Every once in a while I’ll be wandering through the Disney parks when I stumble across a hidden gem — something that most guests will probably just walk right by, but that catches my food-obsessed eye.
On my last trip, I was browsing through The Sportsman’s Shoppe in Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion. On my way out (headed to the pub across the street), I saw this. Click on any of the photos for larger images:
This gorgeous diorama sits in a short lobby leading to the outdoors, just outside the shop and just across from the Rose & Crown Restaurant. I’m not sure I’d ever seen it before, but I was spellbound. I stared for several minutes, first trying to determine the story in the scene and then trying to take in all of the unbelievable detail.
Clearly, what we’re looking at here is a Royal Feast: the King is seated next to his Queen and Royal guests, servants bustle about behind the table, and an entertainer is rolling a hoop in front of the Royal party. And that’s not all — Knights in Armor guard the table with glistening, bejeweled shields; musicians stand in the balconies ready to entertain at a moment’s notice; Royal crests bedeck the walls; and a huge stained glass window completes the scene.
And he’s “rolling” in the true sense. The diorama is animatronic. You can watch the entertainer roll his hoop back and forth and even see the King and his male guests raise their glasses in what I can only imagine is a toast (since nobody seems to have touched their food, yet!). Interestingly, it is only the males raising their glasses… .
In front of the guests is a gorgeous spread of incredibly detailed food. Lots of fruits and vegetables, a loaf of bread, a suckling pig resting on a bed of lettuce and apples, a pie, a tart (which looks like it’s actually nestled on a doily), and more — all served on bronze dishes covered with jewels.
One of the most interesting parts of the scene, however, is the detail painted onto the faces of the guests and servants. Some are uncertain, some are clearly bored, some are out-and-out flirting!
This little piece of art is definitely worth a look or two. Or, if you’re me, half an hour of pure enjoyment!
Have you seen it?
Source for Wide-Angle Photograph