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The Dip Site

When you walk near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, no doubt you've seen or maybe even stopped at The Dip Site, a small shack that sells snacks such as popcorn or a drink.  The name of the restaurant, however, has no connection to what the place currently serves, nor anything else about it as it is today.  The reason it's called the Dip Site has more to do with what it used to serve.

The Dip Site was originally opened as a counter service location in the Studios that sold....shaved ice (also known as a snow cone).  You could get a cup of shaved ice and have it dipped in a variety of flavors (banana, coconut, pina colada, strawberry or mango to name a few).  Given the theme of the area as an archaeological dig site, Disney made a play on words with the name by over writing the "g" with a "p" in graffiti style, as if it was quickly done to get things going.  

Evidently guest demand for snow cones were not that great and the menu has since been toyed with quite a bit.  You may recall the Dip Site selling some tasty cheese steaks for a while and now, it's just prepackaged snacks like popcorn or chips as well as drinks. Today, the name of the restaurant may not make much sense, but it harkens back to the restaurant's beginnings when it used to sell frozen novelties.

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