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Food Photo Tour: Art of Animation Resort Landscape of Flavors Food Court

Life is a highway, and my pit stop this past weekend was Walt Disney World’s brand new Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World.

AoA is a value level resort, and like other WDW value hotels the main source of on-site nourishment is a food court, here called Landscape of Flavors.

I gathered dozens (hundreds?) of food photos to share, so you’ll be able to take a look at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert as well as pre-packaged goodies in the photo tour below!

Some of the elements of Landscape of Flavors will be familiar to those who have been to other Disney hotel food courts. There are multiple lines to order different types of food. There are self-serve soda and condiment stations past the registers, toasters for guest use, and a mug wash sink for rinsing your refillable mugs.

And the sides of the service area are lined with refrigerator cases of beverages and a limited selection of prepared items.

As for the actual food, Disney has tried to step it up a notch, offering fresher and more customizable options than in the other resorts. But before I get to that, here’s a tour so you can get the lay of the Landscape.

Overview Photos

You get to the restaurant through the Ink & Paint Shop gift store.

Ink and Paint Shop Gift Store

The seating areas are bright with blond wood tables and chairs.

Seating Areas

Overhead lights represent each of the four films highlighted at AoA: Finding Nemo, Cars, Lion King, and Little Mermaid.

Overhead Lights Represent the Films

The seating areas showcase paintings themed to the film represented.

Seating area with Cars themed paintings

Registers on the left, food ordering stations on the right.

Registers and Food Ordering

All the food service lines have cooking areas visible behind them.

Cooking Areas

Refrigerator Cases and Packaged Food Areas

Again, the main refrigerator cases will seem familiar to those who have stayed at value resorts in the past. These include a variety of soft drinks, milk, juices, beers, wine, bottled cocktails, cut fruit, and small selection of chilled takeaway items.

Main refrigerator case. Click to enlarge.

Refillable mugs, packaged snacks and cute half bottles of wine.

Pre-made sushi in the refrigerator case.

Pre-made kids snack tray. Yogurt in the top center.

Pre-made fruit and cheese tray.

Along with the standard Bud, there were some more interesting beer choices available. And even bottled hard cider. Yum!

Beer Options

More refrigerated alcohol options.

Beverages for kids meals had their own area.

Kids Meal Beverages

Soy milk is available in regular or chocolate flavors.

Pearl brand soy milk available in regular and chocolate.

Have a hankering for a late-night indulgence? Try the four-pack of mini-cheesecakes or a Macaroon Cupcake!

Four-pack of mini-cheesecakes. Key lime, raspberry, brownie bottom, and plain.

Or go healthy with veggies or yogurt.

Cup fruit and veggies, yogurt, and macaroon cupcakes.

One interesting item in the refrigerator was a full case of water bottles, for about $16. This is more expensive than the supermarket, but a good option over constantly paying for individual bottles at the resort or in the parks.

And remember, you can use your Tables in Wonderland card here to get an extra discount!

Cases of water.

Landscape of Flavors Breakfast

Breakfast is offered from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. I happened to eat one day at exactly 11:00 and there was a small bit of confusion about whether we could order breakfast or lunch.

My favorite breakfast station allowed guests to create their own yogurt parfait or blend of cereals. There didn’t seem to be any limit to the number of choices you could make; they’d let you try as many things as you wanted, as long as they fit in the bowl.

This station also featured the famous Disney waffles!

Waffle/yogurt/cereal station menu.

You can watch your Mickey waffle being made.

Choices from the cereal bar.

There were very friendly cast members at the make-your-own cereal and yogurt bar, and you’ll find lots of fresh and dried fruit mix-ins.

Friendly cast members at the make-your-own cereal and yogurt bar. Lots of fresh and dried fruit mix-ins.

Yogurt and ceral fruit mix-ins.

My yogurt parfait had granola, strawberries, mango, and pistachios.

My yogurt parfait. With granola, strawberries, mango, and pistachios.

