Dinner and a show! It’s more like a meal and a show when we’re talking about Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Serving up both lunch and dinner, Cosmic Ray’s has been a staple of Tomorrowland as far back as we can remember. After getting up early to rope dropthe Magic Kingdom we’re ready for a break and a little refueling. Let’s head over to Cosmic Ray’s for some tunes and little lunch!
Across from the Tomorrowland Speedway and on the edge of Fantasyland is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. The indoor restaurant is the largest quick-serve at the Magic Kingdom. With three different seating and order areas, the restaurant has ample amounts of room for everyone. We’ve found the quietest area of the restaurant is off to the far right when facing the ordering counters.
Passholder Insights:Mobile ordering is the way to go at Cosmic Ray’s. We’ve found that it can take about half the time of waiting in line.
This is a meal and a show, right? It definitely is and the star of the show is lounge lizard (maybe lounge alien) Sonny Eclipse. With that name you know it’s going be good. In the center dining room, you’ll find Sonny tickling the ivories of his Astro-Organ and sharing some of the best puns on this side of the galaxy. We don’t need to go far far away for this one if want to that head over to Galaxy’s Edge.
The classic Disney animatronic has been a fixture of Tomorrowland since the last major update in 1995. He puts on a 27 minute set with a variety of Sonny originals. He ain’t no cover artist! Backing up Sonny is the invisible trio known as the Space Angels.
Passholder Insights: Sonny Eclipse is from Yew Nork City and describes his hometown as a topsy turvy place with the subways are up and streets are down. Ahh, the dad jokes!
We’re not just here for the show! Cosmic Ray’s is serving up a classic theme park menu with items like cheeseburgers, chili dogs, chicken tenders, and salads making up the offerings. With all of the sandwiches and hot dogs being served with French Fries and a fountain beverage. For us, we tend to go for the Greek salad with chicken. By far the best quick-serve salad in the Magic Kingdom. It’s nothing fancy, just a solid dish and perfect those days you’re looking for a lighter option.
Headlining the menu right now is the Mickey Celebration burger. Topping a 1/3 pound burger with mac ‘n cheese, cheese sauce, flaming cheese cut and of course a burger patty. This is a burger worthy of the tagline, treat yourself! Capping it all off is Mickey toasted into the top of the bun. Overall, it’s a solid burger with the toppings being the star of the show and the actual burger being on par with a traditional theme park patty. If you’re looking for a unique burger, look no further.
Recently added is the plant-based sloppy joe. Using the Impossible beef crumbles as the based the sloppy joe is a more on the sweet side. It reminded us of the sloppy joe we would get as kids. What really impressed us were the Impossible beef crumbs are definitely a great alternative if you’re looking for something plant-based.
What makes Cosmic Ray’s a great option is the toppings bar. Similar to Peco’s Bill in Frontierland, the topping bar is stocked. We may or may not have been known to make our own loaded fries.
Passholder Insights: Cosmic Ray’s is a single quick-serve credit on the Disney Dining Plan. It includes a meal and a drink.
Middle of the road. You cannot go wrong with Cosmic Ray’s, however Tortuga Tavern or even snacking our way around the Magic Kingdom a little more our speed. Cosmic Ray’s is definitely putting out good food if you’re in the mood for the classics. By far the best burger in the Magic Kingdom. We’ve also noticed that Cosmic Rat’s has slowly become the go-to place for the specialty burgers within the park. We’ll always good just to catch a Sonny Eclipse performance. Now if only we could meet the Space Angels!
Seconds? There’s always room seconds, especially when we’re talking about Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. Spanning 87 days from August 29, 2019, to November 23, 2019, the dishes at the festival continue to evolve over time. By the festivals conclusion, dishes that were overlooked in the beginning could rise to the top. We’re sampling our way around the World Showcase to find dishes worthy of seconds!
Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. A long-running staple of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is the Africa booth. This year’s featured dish the Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap, and topped with Kachumari Slaw. Like coffee, how beef is prepared is unique to the individual. In the DVC Duo house, we always prefer our cooked medium-rare.
At Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, most beef dishes will be cooked medium-well. The Kenyan tenderloin made our second helpings list not for the beef, but for sweet potato and corn mealie pap. With a similar consistency as grits, the pap was bursting with flavors. We got sweetness from the corn and sweet potatoes which was offset by earthy notes from the African spices.
