News! and Review: Food Trucks In Testing at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts

So, you’ve heard us mention Food Trucks quite a few times here on the DFB, and typically we’re referring to the four Disney Food Trucks most often found at Exposition Park in Downtown Disney’s West Side (though we’ve also had the chance to visit the Truckeria Rolling Taco Truck when it has appeared on occasion).

Well, today we’re visiting four more Food Trucks… but they’re not the ones you’re accustomed to seeing (like Fantasy Fare or Namaste Cafe), nor are they in the place you’re used to hearing them mentioned. Nope… we’re excited to bring you news of the Food Trucks that can currently be found on the weekends at the Causeway of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts!

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

I say “currently” because — as is pretty common for food trucks of any sort — schedules (as well as locations –what with being mobile and all ;) ) are apt to change. And these food trucks are actually in a testing phase as well. So while we’ll list some info about hours and availability with every truck below, please note that

everything regarding availability is subject to change.

And with that out of the way :), let’s take a walk along the Causeway!

On our visit, we headed towards the pool and found Java’s Coffees and Sweets in the basketball court area. It’s currently operating on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 pm (great news for those needing a caffeine kick long after the Java Bar inside the Swan is closed).

Java's Coffee & Sweets Cart

Java’s Coffee & Sweets Cart

If you’ve ever visited the Java Bar, the truck’s menu consisting of espresso beverages (served hot or iced) and a few sweet snacks will look very familiar to you. The only addition to the menu is the Italian Ice Push Pop, offering a cold blast of cherry, strawberry, mango, or lemon on a sweltering day.

JavasTruck_MenuCoffee

Java’s Coffees & Sweets – Coffee Menu

Java Sweets menu

Java’s sweets menu

Next up? The one and only Juan and Only! During our visit, Juan and Only was located right at the entrance to the Swan Resort from the Causeway.

Juan and Only Food Cart

Juan and Only Food Cart

The cute pepper lights around the window make this one easy to spot during its current nighttime hours of 8 – 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Juan and Only Cast Member

Juan and Only Cast Member behind the window

The specialty is Mexican fare, featuring tacos, nachos, and margaritas along with a few other cold beverages.

Juan and Only menu

Juan and Only menu

Now, really… when have you ever known us to pass up a margarita?

Juan and Only Margarita Menu

Juan and Only Margarita Menu

They are prepared here on the rocks (and of course can be made with or without salt on the rim). And, I gotta say, the use of Cointreau — and the fact that they use fresh lime juice — is a pretty sweet upgrade!

Juan and Only Margarita

Juan and Only Margarita

Tacos are ordered in a “build your own” fashion with the choice of chicken, pork or beef on soft flour tortillas along with your selected toppings.

Juan and Only Tacos Menu

Juan and Only Tacos Menu

Naturally, we went with every topping in the house… I mean, truck ;). You can also mix and match the meats, so we went with one Adobo Chicken and one Shredded Beef. These babies came packed to the brim, served with a side of chips and pico de gallo.

Juan and Only Tacos

Juan and Only Tacos

Juan and Only Tacos Closeup

Juan and Only Tacos Closeup

The organic chicken adobo seasoning provided some great flavor, while the beef was super tender and juicy.

Juan and Only Tacos Cut in Half

Juan and Only Tacos

Nachos are also made-to-order with your choice of the chicken, pork, or beef. You’ll read on the menu that they are prepared with pico de gallo, jalapeños and nacho cheese. Since everything is made fresh, though, feel free to ask for them to be customized to your liking.

Juan and Only Nachos Menu

Juan and Only Nachos Menu

Here’s our heaping platter of Pork Nachos, another appealingly fresh choice. What’s cool here is the layering of the nachos, with the chips on the bottom receiving garnishes of their own, as opposed to everything in one layer on the top. And check out that beautiful Plastic Cheese, since we won’t be seeing the likes of that as much in other areas around Disney World.

Juan and Only Nachos

Juan and Only Nachos

A little further stroll down the Causeway brought us to our final two trucks, starting with American Dreams.

American Dreams Cart

American Dreams Cart

Currently open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30-4:00 pm, the all-American menu features an assortment of hot dogs, burgers, kebabs, and beverages, and even includes a few craft beers.

American Dreams Menu

American Dreams Menu

And finally, we arrive at The Oasis. Its focus on frozen drinks, beer, and caipirinhas was a natural fit parked right by the pool.

The Oasis Cart

The Oasis

The Oasis Frozen Drink Menu

The Oasis Frozen Drink Menu

The Oasis Caipirinhas Menu

The Oasis Caipirinhas Menu

The seating nearby was limited to lounge chairs, but you can’t really argue with a pool view.

