Loving all things Disney is sort of a requirement in my family. This past weekend we had a short staycation for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Even though I only live about 45 minutes away from the parks, I love taking a weekend here and there to stay on property and get the full Disney experience. I was really excited for this trip because a big group of my family was going and the Food & Wine Festival is one of my favorite events!
We arrived Friday afternoon and checked in at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. This was my first time staying at this particular resort or staying at any of the Disney “value” resorts so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleased overall. I love the theme there, it’s like #ThrowbackThursday brought to life! The resort is broken up into decades from the 50’s to the 90’s and there are tons of decorations and giant objects representing each decade. We were in the 50’s building.
The room was a decent size and very clean but the bathroom was highly outdated and it was not the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve ever slept in. I recommend this resort for families with young children (the kids in our group loved it, we could hardly get them out of the pool) but I don’t recommend it for couples or families with older children.
Friday night, Jeff and I decided to take some time for just us and headed to dinner at Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s an African inspired buffet and the food was amazing! There were so many options of food I’ve never heard of or tried and everything I had was delicious. My favorites were the soups, the wine flight and of course, the desserts! There were rows of decadent desserts, all miniature sized so I could try so many! I highly recommend this restaurant but if you go, don’t plan on doing much after because we were stuffed. Jeff could hardly walk out of there!
Saturday, we hit the main event: the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. We had a great time, but boy was it was HOT and PACKED. It was opening weekend so I knew it would be busy but didn’t expect it to be that busy. I hear that it is busiest on the first couple of weekends and towards the end, so try to hit it sometime in the middle. If you’re going with a big group (there was almost 20 of us) I definitely recommend making matching t-shirts. Not only did I have a blast making them, it made it soooo much easier to find each other in the crowds.
They have so many stands that it is impossible to get through everything in a single day but my favorites of the day were the Chocolate Belgian Waffle paired with Chilled Coffee with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur in Belgium and the Escargot Croissant with a Cranberry Martini Slush in France. And my mom raved about the Key Limen Wine from the Farm Fresh stand. Don’t miss out on these if you go!
Also, this plate is one of the best investments you could ever make at Disney. It’s only $6 and it holds your drink and food at the same time. It makes the experience so much easier! No more hanging around trash cans for a place to set your drink down while you try to taste the food.
Saturday night, we headed to Splitsville, which is the bowling alley at
Downtown Disney Disney Springs. This place is probably my favorite late night activity at WDW. It’s a ton of fun (even though I’m a terrible bowler) and they have the best pizza! I also had a root beer float, to top off my day of terrible eating choices, and it was totally worth it!
I am so grateful for this weekend and the time I got to spend with some of my family that I don’t get to see that often. I made some great memories and had so much delicious food!
Have you been to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival? What’s your favorite Disney memory?