Another station has French toast, a vegetarian breakfast sandwich, and a “World Flavors” egg platter.

World flavors breakfast menu.

World flavors breakfast foods serving line.

Vegetarian breakfast sandwich. I didn't have a chance to try it, but it looked great.

French toast with fruit.

I opted for the eggs. At first I was a little dismayed by the potatoes, which appeared to be charred, not just flavored. However, they didn’t taste burnt at all, just a hint spicy.

Here, and everywhere throughout the Landscape of Flavors, any time that bacon is offered you have a choice of regular or turkey bacon. I tried both at various points. I found the turkey bacon to be almost Canadian bacon in texture. Good, but not decadent like you want on vacation.

Breakfast platter: Scrambled eggs, naan, Portuguese sausage, breakfast potatoes, and bacon.

The next breakfast station offered primarily variations on pancakes, along with a breakfast chicken sandwich and a “steak” and egg sandwich.

Breakfast burger and pancake station menu.

Pancake station cast members.

The steak and egg sandwich was really a burger topped with an egg. I didn’t try that item, but spoke to someone who did and really enjoyed it.

Breakfast chicken burger with darling Mickey-shaped egg.

The pancakes were pretty standard pancakes. When ordered with fruit topping, the fruit is fresh whole strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, not a compote.

Pancakes with fruit and bacon.

I apologize that I didn’t get a shot of the omelet add-in list. It was fairly standard, with several kinds of cheese, veggies, and meats.

Omelet station menu.

Omletes made while you watch.

Lunch and Dinner

At lunch and dinner, there are four main food order stations: salads and cold sandwiches, Tandoori and Mongolian foods, Italian foods, and burgers and hot sandwiches.

Over the course of four days, I sampled many of the items and spoke to guests who had ordered many others.

Salads and Cold Sandwiches

Salad and cold sandwich menu.

Turkey sandwich with fresh chips. Really, really good chips.

Caprese sandwich.

Here are a few friendly cast members with the bases for the make-your-own salads.

Make Your Own Salad

Tandoori/Mongolian Station

Tandoori/Mongolian Menu, part 1

Tandoori/Mongolian menu, part 2

The Tandoori/Mongolian area is more exotic than what you’ll find at many food courts. I think it’s a great addition. Here’s some Tandoori Portuguese sausage with pickled veggies, roasted butternut squash, wild rice, and naan bread.

Tandoori Portuguese sausage. With pickled veggies, roasted butternut squash, wild rice, and naan bread.

And my Tandoori shrimp, cauliflower, paneer cheese, and naan dish.

Cooking my tandoori shrimp dish.

Tandoori shrimp, cauliflower, paneer cheese, and naan.

Italian Station

Italian menu, part 1

Italian menu, part 2

The Make-Your-Own-Pasta area is sure to be a hit. I chose shrimp, peas, and olives with pesto.

Pasta customization options.

Make Your Own Pasta

More ingredients for the make-your-own pasta bar.

Cooking the pasta.

My finished pasta was prepared exactly the way I like it!

Finished Pasta Dish

Hot Sandwiches

Hot sandwich menu, part 1

Hot sandwich menu, part 2

Toppings to customize your burger.

The burger options are extensive here. The “Surf and Surf” Burger with popcorn shrimp on top of a crab cake looked great.

The "surf and surf" burger. Popcorn shrimp on top of a crabcake.

Here’s a close-up of the crab cake itself.

Close up of the crabcake part of the "surf and surf".

Delicious, vinegary cole slaw.

Check out this pastrami burger!

Pastrami burger with fries.

A Note About Food Order Customization…and Waiting
Overall, I was quite impressed. The flavors were bold, the ingredients were fresh, and many items were cooked to order right in front of you. The amount of customization available was staggering, truly a bold step forward for Disney.

