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REVIEW: Light Lab – 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Light Lab is a brand New Marketplace for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival which offers select beers and specialty cocktails and we can’t wait to see how it is!  Notable here are the T=CC2 Cocktail, Bleu Spectrum and the Glownut.  We’re always in the mood for a good drink so let’s see how it is in the Light Lab Review: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….

Light Lab Marketplace:

Light Lab is located in Future World West, in the same building as the Character Greeting spot and Club Cool.  This is the outside entrance located right next to Flavors from Fire.  It’s hot out here so let’s go in:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab building

Outside of the Light Lab building

Light Lab is split up into two sections the Beers Counter right when you walk in, and the nightclub-like room with more specialty cocktails.

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Beer Counter

Light Lab Beer Counter

Let’s go down into the main Light Lab room:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab inside

Inside of the Light Lab, looks like a nightclub

Are we in Walt Disney World or a nightclub??  Who cares, it’s 95 outside and even only that is a great reason to visit Light Lab!

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Inside

Light Lab Inside

I have to say I like the whole atmosphere here, even besides the air conditioning it’s a much different atmosphere than most Food and Wine booths, and I think the laboratory decked out in neon lighting is a nice touch.  Plus it’s an experience watching the mixologists make the drinks, entertaining in itself:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Counter

Light Lab Counter

 

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab chemists mixing up a variety of creations

Light Lab chemists mixing up a variety of creations

 

Light Lab Menu:

Here is the Beer Menu from the Beer Counter:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Beer Menu

Light Lab Beer Menu

and the “Nightclub” Menu:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Menu

Light Lab Menu

 

Food:

  • Limited Time Offer: The Glownut – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages:

  • T=CC2: Vanilla Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (Non-Alcoholic) – $3.75  *Ziggy Recommended
  • RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (Non-Alcoholic) – $3.75
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls – $9.00  *Ziggy Recommended
  • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI – $4.25
  • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA – $4.25
  • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY – $4.25
  • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radian Flux, Brooklyn, NY – $4.25
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL – $4.25
  • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, Colorado – $4.25
  • Space Flight – $9.00
    • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, CO
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
    • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
  • Light Flight – $9.00
    • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
    • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY

Menu Review:

I like a good sparkling wine and LOVE Boba Pearls, so naturally the Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls was a natural choice for me.  First was the presentation of the bottle to us:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Bleu Spectrum bottle

Bleu Spectrum bottle

Then after pouring, additional alcohol in the test tubes was added, one layer at a time:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Lab Test Tubes

Lab Test Tubes from mixing the drinks..

Then my favorite…the Boba Pearls!!!  They are a mix of different pearls, layered as the alcohol is.  They were all fruity ones, Strawberry, passion fruit, green apple, etc:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Making the Bleu Spectrum

Making the Bleu Spectrum

The drink itself was actually quite good.  The Blanc de Bleu is a premium California Chardonnay wine and has just a slight taste of blueberries and is quite delicate to taste.  Loved the presentation, the fruity taste, and one of my favorite drinks we tried at Food and Wine this year.

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Bleu Spectrum

Bleu Spectrum and test tubes used to make it

Next up we tried the Non-Alcoholic T=CC2: Vanilla Tonic Water and Cotton Candy.  If the last presentation was cool, this was even better.  Basically they take cotton candy and put it in the glass below, then they mix the drink and pour it through the tubes above:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival mixing machine

this crazy machine makes the T=CC2 Drink

As it comes down it slowly melts ow the cotton candy:

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival T=CC2 melting

T=CC2 alcohol melting the cotton candy…

 

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival T=CC2

T=CC2 almost ready

I actually liked the T=CC2 even though I don’t even like tonic.  It was really bitter like tonic is, but when mixed with the cotton candy the super sweetness of it balanced it out.  I LOVED the cotton candy balls that were remaining at the bottom too.  Of course it’s not alcoholic so if your looking for that, the Bleu Spectrum is a better choice, but it’s a pretty cool thing to see, even for your kids who can actually get one.

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival T=CC2 and Bleu Spectrum

T=CC2 and Bleu Spectrum

So lastly we of course had to try the Glownut!  Now I think the Cronut over in the Refreshment Port is quite possibly my favorite snack in all of Walt Disney World, so just seeing the name Glownut got me excited!  It didn’t last long as when I ate it, I realized it was nothing like my beloved Cronut.  It was basically just a donut from the Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Carts, with icing that glowed in the black lights.  And it wasn’t even a very good donut.  Only thing going for it was that it was big, but when it’s dry and tastes only like sugar icing that’s not a good thing.  Super disappointing.

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival glownut glows

Glownut actually glows

 

Light Lab Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Glownut

The Glownut

 

As for the beers in the Beer Counter upstairs, we didn’t get to try any personally, but I was told that the Space Flight was an excellent choice, offering some more unique beers that are not so easy to find.  The Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale specifically is a great Red Ale worth a shot.

 

Booth Summary and Grade:

I love the idea of the Light Lab, but I think the execution falls short.  The glownut was terrible.  And the other drinks while having great presentations, aren’t life-changing, the Blue Spectrum being the best and worth trying.  If you are a beer fan then it becomes much more interesting for you because they do offer a good variety of unique beers harder to find.

If you have to get just one thing: Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls

Grade: 8

Take a look at all of my 2017 Epcot Food and Wine articles.  I have a 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide with a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus, The Top NEW Items for 2017, Top Food and Wine Booths and more…I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time!

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