Get a Taste of Marvel’s Theme Park Universe Aboard the Disney Wish

Get a Taste of Marvel's Theme Park Universe Aboard the Disney Wish


July 5, 2022, 6:22 PM · Love the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Then why not step into the Marvel Theme Park Universe, too?

Danny Handke, Senior Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering, confirmed that the Marvel Theme Park Universe is one branch of the multiverse that has opened in the MCU’s Phase Four. And the next destination to explore within that universe lies upon the Disney Wish.

I spoke with Handke the day before watching the new “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” dinner show in the Worlds of Marvel restaurant aboard the Wish. In our short interview. Handke also revealed the connections between Avengers: Quantum Encounter and a beloved former Disneyland attraction as well as with the kids’ space on the Disney Wish.

Since Avengers: Quantum Encounter includes new narratives that have not been seen before off the ship, I’m gonna throw in a spoiler warning for those reading beyond this point. But for those who are cool with discovering what lies ahead for audiences on the Wish, Handke provided an excellent overview of the World of Marvel experience.

Worlds of Marvel topped my to-do list as I was planning our cruise on the Wish. This would be the place where Disney would be doing the most original storytelling on the ship, while trying to connect that narrative to an ongoing franchise elsewhere. I wanted to see how Disney would pull that off, while also creating a role for Wish guests that would allow us to feel as much an active participant in the production as we did one deck up in the Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure show.

As promised, Ant-Man and The Wasp drive the narrative here, with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man stealing the show with his earnest humor. Disney’s creative team might have looked back in MCU history to choose Ultron as the villain here, but it is looking forward by enlisting Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Captain Marvel, and the new Ms. Marvel as the heroes to help Ant-Man and The Wasp defeat Ultron.

Oh, and as Handke teased, that battle can’t be won without a final “push” from the Wish passengers in the Worlds of Marvel dining room.

Give Disney points for setting the production on the Disney Wish and for signing Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson, and Iman Vellani, along with Rudd, to reprise their roles. (No James Spader for the voice of Ultron, however.)

While I enjoyed Avengers: Quantum Encounter, its pacing did not mesh with the meal service as well as production at Arendelle – at least for me. In between acts, the Worlds of Marvel screens played clips from the various Avengers films, accompanied by graphics detailing the tech featured in each scene. The idea is to reinforce that we are dining at a Stark tech exhibition, but the non-stop visual action, accompanied by the fever-pitch theme music played in the restaurant, never gave us the opportunity to take a breath and fully relax while we ate.

It’s tough to chill out when the fate of the world is at stake, isn’t it?

That said, let’s look at the food that tried to distract us from the battles raging around the ship. We ordered one of each of the four available appetizers:

Smoked Salmon, with Minneola, English Cucumber, Crème Fräiche, Dill, Chive, and Salmon Caviar,

Smoked Salmon

Steamed Bao Buns, with Seared Ginger Orange Pork Belly, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Pickled Daikon, Spring Onions, and Mirin Soy Honey Glaze,

Steamed Bao Buns

Hearts of Palm Ceviche, with Tamarillo, Sweet Potato, Purple Onion, Lime, Cilantro, Bell Pepper, Infinity Stone Popcorn,

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

and a Crispy Breaded Fried Shrimp, with White Cheddar and Corn Grits, Bell Peppers, Collard Greens, Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce.

Crispy Breaded Fried Shrimp

That’s a big shrimp, so big that all four of us could carve a bite and still have some shrimp left over. But I preferred the flavor of the salmon and especially the Bao, which was my favorite of the four. The ceviche tasted a bit astringent to me, as the veggies didn’t bring enough assertive flavor to balance the acidic marinade.

But that didn’t bother me as much as the next section of the menu, labeled “Wakandan Salads.”

The choices there? First, an Heirloom Tomato Salad, with Escarole, Arugula, Purple Onion, Black Beans, Blue and Red Corn Chips, Parsley, and Bearas Lime. Alright.

The second? An Iceberg Wedge, with “Candied Pecans, Smoked Bacon Lardons, Black and Globe Radish, Maytag Blue Cheese.”

Iceberg Wedge

Excusez moi? You are putting the most basic, middle-America salad on the menu and daring to attribute it to… Wakanda? I can hear Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa on SNL saying, “Aw, hell naw, Karen. Keep your bland-ass [salad] to yourself.”

And it was bland.

