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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Grabbing a Bite at Wilderness Lodge’s Territory Lounge

by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

August 7, 2022

 

I’ll find almost any excuse to visit the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World. As billed, it captures a turn-of-the-century national park lodge, and ranks as one of my favorite resorts on property. 



On a recent visit, I decided to duck in for a drink and bite to eat at the Territory Lounge. I’m probably not alone in having passed this lounge by and not thinking much about it. Well, I won’t be making that mistake again. I wound up having a nice meal.

 

As for my beverage of choice, the Territory Refresher – Hendrick’s, Crème de Banana, pineapple, watermelon and lime – lived up to its name. It was sweet, smooth and highly refreshing. It’s an easy choice to beat the Florida heat.



The Artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie was excellent. The board featured a wide array of tastes – smoky, sharp, sweet, crunchy, smooth, and spicy. The duck spread was especially good. This was a mix meant to be eaten and enjoyed slowly, to be savored.



And finally, my excellent waitress – Dana Leigh – recommended that the Flourless Chocolate Cake Cauldron dessert be accompanied by two scoops of vanilla ice cream. The cake was light, warm and very chocolaty, and yes, the vanilla ice cream was the perfect partner.



The Territory Lounge makes for a pleasant stop, whether for a drink, a snack or a meal. The waitress noted that the menu will be changing in about two months. So, if you get a chance, stop in for what’s offered now, and then check back after the menu gets an overhaul. That’s my plan.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Two great ways to order Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel, which is Ray’s sixteenth work of fiction, and the first in the Alliance of Saint Michael series. Signed paperbacks here and the Kindle edition here

 

Two great ways to order Ray Keating’s new nonfiction book – The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist. Signed paperbacks here, and paperbacks, hardcovers and Kindle editions here.  

 

Get all of Ray Keating Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon.com and signed books at www.RayKeatingOnline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Is Superhero Movies Poll a Concern?

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

August 6, 2022

 

Disney continues to go all in on Marvel superhero movies, with Kevin Feige recently announcing Phases 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). For good measure, Warner Bros. Discovery, amidst controversy over its cancellation of Batgirl, is pointing to a 10-year DC superheroes plan.



At the same time, Morning Consult released a poll of American adults on whether or not they enjoy superhero movies. The title of the survey piece was “Superhero Film Fatigue Is Up From Last Year — Even Among Marvel Fans,” and it naturally grabbed online attention. But what are the key points from this poll?

 

First, in July 2022, 59 percent of adults said they enjoyed superhero movies, compared to 64 percent in November 2021. Those that do not enjoy superhero movies went from 36 percent in November 2021 to 41 percent in July 2022.

 

Second, among Marvel fans, those who enjoy superhero movies declined from 87 percent in November to 82 percent in July, and those saying they do not went from 13 percent in November to 18 percent in July.

 

Third, while this move in a negative direction warrants watching, it also must be noted that the poll has a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points. That means that each poll percentage can be as much as two points higher or lower. So, the changes in survey results between November and July just barely lie outside the margin of error, meaning that the relatively small changes cited might actually be even smaller.

 

Fourth, Gen Z adults were the only age group that had a larger share saying that they enjoyed superhero movies, going from 47 percent in November to 53 percent in July.

 

So, what can we really take away from these results? Even with a small move down between November and July, superhero movies remain highly popular with the public. However, no one in the superhero movie business should simply rest easy with these results. 

 

But I doubt that the slight move down in polling is about so-called “superhero film fatigue.” Instead, it has to do with the quality of movies. After Avengers: Endgame in 2019, the Marvel movies have fallen off notably in quality. 

 

The best of the lot were thanks to Sony’s Spider-Man films - Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) in the directorial hands of Sam Raimi. The other four movies – Black Widow (2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Eternals (2021), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – ranked as middling to simply bad.

 

It also should be noted that other than Loki, the MCU streaming shows on Disney+ have not exactly been “wowing” many.

