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Food Trucks coming to WDW Downtown

by Rod Wheaton on September 16, 2013

One of my favorite things in WDW is hitting all the great places to eat. I can’t wait to try this new food truck service out—and it’s conveniently located near Bongo’s, one of my favorite spots for music and mojitos! From the cooking shows on TV to the designer trucks in the big cities. This is the hot new trend in food service, and WDW is getting out ahead of the curve:

Food trucks to start dinner service on Disney property in November

Anjali Fluker
Orlando Business Journal

Sure, we’re all bubbling with excitement over the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival getting ready to start later this month, but there is some other news on the Disney foodie front: food trucks.

What previously had been rumored when the news about Downtown Disney redeveloping and expanding into Disney Springs hit has now been confirmed.

Walt Disney World in mid-November plans to introduce four new food trucks in Downtown Disney, the Disney Parks Blog announced on Sept. 11.

Each truck is themed for one of the four parks as follows:

• Enchanted Fare, the Magic Kingdom-themed truck, which will feature favorites from Disney Parks around the world — including hand-dipped corn dogs from Disneyland.

• The World Showcase of Flavors, the Epcot-themed truck that will use the Food & Wine Festival as its inspiration.

• Superstar Catering, the Hollywood Studios-themed truck, which will focus on different kinds of meatballs.

• Namaste Café, the Animal Kingdom-themed truck that will bring some delicious spicy Indian food to the table.

Chef James Kleinschmidt, Downtown Disney food and beverage manager, stopped by during a Food & Wine Festival media preview at the park to tell us more about the food trucks. He had visited a recent Food Truck Bazaar at Orlando Fashion Square and said he was impressed with how the national craze has taken hold in the Orlando area.

“It’s an ever-growing trend,” he said. “This is really a way for Disney to diversify our offerings and be mobile. We’re just following that trend and taking it to a new level.”

The trucks will be parked and serve Wednesday-Sunday between about 5-11 p.m. with dishes ranging in price from about $8-$15 on the grass area next to Bongos Cuban Cafe in Downtown Disney’s West Side. That site will be temporary, though, until Disney Springs debuts and then, the trucks will have their own designated pod.

Additionally, they will have grills, fryers and flat tops on the trucks, but the bulk of the cooking will take place at Disney’s commercial kitchens, Kleinschmidt said.

The trucks mostly will stay at Downtown Disney, but might move to other Disney-area properties — like the ESPN Wide World of Sports — for special events. They may even show up elsewhere in the community, Kleinschmidt said.

“We want to get up and running at Downtown Disney first,” he added. “Then, maybe we’ll be able to take the trucks to larger events in the community.”

The trucks should help bring more tourists and locals to Downtown Disney and eventually the Disney Springs expansion, which is expected to create 1,200 temporary construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs when completed in 2016, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

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