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Epcot's Sunshine Seasons Breakfast

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VALUE
THIS REVIEW
54
OVERALL SCORE
59
Sunshine Seasons is one of my favorite counter service locations for lunch or dinner. Located in the Land Pavilion, the food-court style dining location seems to flow better than any other in-park counter service restaurant. They also have all five food groups covered… salads, stir-fry, oak grilled things, soda and dessert. Okay, I'm pretty sure those aren't the five food groups, but they're all done very well at Sunshine Seasons, and done well visit, after visit, after visit… something that can't be said about ... ( read more ... )

Animal Kingdom's Pongu Pongu

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VALUE
THIS REVIEW
61
OVERALL SCORE
60
I can't be sure, but I think "Pongu" means "line" or "cue" in Pandoran because there are two cues leading up to the new Pongu Pongu beverage kiosk, which is located just between Satu'li Canteen and the Windtraders gift shop in the new "World of Avatar" in Disney's Animal Kingdom. There is a life-sized "power suit" from the movie Avatar standing directly in front of the large kiosk (which makes for a great photo opportunity by the way), and there are in fact two lines. One is slightly hidden directly behind the power suit. If ... ( read more ... )

Animal Kingdom's Satu'li Canteen Lunch and Dinner

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SERVICE
ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
64
OVERALL SCORE
68
The Satu'li Canteen is the new counter service location in Animal Kingdom's Pandora. It's a fairly large location with maybe 60% indoor air-conditioned seating and 40% outdoor (but fully covered) tables to choose from. While the menu (at first glance) may look large and exotic, this is mostly American cuisine with a few nods to Asian food tossed in here and there, and… there's "really" only two things on the menu, "stuff in puffy bread", and a "build-your-own bowl" option. The Ordering FormatThe format here is very ... ( read more ... )

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's Gasparilla Island Grill Lunch & Dinner

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ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
61
OVERALL SCORE
55
Great Food, Odd Feeling Dining Area — The somewhat hard to find Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian is tucked away… far, far away at the backside of the high-end resort, like an ugly pair of sneakers that you would never wear anywhere, but just can't bear to part with. It's true, the Grand Floridian does need a counter service location. It is a large resort, and even though there are quite a few amazing restaurants on property, it does still need a walk-up counter service dining spot. When it was ... ( read more ... )

The Port Orleans - French Quarter's Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Lunch & Dinner

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SERVICE
ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
75
OVERALL SCORE
68
Sassagoula Floatworks has recently been "refurbished". I should remember the date (or at least the month) because I remember attending the grand reopening ceremony. It was really early in the morning. Too early for me to remember anything. I distinctly remember being completely underwhelmed by how bland the new interior was, and how much powdered sugar there was everywhere. (Because you see, everyone gets Beignets in the morning, and the place was packed.)So it's been a few months now, and I figured right in-between lunch and ... ( read more ... )

Magic Kingdom's Pinocchio Village Haus

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ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
64
OVERALL SCORE
71
I stopped by Pinocchio's Village Haus in Fantasyland to check out their Chicken Parmesan Pasta the other day, and you know what? It's actually quite good! Now it's not going to replace your Aunt Rossa's made from scratch Chicken Parmesan, but this is counter service, so with that in mind… I was pleasantly surprised. The breaded chicken they are using seemed to be a decent sized, all-white meat cutlet. The pasta is a Penne variety that was cooked correctly (at least on this visit), and the lightly seasoned tomato sauce was ... ( read more ... )

Hollywood Studios' PizzeRizzo

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SERVICE
ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
57
OVERALL SCORE
57
Way far back in the oddly defined "Muppet Courtyard" area at Hollywood Studios you will find PizzeRizzo… a quick service / counter service dining location that serves… pizza (although that was probably obvious from the name of the place). I'm sure once the new areas of Hollywood Studios open up, this area will make more sense and more importantly, pick up a ton more foot traffic. It will probably serve as a transitional area between what will be the StarWars area and ToyStory areas of the park. Getting back to ... ( read more ... )

Animal Kingdom's Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant

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SERVICE
ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
71
OVERALL SCORE
71
Yak and Yeti is an important restaurant in Disney's ever-growing Animal Kingdom. There are currently only three and a half table-service restaurants to choose from in-park. Tiffins, while being amazingly good, is also an equally expensive "signature" dining location. Tusker House is a character dining buffet experience and no matter what you think about the food… you're not always in the mood for the craziness that comes with character dining, or the constant up and down of buffet dining. Rainforest Café is my ... ( read more ... )

Animal Kingdom's Tamu Tamu Refreshments

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VALUE
THIS REVIEW
64
OVERALL SCORE
64
Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom was originally designed as a quick counter service type spot in this "African" area of Animal Kingdom. Now that the larger "Harambe Market" is just around the corner, it seems Tamu Tamu has been turned into a dessert and Dole Whip® stand. As such, it's one of the most elaborate looking quick snack stands out there. Occupying prime real estate on the corner of Dawa Street and Mahindi Avenue (yes, I just made that up) gives the location a tremendous amount of foot traffic... and so it ... ( read more ... )

Epcot's The Garden Grill Lunch

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SERVICE
ENVIRONMENT
VALUE
THIS REVIEW
75
OVERALL SCORE
75
The Garden Grill Restaurant is located on the upper level of The Land pavilion in Future World. The "upper" level in this case, is actually the level that you enter the Land pavilion on… you would have to go down one floor to find the cue for Soarin' and the "Living with the Land" boat ride. The Garden Grill did have a lunch period, and then it didn't, and now it does again! I for one, couldn't be happier about that because lunch seems to strike a nice balance cost and experience. About the only thing different between ... ( read more ... )
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