There’s a very nice profile of Disney’s changing food options on MSNBC.com. Apparently, they’re just catching on to the fact that it’s more than just hot dogs and hamburgers (although those were upgraded recently too).
Disney now recalls Las Vegas in its celebrity-chef-backed establishments, with restaurants by Todd English, Cat Cora, Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. At Orlando’s Boardwalk resort, the Flying Fish’s chef tasting includes six courses of mostly seafood, like lobster ravioli, paired with Austrian and German wines; and Victoria & Albert’s at the nearby Grand Floridian Resort offers white truffle supplements and has earned critical praise. Epcot’s pavilions serve food from around the globe — there’s a new Neapolitan pizzeria, a Japanese teahouse and a French pâtisserie.
“Disneyland and Walt Disney World have definitely expanded their range of culinary options, and now the different cuisines to choose from are global and varied,” says Cat Cora, whose restaurant Kouzzina opened at Disney’s Boardwalk in 2009.
Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to call Disney’s food selection Las Vegas like. No $1.99 shrimp cocktails here, not that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Come to think of it. We do get options like that at the Food & Wine festival. Food celebrities have become a growing part of the festival in recent years and this year will be no exception. Here’s a new video from Disney teasing the appearance of one celebrity chef: