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Hawaii Opening at EPCOT’s World Showcase

Monorail at EPCOT
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The World Showcase is one of the most lauded areas of Walt Disney World Resort. Many Guests who visit are curious to see not only the different food, cultures, and architecture represented but also compare it to their experience of visiting the actual places.

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The Aloha State

A special addition has just been welcomed – Hawaii.

Aulani

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The Hawaii booth opened up earlier this week at the front of the World Showcase Plaza, not far from the Mexico pavilion. As part of EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival, the booth has returned for another year, introducing Park Guests to the great flavors of the Aloha state.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

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The menu provides three unique Hawaiian dishes:

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and spicy mayonnaise.

SPAM Musubi Nigiri with sushi rice, Teriyaki-glazed SPAM, spicy mayonnaise, eel sauce, and nor.

And a Passion Fruit Cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts for dessert.

Hawaii Booth EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

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The booth also offers beverages, including the Aulani Sunrise drink (vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine), Sparkling pineapple wine, and a Kona brewing company IPA.

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Many Disney fans who have tried the Hawaiian dishes (either in the past or currently) have had mostly positive things to say about the food and flavor. It would be excellent for Hawaii to have more of a permanent position at the World Showcase with its own ride, sit-down dining restaurant, or show and official pavilion (despite not being its own country). However, in the meantime, we must make due with the little booth and the SPAM and Dole tidings they bring every year.

Beacons of light show at EPCOT

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The booth is scheduled to be open until the end of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, which runs through November 18, 2023. So if you’re planning any trips to Walt Disney World Resort later this year, be sure and stop by! There’s no guarantee it will be coming back in 2024.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)