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Sunday Brunch


May 23, 2021

Plunder me Brunch on the Day of the Sun
Originally published May 15, 2011

Avast ye, scallywags!  Hoist anchor, swab the poop decks, it be Pirate Week for From Screen to Theme's Disney Days of the Week.  The crew be setting sail towards the prem-ear of the greatest new adventure 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and this first day at sea starts with 'Sunday Brunch.'

Now that that scurvy pirate is out of the way, we'll be docking the ship at 'El Pirata y el Perico,' known today as 'Tortuga Tavern,' but more commonly known as 'The Adventureland restaurant you know is there because you've never been in it.'  In the magical world of Disney, die-hard Disney fans come to know of the random places most everyday guests have no idea about, because it is only the repeat visitor who tends to notice things that are always there, but at the same time are not.  On the attractions side, it was the Timekeeper of Tomorrowland.  Over on the dining side, it was Lumiere's Kitchen (read all about this place by scrolling down the March 20th post); yes, I speak of those marked with WDW's black spot: Seasonal opening!

During my last visit to Walt Disney World in May 2010, I had the great fortune of stepping through the threshold of this wondrous eatery for the first time-ever.  That trip was my 11th trip to the World and not once had 'El Pirata y el Perico' ever been open during my previous trips, which oddly enough had all taken place during the busy season.  My group chose to eat lunch at Pecos Bill's in Frontierland and we decided we should probably stake out a table before grabbing our nom-noms.  My friend Alex (of Hidden Mickey Mondays fame) and I walked towards the main dining area, discovering the mess of wooden tables full to capacity; next we checked out the quaint little night time caf' area, only to find it was also full, so we kept going around, finding the side tables full'then up a ramp'wait a minute'why haven't we been stopped by a wall, a closed door, a cast member-before we knew it, we were in Adventureland in an unknown dining area with outdoor and indoor seating.  Alex and I were as puzzled as a pirate missing his parrot because lo and behold, we were in the much fabled 'El Pirata y el Perico'!

Alex points excitedly to the sign of the restaurant that had nary been filled with a soul!

We were quite stoked to find the place was finally opened and we concluded that the park must really be crowded if they opened this place up.  It was, after all, the opening week for Star Wars Weekend, and logic would indicate that the guests who filled their weekends up at Hollywood Studios were now continuing their vacation at the Magic Kingdom.  Throughout the day, we joked about random spots we found that would probably open up if it were more crowded than today (e.g. there's a completely random bar and counter in Liberty Square while waiting in line at Tiana's Garden Glen).

'El Pirata y el Perico' started out as a counter service snack stand selling hot dogs and snacks, though the menu evolved to better match its Mexican influenced title by later offering some 'Mexican' food (well, the Americanized version) such as beef empanadas with black beans and rice, tacos, taco salad, chips and salsa, and churros.

This year, the often closed for the season restaurant changed names and added a few more pirate touches to tie in with the movie franchise.  Now called 'Tortuga Tavern' (after the pillaged town you see in the attraction and where Captain Jack and Will Turner gather their crew), the menu was simplified, offering Beef Tacos, Burritos, Taco Salad, and Vegetarian Tacos.

As we had seen with the evolving Lancer's Inn to the Friar's Nook, 'El Pirata y el Perico' is another Magic Kingdom eatery to be given the royal makeover to change with the times.  While Friar's Nook pays tribute to a lesser known Disney animated feature, 'Tortuga Tavern' takes its change due to the popularity with the latest Disney movie franchise, with its latest installment premiering this week.  With an event like that coming up, you can be most certain that the pirates will not be closing their tavern doors for the season.

I be pillaging from these spider's webs:


Past Sunday Brunch

     - Disney Theme Park Cookbook

     - Boardwalk's Chocolate Chip Crumbcake
     - Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza
     - Hamm Cupcakes
     - Honeydoodles
     - Kermit Cupcakes
     - Tonga Toast

Restaurant Reviews
     - 1900 Park Fare
     - 50's Prime Time
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 1)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 2)

     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 3)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 4)
     - Beaches and Cream
     - Bengal Barbecue (Disneyland)
     - Boardwalk Bakery (pre Refurbishment)

