Cast Members Tour The Flavor Lab

With hundreds of different food and dining options at Walt Disney World, it’s hard to believe that they all start at the same place. It’s called The Flavor Lab, and few people have been able to see it.

Recently a group of Cast Members won a chance to experience The Flavor Lab themselves. Maryanna Antoldi shared their experience with Disney Parks Blog:

Did you know that every food & beverage offering at Walt Disney World Resort is dreamed up in the same place? At the Flavor Lab, a small kitchen tucked away from the hustle and bustle of our theme parks and resorts, Walt Disney World chefs gather together to design and create all the tasty treats we know and love — including the EARidescent offerings available during The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Because so many delicious dishes are developed in the Flavor Lab, not a lot of cast members are granted access to the location…until now.

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Earlier this month, a small group of lucky cast members were able to enter this culinary destination thanks to Magic Backstage, a cast-exclusive sweepstakes program. Not only did these sweepstakes winners receive a special tour of the Flavor Lab by food & beverage experts, but they also tasted an exclusive non-alcoholic beverage and went home with some dazzling EARidescent treats.

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“I would consider this Magic Backstage sweepstakes a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” explains James Kleinschmidt, a Chef de Cuisine at the Flavor Lab. “We have a deep love for everything we create in the Flavor Lab, and it puts a smile on my face when I see a cast member enjoy the food and drink we develop here.”

Want to “be our guest” and see the Flavor Lab for yourself? Take a look at the video below to experience this exclusive tour and hear from some of the Magic Backstage winners:

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.