I applaud this innovation. Big standing O! However, because the food is customized by the guest and cooked on the spot, there was more than a little waiting around. I’d say that I easily spent 4-5 minutes every time I ordered food, waiting for it to be cooked.

This was not a huge issue for me, a lone adult, not in a hurry. But I fear that when the entire resort is open (I was there for the first phase, with only 1/4 of the guest rooms open) or if I had to wait in multiple lines for multiple family members, it will become common for it to take upwards of 20 minutes just for a family to get its food.

On two occasions, I saw women order food at one line, then instead of waiting there, they moved to another line to start a different type of order for another family member. Both times, the cast members at the first station became flustered, not knowing what to do with the order of the non-present guest (who was there, but not right there). The cast had clearly been told not to keep the food under a heat lamp or leave it on the counter, which is wonderful in theory, but seemed to be confusing in practice.

My advice is that if you order at one station and then move on to order at another, be VERY clear with the first station that you will be back in a minute and that they should just hold your food for you.

All Day Stations

All day long, you can get customize-your-own smoothies, fancy coffee drinks, and hand-scooped gelato.

Cast member making my smoothie.

I chose the mango base, with fresh strawberry, banana, and pineapple add-ins. So yummy that I couldn’t wait to drink it. Sorry.

I chose the mango base, with fresh strawberry, banana, and pineapple add-ins.

Fancy drinks menu.

Gelato!

Plenty of topping options for the gelato.

Topping options for the gelato.

Pistachio gelato. Nothing wrong with that.

Pistachio gelato.

Bakery Case

The bakery case is open all day and contains most of the standard Disney food court bakery case items: muffins, danish, cookies, etc.

Bakery case overview.

The most notable item in the case was a small four-pack of vegan, gluten-free cupcakes from BabyCakes. This is the first WDW resort that regularly carries a BabyCakes item on site. This is a HUGE bonus for families with children with allergies.

Babycakes in the bakery case.

Unboxed Babycakes.

There was also a cute four-pack of regular mini-cupcakes.

Cute four-pack of mini-cupcakes in the bakery case.

Oh…and Krispies.

Krispie treats in the bakery case.

Other Notable Items

Here are a few tidbits that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else, but you still need to know about! ;-)

Real Tableware
The staff at Landscape of Flavors seemed very proud that they are the first Disney World food court to have real, non-disposable plates and silverware.

Real tableware.

This was a nice touch while eating and certainly gave a more upscale feel to the meal. However, the “realness” of the service made it more challenging to clean up after your meal. You have to do a lot of scraping of plates and sorting of silverware before you can leave.

Of course this is more environmentally friendly than the endless stream of plastic forks and knives, but it does make more work for the guest.

Soda options. Including Mello Yellow!

Lack of Microwaveable Food?
I was a bit surprised that for a resort in which three quarters of the guests DO have microwaves in their rooms, the only real microwaveable item sold at the food court was popcorn; and this was quite well hidden on the bottom shelf of a snack display.

If you’re looking for more substantial microwave food at Walt Disney World, head on over to one of the Disney Vacation Club resorts that have mini-marts in their gift shops.

The only packaged microwavable item in the place.

Long operating hours.

Overall

My first impression of Landscape of Flavors is that this is a great addition to the Walt Disney World restaurant family. Many of the offerings are unique and relatively inexpensive. There may be growing pains as each wave of the resort opens, but I’m sure they’ll get that all worked out by Christmas.

In addition to attracting AoA guests, I suspect that this venue will also become popular with Pop Century Resort guests. I took a walk across the Generation Gap bridge from the Pop to AoA very easily. Depending on where your room is at the Pop, the AoA food court may actually be as close as the Pop food court. More options!

Oh, and about that “Life is a Highway” sentence at the top … The music at Landscape of Flavors is themed to the movies represented at the resort. It’s all fun, catchy stuff, but the playlist is veeery short. Over the course of four days, I heard “Life is a Highway” easily 40 or 50 times. It’s now an earworm that cannot be killed. :-)

So future AoA guests, what more do you want to know? Ask me your questions in the comments below and I’ll try to help.

