Hello everyone, as part of the continuing 25th anniversary celebration for TDR, and also TDS' 7th anniversary, they are currently offering this year's edition of the "A La Carte" food festival event, now in it's 2nd year in a row.
Somewhat improved from last year's premiere version, this year event is a smaller affair similar to the currently offered Wine and Food festival at WDW's EPCOT Center. Nevertheless.. smaller does not mean "lesser" here. The chefs in charge of TDS, in conjuntion with the special event crews, have transformed some areas of TDS into mini food paradises for guests to enjoy.. The popular Pinocchio re-theming of the Portofino Cafe in Mediterranean Harbor, the Genie Cafe re-theming of the Casbah Cafe in Arabian Coast, the Food Bazaar all over the American Harbour area, and many more special event decor, menus and merchandise, add greatly to this most enjoyable "happening" at TDS. Similar to EPCOT's Food fest, guests are able to enjoy specially prepared menus with international flair, and it also gives the TDS chefs the chance to "show off" their truly artistic culinary expertise. This year's merchandise is very nice and colorful, and for added fun, a brand new show "A Table's Waiting" is being presented at the SS Columbia stage, and for what I have seen of it from MC's fellow poster Ichigopara, it is truly a delightful and very colorful show. Sadly, it was very rainy weather and this show and other outdoor activities were cancelled due to inclement weather... so I was unable to bring you some show-related picstures but below, I have pics from the decor and some merchandise now available at TDS in conjunction with "A La Carte 2008". So I hope you enjoy these photos...
This sign greeted guests at TDR parks.... Hmmm...
Entering TDS through the majestic Miracosta Hotel..
"A La carte" event decor.
"art of million smiles" features new artwork for this 3rd stage of TDR's 25th anniversary.
More "A La Carte" decor.
The Portofino Cafe has been transformed into "Festa Pinocchio" for the event.
Over in American Waterfront, an "International Fair" is underway..
Many diverse food stands are available for guests to sample food selections from around the world.
Decor matches that of food themes.. such as this area being next to China's food stand.
Some dessert items come with souvenir cups and saucers... and are very cute items to collect.
Mousse de la France.
International Wines available here.
Nearby a culinary song and dance show "A table is waiting" plays for guests, feat. the famous Disney characters, with casts of dozens of dancers...
Of course... the rainy weather cancelled todays performances...
Photo op spot.
Kiosks at Waterfront Park.
Souvenir event popcorn bucket.
A Passport-like voucher is available for purchase that allows guests to pig out on some of the desserts being served in the area...
Some guests will receive this gift after using the Passport mentioned above.
Let's go shopping at McDuck's.
Event plush (Mickey as seen on the Table is waiting show.)
..and everything in between.
Bonus photos: TDS' 7th anniversary merchandise currently available for sale at the TDS.
The tee and hats below are nice.. but I am too big for japanese sizes...
And of course.. Duffy. A very popular bear among young lady guests at TDS... he has quite a collection of special event outfits, not to mention a very varied merchandise lineup.
And this concludes our pictorial from TDS' A La Carte 2008 special event. CIAO!