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Eating on a Budget - Epcot 3 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Future World in Epcot in a favourite with families as it is home to such favourites as Soarin’, Test Track, Turtle Talk with Crush, Nemo and a host of other major attractions.

To keep up the kids’ energy levels they need to eat, and sometimes when finances don’t stretch to a slap up meal at one Epcot’s signature restaurants, it’s a question of finding out what alternatives there are on offer.

From previous visits we have found that most of the counter service restaurants are dotted around World Showcase but a trek over to the other side of the park is not an attractive option, especially when there are still more thrill rides to experience or use up fast pass returns.

Future World does not have a huge choice of budget restaurants and although the Coral Reef in the Living Seas may be tempting it can work out very expensive, particularly for large family groups.

In our opinion, just about the best value family restaurant in this part of the park is the Electric Umbrella situated by Innoventions. The menu has such favourites as Cheeseburgers and Chicken Nuggets, but it also includes the more healthy options of Whole Wheat Vegetable Wraps and Tossed Island Chicken Salad.

Desserts are a bit restricted with only Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cheesecake available. However, that can be rectified by a visit to the Fountainview Café, but more about that later.

For a burger and a soft drink you are probably looking at around $10 a head including the tax, which we think represents good value for money.

However, Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion has a far greater choice but is probably just a bit more expensive, but it does offer children’s’ portions at a reduced prices.

Tuck into an all day breakfast platter, some Thai chicken or maybe even the Mongolian ginger beef. If that’s not to taste there is a wide selection of soup and salad dishes, open sandwiches and plenty from the grill such as steaks and salmon. The most expensive item on the menu comes in at $9. 99 so it’s not going to break the bank and a family of four could eat heartily for around $30/$40 in total including drinks and tips.

We mentioned earlier the Fountainview Café which specialises in some wonderful ice cream floats and sundaes. You may have been disappointed with the lack of choice of dessert in the restaurants but this more than makes up for it.

The flavours of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip and butter pecan are sure to set the taste buds racing and for around $4 a time they should not to be missed.

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