Thursday, November 29, 2012

Food and Wine Expo

by Julie

My husband and I did something wild and crazy. Super wild and crazy. Yep, you guessed it. We went to DisneyWorld without the kids! First time ever!

No, we weren't missing the head-pounding turns of Space Mountain, or the crooning flowers of the Tiki Room (though we did visit both), we were there for the Food and Wine Expo, which took place in Epcot.

Wow, was this a lot of fun. And incredibly well organized. But hey, this is Disney. No surprise there. All around World Showcase of Epcot were booths offering your choice of two or three tastes of that country's cuisine. We got there on a Monday afternoon and made our first stop at Canada. Excellent choice because we wound up eating there twice. Only one other kiosk held that honor -- Desserts and Champagne. We didn't have the Champagne, but we really, really enjoyed the desserts.

All in all there were 29 different temporary locations set up between the countries that reside permanently in World Showcase. We hit 24 of them over the course of our trip. We did take a break to visit the Magic Kingdom, which was already decked out in holiday lights, and we got a sneak peek into the newly remodeled Fantasyland. Dumbo has been moved and there are new attractions featuring Beauty and the Beast and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

Of course we snuck over to Animal Kingdom where we rode Expedition Everest. And we visited Hollywood Studios for my all-time favorite ride Tower of Terror. I was truly terrified the first time I went on it, but now... I can't stay away. Love the way it makes my stomach jump.

Hmm... can you tell I'm a kid at heart?

In any case, the best part of the trip truly was the Food and Wine Expo. We ate too much, but had the most wonderful time doing so. If you ever have the chance to enjoy this particular festival (it usually runs from late September through early November), go for it!

Have you visited DisneyWorld in Florida? What's your favorite attraction?