We did however eat and eat and eat.
Greece's chicken gyro - middling.
Dominican Republic's caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple - didn't like the sauce but the flan itself was tasty.
Cheese Studio's cheese fondue with sourdough bread and Still River Winery Apfel Eis - you cannot go wrong with bread and cheese...or wine.
Sustainable Chew's vanilla panna cotta and pork spareribs - I hated the texture of the panna cotta but Aria ate every last bite and the pork spareribs were very good.
Chew Lab's NY Strip - Chris really enjoyed it.
We made a quick stop to get our Festival Passports stamped (in order to get a free wine glass for being passholders after three trips) and ride Living with the Land.
Desserts & Champagne's frozen smores - one of my favorites and Aria's.
Scotland's seared sea scallop - Chris thought it was super good.
Farm Fresh's hard cider flight and griddled 'yard bird' - I hated the pumpkin cider but the other three were delicious and Chris did not enjoy the 'yard bird'.
We stopped to see Duffy, who is being replaced soon.
New Zealand's seared venison loin - Chris thought it was just okay.
Australia's grilled lamb chop - this one is a repeat from last year except Chris loved it last year and hated it this year. Luck of the draw with some of the meats and how long they've been done.
China's mango jasmine tea, chicken pot stickers, and Beijing roasted duck in a steamed bun - I adored the tea, the pot stickers sucked, and the roasted duck wasn't my thing.
Poland's kielbasa and potato pierogi - one of my favorites from last year and just as good this year.
Not part of the Food & Wine but it just isn't a trip to Epcot without The American Dream from Fife & Drum Tavern. We were all stuffed and some of us were ready for a nap so we headed out in order to set up camp at Fort Wilderness.
Chris set up the tent all by himself, while Aria and I went exploring. We checked out the little shop, the beach, the playground, and on the way back to camp we spotted a trio of deer.
Aria was filthy from the beach so I corralled her into the shower while Chris did a Publix run for some grub. We ate (in the dark while being eaten alive by bugs), and then read a few stories out of Aria's new not-so-scary Disney storybook before bedtime. Aria flip flopped on her side of the air mattress for a bit before passing out while Chris and I sat in the screened porch trying to charge our cell phones and camera. We also saw bits of the Magic Kingdom fireworks through the trees since Magic Kingdom is just across the water.
The tent itself was really rather nice and had great air flow. I wasn't hot and sweating all night long like I thought I would be, and I was actually cold on the second night because a cool front hit. It was also roomy and you could stand up in it - we purchased this one in case you are interested. Chris put it up all on his own and it didn't take him very long at all.
The Fort Wilderness campgrounds were really kept up though. It is definitely not their fault that I am not a tent kind of gal.
Two things though...
One, I talked Chris out of getting a golf cart because I didn't think it was a need. I was totally wrong. Our plot of ground was very close to the dining area, the beach, and the boat to Magic Kingdom but the pool along with the Chip and Dale campfire sing-a-long was an annoyingly long walk away. If you are going to want to do anything at the campgrounds itself while you are staying there I'd highly recommend a golf cart. Well worth it!
And two, we took the first boat over to Magic Kingdom on day two and missed the opening ceremony because it was so slow. Ridiculously slow. It makes no sense to me to have a boat that won't get you to the park on time when you are just across the water. I'm still peeved about that.
Would I do it again? It would not be my first choice, but yes I think I could manage. Especially if Chris can figure out how to keep the air mattress inflated, and we rented a golf cart. It certainly wasn't the most relaxing vacation, and I felt dirty the entire trip. So, if I had my way I'd be right over at the Yacht Club or Wilderness Lodge!
And, here is the video for this trip...
See you real soon for day two!