Spring has sprung in Walt Disney World, and amidst all the changes in greenery and scenery (particularly at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival), we’re also seeing lots of dramatic menu changes. (We shared the overhaul at Electric Umbrella over the weekend!) And today, we’re at Liberty Inn, the quick service spot located in Epcot’s American Adventure (a/k/a the America Pavilion!).
And like the changes at Electric Umbrella, these are numerous! Several items have been removed, including Surf and Turf New York Strip Steak; the Grilled Chicken with Bacon and Avocado Sandwich; Red, White, and Blue Salad with Chicken; Warm Peach Cobbler (which we enjoyed!); and Rocky Road Mousse!
In their places, new items have been added (or returned). A Fried Shrimp Platter has staged a comeback, while a Southern-fried Chicken Sandwich, Cobb Salad with Chicken, Apple Pie Cheesecake, and Marshmallow Cookie Crunch Cupcake are entirely new to the menu!
WHAT?!? APPLE PIE CHEESECAKE?!?
(Yep, that’s pretty much exactly what we said, too.)
But is it as good as it sounds? The Apple Pie Cheesecake is served in the ubiquitous black bowl you’ll find all over the World. As a general rule, we think this little bowl is pretty misleading; it holds more than it looks upon first glance.
Underneath is a decent layer of cinnamon-spiced apples topped with some creamy cheesecake (more of a pudding consistency than a thick, rich cheesecake) and flavorful streusel. Those crumbs are totally yummy, and our only complaint is that there isn’t enough topping! We would have loved a thicker layer of the crumb, which added awesome flavor and great texture.
Once you dig in, the layer of apples is actually pretty substantial, and the sweetened apples pair well with the cheesecake. Overall, this is a satisfying dessert, balanced and not too heavy for the quickly-warming temps of central Florida. Plus, I really like the imaginativeness of it — instead of a bland, boring cake, you get three layers for a more complex and unique snack credit option.
The Marshmallow Cookie Crunch Cupcake is an indulgent combination of dark chocolate cupcake, cookies and cream frosting, chocolate drizzle, miniature marshmallows, and crunchy chocolate pearls.
With the addition of the marshmallows and chocolate pearls, this is a small step above the typical Disney World Oreo/cookies and cream cupcake (which we love!).
With so many layers of chocolate, this is a chocolate lover’s cupcake, for sure. And the best part was the cookies and cream frosting, which tasted fresh and had actual chunks of cookie in it!
There’s no filling inside, but it doesn’t really need it, owing to that mountain of frosting! And this is pretty big, folks, so unless you’ve got a massive sweet tooth, you’ll probably want to share.
We embrace change when it comes to menus at Walt Disney World (even when we don’t love them as in the case of the Citrus Swirl’s short-lived change over to Orange Swirl!), and when they’re tasty changes like these, we can happily get on board. 😉
Will you try one (or both!) of these new dessert items at Liberty Inn? What menu items are you most looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments!