Day two is upon us. Today we will be truckin’ on over to Epcot to experience the Flower and Garden Festival. This would be my second experience with this festival, but it has vastly changed since 2009. Now, it’s pretty much a mini Food and Wine Festival. Disney must have figured out that they don’t make extra money from the people just looking at the pretty flowers. Food and booze is where it’s at. I’m all on board.
We had fastpasses for the newest version of the Soarin’ attraction. No pictures to take here, but this was a favorite of the moms. This ride works for all ages hence, it’s always crazy busy. You must have a fastpass!
With a couple Future World attractions down we made our way to World Showcase to take in the floral vistas…and find some grub.
On to the food. We started in Canada. Meghan got a sort of dessert/cocktail. It was yummy, but I needed some real food.
But first, beer. This flight is from one of my favorite breweries, Unibroue.
My first bite of the day was exceptional. The brown butter vinaigrette was bomb.
We strolled around the grounds of Victoria Gardens. This is always spectacular year round. These plantings are not just for the festival.
We were going to watch the Circle Vision movie while we were there. Some folks were murmuring about it being down so I hustled down to check it out.
They had a young man stationed wayyyy down the end of a long bridge to tell us it was closed. Put that man up at the front, S’il vous plâit!
With a little Pixie Dust from Peter and Tink, we flew all the way to the U.K. !
We found no offerings of food to our liking in the UK so we moved on to France.
We had our very favorite taste of the festival here, It was a savory delight! It was like thanksgiving wrapped in a flakey, buttery crust! We all agreed we would loop back around and get another taste, but sadly, it never happened.
We took a stroll through me *favorite Pavilion, Morocco. No food here that we partook in.
Our next stop would be in the good ole US of A. We’d been to the American Adventure show here in the past few years, but I hadn’t heard the Voices of Liberty since our honeymoon, 28 years ago. I knew that the moms would love it!
This acoustically perfect rotunda allows the music to soar. Here’s a sample for your listening pleasure…
After Voices, we saw the theater show (read: took a short nap) and headed back out for some victuals.
Yes, they are classifying that humungous pulled pork sandwich was billed as a slider! Both of these selections were excellent and a good value. Speaking of value, there are certain websites out there that are dedicated to all things Disney Food. While they post a lot of pretty pictures and such, some are so deep in with perks and exclusive invites from the mouse, that their reviews cannot be relied upon. Josh from EasyWDW, however, has no such loyalties. Really, he’s as cynical as all get out. On our October trip and this latest one I followed his reviews for all our choices. He not only rates on taste, but value for what you get. Without exception, everything recommended was spot on. Thanks, Josh for eating and drinking all the things for us!
Next up was Italy
You may recall that I previously stated that I would never set foot in Tutto Gusto again. It is a cool and intimate respite from the bustle of the park but it is insanely over priced. However, when Meghan wants to go somewhere, you just do. I did think Arlene would love it. I sucked it up.
With that business behind us, we made our way to Germany.
We did a walk through of The Karmel Kuche simply for the aromas.
Germany is always great for a Beer and a Bratwurst, tasty and reasonably priced. For the festival, there were some other tempting options.
The Currywurst and chips were pretty straightforward and awesome. I just wished they put the ketchup to the side so I could regulate the ratio. Just nitpicking here. The potato pancake paired with applesauce was a surprisingly savory delight. The herb laced pancake paired a low sugar apple sauce made for a perfect coupling of savory and sweet.
No trip to World Showcase is considered valid without the consumption of a School Bread from Norway. It’s in the charter.
Meghan ran inside to purchase our pastry when all heck-fire rain broke loose. She was stuck undercover, but we had to find refuge in a bathroom doorway. We made fast friends with all the other folks seeking shelter.
The rain left as quickly as it rolled in so we were good to move on to Mexico.
We just did a quick loop around. The tequila bar was too packed after the rain to be considered and the Three Caballeros ride seemed a bit tough to board.
We decided to loop back around to the UK to have a pint and regroup.
We discussed our strategy for the rest of the evening, specifically watching Illuminations. We were getting a bit weary, so I decided to try and snag a reservation with good viewing. I was able to get us in to La Hacienda, however they stuck us in a windowless section of the restaurant. Boo! We ordered our food and drinks, then when the show was about to begin I made the girls hustle out to see the show. It worked out okay I guess. It was pretty remarkable how hungry we were after grazing all day, but here we are!
I had hoped to do a late night stroll but we were all plum tuckered out and the ladies already got a full Epcot experience. You can’t for better than that.
*They’re all my favorite.
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