Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby rubysparkles » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:09 am

They didn't bring back the strawberry drink from Poland? Madness. Best thing there last year.

Some of those new additions to Japan sound really good.
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Postby mcjaco » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:36 am

If it's hot: this would be perfect: Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

Can't make it this year, but planning to try and do the following year.

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Postby cfc » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:06 am

Noticed a goof on their "craft beer" list: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes from California, not Nevada.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:09 pm

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/08/major-makeover-for-the-france-pavilion-at-epcot/

It’s all happening behind the scenes, but by early December, Bistro de Paris in the France Pavilion at Epcot will have a whole new look plus a new name, and by mid-December, a new bakery will be open. Guests may not even notice the construction, as the downstairs Les Chefs de France remains open, as well as the Boulangerie Patisserie bakery and pastry shop.

We talked with Jerome Bocuse, president and owner of the company that runs all three – and son of world-famous Chef Paul Bocuse – about the upcoming changes:

What’s the biggest change guests will see in the new upstairs restaurant?
Jerome Bocuse: It’s all new – new name, new dining room, new costumes for the servers, new menu. We’re still aiming for haute cuisine, but with a less formal atmosphere. Guests are in the park with their families, so we want to create an elegant, nice ambience, but not stuffy. Our guests want to experience true French cuisine.

Tell us a little about the new décor.
JB: Servers will be in less formal attire – no more tuxedoes – and the room colors will be fresh and bright. The theme is our family history, as we’ve been in the culinary business for two centuries. We have a long tradition of French chefs in the Bocuse family.

And cuisine?
JB: We want to offer a taste of the true cuisine of France – classical, but with an approachable, affordable twist. We brought a chef over about a year ago from a Michelin 3-Star restaurant in France, so he’s ready to go.

Bistro de Paris has lots of fans, why change the restaurant now?
JB: We’ve never changed the restaurant since it opened more than 25 years ago, and it’s time for a new look and new theming based on our family’s history.

How about the Chefs de France downstairs, any changes?
JB: It is a classic brasserie, and will stay the same.

Tell us about the new bakery.
JB: We have a new building under construction at the back of the pavilion [the theater exit area]. We’ll have a bread oven, and do baking for all three restaurants there in a show bakery.

Are you changing the Boulangerie Patisserie menu?
JB: We are expanding the menu to add salads and sandwiches so our guests can have a meal in the bakery, with about 90 seats.

And what happens to the old pastry shop?
JB: It’s our new Glacier ice cream parlor!

Stay tuned for more details.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:28 am

We just finally checked out the new Agent P game the other day and it was really great!

A giant improvement over KimPossible and KT really loved it. She's already requested to go back and try some more missions.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:02 am

A few days ago I had the chance to stop by Walt Disney World to check out the latest happenings across the resort. Let's look at Epcot...
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Over at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, a new entrance canopy has been built to eventually serve as the split point between a new Fastpass line and the existing standby queue.
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Bolts for the eventual wait time signs and Fastpass distribution/return signs are already in place, waiting for the signs themselves to be installed.
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Work continues on the new Fastpass line as well.
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Over in Canada a new, permanent DVC booth is being built.
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In France, Bistro de Paris has closed to allow for its reinvention over the next few months. It will receive a new name, menu and theme when it reopens.
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To the left is the current Boulangerie Patisserie, which will eventually close to become a Glacier ice cream parlor.
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A look at the current Patisserie. The new location will include expanded seating, an updated menu and a wider serving area.
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The building that has served as the exit gift shop for Impressions de France as well as the indoor seating for the Patisserie will become the connector to the new building where the expanded Patisserie will be located.
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Much of the existing building has been blocked off for allow for interior construction to begin on merging the new and old buildings.
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Work has begun on preparing the Belgium booth for the Food & Wine Festival.
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I can't wait!
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In Italy, Tutto Gusto has updated its menu to include Gusto Plates for Two or More, plus the prices for the menu as a whole have been altered slightly.
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Inside the entrance of the Mexico pavilion, a new set of exhibits have taken up the space previously occupied by Animales Fantasticos.
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More museum-esque in style, they use lighting effects to reveal additional details...
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Like this.
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And by Test Track the old Cool Wash station has been surrounded by walls, presumably to be removed.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:11 am

Interesting things going on at Epcot. All these little changes make little changes make it like a new experience when I get to visit the park every few years.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:18 pm

^^Um...everything I loved so much at Tutto Gusto seems to be gone!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Seriously Disney, don't do this to me. You seriously open a restaurant that I love and has such amazing stuff then three months later completely change it!?!?!?!?

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:39 pm

^Well, that's not cool. Was looking forward to checking this place out, and they've already changed the menu for the worse? Boo.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:45 pm

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