Sunday was my “Alone Day” – I wanted to go big, and everyone else wanted to take it slow before hitting up Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that night. I was actually excited to have my own plan and not have to make any compromises.
Soon as I was ready to go, I headed to EPCOT for the 3rd day in a row (because I’m a science/world-cultures nerd like that.) Right away, I saw Stitch and barely any line to take pictures with him! I guess few people even saw him since he was so close to the entrance, but either way, it meant I got to be a fool again!
Mom and I are the hardcore Disney World vacationers in the family (as is Annie, but she was too busy being awesome and becoming a certified firefighter to join us this year [trufax]) so we were the only ones ready for some Hollywood Studios action at 8 am Saturday morning. As soon as we were allowed entry, we raced for Tower of Terror Fast Passes then jumped in line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Nothing wakes you up like going from zero to 60 in 2 seconds — except a shot of espresso, which I bought myself when we got off the ride.
Pro Tip: Do not ride the Tower of Terror after consuming mass amounts of caffeine.
Animal Kingdom opened early on Friday morning, so we made plans to be ready to head out by 7. We arrived a little bit after they started letting resort guests in, but already it was PACKED. My parents, Caitlin and Josh wanted to buy a new outfit for Laney at one of the stores so they handed their park passes to the rest of us so we could snag some Fast Passes for Expedition Everest. We reconvened at a food stand for coffee and a short break before our Fast Pass time came up.
On Friday afternoon, I forewent lunch and dinner so I could instead enjoy all that EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival had to offer with Caitlin and Kelly and their boys Josh and Steve. I’ve been really making an effort to open myself up to new and exotic foods recently, so I was excited to sample some dishes and drinks from all over the world. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try everything, but I still made out extremely well.
The first stand we hit was Australia. I got Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon and Shrimp on the Barbie with a Citrus Glaze. I’m not a big shrimp fan, but it was delicious with the glaze. I’d order a full entrée portion. The Cab Sauv was fabulous and I almost got a second sample before deciding to save my money. I also tried a bite of the Grilled Lamb Chop Josh ordered – I’ve never tried lamb before and wasn’t expecting to like it, but I didn’t hate it. It was very tender and not as gross as I find most red meat.
This Thursday, I’m flying to Orlando for vacation with my family – we’re going to Walt Disney World! We’re kind of boring when it comes to vacations. We always go on either a Carnival cruise (which I do not enjoy so much, ever since I got seasick on my first one) or we head to WDW. We’ve been there enough times to know that October is the best time of year to go. EPCOT hosts an annual International Food and Wine Festival and the Magic Kingdom throws Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, both events we’re attending and I’m super stoked for. Read the rest of this entry