Epcot's new "world celebration" theme with its upcoming restaurant in the former Future World. Disney today revealed the menu for Connections Eatery, which is replacing the Electric Umbrella in the park's renamed World Celebration neighborhood.Walt Disney World is leaning into
Burgers lead the menu, so Disney is not straying too far from theme park conventions. But it's giving several of its Connections Eatery burgers global twists. In addition to an American Classic Burger with lettuce, pickle, tomato and Cheddar (and roasted garlic spread?), the new restaurant will offer Southwestern, Mediterranean, French Bistro, and Banh Mi Burgers. Prices will range from $12-13 for each.
The Southwestern Burger will include Roasted Corn-Chipotle Salsa, Oaxaca Cheese Crema, Chamoy, and Guacamole Spread. The Mediterranean will come with shredded Lettuce, Pickled Vegetable and Feta Relish, and Zhoug Mayonnaise on Doner Bread. The French Bistro will have Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Brie, Mushrooms, and Dijon Mayonnaise on Brioche. The Bahn Mi will be Miso-marinated beef with Pickled Vegetables, Sriracha Mayonnaise on a Sub Roll.
Connections Eatery also will offer plant-based (i.e. no tuna and no eggs) Niçoise-style Salad ($10.29) and General Tso Chicken Salad ($11.49) with Broccoli Slaw, Red Bell Pepper, Mandarin Oranges, Edamame, Crispy Wontons, Warm Fried Chicken, and General Tso's Dressing.
Four pizzas will complete the menu: Five-Cheese, Pepperoni, Meatball, and a plant-based Curry Spice Pizza, with Carrot, Potato, Peas, Tomato, Plant-based Mozzarella, and Lime "Yogurt," served with Mediterranean Side Salad. The cheese pizza is $10.49, while the others will go for $10.99.
Kids's meals will be a cheeseburger, grilled chicken Bao, chicken nuggets basket, or five-cheese pizza. Prices range from $7.49-7.99 there.
Connections Eatery's dessert will be a Liege Waffle, served with Strawberries, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce for $5.29. Other sweets include Apple Pie Gelato Shake or Mango-Coconut Milk Shake, both for $7.29.
There's a Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca on the drink menu in addition to the regular Coca-Cola products. The adult beverage menu includes a gin-based Cucumber and Thai Basil Cooler cocktail as well as four beers and four wines. Connections Eatery will serve Joffrey's Coffee, or you can order Starbucks from the Connections Cafe next door.
Connections Eatery will open at Epcot this spring.
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How about an actual Banh Mi, an actual Salad Nicoise, an actual Onion soup, and an actual Doner kebab? Would that be too difficult to put on a menu?
Considering this is the parks generic "thousands of people will go here because it's convenient and they don't want to have to think" QSR I think this actually looks really good, a lot better than Cosmic's or Pizzerizzo at least.
Sure, next to a mediocre hamburger Disney insults the food culture of ton of countries and regions at the same time. I call it cultural ignorance as it is an inappropriate way of naming food. We shame a Texan cheerleader group, this is exactly the same.
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Why??? If I wanted international cuisine, there are 11 countries represented around the World Showcase. I see this menu morphing and changing really fast, because I doubt guests will be gravitating here based on these selections. The only one of the burgers that doesn't have at least 1 turn-off ingredient for me is the Banh-mi, and I have little faith that even that sandwich will deliver any sort of authenticity compared to its namesake.
There are for too many excellent restaurants in EPCOT to put forth a haphazard menu like this and expect it to be successful. As much as it pains me, this new eatery should have stayed in the lane established by the Electric Umbrella and stuck to standard theme park fare.