During our epic trip to both Canada where we visited Canada's Wonderland Haunt and Orlando where we visited Halloween Horror Nights Orlando for the first time ever and Universal Orlando Resort for the first time since 2006, we also took the time out to visit Epcot for the first time since 2007.
We will be doing a more comprehensive WDW visit next may before our cruise (first time at new Fantasyland, Pandora, Toy Story Land and much more) but for this trip we decided to just have a day at Epcot to hopefully ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and spend a day with some Orlando friends at the Food and Wine Festival.
We had an amazing day and we can't wait to get back in a few short months.
Written by Gregg Condon
This past weekend we headed out to The Disneyland Resort for a day of fun at the 2018 Disney Food and Wine Festival.
We hadn't actually attended this event since it came back after the DCA re-do so we were quite excited to check it out. Needless to say we had an amazing time.
Written by Gregg Condon
I want to start off with saying what an absolutely fabulous time we had on Saturday. The rain must have kept some people away because the parks never really got busy.
We got the MaxPass as we did on our last visit, and it was amazing and worth every penny.
But more than that, it was just a totally stress free day in the parks. It really made us remember why we love Disney so much.
We arrived early enough for rope drop, but couldn't head to the parks without a quick look at Star Wars Land. Wow!!
The new parking structure is being built, so there is a new temporary tram loading area. It was kind of fun going the opposite direction on the tram.
It's the little things
Do we look excited? =)
Hi there California Adventure, we'll be back to you in a bit.
Can't even remember the last time we "rope dropped" Disneyland. It's just as amazing as we remembered it.
It was a beautiful morning
We hadn't done "non holiday" Haunted Mansion since probably 2011. So this was our first chance to see the Hatbox Ghost in his natural habitat. And it was amazing.
Thanks to the MaxPass we rode this a few times throughout the day.
After doing a few more rides we decided to head over to DCA, but not before checking out some of the amazing music on Main Street.
It's food and wine time!!!
Well, turns out we were a bit early, so we decided to use our MaxPass for Radiator Springs Racers we had secured while we were still at Disneyland. Love how that works. =)
Love the decorations for Food and Wine
We also hadn't done Soarin' Over The World, we absolutely LOVED it. Don't understand at all why some people don't like this.
Our first stop
Both were delicious, think we both preferred the slider though
Not even sure where to start with the Brie Toast with Fig, Mint and Almond Crumble.
On the surface, it wasn't anything we were particularly gung-ho about. But we are always ready to try new things. And just like all of the Toast Surprises on this season of Top Chef, we loved it. It was one of our favorite things.
(Our top 5's are posted below)
Next up was the White Cheddar Lager Soup, Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon, Watermelon Lemonade (so good) and the Light and Refreshing flight.
How about some "Frushi", Strawbery Pie, Strawberry Fros'e, Avocado and Pepper Guacamole Burger and Spiced Oumph!!
Note: We had no idea what Oumph! was and had even less of an idea it was vegan ... we actually enjoyed it. So yay for our Vegetarian/Vegan friends. Good food for you too! =)
But back to the burger, can we get this full sized and on a permanent menu? It was that good.
Meyer Lemon Macaron was heavenly as was the Crispy Orange Chicken and Rice with a Garlic Cracker.
Both paired very nicely with the Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule. Very refreshing even on a not warm and sometimes rainy day.
And then there was the Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail with Tequila.
It was "interesting" to say the least. It wasn't awful, we are glad we tried it. But it essentially is just as advertised, it tasted like popcorn.
Here are our top Five favorites, and more importantly, what booth you can find them at!!
After all that food and wine you'd think we were done with our day, but it was just getting started!!
Oh yeah, they are doing work on Pixar Pier!! We are very excited for it and hope we can make it back after it opens.
Still one of my absolute favorite spots in any Disney park. It's just perfect.
We also got to do Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout for the first time. LOVED IT!!
After another spin on Racers, Soarin' and a few more snacks it was time to head back over to Disneyland for the evening.
