Thursday, October 22, 2015

Disney Trip #16, Day 3 - Tri-Circle-D Ranch and Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

Let's wrap this Disney getaway up... On our final day we'd planned on sleeping in a bit since we had such a long previous day. Naturally we were all up before the sun. Chris was cold and anxious to pack up the site because time deadlines make him nervous. I had given up on sleep because of the deflated air mattress and noisiness of nature. Aria snoozed away until her usual wake up time and then woke up like a chipper bird.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds
Chris kicked us out of the tent because he needed to pack that shit up right this very second, so we hiked to the bathroom and got dressed. I got our bags ready for the day and then stood around with Aria feeling useless.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds
We had the Tri-Circle-D Ranch on our must-do list so when it opened at 8 we walked over to it only to be told it opens at 10. The internet told me 8. Thanks a ton internet. Chris immediately ran back to the campsite (literally ran) so he could keep packing up. Aria and I walked over to the horse fence just to make sure it really wasn't open. It wasn't.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds playground
Instead Aria and I strolled around and then hit up the playground. We wanted to poke around the shop but it wasn't open either. Just as we were going to head back to camp, we bumped into Chris walking to find us.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds
We still had a bit of time to kill before the Ranch opened so Chris and Aria went to find a muffin. And then finally...finally the horses were awake, so we walked over to let Aria ride her very first pony.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds, Tri-Circle-D Ranch pony ride
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds, Tri-Circle-D Ranch pony ride
It was adorable. It was 8 bucks and I got to walk the pony myself! You just follow a little path around the pens. I'm not sure who was more excited about it - Aria or myself. Because, pony walking is way more awesome than dog walking. Our pony was named Gus, and the entire thing is on the video down below. I mean the pony ride is probably my favorite bit from our whole getaway. And, actually a simple trip from Magic Kingdom - should we ever want to ride a pony in the middle of a Magic Kingdom visit.
Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness campgrounds, Tri-Circle-D Ranch
They also have horses. Like really freaking big ones. We enjoyed walking around the stables to visit them. Too bad you can't pet them though because horse noses are my favorite. I believe they are the ones that pull trolleys and such along Main Street USA as well. Afterwards we walked back to our packed up site and car before saying farewell to Fort Wilderness campgrounds.

We wanted to pop over to Epcot for a little Food & Wine style lunch before making the trek back home. The plan was to get there before the World Showcase opened to beat the crowds but because of the time mix up with the Ranch that didn't happen. Instead we arrived along with the other 4 million or so people all wanting to eat yummy things.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Chip And Dale meet and greet
But we made the best of it and slowly ate our way around the world between standing in absurdly long lines.

First up was France's Boeuf Bourguigon and Creme Brulee - both of them were delicious.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, France's Boeuf Bourguigon and Creme Brulee
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, France's Boeuf Bourguigon and Creme Brulee

While Aria and I were waiting for Chris (who was waiting in the France food stand line), we spotted Princess Aurora. Aria is so funny. She is so excited waiting in line, when we get to the character she clams up and barely even smiles, and then as she exits she's practically bouncing with joy. Princess Aurora was super sweet and talked to Aria about fairies and I'm not even sure what else because it's hard to hear standing by the photopass photographer. That's okay though because Aria heard.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, France, Princess Aurora meet and greet
Walt Disney World's Epcot, France, Princess Aurora meet and greet

Brazil's crispy pork belly and Brazilian cheese bread - the pork belly was one of Chris' faves and the cheese bread was out of this world. Aria loved the cheese bread, so much so that we would have gotten another round if the line wasn't way too long.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Brazil's crispy pork belly and Brazilian cheese bread
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Brazil's crispy pork belly and Brazilian cheese bread

Belgium's chilled coffee, Belgian waffle with berry compote, and potato and leek waffle - the chilled coffee had Godiva chocolate liqueur so it was amazing, Aria devoured the waffle with berry compote so it is safe to say she liked it, and the potato and leek waffle was good but not great. The flavors of the potato and leek waffle were good but I didn't like the fatty meat.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Belgium's chilled coffee, Belgian waffle with berry compote, and potato and leek waffle
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Belgium's chilled coffee, Belgian waffle with berry compote, and potato and leek waffle
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Belgium's chilled coffee, Belgian waffle with berry compote, and potato and leek waffle

