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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Is There More than BBQ’d Burgers and Hot Dogs on July 4th? Yes, According to the Disney Parks

by Ray Keating
July 2, 2019

My idea of July Fourth food fare tends to be limited to the traditional grouping of hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken on the barbecue; potato salad and Cole slaw; corn on the cob; baked beans; a cool beverage; watermelon; and perhaps some, well, apple pie. Hey, that’s America, baby! But as we all know, there’s much more to American cuisine, and if you look to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, there’s much more for the patriotic palate on Independence Day.

Consider a few of the many items highlighted by the Disney Parks Blog that will be available either in Disneyland or in Walt Disney World on and/or around the Fourth of July.

At Walt Disney World...

• At the Magic Kingdom, through July 31st, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlorwill offer: “Red velvet cake topped with birthday cake ice cream, vanilla sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and red, white, and blue sprinkles.”

• Count on Liberty Inn to get it right on Independence Day with the straightforward and beautifully patriotic All-American Burger, which is “1/3 lb Angus burger with Vermont sharp cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a brioche bun with french fries.”

• And how about these two treats over at Epcot?

- Berry Shortcakeat Sunshine Seasons: “Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topped with patriotic sprinkles and a chocolate Mickey coin.”

- Fourth of July Cupcakeat Fountain View: “Yellow cake with buttercream and white chocolate mousse dome.”

• Count me in for the Ultimate Barbecue Platter at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue, which includes house-smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, coleslaw, and beans. (Okay, now, I’m hungry.)

• And yes, I wouldn’t mind having an Uncle Slam at the Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Uncle Sam features rum blended with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and strawberry purée with a floater of blue curaçao. Yes, God bless, America!

At Disneyland...

• The Sand Bar at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will offer a “Wagyu beef dog with caramelized onions and homemade ketchup on a pretzel bun.”

• Disney California Adventure Park’s Hollywood Lounge will offer a Mojito with blueberries and strawberry popping pearls.

• The Red, White & Blue Cake Shake will be available at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes. This marvelous concoction is a “vanilla shake with red, white, and blue cake slice, whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry, and a vanilla frosted rim with red, white, and blue sprinkles.” As Keanu would say, “Whoa.”

• The Plaza Inn will serve up the following Dining Package Adult Meal: “Slow-roasted BBQ pork, fried chicken breast, smoked bratwurst with golden mustard sauce, fresh watermelon, corn on the cob, house-made cornbread, sweet baked beans, mac and cheese, and apple pie.”

I forgot about the cornbread. Love cornbread on July 4th!

Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at  raykeating@keatingreports.com.

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