Photo Tour: All Star Music’s Intermission Food Court in Walt Disney World Reopens After Refurbishment

All Star Music’s Intermission Food Court reopened on Wednesday after a refurbishment that began on August 1st. Originally slated to reopen on December 21, guests at All Star Music now have a fully functioning Food Court to enjoy a few weeks ahead of schedule.

And when it looks this great (aside from the obvious convenience), that’s especially good news…

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Intermission Food Court Entrance

Atmosphere

Taking its cue from the All Star Sports End Zone Food Court (which underwent a remodel of its own last year), Intermission Food Court now employs clean lines and a more neutral, somewhat muted color palette as opposed to the bold primary colors and over-the-top murals of musicians featured in the previous design.

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

Intermission Food Court

While it’s immediately pleasing to the eye, what I love is that it’s deceptively simple. There are some obvious tributes to musical instruments, such as the woodwinds surrounding the indoor window of the Singing Spirits Bar.

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

Singing Spirits Bar

But the more you look, the more you see. For instance, the Beverage Station appears to be simply that, with a few musical touches on the dispensers and such.

Beverage Station

Beverage Station

Beverage Dispenser

Beverage Dispenser

Hot Cocoa Dispenser

Hot Cocoa Dispenser

But after taking a closer look, those circles on top of the Beverage Station actually form a drum kit.

Beverage Station

Beverage Station

Drum Kit elements

Drum Kit elements

Upon entering the seating area, you’ll notice that the wall is the fretboard of a guitar.

Guitar wall

Guitar wall

Booth seating

Booth seating

The body of a violin (or perhaps a viola or cello) surrounds several animated panes featuring Disney characters in musical moments, providing touches of whimsy in the more sophisticated design scheme.

Character Panes

Character Pane

Character Pane

Character Pane

Character Pane

Character Pane

Hanging lamps look like trumpet bells.

Hanging lamps

Hanging lamps

It took my husband and me a while to understand the ceiling design. At first, we thought the alternating raised and lowered ceiling panels were merely a design choice, chosen for a cool aesthetic. We’d probably been there about an hour before it dawned on us that it’s a representation of a xylophone.

Seating area

Seating area

Xylophone seating

Xylophone seating

All over the food court, the beautiful wooden floor is decorated with whole notes (at least, I think that’s what they are. My high school choir teacher would be so disappointed in me for hesitating on that one).

Wood Flooring

Wood Flooring

Whole note

Whole note

But my very favorite touch is in the ordering station area.

Ordering Stations

Ordering Stations

How many people will step up to place their order without realizing that the notes above the ordering stations are those to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins?

Super-cali-fraga-listic-expi

“Super-cali-fraga-listic-expi-ali…

do

…do-cious, even though the sound of it…”

Count me among the majority who would have missed it — a member of the management team shared that awesome tidbit with us. And when he did, all I could think was, “This. THIS is why we love Disney.” Because they add so many touches that ninety-nine times out of a hundred could go unnoticed, yet they’re in there anyway.

By the way, those pixelated tilings underneath the ordering stations and the bakery case represent synthesized music, like the sound waves represented in a recording studio. The subtlety of the design throughout the entire food court allows for really clever results in a cohesive environment.

Bakery case

Bakery case

Speaking of the ordering stations, what are they serving at Intermission Food Court these days? Let’s have a look…

Eats

Alternating electronic menus still rotate above each individual station, but the new “Now Performing” Marquee at the entrance provides a great overview.

"Now Performing" Marquee

“Now Performing” Marquee

The popular Create -Your-Own options dominate two of the stations: first, a Create-Your-Own Pasta at the Pizza & Pasta Shop.

Grill Shop & Pizza and Pasta Shop featured items

Grill Shop & Pizza and Pasta Shop featured items

Create Your Own Pasta options

Create Your Own Pasta options

Second, the Create-Your-Own Burger trend continues at the Grill Shop (angus beef, chicken, or veggie burger), and is expanded with Create-Your-Own Hot Dog — an option that also arrived this past summer at the Everything Pop Food Court.

Create Your OwnTopping Options at the Grill Shop

Create Your OwnTopping Options at the Grill Shop

The Specialty Shop alternates some of its choices between lunch and dinner. Lunch currently features items such as a Turkey & Muenster Focaccia Sandwich, a Cajun Mahi Sandwich, Taco Salad and Nachos.

