Halloween Party + Food and Wine Festival = Magic of Disney
This past weekend, my best friend and I went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party at Magic Kingdom, as well as, the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot. Let me tell ya…if you haven’t been to either, I highly recommend going! If you must choose only one, I’d vote the Food and Wine Festival. I could be a bit biased though because Epcot is my favorite Disney World park.
First, you do have to buy separate tickets for the Halloween party. And, while I do think they’re a bit on the pricey side (let’s be honest, it’s Disney so not surprising), I don’t regret buying it. The park was open until midnight along with most of the rides. There’s also Trick-Or-Treat stops throughout the park to go get candy. Don’t skip out on this!! They give you the good stuff. None of those suspicious red and green foil wrapped candies, Tootsie rolls, or candy corn.
The parade was probably my favorite part. However, I wish the lineup was a little different. The first floats and small dances were AMAZING. But, then you get some random floats that are clearly thrown in to make the parade longer. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it because I found it extremely amusing, but it didn’t really fit in with the Halloween theme. I have a thing for Jack Sparrow (and Johnny Depp, who doesn’t??), so naturally, my favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean section.
Of course, you have the Halloween themed fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle too. The playlist the park plays throughout the night and to the fireworks is amazing too! They’re a lot of fun and put you in the Halloween spirit. Lastly, I went to the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. I believe they do this show 3 times a night, and it lasts around 20-25 minutes. Many of the main villains around the park came out and the songs were really enjoyable.
My time here was short, but I did get to see the new Pandora-The World of Avatar! The rides were shut down at the time (I was there right when the park opened), but you could tell that at night, it would be a pretty park to visit. I think I’d have to say my favorite roller coaster at Disney is Expedition Everest, so I had to make it on that ride before I left. If the wait time is super long, I’d recommend trying the single rider line if you don’t have young kids with you. My friend and I did this for almost every roller coaster, and we never stood in line for longer than 10 minutes. Over the weekend, I learned that there are apparently “Walls of Disney” that are Instagram-worthy, so here is one of said walls:
Hollywood Studios is easily the most lack-luster of the 4 parks. With the recent shutdown of the Great Movie Ride, there are only 4 rides in the park. However, they are in the process of building Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, but they won’t be open until 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are both great and fun rides!
Ah…easily the best park even when there isn’t a food and wine festival going on. So many countries are represented throughout the park, and they do so well with the construction and vibe. My favorite would have to be Japan. Layout wise and for the festival. If you ever attend the festival and they have pineapple sake (and your over 21, of course), order it and don’t ask questions. It was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. I also ordered the wasabi steamed pork dumplings which were amazing! The gift shop has so many different things that I wanted to buy, but fortunately for my bank account, I refrained. Other foods I tried were Belgium’s Chocolate Belgian Waffle, Thailand’s Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodles, Active Eat’s Loaded Mac n’ Cheese, Hawaii’s Passion Fruit Cheesecake, and Light Lab’s Bleu Spectrum.
Have any of you been to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Let me know what you enjoyed the most!