China’s Global Marketplace is a food booth at the 2020 Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In this Walt Disney World Dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
Before we get to info and our review of China’s Global Marketplace, a brief synopsis of what’s happening with the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is appropriate. As you’re no doubt aware, Walt Disney World’s theme parks were closed for 4 months. Upon reopening, this event began–over a month before the full EPCOT Food & Wine Festival would typically start.
Despite this, the Taste of EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is a scaled back version of the full event. Menus have been reduced, fewer new items have debuted, and some dishes are holdovers from the Flower & Garden Festival. Walt Disney World has not officially announced when this event will end or how it might evolve as the phased reopening continues, but there are signs that it’ll be expanded. Consequently, we’re updating our menus & reviews to reflect what’s currently available–but note that this is all subject to change. Additional items might be added and others removed. Stay tuned for more EPCOT updates!
Personally, I think it would’ve been really cool to make feature Chinese foods sold at Shanghai Disneyland. Synergy is practically a four-letter word among Disney fans, but I think this would’ve been a cool and well-received synergistic ploy. For example, who wouldn’t want to try a Peking Duck Pizza in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head like the one served at Pinocchio Village Kitchen in Shanghai Disneyland?!
Speaking of duck, by far the item for which I was most excited at the China booth is the Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce. (I think I might actually give it a second chance…) I’ve become a huge fan of bao (particularly the cute Mickey Mouse glove ones–another missed opportunity for synergy!), and a roasted duck bao sounds amazing.
Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has officially started, we’ve updated this menu with food photos, thoughts on value for money, and more!
Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the China Global Marketplace:
- Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw
- Mongolian Beef Bao Bun
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
- Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the China Global Marketplace at the 2020 Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Chicken Dumplings ($4.95) – These are essentially the same pot stickers you can order at Lotus Blossom any day of the year. They’re also pretty similar to what you could get from the freezer section of your local grocery store–for about the same price for a full bag.
Skip this. You can do better.
Mongolian Beef Bao Bun ($6.75) – There was a relatively generous amount of well-seasoned and appropriately tender beef here, which is the main reason to order this.
Unfortunately, the bao was rubbery and dense. Not sure we were unlucky with the preparation or how long it was sitting under the heat lamp, but I ended up eating the meat by itself. Either way, it’s not worth the gamble.
Past & Potential Future Items
Wuxi Spareribs ($6.95) – We were pleasantly surprised by these ribs in China. They were tender, juicy, and the soy & ginger flavors were apparent in the tasty glaze. That made them something different from your regular Walt Disney World ribs, even if they’re still pretty safe.
Nevertheless, 2 ribs for $7 is a really steep price to pay out of pocket, so we wouldn’t recommend them for cash-paying guests.
Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun ($6.75) – This one is a hard pass. Not only was the bao bun crusty and rubbery (an impressive feat, if you think about it), but so too was the chicken and shrimp.
We wouldn’t recommend this if it were $4. At this price-point, it’s a definite no-go.
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles ($6.75) – A healthy portion of noodles perfectly prepared with the right amount of sauce and garlic. The shrimp has a very light breading and are reasonably well prepared (read: not rubbery) as compared to the Food & Wine Festival norm. Ultimately, it’s a “fine” dish, but nothing to write home about.
Plus, the price is a bit steep. This is yet another item to skip at the China Global Marketplace
Check out our Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year! You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
For Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles. Also make sure to read our other Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews and Disney Dining Plan Resources.
If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items in China, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Anything on the menu you’re excited to try this year? Do you think Disney should just bail on the current menu, and go for things “authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese” from Shanghai Disneyland? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!