Hollywood Studios has really been changing things up on us lately!
Of course, we saw some of this coming with fair warning: we knew that several Counter Service spots would be closing in early April to make way for the construction of Star Wars and Toy Story Lands. So far, construction has most affected the former Streets of America section of the park, and the remaining dining location in that area — Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano — is now part of the recently renamed area of Muppets Courtyard (meanwhile, its nearby neighbor, Toy Story Pizza Planet, is closed for a major makeover of its own).
Suddenly down a few dining locations, rumors of additions are starting to swirl (like a possible themed bar coming to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction). That’s just a glimpse of some of the changes around the park. And as much as these changes are highly likely to result in a really great experience once the new Lands are complete, it’s all enough to make you want to visit a tried-and-true spot and soak in some familiarity.
So it came as a fairly big surprise when one of those tried-and-trues revealed an entirely new menu on our most recent visit.
The Oasis Canteen (located near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular) has been the Hollywood Studios home to the theme park staple of Funnel Cakes for years.
But now the usual drink offerings are accompanied by something entirely different.
Chicken Nuggets have taken over the menu. However, now the usual Chicken Breast Nuggets that you’ll find pretty much all over Disney World are served alongside a second choice, unique to the Canteen: Sweet Chili-Glazed Chicken Breast Nuggets.
One more little twist is that the Nuggets are served with Lays Classic Chips and a small serving of celery and carrots with a Buttermilk Ranch dipper (as opposed to the standard side of French Fries).
The only other condiment available is Heinz Barbecue Sauce, so if you need ketchup for some reason, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner is your closest and easiest spot to grab some.
As per usual, you receive eight Chicken Nuggets.
The sweet chili glaze tasted great with the nuggets, with an emphasis on the tangy. For those nervous about the spice, the heat was very light, and this dish would easily still be enjoyable even when it’s already hot outside.
The chicken nuggets at Disney, of course, are always a win for me. I love that the breading is thick enough to remain crunchy even with the addition of the sauce.
I also enjoyed the sticky texture of the glaze, which gave a unique quality to what is otherwise a standard dish. But this might be a good time to mention that there are no tables and chairs at this very simple kiosk, and juggling a sticky entree isn’t really an easy task. Just head over the the large seating area at nearby Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner to enjoy these.
Having lost one of the only other variations on the standard Nuggets when the Buffalo Chicken Nuggets were removed from Backlot Express with the transition to a more Star Wars-themed menu, it’s fun to have another variety of this Disney Counter Service staple available again.
Though the focus of the Oasis Canteen is now on savory instead of sweet with the loss of the Funnel Cakes, there is still a dessert option on the menu (that also counts as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan): a Mickey Brownie.
Though I didn’t try it on this trip, it’s essentially a brownie pop decorated to look like our favorite mouse. Cute!
I was honestly a little bummed to see the funnel cakes gone from Oasis Canteen, but with the loss of some quick-service spots and kiosks around Hollywood Studios, I can see where additional entree offerings are needed. And with the amount of change we’ve seen at this particular park as of late, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see Funnel Cakes pop back up somewhere. As this most recent visit helps to demonstrate, you never know what you might find — especially these days — at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Will you be trying the Sweet Chili-Glazed Nuggets? Please let us know with a comment!