Plus all the thrills & spills that make Walt’s world a real scream

Daily Star Sunday - - GO FOR IT - Edited by VICKY LISSAMAN ■ by ED GLEAVE

THE smil­ing chef tosses 10 fresh shrimp the­atri­cally on to the su­per-hot hob in front of us.

Siz­zling and smok­ing, they turn pink and a de­li­cious aroma fills the room.

Less than three min­utes later, they’re on my plate and I’m de­vour­ing them with lip-smack­ing udon noo­dles, veg­eta­bles and sukiyaki beef rice.

Ebi is one of the spe­cially se­lected dishes on of­fer at the show cook­ing sta­tion at Tep­pan Edo, the au­then­tic Ja­panese res­tau­rant at Ep­cot, part of Walt Dis­ney World, Florida.

Be­ing en­ter­tained by the charis­matic chefs as they cre­ate their magic is all part of the fun.

Ex­cit­ing res­tau­rant ex­pe­ri­ences like this one are now as im­por­tant as thrill rides and char­ac­ter pa­rades at Dis­ney theme parks, and you can eat your way around the globe at World Show­case with Ital­ian, Moroc­can and Chi­nese restau­rants all within a short walk.

An­other must-do diner at Walt Dis­ney World is The Boathouse, which tow­ers over Dis­ney Springs, the shop­ping and nightlife hotspot.

Knowl­edge­able wait­ing staff will talk you through the menu which in­cludes hoisin chilli cala­mari, fire­cracker shrimp and shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese.

Gluten in­tol­er­ant? They’ll pro­duce a list of spe­cial­ist dishes.

Fancy the lob­ster but hate the mess? Ask the staff to serve it with­out the shell. Noth­ing is too much trou­ble.

And you don’t need to bust the bud­get to en­joy fancy din­ners at Dis­ney thanks to some great new deals.

Book­ing the Dis­ney Din­ing Plan in­cludes meals at both The Boathouse at Tep­pan Edo – as well as ev­ery other meal you’ll have dur­ing your stay.

Other rec­om­mended restau­rants in­clude The Hol­ly­wood Brown Derby, a clas­sic Amer­i­can diner in the Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios park. And you’d be mad to miss Boma – Flavours of Africa in Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom for a moun­tain­ous break­fast buf­fet.

The CA­NARIES CRUISE: A four-night Ca­narian Es­cape cruise on board Thom­son Dream is £469. You’ll de­part from Malaga and visit Cadiz (for Seville), Lan­zarote and Tener­ife. Flights from Bris­tol and Gatwick on Novem­ber 13. More de­tails at thom­ or by call­ing 0871 230 2800. lit­tle ones, mean­while, will love the Be Our Guest res­tau­rant, themed around Beauty and the Beast, in the Magic King­dom.

Any­one who knows the lyrics to the song will be ex­cited to know you can try “the grey stuff ”, which is de­li­cious. Don’t be­lieve me? Ask the dishes.

When not en­joy­ing mouth-wa­ter­ing meals, there’s plenty to en­ter­tain across Walt Dis­ney World’s four parks.

Magic King­dom is a great first stop to tick off rides themed around clas­sic Dis­ney films. There’s Peter Pan’s Flight, Pi­rates of the Caribbean and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Those who fancy big­ger thrills and spills should head for Space Moun­tain and Big Thun­der Moun­tain.

The high­light of ev­ery af­ter­noon, COSTA BLANCA: Bag a break with five nights’ all-in­clu­sive at the four-star San­dos Monaco Beach Ho­tel & Spa in Benidorm for £227. Leaves Stansted on Novem­ber 4. Check out tele­tex­thol­i­ NOR­FOLK BROADS: Two peo­ple can hire Gar­net Em­blem, a cruiser moored at Horn­ing, for though, is Dis­ney’s Fes­ti­val of Fan­tasy pa­rade, which in­cludes char­ac­ters from re­cent hits such as Frozen and Tan­gled as well as a gi­ant dragon from Sleep­ing Beauty, all singing and danc­ing their way through the park.

Over in Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios there’s plenty of Star Wars fun in­clud­ing the Star Tours sim­u­la­tor which changes its story ev­ery time you ride.

And at the Launch Bay you can come face to face with Chew­bacca him­self and even get a snap with him.

A fab ride for groups is Toy Story Ma­nia where riders com­pete to hit the most tar­gets and get the high­est score.

Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios also boasts the best night-time show of all, Fan­tas­mic! It has stunts, fire, foun­tains and fire­works – and, of course, plenty of favourite Dis­ney char­ac­ters.

At Ep­cot you can see the won­ders of the world from a great height on flight sim­u­la­tor ride Soarin’, then en­joy the high-speed chase on race car ride Test Track.

An­i­mal King­dom is fast be­com­ing the most ex­cit­ing park in Walt Dis­ney World thanks to the newly-opened Pan­dora. The area themed around YORK­SHIRE: sci-fi hit Avatar takes you to a dif­fer­ent so­lar sys­tem, and has the Flight of Pas­sage, a 3D mo­tion sim­u­la­tor which whisks riders on an aerial tour. An­i­mal King­dom also lives up to its name with its fan­tas­tic Kil­i­man­jaro Sa­faris where you can get up close to gi­raffes and spot lions, ze­bras and ele­phants.

An­other unmissable ride is the Kali River Rapids, where it’s a lot of fun get­ting wet…but even more hi­lar­i­ous watch­ing ev­ery­one else get even wet­ter.

New ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy mean the Dis­ney Mem­ory Maker ser­vice, in­cluded in din­ing plan of­fers, sends your ride pho­tos straight to your phone.

Sim­ply scan your Magic Band, which also acts as your park ticket, af­ter each ride and the pho­tos will ap­pear on your My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app.

These can be eas­ily down­loaded onto your de­vice to keep for­ever.

A video of me rid­ing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was sent to me within hours and was ready to post on­line.

If only I hadn’t em­bar­rassed my­self by scream­ing…

four-nights for £459. Ar­rive Oc­to­ber 16. See wa­ter­wayshol­i­ A four-night half term mid­week hol­i­day at Prim­rose Val­ley Hol­i­day park near Filey is £298. Price based on a family of up to six shar­ing deluxe ac­com­mo­da­tion. Ar­rive on Oc­to­ber 23....

■ TALL OR­DER: Kil­i­man­jaro Sa­fari at An­i­mal King­dom and, be­low, the Kali River Rapids

■ TAKE HAT: Chef at Tep­pan Edo. Right, Ed at brekkie with The Mad Hat­ter

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