The beef was cooked well, just to not our personal liking. If you prefer your beef on the more well-done side, definitely give this one a try!
Passholder Insights: When partaking in the Disney Dining Plan you can use your snack credits on the booth samples.
Slide On In!
Don’t mind if we do. Across the way from the Imagination Pavilion is the Flavors of Fire booth, which is serving up a unique slider. Combining beef and mushrooms you get the base for the juicy patty which is then topped with Brie fondue, arugula, and a truffle and blue cheese-flavored potato chip.
Can we have thirds? This slider is one Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival best dishes. The Brie fondue adds the perfect amount of tang to the richness of the patty. If we could change one thing it would be the potato chip. The chip added a nice crunch, breaking up the texture of the dish, however, we didn’t get a lot of the truffle and blue cheese flavors. Maybe next time channel their inner Emeril and kick-up the flavoring a notch. Bam! Overall though, it’s a burger fans dream.
Passholder Insights: Tucked behind the Flavors of Fire booth has a great seating area with a variety of tables to enjoy your tastings.
At Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, one dish is either a home run or strikeout depending on who tries it. What dish are we talking about? We’re talking about the Frothy Ramen from the Japan booth. Chilled noodles are served in a dashi broth and topped with a light foam.
Wow! For us, this was the best surprise of the festival. All aspects of the dish were well executed. The ramen noodles were perfectly tender, not mushy at all. Stealing the spotlight is definitely the Unami flavors of the dashi broth. Let’s just say no broth was left behind. If you’re a ramen fan, we would highly recommend this one.
Passholder Insights: Behind the Pagoda is a peaceful seating area with tons of shade. It’s a great place to enjoy a little break around the World Showcase.
Down past Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion is the Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar. Set-up in the O’Canada theater, while the movie is updated, is a fantastic place for an adult time out. Offering up both wine and cider flights, as well as individual samples the Appleseed Orchard is our hidden gem at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. If you enjoy trying different types of cider, it’s worth the trek into the pavilion.
More good dishes than not. This year’s festival had tons of high notes with very few low notes for us. It’s definitely worth a second helping!
Can’t stop, won’t stop! We’ve landed on Black Spire Outpost and we’ve got tons to see and do. Every great town has a nostalgic handheld lunch option, from the hot dog in New York City to the burrito in San Diego, when on Batuu it’s the Ronto Wrap. How does the Ronto Wrap measure up to these iconic portable lunch options? We’re here to find! Let’s grab a wrap, we’ve got a spaceship to pilot!
Setting Up Shop
They’ve got to put the roaster somewhere! At the edge of the marketplace, you’ll find a droid using a pod racer engine to roast up the Ronto for the local sandwich. The unmarked open-air stand is steps away from Dok Ondar’s Den Antiques, and next to Docking Bay 7. Look for the dome-shaped building direct across from Dok’s shop.
The Ronto Wrap is designed to be eaten on the go. However, there is a small seating area cross the way for the ordering window.
Passholder Insights: Dok Ondar’s is the place to go on Batuu to find rare items and replicas of different character’s lightsabers.
The one that started it all, the Ronto wrap! Combining perfectly grilled Ronto sausage (pork sausage) with roasted pork and slaw in a pita, then topping it with a peppercorn sauce, you’ve got your handheld lunch. It’s simple and delicious. The Ronto sausage is grilled to perfection with just the “snap” you’re looking for in a sausage. Bursting with flavors, the sausage is mixed with Middle Eastern spices that give it an earthy taste. The earthy baseline works perfectly with the bright tangy crunch you get from the slaw.
What makes the Ronto Wrap shine is the peppercorn sauce. The mayonnaise-based sauce brings just the right amount of “bite” to the sandwich. We found it does not have a lot of spice, but we could taste the black pepper.
Passholder Insights: Just a few steps off Batuu is another great lunch option at Hollywood Studios is Woody’s Lunch Box.
Spins On The Original
Variety is the spice of life when it comes to food in the DVC Duo house. Ronto Roasters knows this and is offering up a couple of variations on the Ronto Wrap. Early in the morning, you’ll find a breakfast version of the famed sandwich, which swaps out the roasted pork for scrambled eggs. For an in-depth review check out our breakfast review.
