Let’s be real… in Florida, the most fun thing to do is go to the happiest place on earth to forget all of your adulting troubles and be a kid again. To make that even better, Epcot’s food and wine event started on August 30, 2018 and continues until November 12, 2018 so what better way to celebrate a long weekend by a quick getaway to Disney to have a few drinks, try some good food, and ride a few rides in this hot weather. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know from what I wore, to the parks, the food (and wine of course), the hotel, and my overall experience.
what I wore.
Normally when I go to a Disney park, I dress in activewear because it’s a lot of walking and standing, and it’s also extremely hot, sunny, and at times rainy. Labor Day weekend was no exception.
The first day I wore this simple black Lululemon tank and white running shorts with one of my favorite pairs of tennis shoes. There’s nothing like a little black and white combination that never goes out of style, even in activewear and it’s great to have a few neutral staple pieces that are easy to mix and match. Also, I have this sports bra in black, white, and nude because I really love it. I normally wear it for high intensity workouts like running because I am a little bustier so I need all of the support I can get. This sports bra is even good for smaller chested ladies because it gives a little push due to the bra-like inside that claps in the front and then has a zipper closure as well. This bra comfortable, gives great support, and doesn’t give a “uni-boob” which is my absolute pet peeve. I got my usual bra size (34D for reference) and I would highly recommend it.
On the next day, I went to Epcot again with my mom and my honey for some more yummy snacks and drinks. Of course I couldn’t leave my favorite athleisure top behind! I wear this top about once a week and I am debating getting another. This color is so flattering on everyone and its only $35. Typically, I wear a size medium in tops but in this one I had to order an extra large because I prefer a looser fit. I added the link to where I purchased mine but I’m sure you can find it in other colors from other retailers like Kohls, Finish Line, Nike, etc. Almost every girl has at least one pair of running shorts because they are so comfortable, and out of all the brands I’ve tried, I really love the Under Armor ones the best. I think they fit better and are softer versus the other ones I’ve tried. I sized up one just because I felt my usual size was too snug in the booty and thigh area. I felt hot in my tennis shoes so I wore my Tory Burch Millers which were fairly comfortable for a few hours but then I got a little uncomfortable because of all of the walking and I don’t think my feet were used to walking in them for that long at a time.
For dinner, I packed my go to ruched dress because it is so comfortable, easy to dress up or down, and is overall a great staple. I personally think it’s a little pricy for a basic dress but nothing beats a high quality basic staple that will last for years and comes in a ton of colors. I wanted to wear my favorite espadrilles but they didn’t fit in my suitcase and there was a lot of walking at Disney Springs so I stuck with my go to sandals. It’s still super hot in Florida so I kept my look summer friendly instead of dressing for fall. I have this dress in four colors and it is such a flattering, budget friendly staple piece that will look amazing on every body type.
Finally, the last day for Animal Kingdom, I wore this easy combo. My top is a dupe for a more expensive one and it has mesh all over it which was perfect for the little gusts of wind to cool me off. Then, I wore my favorite summer leggings in this light olive color. These leggings come in different lengths, are thin and breathable for summer, and aren’t see through at all. They also go on sale very often so they are super budget friendly. I wear these leggings multiple times a week and I know I recommend them all the time but they are seriously the best leggings for warm weather.
I was excited to ride a bunch of rides over the course of the weekend but Test Track stopped in the middle of the ride while I was on it so they had to shut down the ride and cast members had to come get us and we had to walk through the ride to an exit. I was a little bummed out I couldn’t finish the ride but the cast members were kind enough to give everyone who got stuck a fast pass and I used that to ride Soarin’. I love Soarin’ so much because it’s an easy going ride and you watch a projection of different part of the world that you are traveling through. It’s so realistic and beautiful and they even add the smells into the ride. Once we were traveling through Africa and you could smell the grass and dirt. There was a different scent for each location which was super cool.
We were supposed to ride Spaceship Earth (the golf ball thing) but there was a huge leak and the fire department didn’t declare it safe to ride. We did however ride Mission Space, a ride where you go through astronaut training and land the space shuttle on mars or take it around the world. Zach and I decided to do the more intense version where the simulator spins up to thirty five miles an hour to make it feel like you’re going into space and holy cow they weren’t kidding when they said it was the more intense version. I was so disoriented and dizzy after that ride but overall it was super fun.
At Animal Kingdom, we had “extra magic hours” which is extra time in a park only available to hotel guests. The park opened at 8am and Zach and I really wanted to ride the Pandora ride but we couldn’t get a Fast Pass for it so we used our extra magic hours and headed straight to the Flight of Passage ride as soon as the park opened. It wasn’t even five minutes after we got into the park that the wait for the ride was over an hour. We decided to wait in line because we really wanted to ride it because of the raving reviews we’ve heard about it and we are so glad we did because it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Basically, you get on this simulator that’s shaped kind of like a motorcycle and watch a projection with 3D glasses and it’s like you are riding a banchi from the Avatar movie through the Avatar world. I mean the simulator breathes like a real animal and you can feel it. To be honest, the wait was so worth it because this ride was so realistic and fun!
Okay enough about the rides lets get to the good stuff.
bites & sips.
Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is seriously the best thing ever. There are so many varieties of food and drinks to try from different countries and the festival lasts a few months so you don’t have to overindulge in one day, instead you can try something new each time you visit the park over the course of the festival. Not going to lie, I tried a lot of food and a few drinks and some of them were so yummy that I went back and got them again the next day. My top drinks were the St-Germain Sparkling Kir from France and the Mimosa Royale from Morocco. The St. Germain was my absolute favorite because it was so refreshing and bubbly in the heat of the day. I try to stick to wine and champagne only because I get sick from all the other types of alcohol and I was glad the park had a lot of options for every different type of alcohol you prefer.
When it comes to food, I absolutely loved the Charcuterie in a Cone from the Spain restaurant. I only ate the olives and cheese and gave the meat to Zach but it was a super delicious snack, I went back and got it again. Another thing I loved was the Beef Brisket Sandwich from America. I’m not a big red meat eater but this was my absolute favorite thing I tried during vacation. It had a little horseradish sauce on it which gave a little kick. I got this from the same booth that had the lobster roll which I hear is amazing also. I definitely ate too much food but I didn’t eat lunch that day so it worked itself out.
The food and wine festival has so many different varieties of food and beverages so everyone is bound to find something that tickles their tastebuds. It is definitely worth the money to go and try a bunch of different things and have fun with great company.
I know I didn’t get a lot of pictures from the hotel but that’s only because we were having so much fun in the park! We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the hospitality cast members were so helpful and extremely nice. The hotel was pretty big and we stayed in a two queen bed room with a pool view. We stayed on the second floor and it was very quaint and relaxing. I figured we would be able to hear all of the kids running around in the halls in the morning but it was actually pretty quiet. The wallpaper was a map of Africa with different animals all over it. The decor was done really well honestly because the furniture matched the wallpaper and that bathrooms and shower curtains matched the entire room. Disney really makes your hotel stay an experience and we had a fabulous time at this hotel.
Overall, this vacation was really great because we had so much fun! Minus the long lines for rides, (which is expected) our dinner reservation being pushed pack an hour late, the rain, some rides closing, we had a great time! The food was phenomenal, the hotel was super relaxing, and the parks were such a blast! Even if you don’t have children, Disney vacations are so fun. There’s so much to do and see on Disney property you will never get bored. Zach and I have a bucket list on Disney restaurants to try and hotels to stay at and this trip was so much fun together. Little getaways with out significant other are so important so you can shake up your routine. Even though we were tired when we got home, we had a great time together and we can’t wait to go back on another vacation! Xx