China’s Global Marketplace is a booth at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This Walt Disney World dining review will look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
This is one Global Marketplace that is inexplicably popular, drawing long lines and waits in the sun, despite a menu that is underwhelming year in and out. While the menu changes annually to varying degrees, it’s been a while since China completely overhauled the menu.
Personally, I think it would be 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?!
Now that the 2021 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:
- Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet and Spicy Sauce
- ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin
- Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles
- Mango Bubble Milk Tea: Assam Black Tea, Whole Milk and Mango Syrup (non-alcoholic)
- ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water and Piña Colada Mix
- Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Orange Juice and Mango Syrup
- Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
- Jasmine Draft Beer
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the China Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Chicken Dumplings ($5.00) – 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.
ZiRan Beef Bao Bun ($7.25) – 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.
Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles ($7.50) – 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.
Ultimately, the China Global Marketplace once again fails to impress at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. While our reviews are far from glowing, they’re also not nearly as negative as some other booths–like Italy.
In China, the food is simply phoned in and unambitious. It’s still perfectly passable, just a poor value for money and a waste of stomach space if you’re trying to eat your way around World Showcase. On the plus side, nothing here is actively bad–it’s just not good and not worth the money, wait in line, etc.
Check out our Global Marketplace Booth Menus & Photos for the 2021 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 2021 Epcot 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!
Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know
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!