Possible Food & Wine Festival Trip: The Plan

After watching the All Ears videos about the after hours events at Epcot and Harambe Nights, we started talking about a possible trip to WDW. We’re not sure we can make it back there before next spring for Flower & Garden but that seems too far away. At this age, you don’t want to plan that far ahead – not to the next birthday year – lol!

So what if we could pull off a trip this fall for the Food & Wine Festival, our favorite time of year at WDW? If we could, this is what it might look like:

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where:
Wilderness Lodge
When:
October 2014
Why:
Food & Wine Festival

The Plan

First of all, we would upgrade our Disneyland APs to a Premier Pass on our next trip to Disneyland in September. Due to time constraints, we would make it an extended weekend – from Thursday to Monday. Short, true, but we made a shorter trip that that last time when we flew to Orlando for Rich’s job interview.

premierA familiar sight – looks good to me!

The good news is, we’ve heard that there’s a nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Orlando again. The bad news is, Rich doesn’t even begin to earn vacation until September – how backwards is that? We’re a bit frustrated for sure, because now that I’ll be earning extra cash, we really want to be able to squeeze this trip in somehow this year – not next year.

Thursday

Morning: Depart Las Vegas for Orlando
Late Afternoon: Arrive Orlando (rent car or use Disney transportation?), check-in at Wilderness Lodge
Evening: Arrival could be quite late with the time change so perhaps a before bedtime drink and snack at Territory Lounge

Friday

Morning: Epcot (Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, Imagination) and then Food & Wine booths
Afternoon: Pool (Trout Pass Bar?), nap
Evening: Dinner at Spice Road Table (Disney Food Blog Review Part 1 and Part 2.

Saturday

Morning: Magic Kingdom (new Fantasyland, mine train, Be our Guest peek, Big Thunder, Pirates, HM, Peter Pan, People Mover)
Lunch: Trails End at Ft. Wilderness (boat over)
Afternoon: Walk around Ft. Wilderness, boat back to WL, pool, and nap
Dinner: Narcoosees at the GF (a first for us) and after dinner drink at Mizner’s

Sunday

Morning: Parisian Breakfast (Food & Wine Festival)
Afternoon: Food & Wine Booths, pool, nap
Evening: After hours at La Cava de Tequila

Monday

Fly home

Of course, looking at this, I’m thinking we might need to take an extra day. If so, we can add Artist Point to the list and maybe even Yak & Yeti and Animal Kingdom. And then there’s the Sushi bar at the Poly – where will that fit in? Well, some things may have to wait until spring.

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Author of Cruise and Travel-Themed Novels ("Real Women Wear Red" / "Real Women Sing the Blues"), Songwriter & Poet

6 thoughts on “Possible Food & Wine Festival Trip: The Plan

  1. Larry says:

    Looks like fun to me! Not so sure about a Be Our Guest peek. They pretty much aren’t open to this unless you have lunch or dinner reservations, at least for now due to the crowds unless something has changed.

    I am so used to using Disney transportation that even when I have a car it generally sits the whole time. Of course, you may feel differently if you are already quite late arriving at the airport and will have to schlep your bags, too.

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  2. Kathy says:

    Oh, we weren’t sure about lunch at Be Our Guest – we thought it was a walk-up for lunch. Wonder if we should book lunch then? What did you think of it?

    We got so used to driving everywhere on-property when we lived there and usually rent a car when we visit because we often travel outside Disney property. But for a short trip, we’re considering just using Disney transportation so thanks for your input there too.

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  3. Joan says:

    What dates are you looking to go?

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  4. Kathy says:

    No dates set yet but thinking second half – could hook up with others…

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  5. Larry says:

    You’re right, it’s counter service at lunch. We went once and I think stood in the line about 45 minutes. It’s just so wildly popular. I should have been more specific that they don’t really allow casual browsers for dinner or lunch, you have to be there to eat. For lunch they meter the people going in so the hallway isn’t absolutely shoulder to shoulder (thankfully), and then you get to the stations where they hand you your rose and point you to an ordering station. The food finds you in whatever room you find a table via the rose. They have tested the equivalent of Fastpass+ for this for lunch, so it’s worth checking for that when you get within the time frame for making FP+ ressies.

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  6. Kathy says:

    Hmmm… Maybe not – lol !

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