At Walt Disney World the other variation is the chicken Ronto wrap, which is marinated chicken, cucumber relish, and a feta yogurt sauce all in a pita. The jury is still out on the chicken Ronto wrap, as we’re drawn to original every time. Recently, Disney added a vegetarian option at Disneyland’s Ronto Roasters which uses the impossible meat as the base then tops it with kimchi slaw, pickled cucumber, and a Gochujang spread. It is unknown if the vegetarian option will be brought to Walt Disney World’s Ronto Roasters at this time.
Passholder Insights: The breakfast Ronto wrap is served at Rontos Roasters until 10 am.
The perfect meal on the go! Many times we’re looking for a quick bite for lunch and Ronto Roasters is our new go-to option when we’re at Hollywood Studios. It’s great to see Walt Disney World continue to add fantastic quick-serve options around the parks. Decision time, should we go with the original or try the chicken Ronto wrap? Who are kidding, you know we’re going original!
What’s on tap is our Baseline Tap House review! Everything tastes better when it’s on draft and this Hollywood Studios lounge is tapping into this concept. It’s a place you could picture in your backyard, maybe not Andy’s backyard, but definitely California neighborhood. A place where you meet up with friends and family to share the tales of your journey to Batuu, or weaving through traffic on your way to an Aerosmith concert, and even meeting racing legend Lightning McQueenover a beverage of your liking. After dropping the rope this morning we need an adult time out. Let’s take a look at the draft list over at Baseline Tap House!
Is It The Grandest of Locations?
We say yes! Our decision is based on the fact that Baseline Tap House is located on Grand Avenue in Hollywood Studios. If it’s on Grand Ave it has to be a grand location, right? We like to think so. Located on Grand Ave directly across from Muppet Courtyard, Baseline Tap House is easily spotted on your journey to Batuu. Keep an eye out to right for the shaded area with ample amounts of umbrellas and picnic tables to enjoy a drink or two or more. We’re not judging, you’re on vacation!
Passholder Insights: Directly across from the Baseline Tap House is where you’ll find the meet Sorcerer Mickey meet ‘n greet, it’s one of our favorites!
The majority of the seating for Baseline Tap House is outside under the umbrellas. Set-up as a west coast craft beer tasting room, the inside is equipped with a long bar for ordering and enjoying a draft of your choice. Spread around tasting room you’ll find high top tables to gather around for sharing your best Disney stories or kick-off a barroom debate. Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween or Christmas movie? Ready, debate!
What makes Baseline so comfortable is the laid back feeling of the outdoor seating. It’s perfect for taking a break at Hollywood Studios.
Passholder Insights: Most people head to the first order location when entering the tasting room. Head the far end for the shortest line.
We’ve Earned A Beer
After waking up early and enjoying the park, it’s time to take a few minutes to rest those feet. Pull up a picnic table and enjoy a flight. All the beers at Baseline Tap House have two things in common, they are from California and they are on draft. With about eighteen different beers, there is something for every beer drinker’s desire. For us, we always like to go with a flight, which is made up of four 5 oz pours of the beers of your choice. You can also order individual beers which range from 16 oz to 22 oz pours. What’s great about the flights is the bartenders provide individual cards that describe the flavor notes of your beverage. Can you say free souvenir? That’s right the cards are an item you can with you.
Passholder Insights: The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. If you’re unsure of what you would like they are more than happy to provide insights or comparisons around what each beer tastes like.
Wait, There’s More!
Beyond the draft list, Baseline Tap House is serving everything else on draft as well. Whether it’s a glass of wine, cider or a cocktail, no one leaves without that draft experience. Similar to the beer menu, everything is from California. This is a California tasting room afterall. For anyone looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, there’s Black Cherry Soda on tap or a Wild Strawberry Lemonade.
Passholder Insights: For a wider variety of cocktail options at Hollywood Studios headover to the Brown Derby Lounge where they are serving up classic cocktails.
