Review: Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

OK, I totally have ANOTHER awesome waffle sandwich to share with you today!!

And you can find it in an unlikely location…the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort. Nestled in Bonnet Creek, within the main gates of Walt Disney World, it’s a great mix of convenience and refinement. Plus, there are some seriously killer views of Disney’s theme parks from its balconies.

Today, we’re grabbing a casual lunch at the resort’s main lounge — Peacock Alley.

Peacock Alley Menu Cover

This spot’s namesake is the fashionable Peacock Alley of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City (the original was given the name due to the colorful peacock feathers the ladies wore in their hats); but while it’s elegant, you can definitely choose this location for a relaxed and casual lunch.


Everything about Peacock Alley makes me want to take a deep breath, sink into a comfortable chair, and relax. The cool colors and motif of peacock feathers surrounds you throughout (even on the carpet!).

View of Peacock Alley

The view is of the Waldorf’s pool area and golf course. And you  may even catch a glimpse of Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!


There is a luxuriously appointed bar on one wall, and there’s even a peacock etched in the mirror.

Peacock Alley Bar

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Review: Jambon Beurre Sandwich from Les Halles in Epcot’s France

OK, so when I was living in Switzerland, one of my go-to meals was a baguette with butter and ham from the local patisserie. It was just awesome in its simplicity and fresh ingredients. And cheap, to boot!

So I was excited to see the Jambon Buerre — which basically means ham and butter — baguette keep its spot at the new Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Les Halles Boulangerie et Patisserie in Epcot's France Pavilion

The pastries and bakery items available in the France Pavilion have been some of the most beloved food items of Disney fans for a loooooong time. Earlier this year, when the original (tiny!) Patisserie Boulangerie was replaced with an expanded space, reviews were mixed.

Most people were happy to see the addition of indoor seating and a more accessible space as well as an expanded menu. But others have decried the price increases and changes to beloved pastries.

Les Halles Ordering Area

We’ve sampled many of the offerings here in our previous review. Today, we’re stopping to see if the new counter service spot is still faithful to one of my favorite French on-the-go meals.

Jambon Beurre at Les Halles

Walk through the gift shop and past the small seating area to get to the heart of Les Halles. There, you’ll find a square room with cordoned lines in the middle. The food cases line three sides of the space, and a dozen or so cast members await the chance to help you make your selections.

Les Halles Ordering Area and Seating

Electronic menus on flatscreens above the cases show you what’s available. I love the menus here, and how everything is in French with the English translation off to the side. It’s a great way to brush up on your grammar while you wait!

Keep in mind that other boards list pastry specialties and drink options. This board lists only the savory, “meal-type” options.

Food Menu at Les Halles -- Click to Enlarge

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