The day after this year’s International Food & Wine Festival ended at Epcot, we noticed some new signage up at Promenade Refreshments. The menu, which boasted some seasonal offerings, piqued our interest. A manager and a handful of cast members happened to be carting supplies inside while we were passing, so we stopped to ask when the kiosk would be opening. We were told that some items would be served as early as the next day, while others, like the cider, would be ready by that weekend. We made a note to stop by again before we left town, and the day before flying home, we returned to view the crooked Christmas tree and try some goodies.
The menu boasted some very festive items just in time for Thanksgiving. There were sweet and savory waffles, and a variety of teas, ciders and hot chocolates. The Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle sounded completely disgusting, but the Savory Seasonal Waffle seemed marginally more appealing. We decided to try one along with two of the hot chocolate flavors.
The woman in front of us in line overheard us debating our drink choices, and informed us that the hot chocolates were just from a mix. We were undeterred, as we didn’t expect anything more. Danny ordered the peanut butter and I ordered the toasted marshmallow. They both tasted strongly of their artificial flavors, and we actually enjoyed both, given our low expectations. As usually happens with us, I thought that I had made the better choice, while he thought that his selection was the winner. Clearly, we both chose well for our tastes.
The Savory Seasonal Waffle, made with stuffing batter and topped with turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy, was like a holiday meal in a very unattractive cafeteria food vehicle. Luckily, I think ours tasted better than it looked. The waffle itself had a good sage flavor, and the turkey and cranberry were pleasant enough. I actually don’t remember tasting the gravy at all, but our photo shows a good amount of it present. I don’t care much for brown gravy, but I guess it served its purpose here, which was to add moisture to the meat and waffle. It’s a good thing I wasn’t looking for flavor in it.
All in all, the seasonal snacks at Promenade Refreshments are stereotypical theme park food, in that “it sounded like a good idea at the time” kind of way. Imagine that feeling you get after you wolf down a funnel cake. It wasn’t worth it, was it? Novelty food items in Epcot rarely are. Needless to say, we won’t be returning for the cronuts. But here’s a picture of yet another crooked Christmas tree at Walt Disney World!