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Food & Wine Trip: Day 4

Food & Wine Trip: Day 4

Day 4 started off drizzly in the morning and there was some rain the forecast throughout the day. We were going to start the day in Epcot and were rocking our matching Anna and Elsa shirts and Lori had on snowflake ears and Elsa’s tiara, too.

It was outrageously humid so went straight for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet before we got too gross. The wait said 25 minutes but the line looked longer than that. We asked the cast member and she said it was really over 50, but we decided to wait, anyway, and she was pretty close – it was actually a little over 45.

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They both loved our shirts!

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Lori asked both of her majesties to also record videos saying hi to her kids and they were happy to oblige!

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We were already gross, so we stopped to change and I threw on this amazing shirt gifted to me by my friend Alex! There were going to be a lot of wardrobe changes that day.

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We had gone into Epcot every single day of the trip at that point, and since it was day 4, that meant I could get my Annual Passholder coasters! So we headed towards Mouse Gear so I could get in line.

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After the coaster acquisition, we made the short walk over to Test Track for our 1st  FastPass of the day. Test Track has always been one of my absolute favorite rides so I’m aways super happy to snag a FastPass.

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We went entirely for pretty and paid absolutely no attention to function with our car.

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After Test Track, it was time for some drinks and we’d been eyeing the mimosa flights from Shimmering Sips since day 1. I went back and forth on a favorite here and, to be honest, I didn’t really love any of them. The key lime was nice and refreshing and I liked the fruitiness of the other 2, but I’d still rather a classic mimosa over any of these 3.

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It was time for some food so I stopped for my favorite Irish cheddar stout dip, which I didn’t even take a picture of and drank when I finished the bread but still had dip left.

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Next up was some Brazilian cheese bread for both of us because it’s just so yummy.

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It was  day for repeating our favorites, so then we went over to Italy for ravioli carbonara and Italian margaritas, which were definitely the favorite drink of the trip. I think the ravioli was Lori’s favorite food, but I had a few favorites and don’t think I can choose just 1. But, I do think it’s at the top with the corned beef from Flavors from Fire and the Irish Cheddar Stout Dip from Ireland.

Despite having gotten food there, we hadn’t actually spent any time in Germany, so we strolled through the shops and took it all in. After Germany, we headed up to Future World to us our Living with the Land FastPass. We peeked at Soarin’ after and it only had a 35 minute wait, so we hopped in line. In total, we probably waited about 30, so it was pretty accurate.

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At that point, we decided it was time to head back to Beach. We wanted to get a load of laundry going and start doing some packing. Once we were set with that, we changed into our Make It Pink, Make It Blue outfits and hopped a packed bus to Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

We scanned our Magic Bands and got our wrist bands and were led through a little out-of-the-way area to get our trick-or-treat bags and 1st batch of candy, and our first PhotoPass spot of the night.

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We got to look at some party-exclusive merch and then ended out on Main Street, so we naturally had to go up and see the castle. The overcast sky seemed to fit really well with the Halloween party vibe.

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We found a PhotoPass photographer on Main Street without too much of a line and even got a magic shot!

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We wandered a little bit and did some trick or treating, then made our way back to try for another PhotoPass shot without someone in a neon yellow shirt in our immediate background.

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First ride of the Halloween party naturally had to be the Haunted Mansion, and it was our 1st time in the more extended queue that has the busts and interactive walls and such to keep you busy in line.

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We knew we wanted to ride Space Mountain and Pirates since they had the Halloween overlays, so we made our way to Tomorrowland. We stopped on the bridge for a PhotoPass with a giant jack-o-lantern, but when the Cast Member warned us to be careful because it was on wheels, that basically meant my clumsy self stood awkwardly far away from it in all the pictures. 😂

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The Deep Space Mountain Halloween overlay has all the lights in Space Mountain off and Halloween music playing. I joked that it was a great way to save on the electric bill and call it an attraction, but no one seemed to think that was as funny as I did.

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We were pretty hungry by the time we got off (we waited in line over 45 minutes so it wasn’t a quick thing) so we went to Cosmic Rays. I got the grilled chicken club and a clementine, which looked so comical on the tray but I was just feeling so in need of some food that wasn’t SO unhealthy.

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One of the trick or treating spots was at Cosmic Ray’s, so after we were done eating we got in the candy line, then headed for the spots at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and the Jungle Cruise. We were headed for Pirates of the Caribbean to check out that overlay but saw Tortuga Tavern was a trick-or-treat spot, so we made a detour there, first.

The exterior overlay on Pirates was super cool. The big difference inside was there were live actors scattered throughout, interacting with people. There was someone locked up in a hold in the queue, and several throughout the ride. It was a cool touch, but I honestly don’t know how much it added to the ride itself.

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We originally intended to wait for 2nd parade but our feet were tired, so after Pirates we went and found a spot on a curb on Main Street to sit and wait for the parade.

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I’m not usually much of a parade person, I’m more a fireworks person, but I was excited to see the Boo to You parade because it’s one I’ve never seen before and I’ve heard it’s amazing.

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All-in-all, I definitely liked it. I’m not a super Halloween loving person, though, so anyone who is would probably absolutely love it.

Next up was the new fireworks show. We managed to get a really good spot on Main Street, right before it opens up into the big circular hub area in front of the castle. We even witnessed a proposal near the beginning of the show! I never saw the old Hallowishes, but the new show is extremely centered around Nightmare Before Christmas, which just isn’t my thing. So, the show was fine, but I didn’t really enjoy it like Wishes, Holiday Wishes, or Happily Ever After.

We were going to head closer to the castle for the Villains Spectacular but the skies opened up in a complete downpour and we were both tired and our feet were tired, so we threw our rain jackets on and slid our way to the bus stop to head back to Beach for the night.

I’m glad we did Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I’m glad I know what it’s like and got to see and do it all, but I won’t do it again. Halloween just isn’t my holiday.

Thanks for reading along! Come back next week to read about our 5th and final day!

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