 

In general, movie-goers don’t suffer genre fatigue. Instead, they grow fatigued with uninteresting, forgettable, poor quality movies. That’s the lesson for Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, and anyone else in the superhero movie game – indeed, in the movie game in general.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Two great ways to order Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel, which is Ray’s sixteenth work of fiction, and the first in the Alliance of Saint Michael series. Signed paperbacks here and the Kindle edition here

 

Two great ways to order Ray Keating’s new nonfiction book – The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist. Signed paperbacks here, and paperbacks, hardcovers and Kindle editions here.  

 

Get all of Ray Keating Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon.com and signed books at www.RayKeatingOnline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Disney World’s New BoardWalk Deli To Open Soon?

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 28, 2022

 

Shout out to all our former New York and New Jersey residents: The deli sandwiches you’ve been craving – and can’t find down here in Florida – will be arriving soon at the new BoardWalk Deli at Disney World!


 

Sometimes, Disney seems to take forever to complete an announced project. (Looking at you 2017’s Tron announcement!!!)  But in this case, the progress from announcement to slicing of the first sandwich seems to be speeding along.  Disney has posted operational hours for the new BoardWalk Deli beginning Monday, August 15, 2022.  We only got the news about the deli’s arrival in March! Obviously, the posted serving times are subject to change as construction chugs along, but the grand opening appears to be imminent.

 

The new deli will be located alongside the BoardWalk resort, and the BoardWalk Bakery has already closed so work on the new venue, as well as that of The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, can take place. Fans of the ESPN Club were disappointed to see the old barbells and signs had already been taken down to make room for the new eateries as well.  

 

Disney Parks Blog has shared the tentative menu for the new deli, and if, like us, you are missing some of these Northeast delights, you’ll be thrilled with the selections.  Disney says it’s “inspired by the delis of the Northeast region, with a menu that takes you on a road trip of classic sweet and savory flavors from New York to the Jersey Shore.” All of the breads will be baked fresh in-house, and the dill pickles, always wrapped up with sandwiches in New York delis, will be made in-house, too. Specialty coffees will be available to kick-start your park day.

 

Among the proposed selections will be the signature Italian Sub ($11.49) with thinly sliced capicola, sopressata, and pepperoni with provolone, arugula, tomato, arugula pesto, and mayo on fresh-baked ciabatta bread; a Pastrami Reuben ($12.99) topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye bread (so iconic!); a roasted chicken sandwich ($10.49) with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli served on ciabatta; a chicken salad wrap ($10.99) with rotisserie chicken, grapes, walnuts, and mayo in a spinach wrap; and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato-basil soup ($9.99).  Plant-based diners can enjoy the Veggie Crunch Muffaletta ($10.49) with cured and pickled root vegetables, an olive-giardiniera tapenade and plant-based cheese, served on focaccia. Several salads will be offered as well ($9.99-$10.99).  


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Looking for breakfast?  The deli will be serving house-baked bagels with “a choice of schmear;” sweet breakfast pastries ($3.79-$6.79); warm bagel sandwiches, including an everything bagel sandwich ($8.99) with cage-free eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, or a bagel breakfast sandwich ($8.99) with cage-free eggs, bacon, sweet caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese; or a plant-based ciabatta sandwich ($7.49) “egg” Florentine, plant-based cheese, tomato jam, and arugula.

 

As of this posting, it looks like the BoardWalk Deli will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.  That’s especially good news for our former New York and New Jersey friends who are looking for one of those very specific style of breakfast-time egg sandwiches from back home.  (I was wondering…it’s just eggs, bacon and cheese. Why is it so hard for local venues to duplicate that? Maybe we can convince Disney to offer the egg sandwiches on Kaiser rolls as well as bagels for a more authentic Northeast deli egg sandwich?  Just sayin’.) 

 

And while it may not be the BoardWalk Bakery any longer, there will still be plenty of sweet treats available at the new deli, including cannolis ($4.19) that will amazingly be filled to order in a crispy shell stuffed with mascarpone cheese, ricotta, shaved dark chocolate, lemon zest and an adorable Mickey swirl. Blueberry scones with crème fraiche; chocolate-dipped cream puffs; raspberry danishes; brownie cheesecake;  brownies; banana bread; the much-loved Disney “cookies & cream cupcake;” and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Cupcake will all be dished up for you as well.

