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Review: Downtown Disney’s World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

At long last (and as you may know from a previous DFB post), the final food truck has arrived at Downtown Disney’s West Side in Walt Disney World!

World Showcase of Flavors joins Superstar Catering, Namaste Café, and Fantasy Fare to complete the Disney Food Trucks lineup.

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck pre-opening

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck pre-opening

We’ve got a full review of that $18 lobster roll for ya, so scroll down to see that! In the meantime, let’s take a peek at this sleek truck!

Atmosphere

Each Food Truck reflects the theme of a different Disney World Park (thus far Superstar Catering for Hollywood Studios, Namaste Café for Animal Kingdom, and Fantasy Fare for Magic Kingdom). World Showcase of Flavors represents Epcot — more specifically, the beloved Epcot Food & Wine Festival that comes to Epcot every Fall.

Banner on the back of the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

The adventure of travel and exploring other cultures for which World Showcase is known is captured in the design of the truck. I think the way it brings to mind an old-fashioned travel trunk covered with vintage-style “badges” collected along the way is pretty cool!

Vintage "stickers"

More vintage "stickers"

My favorite touch is the row of suitcases on top of the pickup window.

Pickup Window

By the way, my next pictures appear in a different setting – that’s because the trucks move :)! I snapped a few close-ups at its location by Cirque de Soleil pre-opening hours, but went back to eat when it was parked at the grassy area by Bongos Cuban Café.

Food Truck location by Bongos Cuban Cafe

Food Truck location by Bongos Cuban Cafe

Eats

The menu brings “The Best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” to guests year-round.

"The Best of the International Food and Wine Festival"

The three entrees are Festival favorites

: Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions from the Poland Booth, Grass Fed Beef Sliders with Monterey Jack and Sweet Pickles from the Florida Local Booth, and the Lobster Roll from the Hops & Barley Booth.

Entree Menu

Entree Menu

Wine is also available for purchase, and pairings are suggested via the rotating images on the digital menu.

Wine Selection

I went with the Lobster Roll. And, let’s face it – at $18.25 a pop, we’ve got a few things to talk about. Let’s start with the sandwich itself!

The Lobster Roll is beautifully presented in a fresh roll with some of those awesome house-made chips. The dressing is crafted of mayonnaise, chives, parsley, and dill, which differs from the Festival dressing of Garlic Herb Butter.

Lobster Roll and House-made Chips

The other difference is the size of the sandwich compared to the Festival (true of each of the entrees). If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll see a quarter to give you an idea of scale. Additionally, I can tell you that the sandwich measured in at 6 inches (5.95 to be exact). How do I know? As it turns out, there’s an app for that ;)!

Lobster Roll to scale with quarter

When I received my order, I noticed two things: first, the lobster and herbs smelled heavenly. Second, though, I thought it looked like it had a bit too much dressing for filler.

The initial glance was deceiving. The minute I moved my fork around to check it all out, I was seriously stunned by the substantial amount of lobster in this dish – and when I say substantial, I mean it is PACKED. I took a few more pictures to give you an idea of how every time I moved my fork, I found more and more ENORMOUS chunks of lobster.

Lobster Chunks

Lobster Chunks

More Lobster Chunks

It was so completely decadent and delicious. The dressing was perfectly balanced and flavorful while letting the taste of the lobster shine through.

There weren’t any tables near the truck (more on that in a bit), so I’d taken my meal several steps down. After I finished I just had to march right back to the booth to say thanks to the Chef for the amazing food.

Closeup of lobster and dressing

So, yes, it is pretty darn awesome. Truly one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever eaten at Disney World.

But I also know the real question here: “So it’s awesome. Got it. But is it $18.25 worth of awesome?

Honestly, I’m struggling here. It is the right dish – seriously, SO right — but I think it may be in the wrong setting. If I’m spending $18.25, then I want a table and a chair. It felt strange to spend that amount of money, and then have a hard time finding a place to eat it. I’d rather be somewhere where I can truly savor and enjoy it – even just a casual place, nothing fancy.

