Originally, we’d planned to get up on Friday, have breakfast, and head home. However, a month or so ago, Chris found that the Food & Wine Festival was starting at Epcot that day. Since we always have tons of snack credits left at the end of our trip and the F&W Festival will take them for most of their food options, we decided to hit that in the morning and then drive home. If we spent too much time there, we’d catch a hotel room somewhere cheaper on the way home. So, that morning, we got up and loaded up the car. Then we went to the Pop food area and had breakfast. We opted for pastries and fruit that morning, but that was a mistake, imho. Chris and I had the cinnamon roll. It was fine, but not spectacular. Em had a chocolate muffin that she liked a lot. After breakfast, we caught the bus to Epcot.
We got there with about 15 minutes to spare before the park opened. As you know, the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11 and Future World opens at 9. We planned on getting in a few rides before we hit the F&W. So, when the park opened, we went to Test Track first. Then we did Mission: Space again, orange of course. After that, we went to the F&W pavilion to see what was there. Chris wanted to see the Ghiradelli special thing, but it turns out it wasn’t much. We did each get two mini Ghiradelli caramel chocolate candies, so there was that. They also had some cool chocolate sculptures to see. We left there and rode Spaceship Earth. It actually had a line and took us about 15-20 minutes. After that, the World Showcase was open, so we headed over. We had 11 snack credits left. We bought one of our choices and somehow we weren’t charged for one of them. So, here’s what we got, and from where:
- Patagonia – Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree
- New Zealand – Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
- Farm Fresh – Grilled “Yard Bird” with Braised Greens and House-made Habanero Sauce
- China – Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoison Sauce
- Singapore – Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice
- Germany – Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
- Fife & Drum – Ice Cream Sundaw made with Ghiradelli Chocolate Sauce
- Hops & Barley – Artisan Cheese Plate: Cabot Cloth-wrapped Cheddar, Purple Haze Chevre Goat Cheese, Cave Man Blue Cheese
- Japan – Spicy Hand Roll – Tuna and Salmon with Zazan Volcano Sauce (Chris only)
- Belgium – Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
- Brazil – Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Cilantro
We were tired and tired of standing in line. And I was hungry. We shared all the above except the sushi. It didn’t add up to very much. I really wanted another of those cinnamon and sugar pretzels. Em decided she did too. So we used our last two snack credits for those. I ate all mine, Em ate half, and then we left. Oh, yeah, at the Belgium booth, we ended up behind another family. Em makes me lean down and whispers that she thinks the girl goes to her TKD studio. I look and recognized her and her mom, but didn’t know her name. So Em went and said hello. They talked for a bit, but it was weird that her mom never turned around or said hello. Oh well. We got the bus back to the hotel. There we filled up our cooler with ice and got on the road. We were going to full up our refillable mugs, but it started raining harder, so we didn’t bother.
Oh, a note on those mugs. They are a pain in the ass. On our first MK day, I got overheated walking all the way back to our bus stop from the park (it’s the farthest one) and felt pretty miserable. When we got back to our hotel, we decided to get our free mugs and fill them and take them back to the room. The new mugs (at least newer than 2 years ago) have a sensor in the bottom. It’s supposed to prevent you from filling them, dumping them into someone else’s cup, and filling them again. But they suck ass. I didn’t realize they were like that, so I stuck my mug under and pushed the lever without sitting it down. Nothing would happen. And employee was right there and told me I had to put it down. I looked up and saw that there were instructions (though way above my eye level). I sat it down and it would not work. It said I had to wait over 5 minutes before I could refill again. I talked to no less than 5 employees to get it fixed before one finally got a regular paper cup and let me fill up that and dump it in my cup. I had felt so bad from the over-heating and such that I was almost in tears. Over a freaking cup. Yeah.
Anyway, we drove home, stopping at McDs for dinner. We got home around 10pm. We spend the rest of the weekend being super lazy.