We live in Colorado. Colorado is not that close to Orlando. Two time zones and several hours later, it’s not a jaunt. But, boy oh boy is it worth it! I am traveling for work for much of the month of October and my travel takes me to the East Coast. The Hubby and I got to tossing ideas around about a short trip to Disney World so that we could take full advantage of our shiny new Platinum Annual Passholder status, go to Epcot Food and Wine Festival AND Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I would fly from my last business destination to Orlando and Bryson would fly from Colorado and we would meet for a few jam packed days.
Important side note is that I will be coming off a two week, five city business trip, and will likely be exhausted but I am never too exhausted for Disney. So I will be flying from Charlotte to Orlando (which I thought was a good idea until I realized there are only a handful of direct flights from one point to the other) on a Friday. Bryson will fly in to meet me and we are staying at The Dolphin! We have never even been inside the Dolphin so this will be exciting!
We won’t get in until evening but I’ll be darned if we aren’t going to try to catch a fireworks show at Magic Kingdom (our first experience with Happily Ever After). Saturday, rope drop at Animal Kingdom for our first Pandora adventure and hopefully a ride on Flight of Passage. I am nervous that this trip falls on a weekend because I know that is when the locals all venture over there but we can sleep when we get back to Colorado so we are going to get there early.
The plan is to spend the morning at Animal Kingdom, maybe catch a safari and definitely grab a Night Blossom at Pongu Pongu and then head to Epcot for a day filled with Epcot Food and Wine Festival. There are so many things that I am excited for at Food and Wine. I want to check out the Light Lab but I am way more excited for the offerings in the World Showcase.
As you know by now, I am a planner. So I want to make sure that there are a few things I am sure to try at Epcot Food and Wine. Especially because we are going back in a short time and can experience the fare Epcot always has to offer, I want to be sure to immerse my palette in Food and Wine goodness. Here are a few things I am hoping to try:
- Africa: Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita
- Canada: Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll
- Not a new item but why would you not eat this
- The Chocolate Studio: Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with warm whiskey caramel
- Coastal Eats: I want everything on this menu in my mouth.
- Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
- Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce
- Craft Beers: This one is for the Hubby because I know he will want to try this
- Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in sausage with mustard sauce
- Flavors From Fire: Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue
- Hops and Barley: I’m torn here because I never turn a lobster roll down but should I think outside the box instead?
- Lobster Roll
- Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
- Japan: Another one for the Hubby (I’ll be sure to help out on this)
- Salmon BLT Sushi Roll
- Spain: Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd
- The Wine and Dine Studio: Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussel Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
- Almond Orchard: I will be getting champagne from here because I heart champagne
- Farm Fresh: Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
- Hawaii: Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
- Islands of the Caribbean: Frozen Mojito (The WDW Couple got me hooked on needing to try this)
- Light Lab: Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
- Scotland: Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin
Full disclosure, I will not make it through each of these but these are goals. There are truly so many incredible options this year and I want to experience as many of them as possible. If you are going with someone else, get different items so that you can try twice as many tasty things.
Sunday we are either going to head back to Food and Wine for a few hours or head straight into Magic Kingdom for a full day of Disney Magic. Either way, the whole trip will be filled with magic of course. It is well known that you just can’t experience everything Food and Wine has to offer in one day but we want to make sure we get good quality time in with Magic Kingdom. I’d love to even see if we can’t get a last minute Seven Dwarfs Mine Train fast pass on Sunday. But, we will definitely be seeing our favorite 999 happy haunts at least once.
Sunday night we have Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)! This is going to be our first time experiencing this and it is going to be magical. I cannot wait to be a part of it. Had we had more time to plan, I would have been sure to get a great costume ready but it’s ok, we will be enjoying every second of this party in our cute Disney Halloween shirts that my husband found.
What am I most excited for at MNSSHP? So many things! I can’t wait for the Fireworks show, Hallowishes and the parade. I love Disney’s parades and I have heard so many great things about this one. I really want to try a few of the specialty treats that will be out for MNSSHP including a couple of the tarts that are themed after Haunted Mansion. I know this makes me crazy but I don’t care about meeting Jack Skelington and Sally. I never liked Nightmare Before Christmas so that shaves a lot of time off my must-do’s since I have no desire to make that happen. That’s ok though! That means someone else can see them who really wants to! I really want to get a photo with Mickey and Minnie all dressed up in Halloween best. I think that will be so fun.
I have to make a confession too… I ordered new ears. I did. I had to. I found them on Etsy and they were on sale. You will find I rarely pay full price for things, although I did pay full price for all of our shirts that we are going to wear on our big trip in December. But, I found them and if you read my post on Falling in Love at Disney, a blog post dedicated to all things fall décor at Magic Kingdom, you know that I absolutely adore the fall Mickey wreaths that are all over Magic Kingdom this time of year. I love the leaves, I love the colors, I love the Mickey pumpkin heads, I love that they glow at night. I love them…and these ears are them! That’s right! I found ears that replicate the Mickey wreaths and you can call me crazy but they are amazing and I will wear them everyday of our trip, even though it’s only three days.
So that’s it. That’s a quick overview of our last minute trip to some of the most exciting happenings in Walt Disney World. Were we not Annual Passholders, this trip wouldn’t even be a consideration. But we are and we are going to take full advantage of every chance we get to experience the Magic of Disney at Walt Disney World. If you have not yet, take a look at Bryson’s post on becoming Annual Passholders and why it made sense for us. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see ya real soon! And for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.