Epcot 2017 Food and Wine Festival, Part One

So we finally made it to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year. Actually, it was the traditional kickoff weekend, as well as our tradition, too. And it also aligned with the 35th Anniversary of Epcot’s Opening Day.

In spite of the crowds, we managed to sneak off early and catch a few booths before the rest caught up with us. Everything we tried was tasty, but Rich’s favorite was the chicken with peanut sauce from Thailand. It reminded me of my trip to Thailand several years ago.

We plan to drop in on Epcot a couple of evenings to taste some of our other favorites, to try some new offerings since our last visit, and to enjoy the nighttime atmosphere and live music.

More tasty treats from Africa, Germany, Mexico, Thailand and New Zealand.

Good-bye Universe of Energy, Hello Frozen

We secured a FP+ for Frozen last Friday night (our first time), and while we were there, we rode Universe of Energy for the last time. I have nostalgic feelings for it, remembering when Epcot first opened in October of 1982 – I was there the first week in December. But I do believe it is time for it to go – so dated and long and boring – lol!

Good-bye Universe of Energy

From there we stopped in at Mexico and got a couple of Cucumber Margaritas on the rocks at a new stand we hadn’t seen before. And a Margarita on the Rocks is new for us, too. Before they only had frozen and we prefer the rocks.

Feeling at home, like we’d never left

We also noticed the Food & Wine Festival booths were in place, although still in progress. We were thinking 2 days before Labor Day weekend was too early to start the festival but now we can’t wait.

Food & Wine Festival booth in progress

We sipped and walked around the Lagoon, stopped in at the Caramel shop in Germany and Rich picked up a little dessert for us and then peeked into Spice Road Table in Morocco – definitely on our “must do” list. Then we headed back to Norway to ride Frozen. We’d thought that Frozen was overly-hyped but we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the ride – definitely an improvement over the former Norway ride, at least to us.

Same boat, new ride

Olaf was so cute, we had to bring him home and he sits proudly next to our disco light next to the stereo – lol! Well, we had to do something to add some charm to this place. Ha!

Olaf loves disco

Which reminds me, did we post a pic of Mr. & Mrs. Quack?

Mr. & Mrs. Quack from the BoatHouse gift shop

After that, we headed out to the parking lot before the Illuminations crowd but stopped in at Mouse Gear to pick up a new set of “Love is Magical” champagne glasses for our upcoming anniversary. We chatted with the friendly CMs – they knew from our AP and I.D. that we were locals so we talked about favorite booths at the F&W Festival.

This last move to Florida was the first time we’d left California after we’d enjoyed Cars Land so much. I was quite concerned that I’d miss Cars Land and DCA too much. But I’m happy to report that World Showcase at Epcot continues to top that. It’s always been our favorite park and continues to be so.

What an amazing evening at Epcot! It didn’t rain on us, wasn’t too terribly hot, and the crowds were down – a much better experience than my last MK day trip. And now the F&W Festival is coming up – pretty awesome!