First stop, a trip on the Railroad. A must do every trip!! Oh, and to get some Star Wars pics!!
Star Wars Land pics aside, we absolutely LOVE the changes to the railroad.
While we were hanging out in Critter Country getting some pics we met a friend
We spent the late afternoon riding Mansion again, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room (another must see every visit), as well as Buzz, a yummy dinner and then of course, Space Mountain!!
We joined the dark side
Selfies in front of the castle (we kept forgetting that we have Photopass with the MaxPass)
And of course, the awesome nighttime balloons!!
Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed our little report.
Be sure to check out the Food and Wine Festival this year, it's amazing. You can find out more information about this years event here.
If you've visited be sure to share your favorite foods in the comments below. We'd love to hear about the things we missed, because lets be honest, you need at least 3 days to try everything.
Oh hey, there are 3 days on the Southern California Resident Ticket Offer. =)
What's the best part of living in Central Florida or Southern California in the Theme Park "offseason"? That's right, our theme parks don't close. While some go to weekend only operation those of us in CA and FL can literally visit a theme park every day of the year.
And when you're incredibly local that means you can visit a few times over the span of a couple of weeks and experience a plethora of different experiences. And that's just what Renée has been doing over the past few weeks, so we have great stuff from so many of the great Holiday happenings at Walt Disney World that we couldn't dream of fitting it into one update.
And we still have a few weeks until the Holidays are over so who knows where our adventure is going to take us next.
Written by Renée Girard
Cast previews for Disney's Rivers of Light begins tonight. No photos or video allowed but we'll be there! Hoping for a great show!
Getting ready for Rivers of Light to start in 30 minutes!
Got our seats and beer, let's do this.
No photos tonight. Excited to see this much anticipated show! 10 minutes till it starts.
We loved Rivers of Light! Beautiful show, amazing technology, and a million times better than Jungle Book.
This week we're spending some time at the Epcot area resorts. The Boardwalk is great all year round but it's perfect for the holidays!
Right next door at the Boardwalk, the Flying Fish restaurant has recently been renovated. It looks beautiful!
Everything was delicious! I enjoyed the frittata with a caffe latte. Everyone else had egg dishes as well, and pancakes, all equally yummy.
One of Disney's newest themed bars, Abracadabar, on the Boardwalk. It's a small space packed with lots of unique detail. Open 4pm-midnight.
It wouldn't be Disney without a hidden Mickey! The one in Abracadabar isn't so hidden but still very cool.
Looking around at some of the holiday decorations at the Epcot resorts too. Over at the Beach Club, there is the gingerbread carousel.
Christmas tree in the lobby of Disney's Yacht Club resort.
Having some drinks at the Crew's Cup Lounge at Disney's Yacht Club resort. What a cool, cozy little bar this place is!
Dinner tonight is at the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Had an amazing meal at Yachtsman Steakhouse! Definitely highly recommended by everyone in our party!
And of course, any dinner near EPCOT would be incomplete without the "Peace on Earth" finale of IllumiNations
Goodnight from Disney's Yacht Club resort!
We are starting our day with breakfast at the Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club resort.
You can order regular breakfast menu items at Captain's Grille but we're going with the buffet.
New this year, Captain's Grille is offering the Candlelight Processional dining package. It's a great deal and guaranteed seat for the show!
Tonight we will be celebrating the Holidays Around the World at Epcot!
One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is to see the Voices of Liberty sing.
There are a lot more Food & Wine-ish offerings for the holidays at Epcot. Looking forward to trying some later!
But first we will be attending the Candlelight Processional narrated by
Some of us are attending the show, with one performing in it. Nerves are starting to set in, even tho this is my third year doing it! Eek!!
Showtime in 30 minutes! Always a joy to share the stage with the legend....ary Neil Patrick Harris!
And we'll leave you waiting for part two to see what happens at the Candlelight processional. Did Renée fall off the stage? Run off with Neil Patrick Harris to raise babies in the Haunted Mansion?
You may never know ... or you know, just find out on Thursday in part II of our epic adventure. =)