E and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. I was in Florida for a conference and we chose to arrive early so we could enjoy the parks together. Disney is extra special to us because we honeymooned there in 2005.
The weather was great and as an added bonus, Epcot was hosting it's 15th annual Food and Wine Festival!
Epcot has been my favorite Disney park since I first visited it back in 1985. I love Figment, Captain EO, The World Showcase... it's just a great place. It's both educational and fun. The park opened in 1982 and it still retains some of it's 80's-ness, which makes it ultra cool. If you didn't know, I'm a nerd, so I was in heaven. Between the science and technology, the history, and the food and wine thing, I spent most of my free time at this park.
Each country in The World Showcase always has food, drinks, and exhibits, but for the Food and Wine Festival additional countries were added and we spent more than one day tasting food from Mexico, China, Brazil, Poland, England, Germany, and a bunch of other places. Plus, Kool and the Gang performed at Epcot during our stay. I was in food, wine, and old-school 80's heaven.
E's favorite part was the beer...
|E in "Germany". Check out the shirt.|
We ate tons of junk, including this huge, smoked turkey leg (it's a Disney tradition)...
It was hot, if you couldn't tell from my skin glistening to match that turkey leg!
Overall, it was such a great weekend. We only had limited free time to explore the parks, but I felt like we were kids again, even for just a few days. If you are considering going to Disney World, I'd suggest going in October for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of the food and drinks. It was a very grown-up event in a location that's normally considered a kids and family vacation spot.
I'll follow up with another post about the rest of our Disney adventures. Has anyone been to any of the other Disney resorts (California? Paris?). Any other Disney fans out there?
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