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Comsic Ray’s Starlight Cafe


Sonny Eclipse will try his best to keep you entertained while you eat.

Sonny Eclipse will try his best to keep you entertained while you eat.

Keeping with the retro future feel that predominates Tomorrowland, Ray’s looks like something out of a 1950’s sci-fi movie. In this case the premise seems to be that guests are in a spaceport. Looking for food as well as entertainment to pass the time on one of those dreaded lay-overs between planetary destinations guests find themselves at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

The entertainment comes in the form of an intergalactic lounge singer named Sonny Eclipse. Sonny is an animatronic alien who performs on a regular basis throughout the day. If you eat a meal here you can be guaranteed at least one performance. He act ranges from music to jokes and while it may not tickle the fancy of the average adult it does entertain smaller children.

The seating at Cosmic Ray’s, again this is the largest quick service eatery in the Magic Kingdom, can be divided up into three distinct areas. There is outdoor seating. The tables are shaded by the large overhang from the restaurant itself and also have ceiling fans so while not air-conditioned you at least can be out of the sun with a little breeze. There is also an area that is mostly out of reach of Sunny’s entertainment. It is on a higher level than the show and separated by glass. You can still here it but it is not so overpowering. Finally there is the seating in the main, and largest, area where you are fully exposed to Sunny and his antics. This can be a very loud area when the alien is performing and crowds are high.

While Comic Ray’s boasts the largest menu of the counter service restaurants that variety comes at a price. There are three different ordering counters each of which is serviced by multiple registers. These counters, designated Bays to keep with the feel of a space port, each have their own menu and while there are a few items offered at more than one bay when it comes to the main course they are pretty exclusive. There is no ordering from one bay’s menu at another bays register. Side dishes are pretty much common across all three bays. When it comes to Ray’s and ordering it might be easier of it think of a food court. There are really three restaurants sharing a common seating area.

The menu may change but this will give you an idea of how it works.

The menu may change but this will give you an idea of how it works.

The food itself is pretty good. I don’t remember ever being disappointed by my entrée or side (always french fries) but the desert was really a lot like a Hostess or Little Debbie snack cake, nothing impressive about it. Of course I was full already so that might have contributed to my lack of enthusiasm.

The main items on the menu are hot dogs, cheeseburgers, wraps (including a vegetarian one), BBQ chicken, grilled chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets. A full menu is available below.

One of the best things about Cosmic Ray’s is the “fixin’s bar.” After you pick up your food head over to the condiments bar to add ketchup, mustard and the normal sandwich toppings to your meal. Of course that is not exciting. What is exciting is the sautéed mushrooms and onions. They make a real difference on your, especially on a burger.

While Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is not my first choice for counter service at the Magic Kingdom (Pecos Bill’s is) I don’t complain when that is where everyone else wants to go.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe Menu (Updated April 2013)

Soups/Salads

Chicken noodle soup $3.49

Cucumber Salad – $2.99

Entrée/Main Course

Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, served with apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad-$9.99

Hot Dog, served with your choice of French fries or apple slices (add bacon $0.79)-$7.59

BBQ Pork Sandwich, served with your choice of french fries or apple slices. – $9.59

Chicken Nuggets,served with French fries or apple slices.-$8.69

Chili Cheese Dog, served with your choice of French fries or apple slices (add bacon $0.79)-$9.59

Greek Salad-$7.99

Grilled Chicken Sandwich. served with your choice of apple slices, French fries or cucumber salad – $9.59

Half Rotisserie Chicken, served with mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable. – $9.99

Turkey Sandwich, served with your choice of apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad – $9.59

Vegetable sandwich, served with your choice of apple slices, french fries or cucumber salad – $9.59

Vegetarian Burger, served with French fries or apple slices. – $8.39

Kosher Meals

Glatt Kosher meals available upon request. Price varies.

