Power Up at Energy Bytes, Tomorrowland’s Newest Dining Spot
TRON Lightcycle / Run isn’t the only new offering in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Along with the high-speed roller coaster, this stellar themed land also received a brand-new food kiosk to go along with it called Energy Bytes. Whether you need to fuel up before cruising the Grid or you’re simply looking for a light snack or sweet treat that’s a cut above what you’ll find at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, this counter-service stand certainly fits the bill. Intrigued (and hungry)? Then stow your Identity Disc and read on as we dig into the delicious dishes available here.
Introducing Energy Bytes, a Futuristic Food Kiosk Near TRON Power / Run
When it comes to Magic Kingdom dining options, Tomorrowland typically isn’t at the top of our list. Sure, the burgers and chicken sandwiches at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café are great for picky eaters, and there are some interesting hot dogs available at The Lunching Pad beneath Astro Orbiter. Plus, the ice cream at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies is certainly tasty. But, unlike DOLE Whip and spring rolls in Adventureland or funnel cakes and waffles from Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, there isn’t really anything on the menu in Tomorrowland that makes us want to go there to eat again and again.
However, with the opening of the Energy Bytes food kiosk alongside TRON Lightcycle / Run, that could very well change. So, where is this new quick-service restaurant? What food options are available there? And, more importantly, how much does it all cost? Keep reading as we go over everything you need to know about this forward-thinking food offering.
Where is Energy Bytes?
As we mentioned earlier, Energy Bytes is located near Tomorrowland’s new TRON Lightcycle / Run roller coaster. If you’re approaching the kiosk from Tomorrowland, you’ll see it just before the sign for the attraction on the left-hand side, with the back of the eatery facing Tomorrowland Speedway. For those coming from Fantasyland, you’ll first need to pass beneath the Upload Conduit and the elevated walkway that leads to the ride entrance to get there.
What kind of food does Energy Bytes serve?
According to the Disney Parks Blog, dishes here draw “inspiration from the futuristic environment around you.” Think dumplings topped with dehydrated blue cheese and donut holes sprinkled with popping candies. There are also a couple of drinks available, including one cold brew and a fruity frozen refresher. The stand itself will be open for breakfast and will continue serving savory snacks, refreshing sips and sweet treats all day long and into the evening, making it a great choice for everything from a morning pitstop or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
How much are the dishes and drinks at Energy Bytes?
Although Energy Bytes has a rather small menu with only a handful of dishes and drinks to choose from, everything available here is relatively affordable. Nothing is priced over $9, with the most expensive items being the two dumpling options for around $8.50 each. Desserts are a few dollars cheaper, costing around $5.50 each, give or take a little bit. Specialty beverages are similarly priced between $5 to $6 each.
Power Cycle (Savory Snacks)
Beef and Broccoli Digital Dumplings – $8.79
Buffalo Chicken Digital Dumplings – $8.49
End of Line (Sweet Treats)
Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes – $5.79
Strawberry Ice0form – $5.29
Sip Protocol (Beverages)
Watermelon Refresher – $5.99
Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee with Mocha Milk – $5.29
What’s On the Menu at Energy Bytes in Tomorrowland?
So, what kind of food will we eat in the future? Well, if the menu options at Energy Bytes are any indication, we can expect a bunch of pillowy, orb-shaped eats, like ”digital” dumplings, donut holes and ice cream mochi. (Maybe they were inspired by pixels?) Regardless, if this is what the future tastes like, we’re completely ok with that. Here’s everything you can sink your teeth into at Energy Bytes near TRON Lightcycle / Run.
Beef and Broccoli Digital Dumplings
For fans of Chinese takeout, beef and broccoli has long been a favorite. Now, at Energy Bytes, you can enjoy them in (digital) dumpling form. Priced at $8.79 per order, these are shumai-style dumplings stuffed with beef (specifically a rather standard ground hamburger) and mounded with generous dollops of Broccoli Pesto and a dash of Crispy Garlic. The tasty pockets then rest in a bath of Ginger-Soy Broth.
As these dumplings are unsealed at the top, the different flavors are able to seep into the meat, allowing you to taste all the flavors in one bite. Complex yet familiar, with a delicate and chewy dumpling wrapper holding it all together, these are a nice mix of salty-meets-savory classic takeout flavors.
Buffalo Chicken Digital Dumplings
Priced at $8.49, this next dish puts a dumpling twist on a popular bar-food flavor combination: buffalo chicken with celery and bleu cheese. Similar to the Beef and Broccoli Digital Dumplings, these are wrapped shumai-style with openings at the top. Rather than your favorite buffalo wings, these are filled with buffalo-flavored ground chicken instead.
While the filling itself is pretty lackluster, the accouterments more than make up for it. A Cayenne Pepper Broth adds the perfect hit of heat, while Dehydrated Blue Cheese adds a creamy, cooling element with a unique texture. And, of course, no order of buffalo chicken anything is complete with bits of Celery for crunch.
Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes
This next sweet “byte” is available all day long, whether you’re looking for a sugary and playful breakfast option or a chocolatey dessert. Available for $5.79, each order of Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes comes with five of the chocolatey, doughy orbs, all swimming in a dreamy pool of Mocha Sauce and crowned with a sprinkle of Chocolate Popping Candy.
The donuts themselves are moist and cakey, subtly sweet but not overly saccharine, and the texture allows them to really soak up the delicious mocha sauce. The chocolate pop rocks, meanwhile, an unexpected “pop” of fun, both literally and metaphorically. If you’re a chocolate lover, these are going to be a hit, no matter if it’s day or night.
The other dessert available here is the Strawberry IceOform, which is available for $5.29. Like a futuristic take on a deconstructed strawberry cheesecake, this refreshing treat is made up of pieces of Strawberry Ice Cream Mochi with spoonfuls of Cheesecake Foam and some crispy Caramelized Graham Cracker Crumbs for good measure. There’s also a tangy-sweet strawberry gel at the bottom to help offset the richness of the cheesecake.
Of all the dishes on offer at Energy Bytes, this is probably the most innovative. While all the flavors certainly play well together, the mix of textures might not be for everyone. Although the caramelized graham crackers add a much-needed crunch to the dish, the gelatinous outside of the mochi could be a turnoff for some. Just be sure to find some shade and eat it quickly if you don’t want it to melt into a gloopy mess in the hot Central Florida sun.
If it’s an icy beverage you’re after, you should definitely give the Watermelon Refresher a try. Priced at $5.99 each, this frozen drink is a blend of tart Yuzu Citrus, peppery Ginger and fruity Popping Candies. Though decidedly sweet, the tart yuzu and the kick from the ginger do help to mellow things out a bit. All in all, this is one that we think the kiddos will love.
Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee with Mocha Milk
If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment for your Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes, look no further than this mocha cold brew, which is available for $5.29. Swirling easy-drinking Cold Brew with lightly chocolatey Mocha Milk, this is an excellent java option for those who typically go for sweeter coffee beverages. You may even be tempted to go without any added sugar.
Well, futuristic foodies, that brings this guide to Disney World’s newest dining option, Energy Bytes, to a close. Have you had a chance to try this counter-service spot yet? What digitally inspired dish are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments! Still hungry for more? Learn how you can save on your next Disney World vacation (more chocolate donut holes, anyone?) with our discount Disney tickets.