Seating by The Oasis

Seating by The Oasis

Frozen Drinks choices include Pina Coladas and Strawberry or Mango Daquiris. But since nothin’ says “pool time” quite like a Pina Colada

The Oasis Pina Colada

The Oasis Pina Colada

It was simply delicious; creamy and thick with a strong emphasis on the rum and coconut.

For the Caipirinha, we went with the Caipiroska thanks to a recommendation: a popular Brazilian drink made with lime, sugar and muddled strawberries… oh, and some vodka ;).

The Oasis Caipiroska

The Oasis Caipiroska

I loved the fresh strawberries throughout the drink, as well as the strength of the beverage. A lovely summer sip, indeed!

Having a Caipiroska by the Pool

Again, we’re not exactly sure what the future holds for the Swan and Dolphin Food Trucks, currently in testing phase. But it’s so-far-so-good on the Causeway, and we hope we’ll be seeing them much more often in the future!

What do you think of having Food Trucks on the Sawn and Dolphin Causeway? Please let  us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    Swan and Dolphin is such a beautiful area I’m surprised they are junking it up with food trucks.

  2. Sue says

    I notice that the bottled water prices are consistently $3.00 on these menus. On other WDW menus, that price has been $2.50 for as long as I can remember. Has the price of bottled water gone up?

  3. Terry says

    Whoa….why is it that when you sell a hot dog out of a food truck it becomes super expensive??? Also, two tacos for $9.00. So expensive. You can go broke easily just hitting those trucks.

  4. says

    Love good taco’s !!! but at $9.00 for two & they are not corn shells like true taco’s why would anyone by this? Maybe if a LARGE cold drink came with this?

  5. says

    Terry, the price of a good taco has gone up just about everywhere! There’s a taco place where I live that sells tacos for $5 a piece, and it is always packed! $9 for two fully-loaded tacos plus chips seems like a decent deal if you ask me.

  6. Ann says

    The price that shocks me the most is the $6.50 latte! Especially since the other truck is selling a burger for $7. Talk about a rip off.

  7. Keith says

    FYI, only Caipirinhas are made with cachaca, limes, and sugar. Caipirissimas are made with rum instead of cachaca. Caipiroskas are made with vodka instead of cachaca and are what the Brazilian wealthy used to drink before the surge to make cachaca the national spirit. I believe these are currently the only such cocktails on property.

  8. jennifer says

    We had the tacos they are done by blue zoo and were amazing!!! Fresh not premade margaritas also a plus.

  9. Kristen says

    Excited to see these at Swan and Dolphin!! We will be staying there in less than a month – hope they are still there. And yes, most people seem to be complaining about prices, but come on!! You’re in DISNEY WORLD!! Most everything is overpriced there. In my mind, I’m on vacation, so I’m treating myself! I fully intend on having a Pina Colada by the pool!!

  10. Nancy S says

    Did my eyes deceive me, or is there no guacamole offered at Juan & Only? Tell me it isn’t so!

  11. Kathryn says

    No vegetarian options on these menus. C’mon, Disney, get with the times! People like to eat healthier these days!

  12. Lee says

    The whole “you must cater to my dietary preference” thing is getting tiresome. Restaurants should be free to offer the menu they wish to offer. If some folks don’t find selections that agree with their diet (regardless of what that diet is), that is NOT a condemnation of the restaurant. Why must every restaurant serve food palatable (or even edible, for those with special dietary restrictions) for everyone? Despite what you might think from reading these boards, vegetarians, vegans, and those with peanut/gluten/other food allergies are in the vast minority of the population. But now I can’t get nuts on my sundae because of those who are allergic… It would be different if there were NO options for those who can’t or don’t choose to eat a traditional menu item. However, that is not the case.

  13. Christopher Tompkins says

    Not to be OCD here, but they aren’t Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts. They are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Officially they are called the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts, not Disney’s. This is a subtle, but significant difference. Therefore the decision to allow food trucks at this location should not be reflected as a decision by Disney but rather from Starwood.

  14. says

    Christopher Thompkins — You’re absolutely right! I completely overlooked the “Disney’s” in the title. My bad!

  15. MoiMoi says

    Although the resorts are indeed managed by Starwood they are on leased property from The Walt Disney World Co. and I’m quite sure Disney has say in how the resorts are operated, what is allowed, etc.

  16. Jjtiger says

    Love the idea of being able to grab some yummy food without going to a sit down restaurant on arrival day especially . Looking forward to trying in November if still available.

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