Morocco's harissa chicken roll - I loved it although it was a little on the spicy side. I, however, have a negative spicy tolerance so it probably wasn't that spicy at all. Aria just took little bites of the shell and wanted nothing to do with the middle.
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Morocco's harissa chicken roll
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Morocco's harissa chicken roll

Japan's tempura shrimp roll and teriyaki gyoza bun - more winner winners but I was so full I couldn't quite finish them. I did however have just enough room to pick up The American Dream on the way through America (the red white and blue slushy drink I just can't leave Epcot without).
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Japan's tempura shrimp roll and teriyaki gyoza bun
Walt Disney World's Epcot, Food & Wine Festival, Japan's tempura shrimp roll and teriyaki gyoza bun

Since I was stuffed and the crowds were ridiculous (so much so that hunting for Remy statues was becoming un-fun) and Aria was ready for a nap we slowly made our way out of the park. I'd forgotten how much Food & Wine weekend crowds suck. But, the food knocked my socks off so it was worth it in my book.

A quick review of our favorites from Food & Wine this year (so far, we are still planning on making another trip back before the festival is over)...

Mine were:
Desserts & Champagne's frozen smores
China's mango jasmine tea
Poland's kielbasa and potato pierogi
Belgium's chilled coffee
Brazilian cheese bread
Morocco's harissa chicken roll
Japan's tempura shrimp roll and teriyaki gyoza bun
France's Boeuf Bourguigon and Creme Brulee

Aria's were:
Desserts & Champagne's frozen smores
China's mango jasmine tea
Brazilian cheese bread
Belgium's Belgian waffle with berry compote
Sustainable Chew's vanilla panna cotta
France's Creme Brulee

Chris's were:
Dominican Republic's lechon asado (one of the only ones I forgot to snap a picture of)
Chew Lab's NY Strip
Scotland's seared sea scallop
Brazil's crispy pork belly

And, to wrap things up the final video from the last day of our Disney camping getaway!


Thanks for bearing with me 'til the bear end!

Click here for the rest of our Disney camping trip recaps >>> Day 1 // Day 2

9 comments:

  1. I knew that there was a campground but had no idea that there were horses and shopping there! Looks amazing

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  2. Oh my gosh this post is getting me just so excited!!! All that tasty food! And drinks! And Aurura!! We have never met her before. I've officially put her on our list. And I love how Aria looks in the first picture total comfort. You are a rock star for camping. Cheers to you!!

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  3. This is so cool! Love that you broke it up, even the videos! So do you pay one price to get into the festival, or do you pay by the thing? Seems super fun!

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  4. The horse pic is perfection!!! And I love how Aria and Aurora are perfectly coordinated :) By the way, Arden does the same thing with any type of character. Silly girls!

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  5. I literally laughed out loud to "pack that shit up right this very second." That sounds so much like Scott.
    France nailed it with desserts. And the Belgian waffle with fruit? I'll take 5. I'm with you on negative spice tolerance. Mild salsa is usually too much. So kudos for eating that crispy thingy!

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  6. You completely cracked me up dropping that s-bomb! The food looks divine! How long does the Food Faire last? I feel like going during that time haha. Aria looks pretty comfortable with Sleeping Beauty :)

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  7. So much stuff packed into one day! This looks like a whole week of vacation. Getting up before the sun probably had something to do with that. And that sucks about the timing of everything being off. Joe would've been outta there, he doesn't do long lines. That horse picture is priceless. So cool that you got to lead the horse. And all that food...must.have.now!

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  8. I had to laugh at your description of you husband with time deadlines and packing up the tent immediately because that is SO my husband too!

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  9. Haha thanks a ton internet. That stinks. Oh well at least you were the first in line?! Gah those food shots make me hungry because I know just how good the food at Disney is.

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