Disney is now serving up its personal tackle “house meals,” and to attempt all of it it’s essential do is take a fast journey off the planet.
House 220 opened its doorways — and house elevator — to guests at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Heart in Florida on Monday (Sept. 20), redefining what it means to dine with a view. The brand new restaurant is located aboard an area station orbiting 220 miles above Earth (therefore the identify “House 220”) and patrons can marvel on the planet under as they get pleasure from such “(g)astronomical” dishes as “Starry Calamari” and “Terra-Bolognese.”
“Epcot is all in regards to the magic of risk, and it does really feel like this eating expertise might solely occur right here at Epcot,” Kartika Rodriguez, vp of Epcot, stated at a gap ceremony on Monday. “House 220 is a celebration of the countless potentialities of know-how, house exploration and human ingenuity.”
“I am unable to wait to see the marvel on our visitor faces as they journey up 220 miles for a meal that they’re going to always remember,” stated Rodriguez earlier than Mickey and Minnie Mouse joined the celebration for a short daytime fireworks show.
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After all, company do not likely go away the bottom. The impact of being in orbit and the views that affords is a component state-of-the-art know-how and half Disney magic.
Diners enter House 220 by means of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, which since 2003 has provided a simulated, centrifuge-powered journey to Mars. The restaurant has its personal experience, although far much less intense than the pavilion’s title attraction. Company board an area elevator — a “Stellarvator” — that may be a cross between the “Mission to Mars” experience of yesteryear Tomorrowland and the hydrolators that “submerged” company in The Dwelling Seas (now The Seas with Nemo & Buddies) discovered elsewhere at Epcot.
The climb into orbit is spectacular — portholes on the ground and ceiling present a view of the place you got here from and the place you’re going — however the actual attraction is what awaits diners on board house station Centauri (a nod to Horizons, the pavilion Mission: SPACE changed, which featured an area station referred to as Brava Centauri).
Ground-to-ceiling home windows, which line the “exterior” wall of the restaurant, look out into house and down at Earth. Greater than a easy digital display screen, the view has depth and motion. Watch lengthy sufficient and astronauts will float by, futuristic spacecraft and different house stations.
Journeys as much as Centauri can be found for lunch and dinner, as properly entry to the house station’s lounge. Each meals are prix fixe — lunch, which incorporates one “Carry-Off” (appetizer) and one “Star Course” (entree) is $55 per particular person, whereas dinner provides a “Supernova Candy” (dessert) for $79 every.
Alternatives embrace the aforementioned fried squid and pasta, in addition to Neptuna Tartare (yellowfin tuna), “Gradual Rotation” brief ribs, “X2” duck (a nod to the X2 spacecraft in Mission: SPACE) and the “Centauri Burger.” Although the desserts forego spacey names, the lemon mousse has white chocolate planet-like rings.
Drinks, for which there are a big selection of “atmospheric spirits” (alcoholic mixes), “zero-proof cocktails” (non-alcoholic drinks), “crew brews” (beers) and “worldly wines,” can be found at an extra value. The drinks and “flight bites” (small dishes) are additionally out there within the lounge.
Delicate touches improve the sensation that company are aboard an area station, from the fashion of the cutlery to the bodily boarding passes used to assign company to an elevator. Indicators for the bogs characteristic spacesuited figures, whereas different indicators advise what’s going to occur within the “unlikely occasion of a man-made gravity malfunction.”
Company exit House 220 the identical method they got here, now boarding a “Stellarvator” to return to Earth as Epcot grows bigger within the downward-facing porthole.
Operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, a part of Delaware North Firms, House 220 is offered for walk-ins solely throughout its first week open, Monday by means of Sunday (Sept. 26). Reservations might be out there, and Disney says they’re strongly really useful, beginning Sept. 27 (reservations could be booked now).
Park admission and an Epcot reservation for a similar date is required for entry to House 220.
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