 

In our house, we are particularly looking forward to what Disney is calling “New Jersey Crumbcake,” recognizable to those of us from the Northeast as the thick, moist yellow cake with sweet cinnamon-crumb topping that is just as thick as the cake, and is so often displayed in the glass cases of diners and bakeries across the tri-state area. And how about the New York-style Half-moon Cookie, topped with rich chocolate ganache and buttercream,” which is what we former New Yorkers would call a “black and white”? We can’t wait to see whether it will live up to the cakelike consistency with firm frosting that we all knew and loved back home.

 

Here’s hoping that the posted start dates are accurate.  We’ve been hankering for one of those Pastrami Reubens!

 

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Michael Eisner, Walt Disney and More


Check out the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating Podcast. With a slightly new format, each week we turn to a particular person, character or theme in the Disney universe, and see what insights and/or fun we can garner from a quote on each weekday. So far, we’ve done the Obi-Wan Kenobi week, the Michael Eisner week, and now we’ve just kicked off the Walt Disney week. 

Listen here or wherever you enjoy podcasts!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Magical Dining Program Returns to Orlando

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 20, 2022

 

If you are planning an early fall trip to Disney World, a bevy of new dining opportunities just opened up for you, especially if you don’t mind heading off property for a terrific meal. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining program, celebrating its 17th year, is coming back from Aug. 26 through Oct. 2, 2022. 



The Magical Dining program typically offers close to one hundred Orlando-area restaurants at a special price for diners, with the added bonus that a portion of the cost of your meal is donated to local charities.  It’s a chance to experience some of the best restaurants making their home in Central Florida, without breaking the bank, and for the restaurants to show off their talents to new patrons.

 

Guests at Magical Dining meals can enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for just $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner includes the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert from a specially curated Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining menu that showcases some of the chef’s favorite dishes at each restaurant. One dollar from each meal will benefit The Able Trust, which works to help expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.   

 

If you are coming in from out-of-town (or even if you want a local staycation!), Visit Orlando is also featuring Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights, special discounted offers from a number of Orlando hotels, including many that host restaurants participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining program.  

 

While the list of the 2022 participating restaurants isn’t complete yet (more will be added as the start date comes closer and menus are finalized), there are at least four Disney restaurants on this year’s list, with five more Lake Buena Vista area eateries at the surrounding hotels near Disney World. Others aren’t very far away either, near Universal or near I-Drive. With Florida’s recent inclusion in the renowned MICHELIN Guide, there are also several of the MICHELIN Guide’s new honorees among this year’s participants.

 

If you’d like to see DisneyBizJournal’s dining reviews from Il Mulino and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill from last year’s Magical Dining, check here and here.  



Disney property participants so far include:

 

• Il Mulino New York Trattoria (Walt Disney World Swan Resort) 

 

• Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Disney Springs)

 

• JALEO  (Disney Springs)

 

• Todd English's bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort)  

 

Additional Hotel Restaurants Near Disney:

 

•  La Luce  (Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)  

 

•  The Venetian Chop House (Caribe Royale World Center Drive)

 

•  Deep blu seafood grille  (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek)  

 

•  Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen  (Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)

 

•  Unreserved Food Bazaar (JW Marriott Bonnet Creek)

 

If you’d like to get a closer look at what the chefs are dishing up for their prix-fixe menus, click on the restaurant name and the links will take you directly to each restaurant’s specific offerings on the Magical Dining website, as well as to the detailed descriptions of the restaurant, and any pertinent information such as dress codes, parking, etc.  You can also make reservations for the restaurants under their listing on the Magical Dining website, through OpenTable, or through the restaurants themselves. Check back on the Visit Orlando Magical Dining website for future restaurant additions.

 

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Different Takes on Disney’s Hulu

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 19, 2022

 

Depending on who one turns to for an assessment, Hulu is either a leader and an opportunity for Disney, or a potential financial burden.



Comcast still owns 33 percent of Hulu, with Disney controlling the rest, gaining Fox’s 33 percent Hulu stake in the 2019 acquisition of Fox. As it stands now, Comcast has a passive role in Hulu and has agreed to hold that position until 2024. After that, Comcast can force a buyout by Disney based on a total valuation of $27.5 billion – with Comcast then getting more than $9 billion from Disney – or Disney could choose to execute the buyout. That price tag, however, could go higher if an independent party determines that the fair market value is, in fact, higher. This is one of the big-dollar unknowns left behind by Bob Iger.