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

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72 Comments

  1. Sara says:

    “Standard Disney bakery items” PLUS an awesome Mickey tart filled with chocolate ganache that we tried the other day. These were adorable and delicious, definitely our favorite treat of our whole vacation!

  2. Eamon says:

    My wife and I were thinking of going here for lunch or even dinner when we visit in January, and this review only makes me want to go to AoA’s food court even more! Great review.

  3. Diane says:

    Thanks for such extensive detail! I’m impressed by the options here. However, I’m extremely price-sensitive in the current economy, and seeing that a case of water here costs $16 (I just paid $1.99 at my local Walgreens, about 90 minutes from Orlando) makes me think that Disney’s crossed a line here. I realize you have to expect a “Disney mark-up.” But a mark-up that large just erases the magic (and the possibility of even a “Value” resort stay), even for a relative local like me.

  4. jenifer says:

    thanks for the review i was excited to see what this new resort would offer for food. the monogolian section seems pretty neat its always a disappointment to me when you go to the other resorts and you dont see much other than pulled pork or cheeseburgers and pizza. to me there is so many other food choices disney could do especially at that themed resorts such as poly or carribbean beach. thanks

  5. Alan says:

    When I read “Tandoori Portuguese sausage with pickled veggies, roasted butternut squash, wild rice, and naan bread” – I think this food court is uber-impressive. Without actually seeing and tasting it for myself, Erin’s review and photos makes me put this counter service at the top of the line for this type of restaurant. The menu makes me look at my usual resort counter service and think “Let’s take a drive over to the Animation resort”. If this food is successful, the Disney folks will have to revamp all the resort CS restaurants (with the exception of Peppers Marke ).

    Erin, those are really great photos.

  6. marcellina says:

    Caprese sandwich, sushi, and smoothies oh my! I love all the new and healthy options at this food court! I try to eat healthy when I can but I have to admit if there aren’t any healthy options I’m quick to say “oh well, guess I’ll just get a pizza!” LOL! I’ll be eating here on my next trip with some friends for dinner and your great review really helped me (at least start to) figure out what I’ll order! Thanks!

  7. Sandy - winnieatepooh says:

    Thanks for such a great review. I loved getting to see EVERYTHING, including the babycakes mini’s, which I’m really excited for! What flavors were they? It won’t be difficult to convince my fiance to trek over there from CSR for a nice QS dinner one night on our upcoming September trip!

  8. Erin says:

    Sara – Oh man, I feel like I tried everything there except the Mickey tart (which did look adorable). Now I’ll just have to go back :-)

    Eamon – Thanks, let us know how you like it.

    Diane – I agree that $16 is a bit much for a case of water, but compared to buying it by the bottle in the parks, it’s a big savings. Of course you could always just ask for cups of tap water, which is always free at WDW.

    Jennifer – Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come throughout WDW.

    Alan – Thanks for the kind words. It’s certainly worth a drive over next time you’re at WDW. I hope you enjoy.

    Marcellina – There was pizza offered here, but in about a dozen trips to this food court, I only saw one person order it. People seemed really excited to try out all the new and different choices.

    Sandy – The BabyCakes were all chocolate. The frosting was vanilla, chocolate, and mocha. I took a photo of the back of the package, which mentions mint, but none of the ones I had were green or minty flavored. I gave the red one away, but I assume it was a berry flavor. Perhaps there will be a variety of choices offered?

  9. NT3 says:

    Wow! Interesting beer selection! What even are those two next to the Redbridge? Looks like something called Daura and then an Orange Blossom Pilsner. Very interesting to see that as well as the local Orlando brews there too. Bravo, Disney.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for a great and thorough review! I’ve been looking for one for days! I can’t wait to stay here in October!

