Get Your Frozen Margaritas, Folks! “Food Festival” Recon: Jardin de Fiestas!

The world of margarita lovers moaned in despair a few weeks ago when Disney revealed that the Mexico Pavilion’s Margarita Kiosk had served its last drink.

You crave Lime, Strawberry, Mango, and Fiesta Frozen Margaritas?  Gone.  So sad.  Sorry, folks.  Who says that the party has to end, however?

In fact, who says that Epcot’s “Food” & Garden party has to end?  My friends, Jardin de Fiestas, Mexico’s Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen lives on!

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Of course, their frozen margarita menu is much more limited than that of Mexico’s infamous, retired kiosk.  Jardin just serves Lime.  They do supply two interesting “Rocks” versions, though.

Actually, to me, the kitchen’s food offerings were of much more interest.  In 2016, with so much going on in our “real” lives, we only made it to Epcot’s Spring food festival once.

It was really exciting, therefore, to see an Outdoor Kitchen as we entered World Showcase!  Naturally, we tried both items!

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We found the Chilaquiles de Pollo to be “Just OK”.  Featuring seasoned chicken, but heavily laden with tomatillo sauce and queso fresco, the chips were quite soggy.

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On the other hand, their Pork Belly Taco was delicious!  It was a small portion for the price ($5.75), but it is Jardin’s dish to sample!  “Must Have”!

Folks, if you’re missing your frozen margaritas, stop by Jardin de Fiestas.

Sure, your choice is limited, but it will be cold and refreshing, nonetheless.  And, while you’re there, grab some pork belly.  It’ll hit the spot!

Caballeros Trivia? Donald Spills the Answers!

So, my friends, how much do you know about Donald and his feathered companions?  Did you try your mind at yesterday’s “quiz”?  No?  Then, by all means, please stop back here to tackle that 5-question “test”!

Otherwise, if you did respond to the challenge, the answers you are waiting for are presented below!

Three Caballeros

The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a fun little boat ride.  Housed in the dark, cool interior of Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion, it also provides a great refuge from the Florida heat.

Based on the Walt Disney Productions animated film The Three Caballeros, the movie opened on December 21, 1944 (Question #2) in Mexico City, Mexico (Question #1).

For those of you that guessed Los Angeles, California, Caballeros was much-later released in the United States – on February 3, 1945, in fact!

In Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, the Gran Fiesta Tour attraction opened on April 6, 2007 (Question #3).  It can entertain as many as 1656 riders per hour (Question #4).

The attraction that Donald and his pals replaced was opened with Epcot, itself, on October 1, 1982.

A tour through Mexican mythology and history, it was named El Rio del Tiempo.  In English, this translates to The River of Time (Question #5)!

Great job, fans!  Thank you, very much, for all your continued support … and, thanks for “playing” Disney Trivia!

It’s a “Fiesta” of “Feathered” Trivia!

Good morning, folks!  One of our favorite Epcot attractions is Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.

A musical boat ride housed within the pyramid in World Showcase’s Mexico pavilion, we’ve been known to ride it back-to-back-to-back!  Yes, we really like chasing after Donald Duck!

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Anyway, how much do you know about Donald and his feathered friends?

This attraction is based on the Walt Disney Productions animated film The Three Caballeros.  The city that the movie opened in is …

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And, the year it debuted was …

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On the other hand, Gran Fiesta Tour opened in …

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When Donald’s tour through Mexico is really busy, __________ per hour can enjoy the attraction!

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Finally, the English translation of the dark ride that Donald and his pals replaced is __________.

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There!  How do you think you did on this five-question quiz, my friends!  Do you enjoy Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros?  Leave a comment and let us know!

The All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Epcot Quick Service Restaurants!

Good morning!  Did you have a chance to listen to the WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast starring … me?!  Well, not “starring” little ole me, but I made a solid contribution … I think!

Anyway, if you missed it, Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy of the aforementioned show asked me to “pull up a barstool” and join them in a rousing discussion of Disney food and, most of all, the upcoming Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival.

It’s worth the listen … if I do have to say so myself!  See that nice “triple-shot” picture off in the top-right margin of All in WDW’s home page?  The one labeled “All in WDW Talks Food & Wine ’14!”?  Click it!  It’ll take you right to the show!

Did you listen to the show?  Which one of these Sunshine Seasons dishes did Doug Davis rave about?

Did you listen to the show? Which one of these Sunshine Seasons dishes did Doug Davis rave about?

OK.  Enough with the commercials!  Back to today’s business!  To formally conclude our contest to crown Epcot’s “king” of Quick Services, let me introduce your Top 10 Epcot Quick Service Restaurants!

  1. Sunshine Seasons
  2. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie
  3. La Cantina de San Angel
  4. Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
  5. Yorkshire County Fish Shop
  6. L’Artisan des Glaces
  7. Sommerfest 
  8. Tangierine Café
  9. Electric Umbrella
  10. Liberty Inn 

Great support last week, my friends!  Thank you, very much!  You constructed a great Top 10, too, by the way!  Have a great Monday … if there is such a thing!

Let’s “Quickly” Unveil the Epcot “Champ”, Shall We?!

It’s no secret that Epcot is the All in WDW family’s favorite park, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve sampled the cuisine from most of the Quick Service options in this week’s “tournament”.

Take the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, for instance.  One of our favorite activities is to take a seat in the Rose & Crown Pub, sample some of Carl the “infamous” bartender’s beer, and nibble on a serving of Yorkshire’s delicious fish and chips.

Mmm.  Love those Fish 'n Chips!

Where’s my beer, Carl?

It’s an excellent way to relax and spend a few hours out of the Epcot crowds and Florida heat.

Then, there’s La Cantina de San Angel.  One evening, some months back, Mrs. All in WDW and I staked out a table at the edge of La Cantina’s “deck”.  Prime Illuminations real estate.

Armed with waves of nachos and margaritas, we held onto that spot for hours … much to the chagrin of other hungry diners.  Of course, the show was great!

Who can turn down a School Bread?  I mean, really.  We were skeptical the first time we bought one from the infamous Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, but it, too, has become a family favorite.

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I knew that Norway was one of my favorite pavilions!

Custard.  Coconut.  It’s a great treat to have between meals or as a dessert.

Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie.  Oooh, fancy name.  Great selection of food!  An example of a refurb that went right.  Sandwiches upon sandwiches, and much, much more!  The only thing we don’t like about France’s bakery is the seating.  I wish it weren’t so darn hard to find a seat!

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Like I said, sandwiches and …

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… much, much more!  Delicious!

So.  Why do I babble on about virtually every contender in Epcot other than the true “champ”?  Simple.  Because, as good as all of the aforementioned places are, as good as any Quick Service in Epcot is, you can’t escape one undeniable fact.

The monumental variety of options and quality of cuisine at The Land’s Sunshine Seasons cannot be beat. In this series of polls, it wasn’t even close!

Step into the "Sunshine"!

Step into the “Sunshine”!

Seasons?  You are our “sunshine”. There’s not much more we need to say.

From soup to salads or sandwiches to entrees, you are the best. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your overall offering is top-shelf. As a Quick Service option, you are the total package.

And, as a result, you are the two-time All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Quick Service Restaurant! Congratulations on the repeat!