China’s Global Marketplace is a food booth at the 2019 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 or Disney Dining Plan credits.
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, best use of Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and more!
Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the China Global Marketplace:
Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the China Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
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. However, if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, these are an excellent use of a snack credit.
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.
Whether you’re paying out of pocket or on the Disney Dining Plan, skip this. You can do better.
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. If you’re using Disney Dining Plan snack credits, don’t be lured in by the “value” of this item…it’s not worth it!
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.
Out of pocket, the price is a bit steep. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan and using snack credits, it’s a toss-up.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the drink menu for China:
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
Jasmine Draft Beer
Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite
That’s quite an impressive list of drink choices, alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike. That mango bubble tea is scratching me right where I itch!
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!