  11. Theresa says:

    Thank you for the great review! I am staying in October so I have been really excited to see the new changes, etc. The only thing I wish I could see was the Mongolian dishes.. they sound amazing!

  12. Jennie says:

    Great review. As a mom with two children allergic to eggs and wheat I am so HAPPY(very excited) to see cupcakes from babycakes. Prior to our last trip I phoned ahead and placed an order with babycakes. Amazing service. We carried our special treats in tupperware at the parks and the kids Loved having a treat made just for them.

    Were the smoothies, build your own parfait and gelato available as a snack credit?

    Again great review!!

  13. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the great review! We are staying here in July. I have a question about the case of water for $16. Is this a full case of 24 bottles? If not, do you remember how many bottles it held? It would really help me to be able to just buy the case of water at the hotel rather than worrying about having it shipped, etc. Thank you!

  14. J Murphy says:

    OMG what a great review!!!! I want to go to AOA just for the food court…..

  15. Kate says:

    Other than the cupcakes, do they have other kid friendly gluten free items such as fries and chicken tenders like at the other resorts? or what about gluten free mickey waffles?

  16. Erin says:

    NT3- There were a number of beer choices including several versions of Bud, Estrella Daura, Orange Blossom Pilsner (a Florida brew), Orlando Brewing Pale Ale and Brown Ale, Yuengling Lager, Pabst, Coors, several versions of Corona, Red Stripe, Heineken, Land Shark Lager, and a few others. Also available were Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider. I tried both the Cider and the Orange Blossom when I was there. Yum!

    Carolyn – Have a great time!

    Theresa – I never saw anyone order any of the Mongolian dishes during my trip. I think they need to work on their education/advertising for those.

    Jennie – In addition to the BabyCakes cupcakes, they also had OMG It’s Gluten Free brand cookies and brownies, as well as Lundberg brand rice chips in Honey Dijon, Fiesta Lime, and Sea Salt flavors. Yogurt parfait was not available for a snack credit. The gelato is available for a snack credit. The basic smoothies in strawberry banana, mango, wildberry, and tropical energy flavors were available as a snack credit. If you choose to add in your own fruit, then the snack credit does not apply.

  17. Erin says:

    Nicole – Yes, there were 24 bottles in the case of water.

    J Murphy – Head on over and let us know what you think!

  18. Beth says:

    Wow! Great review, AJ!

    As an Indian-food loving family, all of the items in the Mongolian section looked wonderful. We’ll be there in November, in a Little Mermaid room. Hopefully they’ll have the “kinks” worked out by then.

  19. Janet C. says:

    I loved this review. It was very informative and really helped me get an idea of the food court for our trip in October. Thank you.
    I do have one question. Is there a coffee station for the refillable mugs, if so can you get real milk in your coffee. Thanks again.

  20. Nikki says:

    Great review ! I love the details & pictures. I can’t wait for my 2013 stay at AoA, I have one question. Are you allowed to order anything to go? As an avid Disney world guest I was wondering would I be able to bring food back to my resort room?

  21. Catie says:

    Thanks SO much for the amazing and thorough review, I greatly enjoyed the pics and can’t wait to have a Mickey tart (had been reading about them on DFB and was hoping they would make their way to WDW!!)

    Kind of a weird question, but did they have chicken tenders as an adult meal option? (you know those horrible frozen deep fried breaded nuggets that are the least inventive meal, but I can’t help loving them!)

    Thanks again for the info!!

  22. Erin says:

    Beth – The cast members at AoA seemed very enthusiastic and proud of their new home, I’m sure they’ll be working nonstop to get everything up to speed.

    Janet – Yes, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea were available for the refillable mugs. The only milk-like addition at the coffee station was labeled “coffee creamer.” I’m not sure exactly what this was.

    Nikki – Yes, they had an ample supply of to-go boxes at all the food stations. I saw several people bringing food back to their rooms.