For instance, the Boardwalk Bakery has a great Maine Lobster Sandwich (though this one trumps it), but it costs a couple dollars less (without a side), and you can grab a casual table outside. My other thought is it might work to bring back the Festival size roll (keeping those chips :) ), and sell it closer to the Festival price.

"Travel Epcot"

Overall

What I know for sure is that it has been an absolute blast checking out each of these trucks – both their themes and their offerings. I’ve been honestly and consistently impressed with the level of quality, freshness, and creativity of every dish I’ve tried, and with the enthusiasm of the Cast Members at every booth.

My highest recommendation overall is the Hand-dipped Corn Dog at Fantasy Fare for the best combo of flavor, price, and just downright fun.

The four Food Trucks together in Downtown Disney, pre-opening

P.S. Oh, truck hours this week (which have fluctuated during beginning stages) are repeating their hours from last week: 5 – 11 pm, every day of the week (as opposed to the original Wednesday through Sunday operations). Because of their mobility, I still think anything goes, but evenings are your best bet to catch them!

Will you be searching for the trucks on your next stop at Downtown Disney? Please let us know with a comment!

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13 Comments

  1. Jaia says:

    While those chips look delicious and that IS a good amount of lobster, there is just WAY too much mayo on that sandwich. Personally, I think the best lobster rolls are poached in butter with no mayo, but even for a mayo version, that poor sandwich was drowning. It’s a pass for me. :(

  2. Chrissy O says:

    That looks pretty awesome, Wendy! Yeah, the price..well, it is a ton of lobster, so you have to take that into account. Maybe it’s filling enough to split between 2 people? Or maybe they’re just hoping that on a Friday night when all the restaurants are on an hour wait that you’d be happy spending $20 for something other than a wetzel pretzel. I don’t know, but I’d love to try it, even though I’m more a crab lover, and all that sloppy mayo goodness looks heavenly.

  3. Janelliz says:

    18.25? I’ll stick with the Columbia Harbor House lobster roll for 10.19!

  4. Sherri Erwin says:

    I’m with Jaia, too much mayo. Lobster rolls with butter are my preference. Though I do like both as long as there’s plenty of lobster and it’s good lobster, which was my question on this. When I tried it at the Hops and Barley booth, it was not good lobster (rubbery with a distinct fishy nuance). So is the dressing to hide the lobster quality (or lack thereof) or to enhance it?

    From your review, it sounds good. And the price is what I would expect for a decent lobster roll outside of New England, or even in New England at some places and some times of year. You can usually find Maine lobster cheaper when you’re closer to the source. But it’s not an unheard of, outlandish price for a lobster roll, to me. If it’s good.

  5. Steph M says:

    THANKS for these reviews!! I for one, am so THRILLED to see the trucks as a new addition. It’s the best *chance* at decent and not overly expensive food Disney has added in AGES!

  6. Angelina says:

    hmmm…i think i would try it only if i could split the cost with someone else…

  7. Paul A says:

    $18.25 for a lobster roll and you want me to stand and eat it? No thanks. Besides, it’s got to be frozen lobster meat so no thanks again.

  8. Kelly says:

    I don’t suppose any of the trucks are part of the Disney Dining Plan?

  9. Samantha says:

    I was disappointed to see that they weren’t serving the Kahlua Pulled Pork Slider. We were just at WDW and I sought out the truck specifically for it. I walked away with nothing because they didn’t have it. :(

  10. Pam says:

    It looks tasty to me, but I hope they are not too heavy-handed with the chives and herbs. Lobster rolls in New England have very little of anything added…maybe some celery along with the mayo, so as not to overpower the lobster taste. (Some places also offer a hot lobster roll, which would be butter-basted lobster in a toasted, buttered roll.)

  11. Sue says:

    Do the food trucks take Disney gift cards?

  12. Syndy says:

    I noticed that only the drinks could use a dining credit, what about the meals? are they a “quick serve” dining credit?

  13. Wendy says:

    The food trucks do accept one Quick Service dining credit the meals (due to it’s price point, I’m not certain if the Lobster Roll is included in that, though).

    Sue — I’ll see what I can find out on my next trip!

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