The Perfect Pairing
What goes great with beer? A pretzel of course! At Baseline Tap House you’ll find a short but effective menu of light bites and shareable snacks. By far the headline is the Bavarian pretzel served with spicy mustard and beer-cheese. The hardest decision to make is which dip is better. We’ll let you debate. In the DVC Duo house, we like to order the California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate. It makes us feel fancy, what can we say. The charcuterie is fantastic for sharing, as there’s plenty to go around. We find the board to be the perfect snack, especially on a warm day.
Passholder Insights: If there’s something on the board you would like to swap out, we recommend asking the bartender. They got you covered.
Love it! Baseline Tap House is one of the newer lounge locations at Hollywood Studios. It’s a fantastic addition to the park. Come mid-afternoon and we need a break from the sun, you’ll find us enjoying a pint. The one thing we left to do is pick out our beers for our flight!
Cool treats? Is there anything better on a warm Florida day? We think not, and lucky for us the Magic Kingdom is filled with cool treats including Redd’s Revenge. There is never a bad time for ice cream, but once afternoon hits the Magic Kingdom a cool treat is exactly what the doctor ordered. We’re ready for a break from the heat, let’s see if Red’s Revenge is best cold!
Location, Location, Location
Adventureland is where it’s at! In the Magic Kingdom, it’s a toss-up between Adventureland and Fantasyland to which has the best treats. In the DVC Duo, we’re definitely a house divided, as Serena has an affinity for the Peter Pan Float over at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland and you can always count on Nate picking up a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle. What may tip the ship towards Adventureland being the go-to place for cool treats is Redd’s Revenge.
Crossing the bridge from the Magic Kingdom’s hub into Adventureland, just before you come upon the Jungle Navigation Co. Skippers Canteen, you’ll find Sunshine Tree Terrace on your right side. Across the way from the counter window, you’ll find a variety of benches and partially shaded areas depending on the time of day, to find a seat to enjoy Redd’s Revenge.
Passholder Insights: Keep an eye out when walking through Adventureland, there may or may not be a camel looking to “cool” you down!
It’s A Cold Dish
As the title says, Redd’s Revenge is a dish best served cold. It is an ice cream float after all. The best way to describe the cool treat is it’s a strawberry lover’s dream. Combining strawberry flavored Fanta, with soft-serve strawberry Dole Whip, and a red chocolate pirate hat you get the bubbly refreshing float.
The larger than we expected float delivers that strawberry flavor punch. It’s strawberry from the first bite to the last sip. We found Redd’s Revenge float to be unbelievably refreshing, especially in the hot Florida sun. The biggest “red” flag, yeah we made that joke, is how ice cream and Florida heat don’t mix well. When ordering this cool treat get ready to snap that Instagram photo in record time, as the sun waits for no photo!
For someone who enjoys treats with strawberry as the main flavor, this is for you. We found the treat to be more on the sweet side. If you’re the one who enjoys a sweet treat, but in smaller portions, we recommend recruiting a crew member before embarking on Redd’s Revenge.
Passholder Insights: If you move quickly you can enjoy Redd’s Revenge while catching one of our favorites shows at the Magic Kingdom, the Tiki Room.
No Fears Here!
Redd’s Revenge is not taking over Sunshine Tree Terrace by itself. On the crew is also the FOMOsa. In one of the best dad jokes we’ve seen in a while, the FOMOsa is a combination Orange Dole Whip on top of sparkling apple cider. It’s an adult time out, family-friendly edition!
The Instagram sensation formerly, and still known as the FOMOsa is the perfect cool treat for anyone that prefers a less sweet, more of a tart dessert. Similar to comparing the sweet taste of the original Dole Whip to the more tart Citrus Swirl, the FOMOsa is the tart companion to Redd’s Revenge. Our biggest recommendation with the FOMOsa is to treat it like an ice cream cone. We tried using a spoon, and almost lost our creamy goodness overboard.
Passholder Insights: For a more savory treat within Adventureland we recommend checking out the Spring Roll Cart across from the Tiki Room.
It’s ice cream! Much like pizza in the DVC Duo, there are just different levels of good. Both Redd’s Revenge and FOMOsa are solid additions to the Magic Kingdom. It’s safe to say the Magic Kingdom is quickly becoming the snackpark at Disney World. In true great transition form, Redd’s Revenge is one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. We ate our cool treat fast, time to set sail with Redd!