August 5th
 

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Friday, August 5th, 2022            

With Tara in town, the two of us decided to take a trip to Epcot to spend the day together. With the International Food & Wine Festival in full swing, it was the perfect opportunity for us to get away for a bit and enjoy the offerings of the festival. As a bonus, I was able to secure a spot in the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind for today as well!

Our first stop after arriving at the park was Living with the Land, the ride showing off a variety of food growing techniques that is a great opportunity to get off of your feet for a bit. Once we finished our boat ride our arrival time for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind return was nearing, so we headed across the park. We arrived a little bit early, so we found a spot in the shade to wait it out. Once we were notified that our time to ride was here, we headed inside. Tara was a bit nervous about the ride, as she had heard that several people were dealing with motion sickness issues, but she ended up thoroughly enjoying it! If only there was a way to ride it again!

After those rides we decided that it was time to eat our lunch. We packed food for the day, but we also decided to try the Fry Flight from the Fry Basket, that consisted of sea salt and malt vinegar fries that were plant-based, barbecued bacon fries with smoked aļoli, and sweet potato casserole fries with candied pecans, toasted marshmallow cream and caramel whisky to taste with our own food. We found a table inside of the Odyssey building were we could stay out of the sun while we ate. We enjoyed all of the fries, though each of them could have used more toppings. I even tasted the sweet potato option, and though it wasn't horrible, it wasn't my favorite either. I'd lean towards the barbecue bacon fries, but as I said, they needed more of the smoked aļoli to go with them. Definitely worth a try!

After eating we decided to make the walk around the World Showcase. Our first stop was in Ireland, where Tara got the Guinness Baileys Coffee Shake for a tast. She wound up really enjoying this drink - it might be one of our best purchases of the day, at least in her mind! We found ourselves in France for our next stop, where we decided to wait in line for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. The positive about our wait in line was that we were sheltered as a Florida afternoon rain passed through the area. And, as always, we enjoyed the ride! We continued our trek around the world, and stopped once more for a snack, this time at the The Swanky Saucy Swine, where we got a Bourbon Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix and Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey for Tara and an order of crispy barbecued pork rinds with pimento cheese for us each to taste. Although I am not a huge barbecue flavored fan, these weren't overwhelmed with the flavoring. Neither one of us could really figure out what the pimento cheese was for, however. It didn't really seem to work as a dip for the pork rinds - not that I would have eaten them together anyway!

At this point in the day the rain was making a comeback, and the skies were getting extremely dark, making us question if even more was on the way. We decided to head out of the park to make the drive home. We did end up stopping at Chili's in Champions Gate for dinner before completing our drive home. The meal hiccup came with our chips and salsa that they didn't deliver until our food arrived. At least our waitress was nice enough to give us a bag of chips and a bowl of salsa to take home with us to make up for it!

All in all, a great day spent with the one I love! Can't wait to do it again sometime - hopefully soon, even if it isn't at Disney!

 

Epcot


 

Some of the vegetation that can be spotted on the Living with the Land ride.

 
 

A fish farm seen on the Living with the Land ride.

 
 

The hoses between the fish tanks on the Living with the Land ride form a not-so-hidden Mickey!

 
 

There were a couple of these scenes set up on the Living with the Land ride for the International Food & Wine Festival.

 
  Some more vegetation from the Living with the Land ride.  
 

The Star Blaster used by the Xandarians on display outside of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride.

 
 

The sign when entering the "Wonders of Xandar" pavilion that serves as the quese for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

 
 

Some views of the ceiling inside of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind queue...

 
     
 

Here are some of the items seen on display during the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind queue...

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

The Guardians talking to the riders at the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride.

 
 

The fountain in the France pavilion outside of the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

 
 

The fountain and buildings in the France pavilion outside of the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

 
 

The entrance to the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

 
 

Here is a closer look at the top of fountain outside of the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

 
 

Something I had never noticed before, but the Gusteau on the sign inside the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure queue moves...

 
     
 

A scene during the Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride.

 
 

A look at the "Eiffel Tower" from the back part of the France pavilion with a Skyliner gondola passing overhead.

 
 

Another view of the "Eiffel Tower" from the back part of the France pavilion...

 
 

...and another shot of the "Eiffel Tower" with a Skyliner gondola passing overhead.

 
 

A look at the Mexico pavilion in the World Showcase.

 
 

Spaceship Earth with the dark, ominous clouds hovering overhead.

 
 

I've never really noticed the Spaceship Earth themed manhole covers in the entrance area to Epcot before!

 


 

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