While my culinary trip to Walt Disney World began and ended with travel trials, what happened in between was truly magical. The fine folks at Disney made me feel like a princess and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity!
Because my trip was a “culinary tour” it began, rightfully so, with a few “little” gifts in my amazing room at the Boardwalk Inn and Resort.
A huge basket of fruit, a bottle of wine, a bottle of Evian and a “cooking with Mickey” gift set. Oh, and a box of truffles. What a welcome!
It wasn't until the next morning that I discovered the cheese plate in the refrigerator.
Because of my flight delay and the subsequent missed connection I completely missed the events of the first day. I arrived in my room, wiped the airplane off me as best I could, changed clothes and headed straight to Raglan Road in Downtown Disney for a pint of Magners and some fish & chips. The live Irish music helped wash away the day; the Magners didn't hurt either. It's much like my beloved Kansas City pub, just larger.
Returning to my room I found the turn down service delightful, with a nostalgic card and salt water taffy.
The next morning featured a character breakfast at Cape May at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club. The buffet was beautiful and has something for everyone: fresh fruit, a yogurt bar, pastries, egg dishes, biscuits & gravy, and, of course, mini Mickey waffles. Yum! We were visited by Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.
After breakfast we had a tour of one of the rooms at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club and learned about the Disney Vacation Club. While the vacation club isn't an option for my family I can see how it is nice for some families. I really appreciated that the rooms are also available to non-club members. The 2-bedroom suite we toured had a kitchen and the resort amenities. It's a great option for families.
Then it was off to the Magic Kingdom. We caught the street parade, wandered through the park, rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and did some shopping.
Our group split up then; I headed over to Epcot®, which ended up being where I spent much of my free time as the Epcot® Interntional Flower and Garden Festival was going on. And wanted to wander through the “world”.
I didn't have a lot of time as we had dinner reservations at Fort Wilderness Resort for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review; a “campfire” dinner and show. Apparently the show hasn't changed since its inception 35 years ago! It was good, campy fun with “campfire” food served on tin plates.
After dinner our group set off for Epcot. With an hour of free time a few of us rode Soarin (what a sensory experience!) before our dessert party at the United Kingdom Pavilion with front row seats for IllumiNations, the nightly fireworks extravaganza. Eclairs, brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries and more were offered with a bevy of beverages.
IllumiNations went well beyond your typical fireworks show, it was really incredible and difficult to put into words.
After such a full day I was exhausted so I returned to my room while the rest of the group went to Jellyrolls. And I found this (pardon the photo taken with my phone):
Yes, milk and three. huge. cookies. Along with the wonderful turn down service. Can you say “food coma”.
The dining adventure continued the next morning at Kouzzinna by Cat Cora. A wonderful Mediterranean twist to breakfast. I enjoyed the Kouzzinna Stack: Two Poached Eggs, Kalamata Olive toast, Artichoke Spread and Sweet potato Hash with choice of Bacon or Chicken Sausage.
With that meal the culinary tour officially ended. I said goodbye to the other attendees, headed to my room, packed and walked back to Epcot. I wandered through the World Showcase at a more leisurely pace, had lunch at Sommerfest in German: brat with saurkraut, Black Forest roulade and Fanta.
I did my gift shopping at Epcot and along the Boardwalk. With one meal voucher left- and a long night of travel ahead- I made a final stop at the Boardwalk Bakery for dinner “to go”: Mozzarella and tomato on focaccia and a Mickey muffin.
You can see that Walt Disney World has a wide variety of food; definitely something for every palate. I'll be following up over the next couple of weeks with more detailed posts. It was definitely a whirl-wind weekend; I look forward to taking my family in the future and enjoying more of what Walt Disney World has to offer.
Disclosure: This trip was part of a Disney Media event. My transportation, lodging and meals were provided by Disney. All photos and thoughts are my own.