Well, over in EPCOT, we’ve found some of the coolest (and weirdest) souvenirs that you can get in Disney World! We have seen a literal unicorn MERMAID at House of Good Fortune, and the Mitsukoshi Department Store is where you can find non-Disney items like Animal Crossing backpacks and plushes and color-changing shirts. But, if you thought that was as unique as merchandise gets in Disney, you’re wrong. Disney has OUTDONE themselves with the latest collection we found in the parks!
EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts has LOTS of unique finds.
We’ve seen live entertainment, hidden characters, and a paint-by-number mural! But the exhibits often have some amazing wares to show off, too. After all, the stunning artisanship is what makes Festival of the Arts so…artsy. Today, we found something we have to show you!
Whether you’re a foodie, a chicken nugget connoisseur, a Disney pro, or a first timer, Walt Disney World offers some super under-the-radar dining experiences that can add value to your vacation.
Some provide a little education, others put you in touch with the animal kingdom, and still others are just plain fun.
Here are some special under-the-radar experiences you can
ONLY have at Walt Disney World…And ONLY The Pros Know About!
is one of those places at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios that you have to experience at least once.
I mean, dining in a convertible car watching kitchy old science fiction movie clips under a faux starlit sky is really a bespoke dining adventure.
But the food…hasn’t ever been the big draw here. And that’s okay — we’re in it for the fun atmosphere! But we do keep coming back to try to food because I’m looking forward to the day that I can say both the experience AND the food are fun at Sci-Fi.
A menu change resulted in some interesting meal options, so I was happy to drive (er, walk) in and give it another shot. But the contrast between these menu items (and an old standby) really couldn’t be more divergent.
is a table service option in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World.
As you might imagine, Coral Reef is located in the Seas Pavilion, home of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. It’s one of only two table service restaurants in Future World — the other being Garden Grill in the neighboring Land Pavilion. The biggest draw to Coral Reef is the centerpiece of the restaurant: the six-million-gallon aquarium where fish, sea turtles, and (sometimes) divers swim by throughout the meal.
But even with that draw — making Coral Reef a truly unique Disney World experience! — Coral Reef often sinks to the bottom of DFB’s rankings of table service restaurants. Sadly the food just hasn’t been that great over the years. Lunch in 2014 was decent at best, with the Seared Mahi Mahi being the only I’d-get-that-again dish (alas, the Sriracha Shrimp we enjoyed on that visit are no longer on the menu…).
But you know we like to re-review restaurants on the regular, since chefs, menus, and servers change up regularly. My most recent visit was the best I’ve had in terms of food, and while it won’t move Coral Reef up to the top of the list at Epcot — admittedly a difficult park because there are so many awesome choices — it gives me hope that maybe the restaurant is providing a better experience for guests.
The atmosphere of Coral Reef is the star of this restaurant, and for those who love sea life or aquariums, this really is a must-try. Nothing quite compares to the beauty of dining with only eight inches of glass between the diner and the sealife.