Disney’s Tuna Sensation

Have you ever been to Disney World’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? If not, then you should strongly consider going if you ever get the chance! It’s a food lover’s heaven! John and I have been lucky enough to experience it twice and we hope to re-live it again and again in the years to come.

It’s a festival held yearly at Epcot and you basically walk around drinking and eating cuisines from all over the world. Each country has a booth where it offers 2-3 small authentic dishes and some beer and wine pairings. The food and alcohol prices range from a couple dollars to $7.50.

I get all into it and read The Disney Food Blog about a month before the trip begins. I make notes of all the booths and write out a list of all the dishes I want to try. This helps me make sure that I don’t miss out on anything! I am such a dork but whatever, it’s worth the extra work!

Our first time going was in 2010 and it was all made possible by John’s friend, Lisa. Lisa is one of the most kindhearted and caring people that I know. Prior to the trip, she had never met me before but yet welcomed me into her home and showed us an amazing time at Disney World. I felt like I had known her for years even though I had just met her! She invited us again 2 more times, but we were only able to go once more in 2012.

John and I at Disney World in 2010 and 2012.

Side note: As I started writing this post, I realized that the ONLY way I want to spend my upcoming 30th birthday this fall is at The International Food & Wine Festival! I ran the idea by John, and he basically said he will make whatever birthday wishes I have come true! OMG I am so excited to turn 30!!

OK back to the Tuna Sensation…

Lisa raved about the Tuna Sensation at Japan’s booth well before we even got to the festival and she was spot on! It was amazing! You just can’t go wrong with avocado and ahi tuna. John has been replicating it at home ever since. One time he even fancied it up by serving it in martini glasses for my friend Trish’s bachelorette party. It was a hit with us girls! Now whenever he makes it, he makes sure to pull out the martini glasses because it just makes for a prettier presentation. I always pair it with my Garlic Coconut Rice. It’s also a fun way for both John and I to cook together. He’ll prepare the Tuna Sensation while I get the rice going.

Disney’s Tuna Sensation


  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon dry sake
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 8 oz fresh ahi tuna
  • sesame seeds to garnish


  1. 1. Combine soy sauce, sake, and sesame oil. Stir and set aside.
  2. 2. Dice avocado in small cubes and place in a bowl large enough to hold all ingredients. Pour lemon juice on top and toss to coat.
  3. 3. Dice tuna in small cubes and add to bowl of avocado.
  4. 4. Pour soy sauce mixture over tuna and avocado. Gently toss to coat.
  5. 5. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top to garnish.

I believe this past year, Disney  slightly changed up the recipe to include diced fresh salmon. We haven’t had this version of it yet, but I’m sure we will once my birthday rolls around!


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