Imagineering Awesome: From Sea to Shining Sea

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Today’s post is from Becky of Disney In Your Day. She’s whipped up something truly delicious for us to feast our eyes on … so dig in!


In past Imagineering Awesome posts, I’ve stuck with restaurants. I put Tiana’s Palace over at Port Orleans Riverside. I imagined the Mos Eisley Cantina at Hollywood Studios. And since apparently all I can think about is food, it is time for a new restaurant at Epcot.

I’m sure you might be asking, “Epcot? It already has so many great restaurants!” And this is absolutely true. The World Showcase of chock full of great places to eat. But there’s one gaping hole in all of the fantastic cuisine that’s offered – and that’s our very own U.S.A. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve come up with the idea to put a new eatery at the American Adventure Pavilion, because I’ve heard plenty of people talk about it before. But I wanted to present my own ideas for how I picture this restaurant to be.

American Adventure Banner

I decided to name it “From Sea to Shining Sea” to encompass the idea that it will involve cuisine from all over the country, from the east coast to the west coast. And the American Adventure pavilion is a very patriotic feeling place, so using a line from one of our country’s songs seemed appropriate. As much as I love a good table service restaurant, this one would be a counter service – or sort of. I would actually love to see it as a food booth style place, almost a mini Food and Wine Festival in one spot, with all American foods. The portions will be smaller so you can try a little bit of everything.

I imagine the inside to be very bright and colorful. There are flags strung across the ceilings, and they are all of the flags of the 50 United States. Tables would be made of a light wood, and white would be the base color for things like the chairs and the floor. I want it to have a timeless sort of feel to it – not colonial like the rest of the pavilion, but not modern either. And the walls would be covered in interesting memorabilia from the 50 states from both the past and the present. Everything from a copy of the Declaration of Independence to one of Elvis’s jumpsuits to a playbill from a current Broadway show.

Of course, the real star of this show will be the food! There will be several food stations to represent different parts of the country. Here are the different stations and an idea of the types of foods that would be available there:

Northeast: clam chowder, New York style pizza, lobster roll, Philly cheesesteak, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
The South: Fried green tomato sandwich, chicken and waffles, BBQ, shrimp and grits, peach cobbler
Midwest: Chicago hot dogs, Wisconsin cheese plate, Cincinnati Chili, Reuben Sandwich, bundt cake
Southwest: Chili con carne, burritos, taco salad, corn on the cob, cinnamon custard
Northwest: Rainbow trout, kale salad, garlic fries, coffee, blackberry pie
Alaska: Cedar plank salmon, crab legs, moose burger, Eskimo ice cream
Hawaii: Ham and pineapple skewers, tropical fruit salad, macadamia-nut crusted chicken, fried plantains, dole whip

There would be a central place to grab a tray so you could load up with what you wanted, and one area of cash registers so you could pay all at once – to make it more convenient than paying separately at each booth.

I love Epcot and the cuisines that the countries have to offer, but it’s time for America to show off what it’s got!

Mmmm … get me a fork! I’d love to try this tribute to America (but mostly food). Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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