Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby RoCo » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:54 am

Anything with more Tron is automatically better. ("Auto" matically.) I'm avoiding as much on-ride stuff as possible to keep it relatively spoiler-free (should the Disney Gods finally ever allow me to ride Test Track), but the new exterior, all the interior elements, and what I've see of the ride itself, wow, beautiful. The Shanghai lightcycle coaster is going to completely pwn. ;)

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby JRHcoasterki » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:11 am

^ haha One Republic is NOT related to One Direction. Also, Disney has used their song "Good Life" in their commercials, so I'm going to guess that's why they had them perform.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:14 am

RoCo wrote:Who the hell are "One Republic?" Are they related to "One Direction?" #OldPeopleQuestions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OneRepublic

They've had a couple of hit singles and they also do the music for some Disney TV commercials (See the connection!) they did the song for this TV Spot:


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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby RoCo » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:23 am

^ and ^^ Aha, got it. That's kind of cool that they're some kind of semi-official house band, sort of. ;) Any band that sites The Beatles and U2 as influences is okay in my book.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:47 am

Wow! The new test track looks great! I've never ridden the old one but comparing the videos of the old and new versions, the new one sure looks like an improvement, especially on the indoor parts. Thanks for the video and all the pics.
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Postby Thri!!er » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:33 pm

Thank you for this comprehensive and emotional characterization from the media-day, Robb!
Very interesting and future-like/futuristic, for me as a middle-european or "from good ol' Europe", to see this (future-) "stuff"...

Very good videos and pictures like always from you... thanks, you Three! ;) :) =)

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:36 pm

Great report! Really loving the futuristic look and feel of the 'New" Test Track! Can't wait to ride it in 5 weeks!
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:52 pm

I think they have done a good job updating the ride. SHould be a huge hit!

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:55 am

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/12/monsier-paul-restaurant-debuts-dec-11-upstairs-at-epcot-france-pavilion/

“Monsieur Paul restaurant introduces the culture and the authentic taste of French cuisine that Chef Paul Bocuse introduced to the world,” says Jerome Bocuse, son of the famous French chef and president and owner of the company that runs the new restaurant re-opening December 11 in the France Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase.
Upscale but less formal than the former Bistro de Paris, the new decor captures classic French architecture with fresh colors and a touch of modernism. “The newly renovated restaurant inherits the air of hospitality of my father’s restaurant as each staff member goes above and beyond to offer the warmest, most inviting service possible,” says Jerome.

Monsieur Paul will be decorated with mementoes of Chef Paul Bocuse’s extraordinary culinary honors – he achieved three Michelin stars for 48 straight years at his famous Lyon restaurant, Auberge du Pont de Collonges. The Bocuse family has an important place in the culinary world, most recently with Paul Bocuse being named “Chef of the Century” by The Culinary Institute of America. “Monsieur Paul” was the name cooks used in the 1950s to address a young Paul Bocuse in the kitchen to differentiate him from his father George Bocuse, also an established chef—and the nickname has stuck throughout Paul’s life.

“My father, Paul Bocuse, first opened Les Chefs de France here at Epcot in 1982 with Chefs Gaston Lenôtre and Roger Vergé – it was the first and only Bocuse-affiliated restaurant in America,” says Bocuse. “Things have now come full circle, with me having the opportunity to open a restaurant here bearing my father’s name – I’ve seen the dining scene change and we are evolving with it.”

The aim is not to replicate the dishes from the Lyon restaurant, but to serve both classics and interpretations of them in a setting that’s more contemporary.
The white linen tablecloths and tuxes for servers are gone, creating an upscale-but-less-formal approach to French dining. Crisp white shirts, purple ties and long black aprons give the servers an “elegant-but-approachable look,” says Bocuse.

The new menu, created by Chef Francesco Santin who worked with Chef Bocuse in his restaurant in Lyon for 15 years, is built on the Bocuse tradition of French classical cuisine with “the freshest ingredients, the perfect temperature and just the right seasoning,” says Jerome.

“Chef Santin brings invaluable experience from Lyon to the restaurant, including his knowledge of the classic dishes, techniques, and flavors of France,” says Bocuse. “ However, it is still important for us to showcase American ingredients.” For instance, a classic Bocuse fish entrée prepared in France with rouget (red mullet) is re-imagined at Monsieur Paul with red snapper from Florida.

Guests can expect dishes such as Soupe aux Truffles V.G.E. (black winter truffle and beef broth soup), Homard du Maine à L’Armoricaine, riz Pilaf (Maine lobster, vegetable brunoise, bisque, rice Pilaf) and Carré d’Agneau en croute d’herbes, pissaladière Niçoise, cassolette de flageolet (herb crusted rack of lamb Niçoise style tart with goat cheese, onions, arugula cassoulette of flageolet beans). For a sweet finish, Soufflé chaud au grand Marnier (warm Grand Marnier soufflé) and Entremet au trois chocolats (triple chocolate cake) are just two of the desserts.

“We want guests to experience authentic French cuisine – but they don’t have to dress up and spend a lot of time,” says Jerome. “We’ve thoughtfully adapted Monsieur Paul to our guests’ vacation experience. ”

Monsieur Paul will be open seven days a week for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by contacting 407-WDWDINE or online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Woodie Warrior » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:58 am

The new Test Track looks cool.
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