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Sunshine Seasons Lunch and Dinner Reviews and Photos

Sunshine Seasons Lunch and Dinner Reviews and Photos

EPCOT | Lunch, Dinner, Light Snack, Dessert | Photos (7)

FOOD
86
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65
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73
VALUE
75
REVIEWS
7
OVERALL
75
Counter Service (quick service)
Vegetarian Options
American
Sandwich and Salad
$4-13 per entree*
Located on the bottom floor of Epcot's Land pavilion, Sunshine Seasons is an open concept food court with several stations that offer various made-to-order, "slower food" entrees and some quick-snack items as well. The large seating area is divided into four seasons, with the table-tops and carpet varying in each section, to reflect a different season... spring, summer, winter, and fall.

The lunch and dinner menu is the same, and includes everything from wood-grilled chicken, pork and fish entrees with sides, to Mongolian Beef with Vegetable Fried Rice, Spicy Cashew Chicken with Vegetable Stir-Fry Noodle, seasonal soups and salads, and a couple sandwiches and even some Fish Tacos.

There is an entire food station dedicated to deserts, where "made fresh daily" pastries can be found such as strawberry shortcake, chocolate mousse, cupcakes and many other seasonal treats. In addition to standard beverages, beer and wine are also available.
REVIEWS BELOW | Sunshine Seasons Lunch and Dinner
Review Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
71
I have often said that Epcot's Sunshine Seasons counter service location is one of the best "food court" style restaurants in any of the four Disney/Orlando theme parks. Easily on the short list of top three quick service locations that you should try while you're here. It occurred to me the other day though… that while I praise the location for its options, I almost always gravitate to the "grill shop" station and either the Salmon or Pork entrees.

I honestly don't think I have ever tried anything from the "Asian Noodles" station because the China and Japan pavilions at Epcot both have really great counter service options in their own right. Why not just go right to the country?

In the interest of trying something new, I sat down with a giant cardboard boat of "Mongolian Beef with Vegetable Fried Rice" from the "Noodles Shop" at Sunshine Seasons… and you know what? I was really, pleasantly surprised at just how simple, and unique this entree is, in the world of Oriental cuisine.

Usually (when you think of fast-food style oriental), I think there's a "sauce craveability" factor that kicks in. Sometimes a really good teriyaki, mandarin, or even a simple soy-based flavor is what you're really looking for, and we sometimes overlook the other things going on in the dish. The protein, noodles and veggies become a vehicle for just getting some of that savory sauce going.

The Sunshine Seasons version of "Mongolian Beef" didn't have any of that. What did come through, was an almost garden-like take on this classic Asian entree, which fits the theme of The Land pavilion quite well. For the first time in a long time, I could taste the vegetables and the actual fresh noodles. The beef was slightly flavored with some combination of the traditional five spices, but nothing overpowered the vegetable notes that came through in every bit. It really was a different, unexpected, and delicious item.

At $12.99, it's right up there with the oak grilled items, but the portion size was very decent, so (comparatively speaking) it's priced about right. The beef is clearly not "sirloin tip" quality, but it's on par, or slightly higher quality beef than other fast-food franchise proteins.

So now that I have some personal experience with the Asian Noodles Station at Sunshine Seasons… my recommendation still stands. This long time guest favorite will stay at the top of my "must visit counter services" restaurants list. Not just because one or two specific items are great… but because just about anything you try here is just slightly more creative and executed at a higher quality level than many of the other food-court dining spots in any of the four Disney parks.

Don't forget to leave room for dessert while you're here… the "bakery shop" rarely disappoints, and always has a couple of seasonal treats available, along with some legends like the Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Mousse Cake.
Review Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
79
I am so glad I was in this building to see the new Soarin ride. I looked over and saw this chocolate mousse cake. Everyday is chocolate cake day and this one looked so delicious. The price is right and I am so glad I made the choice to buy this delightful treat. It was so creamy and I enjoyed every bite. I look forward to returning soon for one more.
Review Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
64
The one place you can count on to get a great quick-snack at Epcot is Sunshine Seasons. Especially if you don't know what you want.

Savory items from the Oak Grilling station, more healthful salads and sandwiches, even Asian dishes like a Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry or the Vegan Korma with Jasmine Rice… it's fun just strolling by the various cooking stations trying to sneak a peak at what the various options look like.

Sometimes though, all you want is dessert… and fortunately, Sunshine Seasons has a dessert station just for those times! On a recent visit, I stopped in at dessert time (which is anytime you want) and decided to go with a long-standing item on the menu… the Chocolate Mousse Cake.

The side-photo of this one tells you a lot about the dessert. There's two large layers of chocolate mousse and two layers of chocolate cake topped with a thin layer of chocolate ganache (or possibly a chilled glaze, depending on how specific you want to get). That little stick poking out of the top of the cake is actually a tube of stripped white and dark chocolate (it's creamy, but like most decorative chocolate, devoid of any cocoa complexity or flavor).

