I’m back again with the second installment of the Teen-Only Guide to Eating series. To me, the food in Epcot alone is worth the price of admission. There are so many different restaurants and snack/drink kiosks in Epcot that it can get overwhelming. I get overwhelmed just in the Japan pavilion’s Mitsukoshi Department Store alone!
I suppose we should get Future World out of the way first. Because really, eating in Future World only happens when you’ve waited 4 hours for Soarin’ or the Baymax meet and greet, and only realized how hungry you were halfway through the line.
If you find yourself in Future World and you need something to eat ASAP, Sunshine Seasons is prime. It’s located in the Land, just outside of Soarin’. While Sunshine Seasons has some great food and diverse dishes from sweet & sour chicken to vegetarian flatbreads to pork chops, their snacks are what stand out. Sunshine Seasons is home to the world’s best strawberry shortcake, I promise you. I had it for breakfast once… oops!
But if you can hold your appetite until you’re in the World Showcase… then I suggest you get the heck out of the future and start making your way around the world!
If you have somebody in your party who has to have a good slice of pizza, Via Napoli is an expensive but amazing option. A large make-your-own pizza (which serves 2-3 people) is $28. Say you have 3 people in your party. It’s more than enough pizza for the three of you, and it’s about $9.50 a person without drinks or a tip.
Via Napoli pizza is really worth the price tag- for those of who have been spoiled by New York pizza (like me!). This is the only real place to get it in Walt Disney World. The crust is nice and thin, the sauce has a special sweetness to it, and the mozzarella is fresh and soft.
If you’re not traveling with pizza eaters, however, there are plenty of other great options in the world showcase. My personal favorite Quick Service (QS) meal in Epcot is found at the Lotus Blossom Café. Lotus Blossom is located in the China pavilion and serves up dishes like orange chicken, pot stickers, and shrimp fried rice.
I had the orange chicken over the summer and loved it—the sweet sauce was heavenly with the perfectly fried chicken! I’m not normally one to recommend a restaurant without dining there, but I hear great things about the Nine Dragons restaurant- perfect for anyone who loves a traditional service with their Chinese food!
For other QS meals, I recommend the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, La Cantina de San Angel, and Boulangerie Patisserie.
Another economical way for teens to tour Epcot is to snack around the world instead of buying lunch and dinner meals. This is a great way to try a lot of food while splitting the cost and not committing to a single restaurant that everyone has to enjoy. Most of the portions of food at Epcot are shareable anyway. For a list of snacks (both savory and sweet) from each pavilion, I recommend:
⦁ Mexico- Nachos or Churros (La Cantina de San Angel)
⦁ Norway- School Bread (Kringla Bakeri og Kafe)
⦁ China- Lucky Combo (Curry chicken pocket, two egg rolls, a soft drink, and ice cream- GREAT value!) (Joy of Tea)
⦁ Germany- Apple Strudel, Nudel Gratin, or Hand-Twisted Pretzel (Sommerfest)
⦁ Italy- Canoli, Tiramasu, or Gelato (Italian Gelato Kiosk)
⦁ The American Adventure- Turkey Legs (Fife and Drum Tavern)
⦁ Japan- Sushi or Kakigori (shaved ice) (Kabuki Café)
⦁ Morocco- Baklava (Morocco Coffee and Pastries)
⦁ France- Crepes (Crepes de Chefs de France) or literally anything from Boulangerie Patisserie de Halles
⦁ United Kingdom- Fish and Chips (Yorkshire County Fish Shop)
Hope you enjoyed my latest installment! Be sure to let us know what your favorite restaurant in Epcot is, and I’ll see you next time when we explore the glitz and glamour of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
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