We headed for Epcot today and had a perfectly wonderful afternoon and evening. The day is cooler with cloud cover and the park was less crowded.
The first ride we went to was Maelstrom in Norway! So, after passing through Future World, you go past Mexico and before China, you find Norway! The line was pretty long and with the FastPass+, you just walk up, scan your magic band and walk in to ride the ride. Best thing ever! We took pics and enjoyed Twinkie’s favorite ride. Maelstrom will be closing down for refurbishing and a redesign into a Frozen themed ride that will open in 2016. We are SO excited to see what it looks like!
On the way to France, I stopped and got a strawberry shaved ice (Kaki Gori) with sweet milk in Japan. We took pics for couple that asked as we passed by them… just a part of being at Disney. Fun!
There are the most amazing crème brûlée in many of the restaurants, but if you don’t have a reservation, then Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie (in the France Pavilion) is a great choice! The chef came out and made us some freshly torched crème brûlée. There are many beautiful desserts and breads to choose from, so we ask for some that have not been near any of the other bakery treats. If you are gluten-free or have food allergies, you totally understand… The chef there is wonderful! After great thanks and appreciation for our special sweets, we headed out!
We took a break and sat by the water fountain in France and a little girl was going to throw pennies when her mom and grandmother said they were out. “Oh, I have some!” So, I pulled out my change and found 5 pennies! She readily took them and had fun throwing them in as her grandmother and I talked, she said that she usually has to give her quarter and dimes. I told her a story, “when mine were little, we would get a roll of pennies and go to the mall. Of course, they shared most of them with the other little kids there, but it was a lot of fun!” She said that that was really a good idea… we smiled and said our goodbyes. Cute little kid!
The sun was beginning to set so we started back to Spaceship Earth, i.e. the Epcot ball. That ride is packed in the mornings, but in the evenings you can just about walk straight up and get on quickly, just a hint if you plan on riding that ride.
We are looking forward to the opening of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival that opens on this Friday, September 19 and runs until November 10, 2014. There will be feasting, festivities and special events, including awesome concerts.
Finally, here are some of the places to eat at around the world…