from Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! We’re paying a visit to a few Counter Service locations to check out some recent developments, starting with a couple of restaurants that call Sunset Boulevard home.
New! Sunshine Day Cafe
Sunshine Day Cafe has taken over the location that was previously known as Toluca Legs Turkey Co. And along with the new name comes a new menu… eventually, that is, as it hasn’t been posted yet. 😉
Similar to Toluca Legs Turkey Co., Sunshine Day Cafe will be a seasonal location operating on peak crowd days for the park. (And that’s always the perk of visiting in peak season. More people equals MORE options for FOOD!) We can’t wait to see what Sunshine Day Cafe has to offer!
We’re staying in Sunset Ranch Market to visit Fairfax Fare next, where a menu update has taken place.
In addition to the regular Smoked Specialties and Fairfax Salad, two new Baked Potato options have been added to the list: the Loaded Fairfax Potato, and the Fairfax One Pound Baked Potato.
The Loaded Fairfax Potato is topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream — pretty much your standard loaded potato fixins’.
It’s served with a small Southwest Salad made with iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, peppers, and corn. The dressing has a tangy, sweet taste reminiscent of a Catalina dressing.
Next up, though, is the Fairfax One Pound Baked Potato topped with Beef Tri-tip, brown gravy, and cheddar. It also comes with the same Southwest Salad.
Now, we’re gonna place the Loaded Fairfax Baked Potato next to the Fairfax One Pound Baked Potato. So, how much bigger is the One Pound Baked Potato?
As you can see… while the One Pounder is indeed the larger potato, it’s not by all that much, really. Much of the weigh-in can be credited to the sheer amount of toppings. There is a LOT of beef on there, topped with — you guessed it — a LOT of gravy.
So there is some bang for the buck, and as far as flavor is concerned, it’s really yummy (the same can be said for its Loaded Fairfax counterpart). Even with all that gravy, the One Pound Potato itself isn’t soggy at all. Possibly the only thing I missed on both was some nice, coarse salt on the potato skins, which would’ve been a great touch. Fortunately, the nearby condiment stations have plenty of packets of table salt, if desired.
Now, something you may have noticed missing on the menu is Jumbo Turkey Legs. Fairfax Fare served as the default location to find Turkey Legs on days when Toluca Legs Turkey Co. was closed.
So, yes, it’s true: Jumbo Turkey Legs can no longer be found in Hollywood Studios. But remember when this iconic item was removed from Animal Kingdom earlier this year? Well, they made a recent return to THAT park via the Yak and Yeti Quality Beverages service window. So all hope is not lost for a return of Turkey Legs to the Studios sometime in the future…
We’re stepping outside of Sunset Ranch Market to Muppets Courtyard for our final Counter Service stop at the future location for “The Famous Original PizzeRizzo” where concept art has been posted for this Muppets-themed pizzeria opening this fall!
It promises to offer “The City’s Top Rated Pizza” (made with none other than Heckler Tomato Paste, judging from the closeup on the artwork below).
Construction is coming along…
… as the changes, obviously, continue on for this very much in-transition park. And we’ll be keeping an eye out for you for all the developments yet to come here at the DFB!
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Which of the new additions to Hollywood Studios (already here or on the way) are you most excited about? Please let us know with a comment!