Specialty Shop Lunch choices

Specialty Shop Lunch choices

Dinner options include Shrimp Creole, London Broil, Baked Chicken, and Salmon. Create-Your-Own Salad is available for both lunch and dinner.

Specialty Shop Dinner choices

Specialty Shop Dinner choices

The new Gelato Shop features not only a gelato assortment, but also a variety of smoothies, similar to the Gelato Shops at End Zone Food Court and Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors.

Gelato Shop List

Gelato Shop List

Gelato

Gelato

And finally, Grab-n-Go options remain plentiful in The Market’s refrigerated cases and the bakery case (toasters and microwaves are located by the Pizza Pickup window to prepare items such as bagels to your liking).

The Market

The Market

Toasters by the Pizza Pickup window

Toasters by the Pizza Pickup window

We were there at lunchtime, and tried the Create-Your-Own Hot Dog, and Taco Salad.

Create-Your-Own Hot Dog

Create-Your-Own Hot Dog

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

We couldn’t resist capping everything off with a Mickey Gelato Sundae (that’s a cinnamon-and-sugar sprinkled Mickey Waffle under all that gelato and whipped cream!).

Mickey Gelato Sundae

Mickey Gelato Sundae

Can’t wait to give you our full review on these items soon!

Intermission Food Court exit

Intermission Food Court exit

Overall

Intermission Food Court continues the pattern that All Star Sport’s End Zone Food Court started: Disney food court classics mixed with some of the most successful elements stemming from the Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors (which upped the ante for all Value Resort food courts immediately upon its debut).

Paired with a cleaner design and fun features that are all its own, Intermission Food Court appears to be ready to put on a show… Break a leg, All Star Music!

What do you think of the refurbished Intermission Food Court? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Nate says

    The notes on the sign for The Market is the end of the Mickey Mouse theme: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. Cool details!

  2. Randi says

    This looks great! It’s a shame I didn’t get to experience this when I stayed there two months ago, but perhaps on my next trip to the World, I’ll get the chance to see it.

  3. Katie says

    I don’t know why they had to change from plain ice cream to gelato, no more ice cream cookie sundaes!! Its sad to think that probably soon there will be no more regular ice cream at WDW. :(

  4. Miles says

    Wow! That looks very nice. I’ve never felt inclined to stay at one of the value resorts because I personally find them a bit ugly, but I am a big fan of this overhaul.

  5. Jessie says

    Hehe, since you mentioned that the notes over the ordering stations represented “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” I figured out what the notes over The Market stand for…

    “M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!”

    I’ve spent way too much time around music majors….

  6. Carolyn says

    Looks great! I still think Pop will be my value resort of choice, but I think this is now a better food court than Pop.

  7. karrie says

    Looks awesome, but I think instead of a xylophone that those tiles represent piono keys. taking into effect the lighter and darker tiles together and the spacing.

  8. Lyra says

    We’re planning to go soon, but my question is: does the create your own pasta offer veggie toppings, ala Riverside does? My husband can’t eat meat, but we’d love to try the pasta!
    So far, I love the changes – especially the decor and the gelato!!

  9. Carlos says

    I love it! My Dad and I stayed in All Star Music the last week the old food court was open. I like the design. I think that with the new food court and the roses courtyar All Star music looks a little more upscale than the oter All Stars (though All Star Movies still my favorite:P)

  10. Sandra says

    We just got back so it figures they would wait until they could see our taillights headed out the gate before reopening. My husband loved the hokey old musicians on the walls (and what did they do with the picture of Steven Tyler? We always sat next it!) and now thinks it looks like a Panara. Happy they retained some of our favorites (chicken nuggets, hot Italian sandwich, quesadilla) and have added more pasta options.

    Lyra, I am a vegetarian eater most of the time too. The pasta options listed are what they have. You can just ask to have the pasta with no meat; that’s not a problem. Art of Animation has a more elaborate pasta station with lots of options for veg eaters (and it also takes lots longer to get your food). We are looking forward to going back next year and experiencing what we missed by just a couple of weeks.

  11. Ashleigh says

    Just wondering if gluten free bread is available for toast at breakfast time and also if you can get glutenfree pasta at meal times??

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