It's been on the menu for a long time because it's a great dessert item. The mousse is what I would call semi-dark… it's not "bitter", it's semi-sweet, but not to the point where it's milk chocolate. The cake does stay fairly moist in there, but the real star in this one is the dense, creamy chocolate mousse. At $4.99 (circa Fall 2016) it is one of the more expensive dessert items at Sunshine Seasons, but lives up to it's price tag, relatively speaking.
Review Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
68
The "oak grilling" station at Sunshine Seasons (located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot) is one of the few counter service dining spots at Epcot that is serving up "real food" and not "fast food" in what is still considered a quick service setting. The prices do keep going up and the portions sizes keep shrinking (heck, I remember a time when two side items used to come with the meal)… but it's not out of line with other counter-service locations in the parks.

Because it's "real" food (i.e. not frozen burger patties, mass pulled pork, nuggets, etc.)… I still recommend Sunshine Seasons… even going so far as to say that if you're only going to try one counter service location while at Epcot, Sunshine Seasons gets my vote.

The somewhat odd "free roaming food pickup, then pay at the register" format seems to work here, better than it does any place else. It's still not always fast or perfect, but if you've ever waited in line for 45 minutes at Pecos Bill's, you'll appreciate only having to wait 15 minutes at Sunshine Season. Still tough… you are waiting in line with your food… which is getting colder by the minute. So my best advise here is the same as it is for any counter service location… altering your lunch or dinner time to slightly before or slightly after peak times will make a huge difference in your experience.

There are basically four culinary stations at Sunshine Seasons, an Asian station, a sandwich (and now tacos too) station, a salad station, and my favorite, the oak-grilled station. The per-entree prices are about the same, with the Asian and Oak-Gilled stations being about a dollar more than the others. A fifth counter to the far left (when looking at the counters) offers up all manner of desserts that are made daily at Sunshine Seasons.

In between the made-to-order food counters are a few grab-and-go type coolers that have some pre packaged items like cut fruit, chips, and surprisingly, beer. While you can grab onto an actual beer can or bottle here… they must pour your beer into a plastic cup at the register… that's the rules, sorry.

On this particular visit I picked up one of my favorites from the Oak-Grilled station… the Salmon with Green Beans. For those guests that aren't fond of green beans, pretty much any side item at the station can be substituted… they have black beans with yellow rice, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and the green beans.

The salmon itself always seems to be perfectly cooked and the wood-fired grill adds a really nice, slightly caramelized char and flavor to the salmon. The green beans seem to have a bit of olive oil (probably from their quick sauté) and tiny little garlic nibs mixed in. For quite a few years, the dish had been topped with an olive pesto of sorts, and it was the perfect topping… I just loved the stuff and would often request a second cup to the side.

These days, the salmon is being topped with an ample helping of what I would call a stewed tomato chutney, of sorts. From a culinary standpoint, I don't really like the acidity of the tomatoes with the salmon. It would seem more at home (to me) on a Barramundi or even an Atlantic Cod… not salmon so much… but maybe that's just me.

All in all, anything from the wood-fired grilling station at Sunshine Seasons and a fountain soda are going to tally up to around $15 (2016). Add a fresh-made dessert and you'll be at $20… which is maybe a dollar or two more than what you would expect to pay for an entree, beverage and dessert at one of the fast-food counter service locations in the parks. For me, it's worth the extra couple of dollars to get made to order "slower food" especially if you've been eating burgers all week. There are enough options at the four different stations that everyone should be able to find something they'll like… unless you're looking for a cheeseburger. There are none of those, at Sunshine Seasons.
Review Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
78
The Power Salad with fired grilled chicken breast is as delicious as it is beautiful! Usually don't eat salads because of the lettus, but this one is made with shredded cabbages and Brussel sprouts, dried cherries and pine nuts. Topped with a light sweet & sour dressing this is my new favorite meal at Epcot!
Review Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
93
Excellent variety of healthy meal options. While the meals are delicious for every diner, in my opinion they are also wise choices for one who may have dietary restrictions or digestive concerns.
Review Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014
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THIS REVIEW SCORE :
71
I tried several desserts. The strawberry shortcake was so so and not as fresh as I would have liked it.
The banana coconut mousse was the better of the two. Very tasty in the dome effect fresh and creamy.
(*) Price ranges listed are the average cost for one main entree and one soft beverage item, unless otherwise stated. There are many combinations of appetizers, deserts and drinks that will add to your final total. Many parks also use seasonal pricing systems which result in food and beverage costs increasing at peak times. Please check with the location that you are interested in for specific pricing information.