Florida and Disney World don’t often go hand-in-hand. No one wants to slurp on soup when it’s 90 degrees and humid outside! However, contrary to popular belief, it’s not always hot and humid at Walt Disney World. Well, it’s not always hot, anyway!
In 2009, we took our first trip to Disney for Christmas. We pictured the perfect Florida vacation, packed with shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses while our family and friends froze in New York. We arrived to a cloudy, 70-degree day. The temperature wouldn’t go higher than 65 the rest of our trip, dipping into the 30s some nights! Let’s hope you don’t experience those type of extreme conditions during your trip, though.
What you may experience during the winter months, however, are “comfortable” temperatures in the 60s or 70s at night. We experienced these temperatures during our 2013 vacation, which wound up being our best trip, weather-wise. But even if it is a bit too hot outside, these soup dishes are good enough to warrant a look! Here are some of my favorite soups at Walt Disney World:
Smoky Portobello Soup, Artist Point—Wilderness Lodge
It’s worth the trip, alone. Wilderness Lodge is a must-visit during the holidays, as in my opinion, it’s the best decorated and themed resort. I’ll be honest, we were skeptical upon booking Artist Point. We’re very big fans of Narcoossee’s and for years, it served as our go-to for Christmas dinner. Last year was different, though. We decided to venture out and try a new restaurant.
Everyone we spoke to said the same thing: “make sure you get the soup.” Now, if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, this may not appeal to you. It certainly has an earthy, smoky taste to it. The soup, which features more of a bisque consistency and taste, features two types of mushrooms: Portobello and Shiitake. The portobello is prepared two ways: smoked and cooked with onions and garlic. The smoked mushrooms are the most prevalent, adding a real woodsy taste. It really elevates the dish without overbearing it with a smoky taste. Then you get the mushrooms. The Portobello and Shiitake mushrooms combine for two dimensions of flavor. The earthiness is cut down a bit by the creaminess of the soup. The dish is finished off with a chive oil, which adds even more depth to the dish. Not only is it gorgeously presented, but the oil adds a mild, onion aftertaste that leaves a beautiful closing note to the dish.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Le Cellier—EPCOT’s World Showcase
Probably the most popular soup at Walt Disney World, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup is as good as billed. Le Cellier has seen a slight drop in popularity over the past few years after becoming a Signature Restaurant and seeing a decrease in value of its dishes.
But despite the apparent drop in value, this soup is worth every last cent. The Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup is prepared with Moosehead lager, giving it a nice, complex flavor. Let’s start with the consistency, though. This soup is seriously thick, with a rich, velvety texture. The first thing you taste is the sharp cheddar, then the cream, which is immediately cut by the taste of lager. The soup has a few other components that play into the overall taste, like the bacon and onions.
There’s a bit of a strategy when it comes to Le Cellier, though. You sit down and the server brings this outstanding bread basket to the table, highlighted by pretzel bread. Now, it’d be easy to scarf down the entire bread basket as you await your next course. Don’t. Hold out, instead. Save the pretzel bread until you soup comes and use it for dipping.
French Onion Soup, Be Our Guest—Magic Kingdom
I love French Onion Soup. Everything about it is good: caramelized onion, the large piece of bread and the melted cheese. All three combine for an outstanding dish! To start, the onions are perfectly caramelized, to a point where they have a sweet taste to them. The broth has more of an onion taste to it, offering a salty companion to the sweet caramelized onions. The real winner here, though, is the cheese.
Gruyere cheese is perfectly melted over a pillow of bread atop the soup. Gruyere cheese is an interesting choice, as it has a creamy, nutty taste to it. Now, here’s where the cheese makes the soup infinitely better. The cheese isn’t just simply melted over the soup—it seals the soup into the bowl. The cheese has a crusty, browned exterior that melts all down the cup. Once you dig past the crusty baked cheese, the inside is nothing but pure, melted goodness. And there’s a surprise waiting for you after you finish the soup: that cheese along the sides of the bowl. The lighter coating of cheese along the bowl is a bit more baked on, giving it a cracker-like texture that tastes just like a Cheez-It.
Coconut Curry Chicken Soup, Boma—Animal Kingdom Lodge
It’s not always offered, but when it is, you better fill yourself a cup of the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup at Boma. Last year was my first “healthy” visit at Walt Disney World. Each year I’m either battling a cold or just getting over one. Fortunately, we often venture to Boma, which as the perfect cure for a runny nose.
This soup literally warms your insides. It’s spicy without overpowering the dish. The spiciness is cut down a bit by the creaminess of the coconut. Overall, though, this baby will clear your sinuses right up! Sorry, I know, TMI! But if you’re a fan of subtle spicy food—you know, not the 9-11 wings, but the type that will give you a slight sweat, then this is the dish for you.
Tomato Bisque and Grilled Cheese, Beaches and Cream—Beach Club Resort
I call this my “rainy day meal.” Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese is such a “rainy day” comfort food meal. It’s the kind you make when you’re stuck inside or come in after shoveling snow.
Six different cheeses make up the grilled cheese, but we’re not talking sandwiches here! The focus is all on the creamy tomato bisque! The soup is smooth and creamy, with a nice tomato aftertaste. It’s a little sweet, which compliments the acidity of the tomatoes. Paired with the grilled cheese, it’s the perfect meal! Make sure you leave room for ice cream, though!
What’s your favorite soup on property? Leave it in the comment section!