 

If you read a recent take at CNBC, Hulu is a problem child for Disney, not really fitting in and Disney not offering a clear vision for the service. Indeed, it was emphasized that perhaps Hulu could be sold to Comcast, as opposed to Disney completing its purchase of Hulu from Comcast. However, it’s hard to see how the possible challenges laid out for Hulu with Disney, if accurate, of course, wouldn’t turn out to be much the same for Comcast, which already has the Peacock streaming service.

 

Meanwhile, a recent Hollywood Reporter story offered the following: “At the very least, Disney will be forced to strike a deal with Comcast over the future of Hulu, with the cable giant able to force Disney to buy out its 33 percent stake in 2024 for market value. Given Chapek’s ambitions in streaming, an early buyout could give Disney more optionality in its plans.” An early buyout? Wow. That’s quite a different take.

 

And then there’s a Wall Street Journal article published on July 18 that, based on an analysis done by Antenna, reported Hulu subscriptions growing faster than Disney+ subs. It was noted: “New subscriptions to Hulu have outpaced those of Disney’s flagship streaming platform, Disney+, in 18 of the past 24 months, and total new subscriptions to Hulu have exceeded those to Disney+ in each of the last six quarters…”

 

Indeed, it also was noted in the CNBC story: “Hulu has doubled its total subscribers since 2018. The streaming service continues to churn out critically acclaimed series, including ‘Pen15,’ ‘Dopesick’ and ‘The Dropout.’” 

 

According to the reporting, Disney basically confirmed the data presented in the Journal analysis. So, the assertions that Disney might sell Hulu to Comcast appear pretty absurd.

 

Analysts do seem to be unified in looking for greater convergence between Disney+ and Hulu. Maybe, and it’s unclear as to what that would mean exactly. That question also goes to how distinct Chapek views the Disney brand. He has indicated a willingness to be more expansive, beyond the strictest family-friendly-fare criteria. Yet, there remains plenty of material that is hard to imagine fitting on Disney+, and those also are opportunity-rich areas, which further strengthens Hulu as part of the Disney portfolio.

 

Looking ahead for the near term at least, it’s hard to deny that the Disney bundle – Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu at one price – will help the company gain or keep subscribers across all three streaming services in a tougher economy.

 

Is Hulu a problem child or a valuable asset that’s aiding Disney’s streaming dreams? I strongly lean toward the latter, but the company would benefit from more explicitly showing where it plans to take Hulu, and how it fits in with or alongside Disney+.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Two great ways to order Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel, which is Ray’s sixteenth work of fiction, and the first in the Alliance of Saint Michael series. Signed paperbacks here and the Kindle edition here

 

Two great ways to order Ray Keating’s new nonfiction book – The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist. Signed paperbacks here, and paperbacks, hardcovers and Kindle editions here.  

 

Get all of Ray Keating Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon.com and signed books at www.RayKeatingOnline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Report Causes Big Disney Stir

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 18, 2022

 

Business Insider article has caused quite a stir in Disney circles, with the report claiming that former Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is not pleased with his CEO successor, Bob Chapek. Of course, there’s irony here in that Iger played a big part in Chapek becoming the new CEO in February 2020.



It’s reported that the two men were headed in different directions, with respective teams working against each other, once Chapek became CEO, and Iger was named executive chairman to help Chapek through the transition. Iger’s time at Disney as executive chairman and chairman of the board came to an end this past December.

 

Neither man comes off particularly well in the report, but this ranks as one of the most critical takes on Iger that I’ve read, as so much of the entertainment and business media tend to fawn all over the former Disney CEO.

 

For example, according to Business Insider, Iger seemed to have checked out of the CEO position before officially checking out:

 

“It was Bob Iger's desire to move the timeline up — and if COVID hadn't happened, none of the stuff between [him and Bob Chapek] would have transpired,” said one Disney executive, referring to the friction that developed between the two men ahead of Iger's final exit. “The board was surprised; it was several months before his departure date.”

