August 16, 2017

10 Tips for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

Hello friends! I can’t believe it’s almost that time in Walt Disney World once again, and even earlier than ever! We are just about two weeks away from the start of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot! It’s one of my favourite times to visit Walt Disney World, so I thought I would share ten tips and things I’ve learned after attending the festival a few times! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World in November, check out my 10 Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as well! Okay, let’s get started!

The Food & Wine Festival runs from August 31st- November 13th, 2017.

Food & Wine Festival

1. get a passport

These handy little things list all of the dishes that are available at the festival, and list them by country (or booth). The idea behind it is you sample everything then stamp (a sticker that comes in the book) the country once you have completed it. it’s really nice to see everything in one place and get organized. The passports are free and are available at most if not all, booths. The passport will also list if a dish is vegetarian which I found really helpful!

2. know what you want to try

Lines can get long, and it can definitely get busy, so it’s nice to have an idea of what you want to try! Whether you put a star next to the item, or just make a mental note, it’s nice to know what is a priority!

3. if from Canada (or another country) take picture of actual passport

We learned this the hard way at our hotel when we went to go to Trader Sam’s, and even though Ethan, his brother and I are all over 21 by at least a few years, we needed to show our passport or a picture of it (not drivers licence) to get in. I don’t want to have to carry my passport around the parks, so I took a picture and used that when buying my margarita at F&W (yum!). Just make sure to delete the picture after your trip!Food & Wine Festival

4. avoid on weekends

If I lived in Florida, I would visit the Food & Wine Festival all the time! So you can imagine, weekends are busy at Epcot! I made sure that we hit Epcot before the weekend at first, and then only spend a few hours there on the Friday morning before we hopped to Hollywood Studios. You could definitely tell the difference in crowds between the Tuesday and Friday!

5. gift card or certain amount of cash

With so many things to try, the Food & Wine Festival samples can add up fast. In World Showcase you can purchase Disney gift cards that come with a wristband to 1) limit spending and 2) be easily accessible on your hand! I would purchase a gift card for a certain amount, and when that runs out I’d be done! But you would be surprised how quickly it can add up!

6. spend an afternoon or two, hopefully Monday-Thursday

I think one of the best ways to do Food & Wine is in small portions (just like the samples!;) ) Spending an afternoon during the week wandering World Showcase is a perfect way to spend a day at Disney in my opinion! I love spending time wander World Showcase any time of year, but something about Food & Wine holds a special place in my heart.

7. Booth open at 11am!

Booths get busy, so don’t forget that World Showcase opens at 11sm! Beat the lunch rush by heading to some booths early, and you won’t regret it!Food & wine

8. Other offerings

Eat to the Beat concert series, and seminars, and tastings! There is actually much more to the Food & Wine festival. From the Eat to the Beat concert series (where I’ve seen Boyz II Men), to seminars and tastings, there is tons to do! Seminars and tastings you can book in advance here, and there are dining packages available that provide reserved seating for the evening show. Also there’s the Remy’s Hide and Squeak Challenge that is back this year! For $8.99+tax you get a map and have to find the Remy statues around World Showcase! Once completed you get a special edition pin.

9. be smart in using snack credits!

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, the Food & Wine Festival can be a great use of snack credits! Just look for the dining plan symbol beside items on the menu. Try to use your credits for the most expensive items (like the lobster roll) to get the most out of it!

10. Booths everywhere!

The number of booths increases every year, and they are getting closer and closer to being through the entire park, not just World Showcase! Don’t forget the booths that are near the entrance to world Showcase, and actually in Future World!

Food & Wine

The items I sampled last year!

Since I’m not going to the Food & Wine Festival this year, I thought it would be nice to reminisce on what I tried last year and what I thought of it! You can see a list of the items available this year here.

The Chew Collective Booth

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce*

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mouse with Caramel Drizzle

Refreshment Port

Cronut* (available here year round)

Mexico

Taco de Camaron: Battered Shrimp Taco with purple cabbage and chipotle mayo

Hops & Barley

New England Lobster Roll*

Carrot Cake*

Morocco

Spicy Hummus Fries*- the highlight for me last year! Definitely give it a try!

*also available this year.

 

If you want to hear about the 10 tips instead of reading, check out the co-ordiating video below!

What are you looking forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

 

Kelsey
August 2, 2017

Disney Tag! Answering Some Disney Questions!

Hello friends, and happy Wednesday! A while ago one of my favourite YouTubers Diana from beingmommywithstyle did this Disney Tag with her husband, and I immediately thought it would be so much fun wanted to do it! I have been meaning to film this for a while, and finally got to it! I will have all of the questions listed below, but check out the video for my answers!

Disney tag

If you’ve never heard of Disney Tag before, it’s a bunch of Disney related questions that you answer on the spot. I made an effort to not think of what I would say before I filmed, so it made it more fun and spur of the moment. Okay, let the Disney Tag begin!

Questions:

A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience.

An unforgettable experience/moment you’ve had at the parks.

What non-Disney song(s) reminds you/brings back memories of Disney and/or the parks?

