First Look and Review: Echo Lake Eats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Welcome back to the ever-changing Hollywood Studios, which is now introducing… Echo Lake Eats!

Echo Lake Eats

Echo Lake Eats

Making its home around Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake Eats is comprised of three kiosks serving new Counter Service options: Hollywood Waffles of Fame, Sliders to the Stars, and Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas.

Echo Lake Eats

Echo Lake Eats

The purpose of these kiosks is to temporarily provide a few extra food options to Hollywood Studios guests as the park is in full-on transition mode with the construction of the future Toy Story and Star Wars Lands. After all, construction brought the closure of a few Counter Service eateries along with it (Studio Catering Co. and Herbie’s Drive-In among them; meanwhile, Toy Story Pizza Planet is also currently closed for a major refurbishment and re-theming of its own).

Echo Lake Eats

Echo Lake Eats

So, let’s check out what new treats and eats are available at these limited-run kiosks (so far anticipated to run only through the peak summer season) for those of you paying a visit to Hollywood Studios this summer!

If you’ve visited the Epcot Food & Wine Festival or Flower & Garden Festival, the general set-up of the three kiosks will look familiar to you: registers and menus are set up just beside the booths where you place your order, then pick it up at the main windows.

Hollywood Waffles of Fame pre-opening

Hollywood Waffles of Fame pre-opening

A few of the same high-top tables (without seating) have even made the trip.

High-top Tables

High-top Tables

Only here at the Studios, good ol’ Gertie is keeping watch over things around Echo Lake…

Gertie watching over Echo Lake Eats

Gertie watching over Echo Lake Eats

Gertie!

Gertie!

First up, Hollywood Waffles of Fame, where waffle sandwiches are the star!

Hollywood Waffles of Fame

Hollywood Waffles of Fame

Hollywood Waffles of Fame sign

Hollywood Waffles of Fame sign

A Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich and a Shaved Ham and Cheddar Focaccia Sandwich make up the menu; however, we were assured that if you would prefer to have the Ham and Cheddar option on a waffle instead of the Focaccia, all you have to do is ask!

Hollywood Waffles of Fame menu

Hollywood Waffles of Fame menu

A house-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie along with a selection of beer and wine round out the list.

Wafflemakers are at the ready inside the kiosk to prepare your sandwich to order.

Wafflemakers inside the kiosk

Wafflemakers inside the kiosk

We chose the Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich, which is served with a bag of chips.

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

The picture below was taken at a slightly different angle to give you an idea of how positively PACKED this thing is, topped with mixed greens, bacon, tomato, and herb-cheese pesto.

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

So packed, in fact, that it was actually kind of difficult to eat, but all the fresh flavors — especially the gouda and smokey bits of bacon — came together really well. And I really appreciate how the sandwich was made to order, resulting in the waffle tasting especially fresh, too.

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich

Alas, it’s no replacement for my beloved Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich that is sadly no longer served at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. But taken on its own, it’s pretty impressive.

Likewise, Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas also features two main menu items as well as a dessert. FYI, you’ll find a dessert at each kiosk as they all accept Quick Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan, where your entitlement includes a dessert and non-alcoholic drink with your entree.

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas sign

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas sign

Loaded Chili-Cheese Nachos and Beef Empanadas are the entree choices, with a House-baked Dulce de Leche Cookie for dessert.

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas menu

Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas menu

You’ll find Lime Margaritas here, too!

Lime Margarita mix

Lime Margarita mix

The Beef Empanda plate is a fairly creative dish for such a small stand, with its accompaniments of roasted corn, black bean salsa, and queso fresco, and drizzled with a bit of cilantro sour cream.

Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas

The golden pastry on these was delicious — nice and flaky, and really fresh.

Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas

And the beef was pretty well-seasoned, though not spicy at all in a “hot” sense.

Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas

Of everything I tried, the Empanadas were probably my favorite. I also grabbed the Dulce de Leche Cookie.

Dulce de Leche Cookie

Dulce de Leche Cookie

This one carries with it a LOT of sweetness. Though thin, it’s still nice and chewy, and caramel fans will LOVE the tons of soft bits of caramel throughout!

Dulce de Leche Cookie

Dulce de Leche Cookie

Finally, Sliders to the Stars serves up — what else?! – Sliders!