 

“He got tired of all the things you have to do,” added the Disney exec, who recalled going to Iger with day-to-day business issues in those final years — only to be told that the boss didn't want to engage. “He really wanted to play around with creative and not worry about all the business crap.”

 

Iger backers obviously dispute this, asserting that after Disney+ was launched “the company was in good shape for a handoff.” Interestingly, that doesn’t really answer the criticism.

 

Iger’s public declarations in April 2020 that he was helping Chapek and the company get through the pandemic was not well received by Chapek. For good measure, assorted Disney executives reportedly were not pleased with the timing of Iger’s resignation, especially given that his run was supposed to go through the end of 2021. 

 

Indeed, it’s hard to come away from this article not realizing that Iger botched setting up a succession plan, and annoyed the board with his desire to retire as CEO but still somehow hang around doing things he liked:

 

Iger proposed that he continue to ensure there was a pipeline of content for the company's multiple distribution platforms while Chapek stepped up to manage the other parts of Disney's business, according to the person familiar with Iger's thinking. 

 

The board wasn't thrilled with Iger's proposal and suggested that he consider making Chapek a chief operating officer instead, with Iger remaining as CEO until he was ready to fully relinquish his operational duties. 

 

One of the most telling lines from the story is:

 

The former Disney exec said that in the years leading up to his exit, Iger felt that the board had not fully appreciated his leadership. “He said he was tired of being harangued about [succession] and said, ‘Fine, you guys have someone else run the business.’”

 

And yes, Iger pushed for Chapek.

 

So, what’s the takeaway from this report? Well, Iger’s ego was, or had grown to be, sizeable, and he had an outsized view of his own importance. But I like the following: “Chapek wasn't viewed as a ‘visionary,’ this person added, but nor was Iger at the beginning of his tenure.” 

 

True. Time will tell – as will the inevitable books coming from Disney outsiders and insiders on the transition from one Bob to the next.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Two great ways to order Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel, which is Ray’s sixteenth work of fiction, and the first in the Alliance of Saint Michael series. Signed paperbacks here and the Kindle edition here

 

Two great ways to order Ray Keating’s new nonfiction book – The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist. Signed paperbacks here, and paperbacks, hardcovers and Kindle editions here.  

 

Get all of Ray Keating Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon.com and signed books at www.RayKeatingOnline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Good Eats and Great Music from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 17, 2022

 

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kicked off on July 14, and the fun includes the Eat to the Beat concerts. Even better, the Eat to the Beat dining package combines food and music.



On Sunday, July 17, we grabbed lunch at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue at the American Adventure, and were pleasantly surprised. A previous meal at the Regal Eagle was mundane, particularly suffering from dry food. The barbecue had been overdone. That was not the case this time. 

 

The Sliced Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich was tender and juicy. It worked well on the garlic toast, and there is a selection of sauces to top off the sandwich. And yes, the seasoned French fries were a nice accompaniment. By the way, the banana pudding dessert was delicious – thick, creamy, and filled with plenty of banana. 



But this article really isn’t about the food. Instead, it’s about sitting three rows from the stage in the America Gardens Theatre and being treated to a concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. I’d seen BBVD three times over the years, and they never disappointed. And they didn’t this time. The group’s high-energy, swing music was on full display. 





Was there a problem? Given the restrictions of the Eat to the Beat concerts, their set was only a half-hour. That’s simply not enough BBVD.





If you get a chance to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, take advantage of the opportunity. If you’re in the Disney World area on Monday, July 18, they’ll be on stage in EPCOT once more. If not, check out the tour dates on their website. Of course, it’s hard to beat Big Bad Voodoo Daddy combined with some good eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, and the Alliance of Saint Michael novels; and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Two great ways to order Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel, which is Ray’s sixteenth work of fiction, and the first in the Alliance of Saint Michael series. Signed paperbacks here and the Kindle edition here

 

Two great ways to order Ray Keating’s new nonfiction book – The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist. Signed paperbacks here, and paperbacks, hardcovers and Kindle editions here.  

 

Get all of Ray Keating Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon.com and signed books at www.RayKeatingOnline.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.