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In Disney’s newest ride, Soarin, guests simulate a flight over some of California’s most picturesque locations, ranging from mountains to canyons to desserts to beaches and even downtown LA. But don’t be fooled about the simulation aspect though, this is not just a lame 3-D movie. It literally evokes the use of all of your senses. Guests enter a stadium size theater decorated to look like a small hanger. Inside the theater, guests strap into their hang glider seats. Once the ride begins, the seats move forward into the air, with each row of seats stacking vertically atop on another, positioning guests in front of a huge movie theater screen.
Food and Wine Festival
The best part of Epcot is wandering through the countries and experiencing the amazing food and drinks that each place has to offer. Since it’s difficult to visit every single country’s restaurant in one stay, I would highly recommend attending Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, if you want to taste a bit of what every country has to offer. Every fall, usually from October to November, Epcot hosts the Food and Wine Festival in which over 23 countries produce tapas and drinks which represent their countries cultural and regional specialities. The tapas range anywhere from $3-$10 and feature amazingly unique items like Seared Barramundi from Australia and Escargots Persillade en Brioche from France. The portions are small enough that you can eat and drink your way around the world all day. It actually took us two days to taste food and wine from all 23 countries (and by us I mean Mr. A ate all the food…the rest of us were way too full to finish). The food was spectacular and really different and unique. Even though I have eat at a lot of the restaurants in the World Showcase, I still was exposed to tons of food that I had never tried before without totally busting the bank. Want to see the food? I hope you just ate. If not, you better have some food on stand by. This stuff is crazy mouth watering.
Kimchi and Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw, respectively, I was wishing we still had that Colada because man was my mouth on fire.
After our trysts in Eastern cuisine, we returned to the comfort of America, where we proceeded to purchase every American item (pretty stereotypical I know). We moved from the Pecan Bread Pudding to the New England Lobster Roll then to the Tomato Heirloom Salad and finished with the Bison Chili. The Pecan Bread Pudding was to die for. As I was eating it, a stranger came up to tell me it was the best bread pudding she ever had (she was not kidding). Having sufficiently ruined our appetite for dinner, we decided to hold out on the rest of the world for another day (I mean the world wasn’t made in one day so you can’t possibly eat through it in one day).
After a few days rest, we decided to finish out our Disney vacation by spending our last day eating the rest of the Food and Wine Festival that we missed.
This duck kept trying to eat our food. He would flap his wings and try to get in Mr. A’s lap every time he took a bite. The more hilarious part though was that my Dad was having full blown conversations with the duck, who seemed to be quiet amenable considering he’s mute and all.
We finally finished our food excursion with Australia, where I indulged my sweet tooth with the Lamington (Chocolate-Covered Butter Cake) and Mr. A saturated his savory side with Grilled Lamb Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction. The Lamington was my favorite dessert of all the ones I tried at the festival. I loved the sweet crunch of the coconut flakes.
So as you can tell, don’t expect to walk away from the Food and Wine Festival hungry or skinny. But if you have the opportunity to visit Disney in the fall, you absolutely must do the Food and Wine Festival. It’s a great way to experience food from tons of different cultures in a wallet conscious way. And forget about your lunch reservations. These tapas are the perfect lunch substitute.
Have you ever visited Epcot? What about the Food and Wine Festival?