Sliders to the Stars

Sliders to the Stars

Sliders to the Stars menu

Sliders to the Stars

Choose from Pulled Beef Brisket or Barbecued Chicken Sliders.

Sliders to the Stars menu

Sliders to the Stars menu

That Mickey Brownie you also see listed on the menu is the same one you’ll find at Oasis Canteen (it’s like a brownie cake pop).

Mickey Brownie at Oasis Canteen

Mickey Brownie at Oasis Canteen

The Barbecued Chicken Sliders are topped with coleslaw and chipotle aioli all on a brioche bun. Like the waffle sandwiches, they’re also served with chips.

Barbecued Chicken Sliders

Barbecued Chicken Sliders

The brioche bun on these is definitely a great touch, and there is plenty of tasty chicken in here to keep you going for a while.

Barbecued Chicken Slider

Barbecued Chicken Slider

The coleslaw lent some nice tang to the barbecue, too, but it did overwhelm the aioli a bit, as I couldn’t really pick up on it.

Barbecued Chicken Slider

Barbecued Chicken Slider

Still, overall it was another nice addition to Echo Lake Eats!

It seems like there has been a lot of thought put into these for what are ultimately temporary options — quite different from your run-of-the-mill burgers and such. Dare I say, maybe even a step up from what you used to be able to find at Studio Catering Co.? But there is also a lack of vegetarian options, so we’ll be keeping an eye out to see if menus change here at all. Given the limited run, that’s probably doubtful, so meatless options in the meantime can be found at spots like Sunset Ranch Market. (The Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, by the way, can now be found at Rosie’s All-American Cafe instead of its original home of Fairfax Fare.)

For those interested in Echo Lake Eats, though, remember that these kiosks will only be around through the busy summer season, so be sure to stop by soon! And wave hi to Gertie while you’re at it, so she knows she’s not forgotten ;) .

Contributing to this post: AJ, Tina, and Wendy

Will you be checking out the eats at Echo Lake? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Carolyn says

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I feel like they should add at least one vegetarian and one seafood option to at least one of the stands.

  2. Brandon says

    When did Disney switch back to Lays brand chips? In California at least they had switched to their own in-house brand of chips.

  3. Lorrie says

    I’m new to the Dining Plan. Could I get a waffle sandwich with a cookie and a bottle of water to be used as ” 1 Quick Service Dining Credit”?

  4. Mark says

    Looks like the Food and Wine Festival has come to DHS. Some of this looks pretty tasty.

  5. Essie says

    I think the best chips are their house made. Love the Mickey brownie, and I’m surprised that there is no soda!

  6. Keith says

    I would argue that there are plenty of options for children….unless your children are coddled and only eat chicken nuggets/pizza

  7. Mary says

    I do hope you didn’t eat the food after putting it directly on the table like that!

  8. Cassandra says

    Salsa as the only vegetarian option? i’m not saying they have to cater a thousand options, but I would appreciate at least one more. DHS is the park I have the most trouble finding vegetarian options in

  9. Veronica says

    Hmm.. The empanadas do look quite tasty, but I’d be hard pressed to pay $13.00 for them when I can get something very similar at my local bakery for under $5.00. It’s a rip off, even by Disney standards.

  10. Sandra G says

    Lorrie, yes, the fact that they offer a dessert item and a non-alcoholic beverage means you can use your QSDP meal credits. I’d love a vegetarian option too, but I bet if I asked, they’d leave the turkey or ham off the waffle sandwiches. The Lay’s chips have been available off and on for years, so it may just be a case of what the supplier had for these temporary stands. While the prices are high if paying out of pocket, they certainly would be fine with me using a QS credit.

    Keith, little kids often have very limited palates without parents “coddling” and even with offering a variety of foods. It takes a while for them to learn to eat different flavors and textures, especially if culturally they are more mashed potatoes and meatloaf type people rather than sushi, frogs legs and kimchi. It would be nice if at least one of the stands offered something simple, like the Power Box you can get for kids at several other CS places.

  11. says

    Thanks for the great photos, and sharing your reviews. We don’t usually eat at HS, but might make an exception for the empanadas.

  12. Juliet says

    Any idea how long these food kiosks are expected to be available? We are coming in the fall and I would love to try the food. It looks delicious!

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