gave me sticker shock.  This time around, I couldn’t bring myself to hand over a whopping $1,410!

With less-frequent trips to Orlando in our immediate future, Disney’s announcement solidifies our feelings that we made the right choice.  For us, our budget couldn’t swallow the bitter pill.

Are we the only ones who feel this way?  Not at all.  Check out John Peters and Doug Davis as they dropped into the Main Street Pub yesterday to rant about this sad news.  Catch that excitement at …

Episode 431 – Disney Raising Ticket Prices!

In the meantime, what do you think?  Do these latest increases push you over the edge?  Leave your thoughts, comments, or opinions, here on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

The 2018 “Food” & Garden Festival Has Arrived! Get YOUR Menus Here!

Good Wednesday, my friends!  World Showcase’s spring-time menus have been revealed!  That’s right!  It’s time to devour the 2018 Epcot International “Food” & Garden Festival!  

With an earlier-than-ever opening date of February 28th, Epcot’s annual flower-filled event will run all of the until May 28th!  Plenty of time to eat!  And, what’s being served?  Take a look!

Please note: the following menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

Cider House (United Kingdom)

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF)

Fleur de Lys (France)

  • Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust (V)
  • Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)

Florida Fresh (between France and Morocco)

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Stone-ground Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Hanami (Japan)

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side (V)
  • Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
  • Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice (GF)

2015’s Frushi

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure)

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

2016’s Pig Slider

Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)

  • Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese and Chile de Árbol Sauce
  • Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Chorizo, Mexican Cream and Cotija Cheese
  • Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope

La Isla Fresca

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple

2017’s Shrimp Skewer

Lotus House (China)

  • Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu
  • Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V)

Northern Bloom (Canada)

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato

2017’s Scallops

Pineapple Promenade

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V)

Primavera Kitchen (Italy)

  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Firtto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces
  • Ravioli: Maine Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta (GF) (V)

Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

The Berry Basket

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (V)
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato (V)

2017’s Lamb Chop

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™– NEW!

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle (GF) (V)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses

The Results are Final! The Fate of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Has Been Decided!

Wow!  The votes and comments don’t lie.  Quoting one reader, “Do not touch the PeopleMover!  Or, I’m not coming back … ever!”

Or another, “I think this would be the final straw for me.  If they got rid of PeopleMover, I would have to say goodbye to WDW.”

And, yet, another, “If they remove the PeopleMover, I will officially give up my Annual Pass and buy a Sea World Annual Pass instead!”

I have to tell you, I’ve never seen such a lopsided poll.  Over 98% of you want the TTA to survive long into the future.  68% of you support “Leave it Alone”.  Meaning, most of you feel that not even the smallest refurb is needed!

Take my advice, Disney, you better heed these results and listen to these voices.  I read every comment posted on social media.  The fans are fiercely passionate and even addressed you directly.  Look …

“If they get rid of it, I may have to give up on Disney.  The PeopleMover was the model of the transportation Walt had planned for EPCOT.  That was the very type of transportation he had in mind.  Don’t get rid of it Bob Iger!”

In addition, over the past few days, we saw multiple versions of the cry, “Bring it back to Disneyland!”  Their version was closed in 1995.  The Disney-verse is still a bit bitter, it seems.  I told you, Disney.  Better listen up!  Here’s more …

“Eliminate?!  Who dares speak such blasphemy?!”  Or, “Keep it!  It’s an icon.  We need some nostalgia.”  And, “Leave it alone!  It’s a piece of classic WDW.”

There’s a lot more, my friends, trust me … “Leave it.  Not everything needs to be modernized or improved.  Some things are best left original and iconic.”

“There are some things that just need to be left alone.  This is one!”  Plus, “Nobody better touch my PeopleMover!”

Of course, you also provided some constructive ideas for improvement of the attraction, as well.  Some really good elements of an overall rehabilitation “Project Plan”, I’d say.  Like …

“Personally, I wouldn’t mind a bit more decor being added to the inside of the tunnels.”  And, “Maybe add some pizzazz for what you see when you travel through the indoor parts.”

From a functionality standpoint, we saw this sentiment several times … “I love it.  But, it is inaccessible for our family member who uses a wheelchair.  I would hope any refurb would address that issue.”

In the end, my friends, I think it’s fair to say that you have made your opinions and feelings very clear to Disney, the Disney-verse, myself, and anyone else.  In fact, we’ll let this reader sum it up …

“TTA is one of the most underrated Disney attractions.  It gives you time to relax and provides you with a chance to see around Tomorrowland as well as glimpse views of the Castle … with your feet up.  Take it out at your peril Disney”!