On December 3rd, Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All Star Music Resort reopened after a four-month long refurbishment.
We were excited to see the results, and — of course — excited to taste the food! We shared a photo tour of the whole space just after the food court reopened. But there was so much to see that we couldn’t fit it all in one post. So today we’re back at Intermission Food Court to explore the food options a little more in depth, from a full rundown of the menus to sampling a few of the items ourselves (as we so love to do!).
Still, just as a reminder, we’ll begin by taking a quick peek at the updated design of Intermission Food Court.
For those familiar with the All Star Food Courts, you’ll notice the changes immediately. First off, bold primary colors have given way to earth tones.
The larger-than-life murals of musicians are gone, but that doesn’t mean the nods to music have disappeared… they’re just more subtle. Some of my favorite features include the guitar fret wall, the “drum kit” over the beverage station, and the woodwind instruments surrounding the Singing Spirits Bar.
And, of course, some Disney pals have joined in on the fun, too…
But now it’s time to explore the food options a little more in depth, so here we go!
Let’s take the food court station by station… and grab a bite or two while we’re at it ;). We aimed to get a small sampling from each station — or “shop” — on our visit, but I don’t want to miss the chance to point out the Pizza and Pasta Shop, which was one station we didn’t try.
So, yeah, there’s pizza here ;). Or you can grab a Hot Italian Sub. The pasta might be the more noteworthy option, though, since the Create-Your-Own Pasta trend that guests are enjoying at Landscape of Flavors and End Zone Food Court (in addition to other resort food courts) has made it’s way here. The variety of choices for your pasta, sauce, and protein can be seen in the photo below.
Right next door is the Grill Shop, where you’ll find basic food court favorites (burgers and hot dogs… and what’s a Disney food court without Chicken Breast Nuggets?). Create-Your-Own is the name of the game here, too, for both the burger options (angus beef, chicken, or veggie) and the hot dogs. Options for sides include fries, of course, but also cucumber salad and coleslaw.
This is where we grabbed a Create-Your-Hot Dog. No matter what you’re topping at this station, choices remain the same, as listed on the photo below.
By the way, if you’re thinking, “Okay, great, but can’t a guy or gal just top their burger with ketchup, lettuce, and onion, like in the good ol’ days?” Yes, you can :). You’ll find more traditional condiments and toppings outside the ordering area as part of the beverage station, where you can help yourself.
We went with chili sauce, plastic cheese (okay, fine — it’s just called “Cheese Sauce,” but we prefer the DFB term of endearment 🙂 ), and fried, breaded Onion Petals.
Before you get your create-your-own-what-have-you, something to know is that every item is made to order, just like at End Zone Food Court at All Star Sports. While that’s great from a taste perspective, it’s not so great from a wait perspective. We all know resort food courts can get awfully busy. I wasn’t even there at high lunch time — my visit was somewhere around 3 pm, and there was still a fair wait. Just an FYI.
But at last, we had our dog, and the end result was pretty good. There is nothing especially noteworthy about the dog itself — just your regular, tasty hot dog. But the chili sauce packed a decent amount of flavor (a little less dense than a regular chili for easier spreading), and the choice of plastic cheese was inspired, if I do say so myself ;).
But it was the onion petals that really made the difference. Hopefully you can see in the photo how nicely browned and seasoned they are, and super crisp to add texture variety. I honestly could have made an entire side of those alone.
Oh, and the fries?
These are the shoestring cut that have made their way all across Disney World counter service restaurants in recent weeks. Same flavor as the standard Disney fries, with a hint of potato skin on them from the natural cut, but thin. For some reason, this bums me out a bit. But moving on…
The Grill Shop’s next door neighbor is the Specialty Shop. This is the station where you’ll encounter the most changes at lunch versus dinner. For lunch, options included Create-Your-Own Salad, Turkey and Muenster Focaccia, Beef and Blue Focaccia, Chicken Quesadilla, Taco Salad, and Nachos Supreme.
Dinner options include Shrimp Creole, Carved London Broil, Baked Chicken, Carved Roast Turkey, and Salmon. The Create-Your-Own Salad remains on the menu for dinner as well.
Our visit was during lunch, so we chose the Taco Salad. Mainly because those gigantic fried tortilla shells looked pretty irresistible. Crispy, light, and bubbly — perfecto!
Even though it doesn’t say “Create-Your-Own,” the taco salad kind of is, since the Cast Member will take your requests for toppings after filling your shell with lettuce on the bottom, and then a helping of seasoned, very finely minced ground beef.
I opted for salsa, shredded cheese (the plastic cheese here is reserved for the Nachos), jalapeños, onions, and sour cream (on the side per request). Other toppings are guacamole, cilantro, diced tomatoes, and mushrooms.
If you’ve had taco salad at Pecos Bill’s or Tortuga Tavern, this is pretty much the same thing except you don’t top it yourself. And I don’t know if my eyes deceived me, but the shells here seemed absolutely huge.
I love me a Disney taco salad. I like that they’re so customizable everywhere they’re offered, but it also has something to do with the fact that it is really two meals in one, since your shells converts into chips as you finish off the bowl 😉 .
Next to the Specialty Shop is the Bakery, featuring breakfast items such as muffins and bagels, and desserts like cookies and brownies. Several items aren’t listed on the menu, such as croissants and cinnamon rolls.
Our final station is the Gelato Shop, which also features a selection of smoothies and iced coffee throughout the day.
But we were after one thing, and one thing only: the Mickey Gelato Sundae.
You start with your choice of gelato. While options will change frequently, on our visit flavors choices were vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, and mango, while seasonal options were pumpkin spice and peppermint.
Next up? A generous pile of whipped cream and caramel sauce (the caramel sauce is a given, but the Cast Member kindly confirmed that we wanted it before pouring it on). Then you get to choose your garnish: currently these include some festive holiday sprinkles (a must!), red hots, chocolate chips, and — my favorite — toasted coconut.
So where’s Mickey in all this?
He’s underneath, in waffle form!
Even better, he’s sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, so it’s churro-meets-Mickey-waffle for what comes together in the sundae as a fun mix of cold and warm, fun and decadent. Highly recommended!
I believe guests at All Star Music have a lot to look forward at Intermission Food Court both from an atmosphere and a food perspective, thanks to this refurbishment. True, fare is pretty much standard for a resort food court, as expected. But I do think they’ve managed to sneak in a few surprises, and I’m happy to say that everything I tried was tasty, and certainly does the trick. I think it was a job well done.
For those keeping score, that’s two All Star Food Court refurbishments out of three. Will All Star Movies undergo a refurbishment of its own next year? We’ll be excited to see what the new year brings, to the All Stars and the rest of Disney World. From the potential for new eateries at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Trader Sam’s making it’s way to the Polynesian Village Resort, and — yep — another Starbucks 😉 , and so much more, there’s plenty to look forward to for all of us Disney food fans everywhere, and we can’t wait to keep you posted!
What would you like to try at Intermission Food Court? Please let us know with a comment!