    Catie – Unfortunately there didn’t appear to be any chicken nuggets at AoA, even on the kids menu. I too have a soft spot for them, but I’ll have to hunt them down in the parks.

  23. Madoka says:

    Hey that is a real tandoor oven in the pic where the CMs are cooking shrimp skewers! Bravo, Disney, for introducing more interesting foods to the quick service food courts! I hope the “more exotic” items succeed at this resort and are not passed over by squeamish guests and then subsequently removed from the menu.

    Thanks for the review!

  24. Nath says:

    What an awesome and thorough review. Our family will be staying there in August and I read them your review. We are all so excited. One question… did you see any sugar free or no sugar added items? thanks again!!

  25. Essie says:

    I’m going to be in a LM room in Nov and just this year I’ve transitioned from a burger and fries person to a more healthy eater who is really enjoying my fruits and veggies. I’m very anxious to try some of these innovative new QS offerings like the ‘made to order’ salads, parfaits and smoothies, and I think Disney will be happy with many of the guests welcoming response to them. That was a great report, Erin. I’m already so anxious to go and your photos just make me even more so!

  26. Amy says:

    Great post! The food looks like wonderful….I especially love the idea of a make-your-own pasta option. I am not sure how I would order food for a family of six though….sounds like a lot of separate lines. I will have to return for an adult-only trip to try this!

  27. Erin says:

    Madoka – Guests seemed to be interested in the tandoori options, and the CMs were being generous passing out tasting portions of the paneer, cauliflower and other items. I think the good stuff will stick around.

    Nath – I didn’t specifically notice no sugar items in the regular food area. They definitely had sugar free syrup at breakfast along with the regular condiments. There’s also Minute Maid Light lemonade in the drinks dispensers. I’ll look more closely at my other photos later today to see if I spot anything else.

    Essie – The made to order parfait was one of my favorite things. They had lots of great fresh fruit items to choose from. Another thing I liked about the salad bar was that they weren’t weighing your bowl. You could basically add in whatever you wanted as long as it fit.

  28. I’m so happy to see SO many vegetarian options, at all mealtimes! This made my day!

    In fact, I just booked a trip for eight vegetarian family members of mine from up in KC to come & visit us down here at Disney – and since there were too many to all stay at our house here I booked them into a family suite at Art of Animation. Their selection of vegetarian quick service foods was instrumental in my choosing this. Thanks so much for all of the detailed photos!

  29. Sam says:

    Do you know if they had red wine to purchase in the gift shop and by chance do you know the price?

  30. catherine says:

    Have already read a few complaints on a message board about the lack of chicken nuggets or tenders at AOA – be aware they don’t have them. With Pop Century so close, if chicken nuggets are a must, maybe walk over there.

  31. Erin says:

    Kate – Sorry I missed your comment earlier. Yes there were fries on the menu (see some in the photos above, but no chicken tenders). While they didn’t specifically list gluten free waffles, etc on the menu, my guess is that these may be available behind the scenes. I’d speak to Disney Special Diets directly for specifics.

    Amy – Some of the older kids could place their own orders in whichever line they wanted food from. I did see several children ordering their own food. On the other hand, I’m always up for a good grown-ups only trip :-)

    Jasmine – I suspect that this will become the preferred place to stay for many vegetarian guests.

    Sam – Yes, there were a few varieties each of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon for sale in the food court. Prices were mostly in the $12-20 range per bottle.

    Catherine – While there were no nuggets, they did many other typically kid-friendly foods like mac & cheese, pizza, and burgers, as well as other healthier choices. But you’re right, the Pop is only a three minute walk away. If you’re desperate for nuggets, that’s an easy fix.

  32. Marion says:

    Thank you so much for a wonderfully detailed review. We are relocating to Bradenton, FL soon and plan on getting Disney passes. This looks like a great alternative to eating in the parks, especially with the long hours. I could see us stopping there on our way out of Orlando or inbetween parks if we’re doing two that day.