When was the first time you went to a Disney park?

If you could choose any Disney character to be your best friend, who would you choose?

Who are you favorite Disney princesses?

Name a scene/moment in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry.

What is the first Disney movie you remember seeing?

What is your favorite Disney movie?

Who is your favorite Disney villain?

What is your least favorite Disney movie?

What is your favorite Disney song?

What Disney Character (s) has your personality or has your dream personality?

If you could change any scene in a Disney movie, what would it be and why?

If you had to get stuck on any ride in any Disney park for more than 30 minutes, what would you want it to be?

BONUS Questions!
– Favorite Theme Park
– Favorite WDW Ride
– Favorite Disney Dining OR If you could eat at any Disney restaurant in a park right now, where would it be? Bonus point if you know what you would order!

 

If Disney Tag sounds like something you might like to do, I’m tagging you! If you do it in post format, or a video, I’d love to see you answers! Don’t forget to tag me 🙂

Thank you so much for watching!

Kelsey
July 19, 2017

My Disney Bucket List

I’ve had this idea for a while, and today is the day! I thought it would be fun to make a list of Disney things I’d love to do, and a little bit of the why behind it. Some are more likely to happen than others, but it’s just for fun so why not! I encourage you to leave your list in the comments as well! I’ve also included a video at the bottom if you’d rather hear me talk about the items on the list. Curious to see what’s on my Disney Bucket list? Then let’s get started!

disney bucket list

 

Dine at Victoria and Albert’s- This definitely won’t be happening anytime soon because of the price tag that comes with dining here, but it would be a great dining experience I’m sure! If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, Victoria and Albert’s is a restaurant at the Grand Floridian, and is fine dining at it’s finest (hehe).

Stay at all the Walt Disney World DVC resorts- since becoming DVC members last year, this becomes much more of a possibility! The only hard thing? I love the Polynesian so much, I would miss it if I didn’t get to stay there! But I hope to be able to try them all at some point! Plus, Disney just announced they will be adding a new DVC Resort! Yay!

My Disney Bucket List

Visit Disneyland- I’ve never been to the original Magic Kingdom, and I’d love to see it! I’d love to go on rides that are only in that park, as well as the ones that are in Walt Disney World as well! It would be really fun to be able to compare the different parks, and I really hope I get to see these parks at some point!

Dine at Club 33- The private club that only members can dine at, and the only place that serves alcohol inside Disneyland Park! The odds of this happening are very low, but I can dream!

Visit Aulani- A Disney resort in Hawaii? Count me in!

Visit the International Disney Parks!- Disneyland Paris, Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland! I really doubt all of these will happen, but why not add it to the list! I think the one I would be most likely to visit would be in Paris, because I’ve never been and it’s definitely a city I want to see!

Run in a RunDisney race- I’ve heard that the RunDisney races are really well done, and I’d love to do one! I’m currently training for a 15K in October, so maybe if I keep it up I can do one “easily”.

Go on a Disney cruise- I’ve wanted to go on a Disney Cruise since I was a kid! I’m pretty sure this will happen eventually, but I’m just not sure when.

My Disney Bucket List

Stay in a room with a view of Cinderella Castle- on our last trip, we didn’t have a view of the castle from our room at the Polynesian, but if you leaned over the balcony (safe, I know) I could see the fireworks at night! I think it would be so neat to look out of your room and see the castle in the morning. Ideally I would want to stay at Bay Lake Tower or the Contemporary, but a view from anywhere would be pretty amazing! One of the things I loved about staying at the Polynesian was being able to see the castle, and hear the toots from the train at Magic Kingdom! I felt so close to the magic!

Stay in Cinderella castle suite- Another one that will probably never happen, but I can dream! The pictures of the suite in Cinderella Castle are amazing, it would be so cool to get to stay in there!

4 parks in one day- This would be really fun to do, although probably tiring depending on how much you would want to do in each park. I feel like I’m not at the point of going to the park often enough to “take out” a day from my schedule to do this, but maybe someday!

Surf School at Typhoon Lagoon- I just think this is so cool, and a safe way to learn to surf (aka no sharks!). It happens before the park opens, and they can actually control the waves to help beginners!

Take Ethan to the Water Parks I’ve been to the water parks, although it’s been 10 years! I’d like to go to the water parks with Ethan, and show him what they are about!

Wild Africa trek/ more tours!- I’ve done the Keys to the Kingdom tour which I would highly recommend, so it would definitely be fun to do some more tours at some point! Wild Africa Trek is the one at Animal Kingdom where you suit up in a harness and go on bridges over the animals! I think that would be pretty amazing to do.

I might have something up my sleeve to cross some of these things off, but you’ll just have to wait to find out! As I eventually check some of these things off the list, I may come back and add things, and actually cross them off on here, and link to any posts that I may have written about them!

If you want to hear a little more about the items on my Disney Bucket List, check out the co-ordinating video below!

 

Thanks for joining me today to check out my Disney bucket list! Don’t forget to share what’s on your Disney bucket list in the comments!

 

 

Kelsey