I finally returned to Virginia last Sunday (October 13) after more than two weeks in California helping out my parents and a long weekend in Orlando for eating and drinking myself blind for Robb and Elissa's Tenth Anniversary at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and spending a day at Universal checking out new stuff I'd had yet to, well, check out (new Spider-man, Transformers, and Springfield).
What can I say about Epcot's Food and Wine Festival that hasn't been said before, such as "yum," "o-o-o-o-o-h yeah," and "belch." This is my favorite theme-park event, and while Busch Gardens Williamsburg did well with their first crack at a similar festival (they really studied Epcot's closely), no one holds a candle (or a ladle) to Disney. The rib-eye tacos at the Mexico stand were excellent, and the filet Mignon with wild mushrooms in a truffle butter is not to be missed in Canada (along with the cheese soup, of course)--and be sure to try the alcoholic Dole Whip if you're of age, of course.
But what gave this year's fest an extra kick was a dessert buffet celebrating Robb and Elissa's Tenth Anniversary during Illuminations. They arranged for a private viewing area in France for the big show, along with a table of excellent pastries (loved the pistachio cannolis), and hot pot of fondue, and ice cream made with liquid nitrogen (yeah, that was some good stuff). Yes, great food and stuff blowing up--an anniversary the TPR way! Thanks for inviting me, Robb and Elissa. That was a great way to end a great day!
The Giant Ball beckons, and we must obey.
Time for "Tron Track." This was my first ride on it since the big redo, and I liked it--a very good re-freshening of an already great ride.
"Meet George Jetson . . ."
Well, this should be interesting.
Yes, I'm sure that the CAR OF TOMORROW is being developed here right now.
And so it is! Behold the "Disco Batmobile"! The coolest car Batman will never drive.
Let's take this beast out for a little spin. I really liked the new RFID cards Disney is using now--just tap it on the logo, and your design is loaded onto the system.
"Welcome to the Game Grid, program!"
Whew! Glad my car handles reasonably well--else we'd all be "digitized" now.
My god! We've entered the Time Tunnel.
And we were, indeed, sent back in time to the original Test Track. Still the best attraction at Epcot.
Well, how did the Disco Batmobile fare?
Hmm--not bad. I guess.
We had Fast Passes for later, so I designed a new car in the Chevy "showroom." Behold "Blue Road Rage"!
What? They now have good coffee at Epcot? Declining by degrees!
Next up, Mission: Sinise. I look forward to the future with hope, unbridled optimism, and . . .
. . . oh, crap, we are so gonna die!
"Hell, may as well write this one off as a failure before it starts. Why don't you guys just move on to the gift shop?"
Time for more car designing. I wonder if Dan used flames?
Blue Road Rage did a little better than Disco Batmobile.
For what we are about to receive . . .
. . . may the lord make us truly thankful.
Amen for a rib-eye taco! (This was messy, but delicious.)
This is the bleu cheese cheese souffle that replaced the fondue this year. While I agree that it's nice to test and try new things, please bring back the fondue. (Fondue was on the dessert buffet later that night, and it was great.)
We decided to take a break from walking and eating to do some sitting and eating in Italy's wine bar.
I had a glass of chianti and a cannoli--yum! More to come.
I need to go to the Food and Wine Festival one of these years. It always looks like a lot of fun and the food looks so yummy. I like your Disco Batmobile design. Also, Happy 10th Anniversary to Robb and Elissa.
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