Side Dish

Side of French fries. – $2.49

Dessert

No sugar added Brownie – $2.39

Carrot Cake – $3.59

Gelato:Chocolate or no sugar added mango – $3.29

Strawberry Yogurt – $1.99

Triple Chocolate Cake – $3.59

Drinks

Coffee -$2.09

Dasani bottled water – $2.50

Iced Coffee: French Vanilla, mocha or latte – $3.89

Milk: Whole or low-fat milk $1.49 and Nesquik chocolate milk $2.19

Minute Maid Orange Juice-$2.39

Nestle Hot Cocoa or Hot Tea- $2.09

Selection of Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Nestea Ice Tea, or Light Lemonade $2.59& $2.89

Menu is subject to change!

 

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For example a certain wizard moved in down the road from Walt Disney World and though he might not be drawing away all of the crowds from Disney he is competition. One must wonder how much of the Fantasyland expansion and the announced Avatar land resulted from the addition of Harry Potter to Universal Studios. Adding Cars to Hollywood Studios could just be another step in the continual competition between these two theme park giants.

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Is Captain Jack Lost?


First Captain Jack sailed out of the Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom. Then he sailed back into it so to speak. Now it seems he has set sail again and this time will and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This might seem odd. It might seem that he is lost. It might seem that he has lost his mind. Then again that is what Jack Sparrow is, I mean Captain Jack Sparrow is. Isn’t it? We can rest assured that whatever Captain Jack is doing he has a plan of some sort, hopefully, after all he has to be headed towards what he wants most with the help of his trusty compass.

What he must want most right now is to replace the Journey Into Narnia attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Journey was certainly in need of replacement. There was nothing other than a pure love of Narnia to draw any guests to a location that seemed like an after thought. It was more of a walk through with sound effects than anything else and absolutely nothing to inspire one to come back a lot a that left the first time visitor wondering why he stopped by in the first place.

We expect better things from the ever entertaining Captain Sparrow. Details of what to expect are sketchy at best but we hope the imagineers have a better idea of what they are doing than Jack normally does.

What we do know for certain is that the experience is expected to open in the fall of 2012 and a few hints from come from an interview with one of the imagineers:

“Opening this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow has elicited something of a legend of its own. The word around the Parks is that this mysterious new attractionwill be a first-of-it’s-kind sensory experience in which guests will have a chance to be enveloped by the world of the Pirates of the Caribbeanas seen in the four feature films. Sounds intriguing.

To find out more, we had a chance for a friendly “parley” with Jason Roberts, Walt Disney Imagineering Project Manager and Show Producer for the new attraction. “This is going to be an immersive experience,” Jason told us. “We’ll really delve into the story of Captain Jack Sparrow and put our Guests in the middle of it all in new and exciting ways.

“Story is always the most important thing for us at Walt Disney Imagineering,” Jason continued. “But we’re always looking at new ways to tell the story that our Guests have never seen before. In this attraction, we’ll let you walk in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow. “It’s not ‘the making of’, not ‘behind the scenes’…it is really a firstperson experience.”

Jason wouldn’t divulge any of the state-of-the-art special effect trickery used in the attraction, but he did assure us that the attraction is certain to elicit a “Wow! How’d they do that?” from our Guests. A long-time fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and films, Jason was delighted at his shot to work on the attraction. “We worked with the archives as well as the filmmakers while they were shooting the last movie,” Jason said. “And as a fan, I just loved sitting through those films again and again, going through all the details and leveraging them for this new experience. It’s really been a blast.” ”

Hopefully we are not disappointed.

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Guests will get a chance to meet characters from the popular Disney/Pixar franchise cars. Lighting himself, Mater and Finn McMissle will drive into Downtown Disney.

Guests will also have the opportunity to see the talking autos on the big screen at a special AMC Downtown Disney 24. Both Cars and Cars two will be screened.

New elements that will debut this year include an appearance by automotive designer Chip Foose, who contributed to the design of Ramone in the “Cars” film and in the upcoming Cars wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort; a LEGO interactive zone; “Cars”-themed topiaries; a DJ and food trucks. Jay Ward, Cars guardian, will also make an appearance.

Returning fun will include a chance for guests to test-drive Ridemakerz model cars and browse a car show presented by Hess that will feature more than 100 classic, muscle and exotic cars. Families can even vote for their favorite car this year. GM will also have their latest and greatest models on display.

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