Eating At EPCOT On The Cheap: A Funny Story!

Posted on April 1, 2011

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At the tail-end of our China unit study, the kids and I went on a field trip to the China pavilion at EPCOT.  It was spring break for some schools, and the parking lot was packed.  I managed to get the double-stroller and all 3 kids on the tram and into the park with no problems (thanks to the assistance of a couple of gracious folks at the tram).

Right when we got inside the gate, I asked the kids to hand me their passes, so I could put them away.  I reached in my pocket and realized I had remembered to stick the twenty-dollar bill from my purse in there, but had forgotten my credit card!  I was unnerved, but not enough to go back to the car to face the tram two extra times!

I knew I had stashed in my backpack a jar of Earth’s Best organic baby food (I had brought as a back-up) for M, a small bag of pretzels and a bag of dried cranberries for snacks.  If all else failed, we would snack and buy a few more snacks and leave early.  But  before we left, I was determined to check out some of the International Flower and Garden Festival and spend time delving more into the Chinese culture.

Once in China, we watched the Reflections of China movie, shopped for pandas and a new Chinese Checkers game in the market, visited the museum and started our Mission Kim Possible adventure game.  Half-way through the mission, we were all famished!

I held my breath as we approached the counter service restaurant, The Lotus Blossom Cafe’.  To my delight I discovered they offer a vegetable stir-fry that comes with a wheat mock “meat” that tasted like seitan.  The dish can be ordered with steamed rice or noodles. The portion sizes were quite large.

We split two of the entrees, one with rice and the other with noodles.  Luckily, we still had plenty of water in our water bottles, so I did not have to purchase drinks.  The four of us had a nice lunch (and were all full) for five dollars per person…at DISNEY!