The soups are labeled as “From the Sokovian Kettle” and included Kartoffelsuppe, a Creamed Potato Soup with Carrots, Celery, Knockwurst, and Thyme (we didn’t order it), and a Cream of Porcini Mushroom Soup, with Sour Cream, Red Beet, and Lemon.

Cream of Porcini Mushroom Soup

It tasted like a nice mushroom soup… with a dollop of Borscht in it. But where is the Paprikash?

Moving on, our entries were:

The Berbere Spiced Pork Chop, with Wakandan Vegetable Pilau, Pomegranate, Red Pepper Sauce, Rainbow Chard, and Roasted Scallion,

Berber Spiced Pork Chop

Chicken Schnitzel, with Panko-crusted Chicken Breast, Butter Sautéed Potatoes, Caramelized Onions, Long Green Beans, Lemon, Anchovy, and Capers,

Chicken Schnitzel

Golden Mystic Pasta, with Caramelized Scallop, Angel Hair, Chardonnay Lemon Saffron Cream, Roasted Vine Tomatoes, and Savoy Spinach,

Golden Mystic Pasta

and the Delmonico Rib-Eye Steak with Black Truffle Butter, with Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, Green Asparagus, and Cabernet Reduction.

Rib Eye Steak

We did not order the Seared Turbot Filet, with Sweet Pea Purée, Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Romanesco, Pancetta, and Tarragon Sandefford Sauce. The vegetarian options were Ricotta Gnocchi and a Shiitake and Tofu Udon, while the Lighter Note salad was a Lamb Shawarma Salad, with “Slow-roasted Cumin spiced pulled Lamb Leg in mini Pitas, with Iceberg, Endive, Romaine Lettuce, Sumac Onions, Vine Tomatoes, Pickled Red Cabbage, Roasted Chickpeas, Cucumber and Lemon Yogurt Dressing.” Again we did not order those.

I loved the pasta, mostly because I was ready to tap out on anything heavy by Night Three of the cruise. The light cream sauce made the angel hair interesting, and I will never turn down a well seared scallop, as these were.

The table also endorsed the schnitzel, which was juicy and flavorful and served with a satisfying portion of sides, for a change. The pork chop offered nice flavor from the Berbere spice and accompaniments, though it fell victim to the common problem with pork of being a bit dry. The red pepper sauce effectively solved that problem, however, and blended well with the other ingredients.

The steak was a true rib-eye, prepared like a steak and not in prime rib style, as we had at Arendelle. But this specific cut was a bit chewy, though it appeared cooked to our order of medium rare. The truffle butter added delightful flavor, though. A couple of more asparagus spears on the side (without having to ask for them) would have been appreciated, though.

From the upcharge bar menu, the table ordered the “Wakanda Tasting Lab,” with three mixed cocktails of rum, gin, and vodka.

Wakanda Tasting Lab

They were tasty, but strong, as we found consistently with dinner drinks aboard the Wish.

The show’s finale brought each table a plate of Pym Particle-shrunken chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Other than this item – which comes automatically and is not listed on the menu – Avengers: Quantum Encounter did not offer any of the mis-sized food that drives the menus at the Pym-themed restaurants in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Park Studios in Paris.

Cookies

We all preferred these delightful cookies over any of the desserts we ordered from the menu. Again, after three nights of cruise eating, I think we were inclined to prefer one lovely little bite by this point over another onslaught of sugar.

Anyway, here they are, so you can gaze at them:

Subatomic Sticky Date Pudding, with Salted Coconut Macaroon, Balsamic Caramel Glaze, and Vanilla Ice Cream,

Subatomic Sticky Date Pudding

Quantum Key Lime Pie, with Key Lime Curd, Raspberry Gel, and Whipped Lime Ganache,

Quantum Key Lime Pie

and a Nano Dobos Torta, a Layered Cake with Rich Chocolate Truffle Cream, and Caramel.

Nano Dobos Torta

The Signature Dessert was the Cheesecake Byte, with Fresh Berries, Strawberry Jelly, and Whipped Cream.

Cheesecake Byte

Finally, here’s the Pym Donut Sundae, with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, Pecan Brownie, and Caramel Fudge Sauce, topped with a Chocolate Glazed Mini-Doughnut, and Whipped Cream.

Pym Donut Sundae

Overall, Worlds of Marvel maintains the excellent standard for tasty food, attentive service, and engaging entertainment that the Disney Cruise Line has established aboard the Disney Wish.

For all of our coverage of the restaurants, shows, attractions, and experiences aboard the ship, please see our post, All Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s New Disney Wish.

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