“The emotional journey that the film takes us and the world that film takes us into is the world that we literally re-create in the theater,” Jackson-Randolph said. “We http://travelingepcot.tumblr.com/ re-create that world through special effects.” Food will be a major component of the event from beginning to end, even during the “Concert in the Wild,” said Robert Gilbert, executive chef of catering operations for Walt Disney World. People entering the theater will receive a new concoction: “lion chow” consisting of candy pecans, sea salt-toasted chips, candied ginger, golden raisins and dried cherries, served in a bamboo sleeve. “As the guests are enjoying the show, they won’t have the rustling of paper that you would otherwise get with a bag of chips or something like that,” Gilbert said. For the outdoor dinner portion that follows the show, expect items such as watermelon goat cheese salad, butter chicken with basmati rice, golden pineapple with toasted coconut and naan bread, which will be grilled on stage. The food will be spread over multiple stations. About three-quarters of the menu items have been served or are being served at Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants, Gilbert says. “We wanted to stay in character as much as possible in staying true to the event itself.
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