    I am especially impressed by the options. I am not just a burger and fries girl and my family is adventurous in eating!

    I do share your concern about busy times and we have five in our family. I could see each of us wanting something different and going different ways, like when we go to Sunshine Seasons. Sometimes that stresses me, trying to check-out, waiting on food, etc.

    I LOVE THE DISNEY FOOD BLOG!!!!

  33. Tracy says:

    Great review. I am reading it from the A of A food court as we have a late dinner. Came over from Bay Lake Tower to try it out. Past 10 o’clock it is a limited menu so we did the make your own pasta. not as plentiful as Riverside and no breadstick but it was fine. love the real dishes and flatware. lots of confusion with the cast members but again it should be worked out. :-)

  34. Erin says:

    Marion – It will be interesting to see how the coordination of ordering from multiple service lines works itself out.

    Tracy – They weren’t advertising the slow-down in menu items later at night. I ate there twice between 9:30 and 10:00 pm and didn’t see any service disruption. Maybe they’re experimenting. I actually thought that the pasta serving size was quite reasonable, filling but not grotesquely huge. Mine came with a nice big piece of garlic bread, which I enjoyed.

  35. Chris says:

    I love the global menu but am concerned at how long this will last. All of the other value and moderate hotels have pretty homogeneous food courts. I remember years ago when CB and PORS both had more “themed” menus that have all but gone by the wayside for more “mainstream” foods. I wonder how long it will be until this food court too falls victim to that. I will just need to make sure I impart of its wares before that happens.

    On another note – $6 for a bottle of Mikes??!?!!!?! Good heavens, that is a 600% mark up.

  36. Nikki says:

    OMG I am so excited!! Thank you so much for all this information. Based on this review my boyfriend and I decided to stay here at AOA instead of Port Orleans this coming November. The fact that the LM rooms will only be open 2 months didn’t hurt us in our decision making however! I would have no problem usually my table service credit for a quick service meal here!! Thank you so much for the pictures and thorough information!!

  37. Carla says:

    This may be a dumb question, but we have never been to Disney and my husband has relatives that have graciously offered to send all 6 of us to stay at AoA in September. They even provided the Quick Service dining option for us. My question is this: Are all of the items that you showed in pictures and talked about, available as “quick service” dining plan options? I have a child that has many food sensitivities that really mess up her system and I am very concerned about chicken nuggets, FF, and hot dogs for 6 days. This place has so much more to offer. Will they be options on our plan??? Thanks so much for your review. We are very excited!!!

  38. richard says:

    Wow.
    I’m booking two upcoming trips, and I usually stay at the Wilderness Lodge. It’s weird to me that a moderate has SUCH better food options than those offered at a Deluxe! And how awesome to have an entire case of bottled water available, even at that rather ridiculous price? But geez… leave it to Disney to figure out a way to FORCE you to go through a gift shop — with kids along for the ride — in order to eat!

  39. Erin says:

    Chris – Based on the Disney healthy foods initiatives that came out earlier this week, I’m hopeful that these foods will stick around for a while.

    Nikki – You’re welcome. Have a great time and let us know how you like it.

    Carla – That’s not a dumb question at all. The Disney dining situation can be very confusing for new guests. To answer your question, yes, Landscape of flavors is part of the Quick Service dining plan. You can use your quick service credits to get the entrees and your snack credits to get the snack items. If you click on the menu photos, you’ll see that some items have a little purple and white checkerboard symbol. Those are the snacks. I’ve attached a link to the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan brochure that may answer more of your questions, but let us know if we can give you any more help.

    http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw_nextgen/CoreCatalog/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/PDF/2012QuickService.pdf

  40. Erin says:

    Richard – the Art of Animation resort is actually classified as a value resort. The shop/food situation is similar at the other values. I usually stay deluxe (my family owns DVC at the Wilderness Lodge), I’m hoping that if the AoA model catches on that they’ll bring healthier options there as well.