     - Boardwalk Bakery Post Refurbishment (Part 1/2)
     - Boulangerie Patisserie (France Bakery)
     - Captain Cook's (Polynesian)
     - Casey's Corner
     - Club 33

     - Columbia Harbour House
     - Coral Reef
     - Cozy Cone
     - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
     - Earl of Sandwich
     - El Pirata y el Perico
     - Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe (DCA)
     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 1)

     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 2)
     - Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
     - Golden Oak Outpost
     - Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland)
     - Katsura Grill

     - Kona Cafe
     - Kouzzina
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (more snacks!)
     - Kusafiri Bakery

     - Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation)
     - L'Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
     - Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France Pavilion)
     - Liberty Tree Tavern
     - Lotus Blossom
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks (Part 2)

     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Cones
     - 'Ohana
     - 'Ohana Revisted
     - Pepper Market (Coronado Springs)
     - Pinocchio's Village Haus

     - Pizza PlaNOT
     - Port Orleans Riverside Food Court
     - Prince Eric's Village Market
     - Rose and Crown
     - Sanaa
     - Sci-Fi Dine In

     - Tangaroa Terrace
     - Tangierene Cafe
     - Tokyo Dining
     - Trail's End
     - Tusker House
     - Tutto Gusto
     - Via Napoli
     - The Wave (Breakfast)

Tasty Treats
     - 4th of July Cupcake
     - Beignets (Port Orleans French Quarter)
     - Big Thunder Ranch dessert
     - Boardwalk Bakery Boxed Lunch
     - Caramel Apples (Karamell-Kuche)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Sleepy Hollow)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Trail's End)

     - Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad
     - Cinnamon Rolls (Main Street Bakery)
     - Crispy Cornflake French Toast (Wolfgang Puck)
     - Darth Vadar Cupcake
     - Disney Cruise Line Chocolate
     - Dole Whip
     - Dole Whips inside the Enchanted Tiki Room

     - Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
     - Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Mama Melrose)
     - Guava Cupcake
     - Holiday Cupcakes
     - Holiday Sandwich at Earl
     - Japanese Disney Snack
     - LeFou's Brew

     - Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
     - Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
     - Mexico Pavilion Tacos
     - Mickey's Magix
     - Mickey Fun Bar

     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar
     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar: Time for Seconds
     - Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Cup
     - Mickey Mouse Pretzel
     - Milkshake (Whispering Canyon)
     - Mini Corn Dogs (Casey's Corner)
     - Peanut Butter Cupcake
     - Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Pie (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - Pina Colada Bread Pudding (Disney Cruise Line)

     - Pineapple Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Quiche of the Day (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - S'mores Brownie
     - S'mores Cupcake
     - Sacristain from France
     - Sunshine Tree Terrace Cup
     - Disney Parks Shortbread Rounds

     - Summer Delight cupcake (Hollywood Studios)
     - Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
     - Teriyaki Chicken Handroll (2013 Food and Wine)
     - Marshmallow Kabob
     - Waffles around Walt Disney World
     - Yule Log (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Zebra Cupcakes and Zebra Domes

Forgotten Favorites
     - Mickey's Kitchen
     - Odyssey
     - The Odyssey of the Odyssey

Disney Food History
     - Cheshire Cafe
     - Village Fry Shoppe

Interesting Interviews
     - The World's Biggest Earl Fan?

     - Ratatouille Bonus Feature

     - Art of Animation Food Cart
     - Battle Gingerbread
     - Celebration, FL's Main Street Cafe
     - Culinary Adventures
     - Disney Mothers
     - Disney "Flower" Arrangements
     - Disneyland Popcorn Cart Avatars
     - Egg-celent adventure at Grand Floridian

     - Five Disney Restaurants
     - Pizza Planet's Easter Pineapple Coconut Cupcake
     - First French Toast ever served at Art of Animation
     - First Tonga Toast Experience
     - Food and Wine 2013
     - Food and Wine Part 1
     - Food and Wine Part 2
     - Food and Wine Part 3

     - Food and Wine Part 4
     - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
     - Halloween Snacks around Disney
     - Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat
     - Mama Melrose's Back Story
     - My Time at the Confectionary
     - Ode to Club Cool's Beverly

     - Sleepy Hollow Story
     - Snow White's Wishing Apple
     - Super Foods
     - Tales of a Magic Kingdom Nut Wagon Cast Member

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