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Food trucks to bring favorite Disney Parks, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dishes to Downtown Disney

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This year, fans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival may be a little less sad when it ends because they'll still be able to find some of the most popular dishes from the event on Walt Disney World property. New food trucks, featuring old and new favorite foods, will be rolling into Downtown Disney as soon as mid-November.

Each of the four food trucks is themed to one of Walt Disney World's parks:

** The World Showcase of Flavors truck from Epcot is expected to feature items from the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, such as Grass-Fed Beef Sliders (new this year), Pierogies with Kielbasa and Lobster Rolls.

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Grass-Fed Beef Sliders
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Pierogie with Kielbasa
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Lobster Roll

** The Enchanted Fare truck from the Magic Kingdom will serve favorites from Disney Parks around the world. Disneyland enthusiasts already are salivating at the promise of Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs being available on the East Coast.

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Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

** The Superstar Catering truck from Hollywood Studios will look like an old city diner and offer a variety of meatball options, such as the Lamb Meatball Flatbread with Tzatziki.

** The Namaste Café truck from Animal Kingdom plans to serve Butter Chicken, Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs and Tandoori Spiced Shrimp.

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Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs

Foods will be priced between $8 and $15 per serving, with the shrimp and ribs likely to be among the most expensive. Also, the food trucks will accept quick-service credits of the Disney Dining Plan.

"We're very excited, and we expect for the food trucks to be a big hit at Downtown Disney and on Disney property," Walt Disney World Chef James Kleinschmidt told me Thursday. "We do have an existing food truck out at ESPN Wide World of Sports that's used for large events out there. But this is kind of taking the trucks to a new level. … Just the sight of them is going to be amazing."

The four Disney World food trucks will park at the West Side of Downtown Disney, near the Cirque du Soleil theater and House of Blues restaurant, from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until Disney Springs is completed in 2016, Kleinschmidt said. "We're in deep construction with the island [for Disney Springs]. West Side has the biggest open area, and we have a lot of people funneling through that side," he explained.

When construction moves to the West Side, a dedicated food truck park has been planned for the grassy area adjacent to Bongo's Cuban Cafe, he said. Even after that space has been transformed, the trucks still will have to move each night, as other community food trucks do.

Still, the Disney World trucks largely will remain on property, though Kleinschmidt said there may be special Disney and community events that put the trucks on the road. Expect to see them at the 2014 Marathon Weekend, for example.

"Disney has taken this on to kind of diversify our offerings and be able to be mobile as well," Kleinschmidt said. "It's an ever-growing trend. I was just at a Food Truck Rally this past weekend, and there were 22 food trucks there, which tells you that it's not going away."

Of course, food truck rallies are known for long lines, but as Kleinschmidt points out, Disney World is known for its effectiveness in managing lines. He says he thinks the one-stop dining experience will appeal to a variety of guests. Many visitors already come to different parks for their favorite foods, and soon they will be able to go to Downtown Disney and sample what they were craving. An added bonus: No admission needed!


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Comments (6)

Rachel K:

Will any of the trucks have vegetarian options? :/

KRISTIN: At this time, a Disney spokesperson is advising guests to talk with the chefs at each food truck about their needs. I'm not sure if that means they can accommodate special requests or if they just will determine if there is anything on the menu that fits the guest's needs. She did say that future menus will be based in part on guest feedback.

Alex:

"Foods will be priced between $8 and $15 per serving" - I surely hope that is a typo. Prices aren't even that much at Food & Wine. Plus the whole point of a food truck pod is to be able to sample various foods (ie: tapas, appetizer sized portions). If I'm paying that much, I want to have a sit-down meal not a "stand in line for 30 minutes, eat out of a plastic container" meal. Ouch!

KRISTIN: No typo. Chef Kleinschmidt told me that price range himself.

Jennifer:

I am excited for the food trucks. Will we be able to use our Disney Dining Plan in conjunction with them?

Lilu:

I'm a bit surprised at the price and the fact that "food trucks" are such a "thing" for Disney when they have food carts everywhere already, as well as walk up counters. Seems like a silly gimmick to spend time on, but more power to them if it works out.

Jim:

The most popular food trunk in our area is priced very similar. They were actually the runner up on Live! a few months ago. Their food is deff worth it and if the Disney food truck put out the same quality of this food truck then I wouldn't mind. People seek out this truck everyday to get takeout there.

Good luck to DIsney with this cause you have to put out great food to charge prices like that.

jimi

Adam:

Yikes. Those prices are kookoo bananas. I live in a pretty expensive city and the best food trucks around will get you a serving for $6 at the most.

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