Today we have the first of our New Years Updates, the first from EPCOT at Walt Disney World.
It was a busy yet fun night as we rang in the new year with fireworks, DJ's, more fireworks, more DJ's and lots and lots of people.
Written by Renée Girard
Here we go! EPCOT NYE!!
Magic Kingdom full signs up at the Epcot monorail entrance.
Lines to get into Epcot just after 8pm. Crowded, but not too bad.
We're in, let's do this!
75 minute standby line for Spaceship Earth at 8:30pm.
Epcot wait times as of 8:35pm.
200 minute line for Test Track as of 8:45pm.
Dj stage with a countdown clock on Spaceship Earth in Future World.
People camped out for a prime viewing spot for the fireworks at midnight.
Dance party in the U.K.!
The New Year bar and menu in France.
The Morocco bar is the best themed pop up bar so far! Very cool!
Japan bar and menu.
We are about to experience the Silent DJ Groove in Japan!
So fun! Silent DJ Groove is awesome. 2 different DJs to choose from. Everyone is having a blast!
Still dancing away to the hits in Japan!
Moved on to America, where there's another dance party happening at the American Gardens Theatre.
Lasers and dancing in Italy!
Yeahhhh, Epcot is a little busy...
Any guesses to how long they've been camped out for the fireworks?
New Year's Eve menu in Italy.
China is lit!!
Don't care about the fireworks? Frozen Ever After is only a 30 minute wait!
Loved the fire and fog at the dance party in China!
People camped out on the lawn in Future World for the fireworks.
IllumiNations has begun. New Year's Eve countdown finale fireworks soon!
IllumiNations is over, time for New Year's Eve countdown!
The Epcot New Year's Eve fireworks were amazing! Definitely one of their best shows.
Yes it was crowded but we made it out and home safely. Happy New Year from the east coast!
Today we're taking our first look at the amazing EPCOT Food and Wine Festival for the 2016 season. As you'll see there is SO much good food and drink to take in this year that we can't even fit it into one update. So guess we'll have to do it again soon. =)
Written by Renée Girard
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We're going to be eating and drinking our way around the world today at Epcot!
Signs at the entrance of Epcot with some food favorites
There are several shops and kiosks around Epcot to do some shopping for food and wine festival merchandise
You can get your own Food and Wine festival medal for $200 to wear proudly around Epcot
The Chew will be back filming at Epcot once again this year
Oooh, selfie stick at a Disney park
First stop of the day is Farm Fresh for some loaded mac and cheese.
We got the always popular pork slider in Hawaii but someone ate it before I could take a photo
They are making great use of The Odyssey building again for one of our favorite stops, craft beer!
We'll take one of everything, please!
We're skipping desserts and champagne for now, but it looks like they have one of the priciest drinks at the festival.
Islands of The Caribbean is a new booth for 2016.
The wine and cheese sampler is delicious! Highly recommend getting this.
We will definitely be stopping back at the chocolate studio later!
The peanut butter and whites chocolate mousse with the festival Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent at The Chew Collective
Loaded Greek nachos and spanakopita from Greece. Yum!
The pretzel bread is an awesome addition to the cheddar cheese soup this year!
The coffee stands have some seasonal offerings and specialty drinks for the festival too
$1 coffee at Disney? Yes!
The warm chocolate pudding from Ireland is always amazing!
We love the cheese bread from Brazil!
Another new item this year is the spicy hummus fries from Morocco. So good!
Disappointed that a beer flight wasn't offered at Hops & Barley but we still enjoyed the Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale
Pumpkin fans rejoice, you can get pumpkin spice funnel cake at Epcot!
Escaping the rain showers and taking a break at the Chase Lounge.
The Brewer's Collection offers an unadvertised beer flight, hooray!
RIP Mexico margarita stand.
Please be responsible at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival . Don't drink and climb.
The Festival Center at the old Wonders of Life building at Epcot
At the Festival Center, you can attend seminars, do some shopping, and sample wine and chocolate
Handmade chocolate displays at the Festival Center: Ratatouille, Star Wars, A Bug's Life and Expedition Everest
A look at a few of the booths we have yet to sample ... but we'll be back. =)
And some more... it's pretty much impossible to try everything in one day at Epcot!
Editors Note: Challenge Accepted!!!
After eating and drinking around the world, it's time to go soarin' around the world.
The bakery in The Land at Epcot always has some really cool treats!
We stopped by the Inside Out meet and greet to say hi to Joy and Sadness
Traveling around the world again for a few more things. Cooper's Brewery ale from Australia is yummy!
Beef brisket and Sam Adams grapefruit IPA from Hops and Barley
Los Lobos performing for Eat to the Beat
Finishing the night with some delicious Belgian waffles!
Attempting to wait for Frozen in hopes that the wait time is less than posted (75 min). Hey look, Sven is proud of his medal!
Frozen Ever After was only a 25 min wait. I have to admit, we really love this ride! Here's a rare sight, an empty queue.
Goodnight from Epcot! Had a great time eating and drinking around the world at the Food and Wine Festival!
Over the weekend Renée made a couple of trips to Disney to check out some of the new offerings at Disney Springs as well as finally getting over to EPCOT to check out Frozen Ever After. Be sure to check out her thoughts on the new ride and all of the amazing shirts you can find at Uniqlo USA.
Written by Renée Girard
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Club Cool at Epcot is surprisingly empty. I doubt it's due to the new Coke store at Disney Springs but ya never know
Frozen Ever After is currently at a 60 min wait. Much more bearable than 4-5 hours! We'll be back later with FP+
Should you be in the mood for cookies n cream funnel cake, you can get that in America at Epcot.
Are selfie sticks still banned at WDW? If so, I'm impressed that this lady made it all the way to Japan in Epcot!
Is this how you Pokemon Go?
Too bad Spice Road Table at Morocco in Epcot is so empty. Really good food with a fantastic view!
It's time to finally ride Frozen Ever After!
With a 90 minute wait, at least most of the queue is indoors and out of the heat.
Editors Note: She looks absolutely thrilled to be here
Ready to set sail on our journey through Arendelle!
Olaf and Sven start us out on Frozen Ever After, and I'm already impressed with the animatronics.
Disney really did a great job with Frozen Ever After. I liked it much more than I expected to!
The Frozen ride wouldn't be complete without a little song called "Let It Go"
Maelstrom still holds a place in my heart, just because it's classic Epcot, but Frozen Ever After is very well done.
After the Frozen gift shop, there's still a regular Norway gift shop. Not really sure what this means though!
Next lets head over to Disney Springs where there's always something new to check out.
Got a bite to eat at Frontera Cocina which was decent, but no seating for quick service guests
The new HomecomingFL looks great, and also has a nice bar with a grab and go window. Will try that next time!
The popular clothing store Superdry is now open
The Polite Pig is opening soon DisneySprings and if it's anything like CaskLarder and ravpig it'll be delicious!
The main reason we went to DisneySprings this time was for the new UniqloUSA store, and it is awesome!
The UniqloUSA store Disney Springs is two floors of Disney and non-Disney clothing at affordable prices!
I was surprised by the amount of Disney branded items available at Uniqlo
The Disney Project shirts are fantastic, and I think the pizza design one is my favorite
Disney Pixar shirts at UniqloUSA ? Yes please, I'll take them all!
Some of the Alice in Wonderland shirts at UniqloUSA
And let's not forget Star Wars!
Another look at some of the Disney Pixar shirts UniqloUSA . There are so many, I want them all!
Thanks again to Renée for yet another amazing update from Florida. Definitely could spend a few bucks in the Uniqlo store for sure.