Join us in welcoming back our friend @mealtrip with a review of Epcot’s new “After Hours Wind Down“. Earlier, we reviewed our after-hours experience at La Cava del Tequila. Today, @mealtrip takes us to the Rose & Crown Pub for a sampling of food and beverages!
Epcot’s After-Hours Wind-Down is an opportunity for guests to head to one of four Epcot bars/lounges to enjoy a relaxing evening after the IllumiNations fireworks are through and the rest of the guests have headed out of the park.
Rose and Crown is one of the more popular choices available!
The food items were quite good. It was a three part sampler with the Pork and Apple Sausage Roll with House-made Piccalilli (same as at the Flower and Garden booth, but a notch better — probably because it was fresher and the Piccalilli wasn’t over-vinegared; you could still see color in the vegetables), Cotswolds Cheddar with honey and onion jam, and a Scotch Egg with mustard.
The beers were Bass, Harp, Guinness, and Strongbow.
I noticed that quite a few people said “I don’t want the Guinness,” and so the bartenders were okay with swapping out for something else. I would recommend voicing your preference upon arrival because they do start prepping all the little glasses as people are walking in. They ended up dumping glasses of Guinness.
Overall, it seemed a bit too long to me, but that’s probably because I was alone. There were 13 people there, and the other “groups” seemed to be having a good time. The “cap” at Rose and Crown is 50 people, but I don’t think there’s been more than two dozen guests on any one night yet.
You can order more beer and whiskey, but the staff seemed shocked when I asked to order more food at 10pm.
Note one difference from the first night of the event: the piano lady is not part of the event. Apparently, they switched Extra Magic Hours that first Friday night, and no one updated Piano Lady’s schedule, so she was actually there for Extra Magic Hours until 10pm. So, her performance was an “opening night bonus”.
Have you attended an After Hours Wind Down event in Epcot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.