The Downtown Disney Food Tuck Park opened in late November of last year, after a lengthy delay. It opened under a new name, Exposition Park, and it does not have the elevated seating which was shown in the early concept art. Exposition Park is located in DTD’s West Side, directly next to Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. The trucks you will find at the park vary by the day, but you will generally find 2-4 of Disney’s own trucks, and an occasional third party vendor (such as the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, which has also been seen at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.) While we were there, Exposition Park had three food trucks available, Namaste Cafe (based around foods from Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge), World Showcase of Flavors (foods from Epcot), and Fantasy Fare. Superstar Catering, which features items from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was parked in the Marketplace next to the World of Disney Store.
While the other trucks are based around individual parks, Fantasy Fare features items “from Magic Kingdoms around the world.”
The first items is Sticky Chicken and Waffles. This was inspired by the waffle sandwiches available at Sleepy Hollow in WDW’s Magic Kingdom. I have to admit this was one of the best tasting foods I have ever had on Disney property. I loved it. The dish involves two small waffles, and two chicken tenders, but it is the sauces that take is over the top. The sweet and spicy thai sauce and cream taste incredible when combined with the chicken waffles.
The Hand-Dipped Corn Dog comes to us via California’s Disneyland Resort. I’ve only had a corn dog at Walt Disney Wolrd once, and it was from a cart outside of Aladdin’s Magic Carpets in Adventureland. It was, at best, unremarkable. Apparently the Disneyland corn dogs are much better their Florida litter mates, although I can not confirm or deny that. I will say that the hand-dipped corn dog from Fantasy Fare was good, but I’m not sure if I had a blind taste test if I could tell the difference between it and any other corn dog. The house made chips it came with were the true surprise. I’m usually down on places that serve chips over fries, but Disney surprising does house-made chips extremely well, and these were no exception.
Next up is the Grilled Ham & Cheese. This dish used to be called the Croque Monsieur when the food truck itself debuted in 2013, but the name was changed because we Americans are complete dumb dumbs. This also comes from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, at Be Our Guest Restaurant. This was really good for a grilled cheese sandwich, as the multi-grain bread was tasty and they include a sizable amount of ham. It also comes with house-made chips.
Last, and certainly least, are the Chicken Nuggets. These are inspired by every single restaurant at every single Magic Kingdom in the world. These can only possibly be here for the families who have the kid who outright refuses to eat anything but chicken nuggets. To get these at a Food Truck is equivalent to going to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and eating at the Electric Umbrella. The dish comes with house-made chips, and while there is only ketchup and mustard as condiments outside of the food truck, you can ask for honey mustard, bbq, and some other sauces available inside the truck.
There are a decent amount of drinks available.
Here is the Shock Top Shockolate Wheat brew. This had a strong smell of cocoa and vanilla, and was nowhere near as strong as it looked. Was expected something along the lines of Duff Dry or Wizard’s Brew from Universal, but it was much lighter in taste.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Fantasy Fare was a nice surprise. The Sticky Chicken & Waffles were absolutely terrific, the Ham & Cheese was beyond your average Walt Disney World counter service sandwich, and there are probably fans of Disneyland’s hand-dipped corn dogs that will make the trip to Exposition Park just for that. The quality definitely has me looking forward to trying out more of the Disney Food Trucks, as I was not expecting anything nearly as good as what we got. In the Disney pricing scale, the prices are a little steep for the serving sizes, but not outrageously high. I’m more bewildered than ever at what took so long to open this area, considering there was nothing there before. (I’m pretty certain Universal built Transformers: The Ride 3D in less time, and they had to demolish a soundstage before even starting that.) Because you can’t actually go on top of the elevated high line structure, the only thing it is good for is some shade (and you have to wonder how many people a day walk into it while staring at their phones,) but all in all Exposition Park is a solid addition to Downtown Disney.
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Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover and Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.