  41. Matthew says:

    Erin-
    Great write up and wonderful pictures! My family and I will be staying in AOA in October, and you tour provides GREAT insight into the dining options at this wonderful resort. THANK YOU!

  42. BGR says:

    Hi! Does anyone knows if landscape of flavors is part of the dinning plan? We are going in september to all stars music resort and would like to visit the Art of animation resort….and of course, the food court.
    Thank you!!
    Great photo tour!!!!

  43. Tracy says:

    Well we went back one night since it was raining and didn’t feel like getting soaked in a park. This time, we were able to make it by 10:00 when the Landscape of Flavors section closed.

    The food was very disappointing and we were surprised because we were so excited about the unique offerings.

    I had the chicken thigh with the sides of butternut squash and spinach and panere cheese and wild grain rice. It was all so bland. The butternut squash had no taste and the texture was mushy. I thought it would be like a grilled vegetable but it was not. The spinach and panere cheese was awful – not much taste and again the texture was weird. It wasn’t really a cheese but a chewy potato and the spinach didn’t add any flavor. The rice was simply rice. The chicken thigh resembled a pork tenderloin and it was cold. I didn’t eat most of this meal.

    Ironically, the woman behind me who ordered almost the same meal didn’t eat most of her plait either.

    My boyfriend got the mongolian fish with rice and cauliflower. He said the grilled fish itself was excellent and the cauliflower was good but there wasn’t much zip to the meal. We wished we would have braved the rain at Epcot and grazed through the countries. LOL But based on this meal – which took a very long time to prepare – we will not go back. We will stick to the Riverside food court – the turkey platter and their make your own pasta are primo and always a favorite on our list. I cannot imagine people being really thrilled with the wait time for these dishes – there was only a line of 3 people and we had to wait over 10 minutes. The hotel is amazing – the food court, not so much. :-(

  44. laura says:

    AWWW ! What a wonderful review !!
    I am NEW on this site , but I LOVE IT !
    Thankyou so much !
    We live in Italy – had many trips to WDW over the past years – plan to be back in Summer 2013…but we have already started our “food plan” for the visit ! The more info we can gather, the better !
    I’ll come to this site … VERY OFTEN! TKS !

  45. Tammie says:

    I was wondering if you knew what the hours for breakfast items are? I am not staying at AOA but wanted to go check it out while I was there and I would love to make my own yogurt parfait. Thank you!!

  46. Judy says:

    Everything looks delicious, can’t wait till 2013 to visit WDW and try all these dishes!!!!

  47. Heather says:

    I am curious how far the walk is from check in area/bus area/food court to the LIttle mermaid suites??

  48. EEFoster says:

    BGR – Yes, the AoA food court is part of the Disney Dining Plan. You can use quick service and snack credits there.

    Tracy – I have a feeling that they are working some of the kinks out. I had the paneer and loved it. It’s very much like what I’ve had in many Indian restaurants in NYC, having the texture of tofu. My guess is if you try the restaurant again in a few months they’ll have found a way to speed up prep time. Also, I found that if you as for small samples of unfamiliar items, they were more than happy to pass these out.

    Laura – Welcome! Please come back often.

    Judy – Let us know what you think.

    Heather – I measured this on Google Earth a few days ago. The center of the Little Mermaid section is almost exactly 1/4 mile from the center of the main building which houses check-in/food/etc.

  49. JoAnn says:

    I just added a day on to my trip this November. I’m staying at Pop and am going to walk over here for dinner the day I get in.

  50. Kim says:

    My in-laws just booked LM rooms for November. Since we are not in a family suite, are there any microwaves available in food court. My oldest daughter, 8 years old, is a type 1 diabetic and I am a bit nervous about the ability to have food options for her. She can be quite picky. I would love to ‘bump up’ to a suite but inlaws are paying for trip therefore I do not want to seem ungrateful. Thanks for your detailed review. It was very helpful!

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