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as well. And that means we’ve now discovered the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

Parent to Parent So there are a lot of really great things to do right here in Tampa Bay. But with Kissimmee less than two hours up the road, our Disney-loving family ends up traveling over there on quite a few weekends. We used to just buy the 4-day Discover Disney passes that are available for Florida residents in the winter and spring, and so that would be the only time we would go to the theme parks. But for the past two years, we’ve gotten the Florida resident seasonal pass instead, and we can now go in the fall

She loves any and all “ macaroni and cheese, and

eating it at Disney just makes it taste that much better.

My youngest, Haylee, has been talking for weeks now about the Loaded Mac and Cheese. She loves any and all macaroni and cheese, and eating it at Disney just makes it taste that much better. Hanna really likes the Chocolate Belgian Waffle, and Daniel, well he just loves it all! Daniel has always been my most adventurous eater. He was 14 years old the first time we went to the Food and Wine Festival, and we made the mistake of sending him ahead to Epcot with a Magic Band while my husband, the girls, and I spent the afternoon at the pool. Let me just say, Daniel ate really well that day, and our resort bill showed it! Now we know to get each of the kids a gift card so they have a set amount to spend instead of letting them have free reign.

Besides the food, there are a lot of other fun things to do as well. I always enjoy the chocolate sculptures, although the kids are only marginally impressed with those. Haylee and I did the Remy (from Ratatouille) scavenger hunt one year, and she really enjoyed that. She was way better than I was at spotting the little statues scattered throughout the World Showcase, that’s for sure. And she was very proud of her completed map once we had found them all. But the food really is the main attraction (and I guess for some people, the wine is too). If you want to enjoy a wide variety of food in a short amount of time, or if you just want to introduce picky kids to some exotic cuisine without risking a high-priced restaurant meal, the festival is a great way to do it! Until next time,



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