Tag: Epcot

A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is taking place right now in Florida.  Hot Hubby and I have plans to attend later this year.  We love the creativity, tastes and smells of EPCOT during this event.  I have always loved to eat, but preparing it is another matter.

I have never been a great cook…make that good cook…better say tolerable cook.   So it is a good thing that Hot Hubby doesn’t like to eat.  It makes us the perfect pair.

I once had a discussion with a great cook, who said, “If you can read, you can cook.”  I disagree completely.  I own and have read multiple cookbooks.   I gather all of the ingredients, I measure everything carefully and I get to that dreaded phrase, “season to taste.”   If  I knew how this was supposed to taste, why would I need a cookbook?  It doesn’t tell you with what to season.  So I end up throwing in all of the spices I own, and it tastes awful.

I am a practical person and I hate recipes that call for part of something.  I once tried to make Orange chicken from a recipe that called for half a can of orange concentrateorange chicken.   But what am I supposed to do with the other half?  Not wanting to be wasteful, I just added the whole thing…..not a good idea.  My kids still talk about how awful that chicken was.

Maybe because I am such a horrible cook, it lets me appreciate when I eat something spectacular.  I love the creativity and presentation of the food at Disney.  It always inspires me to want to try harder when I get home.  I just have to make sure I have the fire department on speed dial for my next attempt.foodandwine image

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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Meeska Mooska!  Planning Disney World Fast Passes

Meeska Mooska! Planning Disney World Fast Passes

I am so excited to be taking my bonus granddaughters to Disney World for the first time.  I live in the Southwest, so we are Disneyland aficionados.  Disney World, on the other hand, has changed a little since we last visited.

There is a new Fast Pass system, that allows you to reserve 90 days before arrival, three fast passes for every park you are visiting.  To be successful, you need to pick three rides for each land (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).  You also need to know which day you are visiting each park.  This creates a matrix effect in my little brain and it says, “Danger Will Robinson!”

So I decided to take this a step at a time.  Today, I am just tackling which three rides I want fast passes for, then next week, I will decide which park, which day.  So when it comes time to schedule, I will be prepared.

Here is my list:

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Start with the Easiest:  Animal Kingdom
1)  Avatar Flight of Passage – the newest, latest, greatest Disney ride
2) Kilimanjaro Safari
3)  Expedition Everest?  This is a roller coaster that has a height requirement of 44″.  So we could get this for the adults and then swap off entertaining the children in Dino Land

Hollywood Studios
1) Star Tours
2) First Time in Forever
3) Toy Story Midway Mania
4) Fantasmic!
Epcot
1)  Soarin’
2) Spaceship Earth
3) Journey into Imagination with Figment
or 3) Test Track which has a height requirement of 40″ but again, the adults can trade off
Magic Kingdom  Day 1
1) Peter Pan’s Flight – this has the longest line in the park and the girls will love it
2) 7 Dwarfs Mine Ride – height requirement 39″
3) Enchanted Tales with Belle
Day 2
1) Thunder Mountain Railroad – height requirement 40″
2) Splash Mountain
3) Haunted Mansion
4) Pirates of the Caribbean if kids aren’t tall enough/don’t want railroad or Splash
Oops, I just realized that the Mickey Mouse Christmas Party and the Epcot Food &Wine Festival are during our visit.   So I will need to see when we can fit those in!
I am so excited to be visiting Disney World with kids….I hope they can keep up with Hot Hubby and me!