Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival- By Michelle Coomes

Hey all! This is Michelle, a friendly travel agent specializing in Disney vacations & an old friend of Ashley’s. Today I’ll share with you one of the best celebrations that Disney World has to offer. Hope you enjoy!

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons- cooler weather, leaves changing, Halloween celebrations and food. Yes, food! Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival takes place every fall and it’s the perfect excuse to make a trip to Disney! This festival has been taking place in Epcot each fall since 1996 and it keeps getting better every year.

The festival takes place on the World Showcase side of Epcot, with booths set up around the lagoon representing 25 countries and their cuisines. Each booth has a few selections of samplings, both food and wine/beer. I always suggest adding a Dining Plan onto your vacation- but it’s an especially smart idea during the Food & Wine Festival because you can use the Disney Snack Credits at these booths! Many of the food selections are available by using a Snack Credit, but the drinks are not- you’ll still have to pay out of pocket/card for those. My husband & I save up at least 3 snack credits each, and then purchase a few drinks to pair with them.

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My kids at the World Showcase

My kids at the World Showcase

The lines for each booth can get pretty long, especially some of the favorites like Ireland, Japan & Morocco. But there’s always entertainment or people watching that can keep you occupied while you wait for your next delicious International sampling!

Not only are there foods inspired from other countries, but Disney has done an excellent job including foods that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other diet/allergy/sensitivities.

Some of my favorites that I look forward to this year:

Vegetarian moussaka from Greece

Moussaka from Greece

Moussaka from Greece

 

Vegetarian Haggis with neeps & tatties (Griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes) from Scotland

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Haggis from Scotland

 

And Sweet Corn Cheese Cake from Mexico

Sweet cheese corn cake from Mexico

Sweet cheese corn cake from Mexico

If these photos didn’t entice you to plan a trip to Disney during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, check out Disney’s official festival site & I bet they will. For me and my family, we are headed there in 3 weeks to enjoy it all! Thanks for allowing me to share with you a little of why I love this festival, at the happiest place on earth!

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https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

 

And if you’d like assistance booking and planning your next Disney vacation, contact me today! My services are free of charge & I can make sure that your trip is a magical one!

Michelle – Marvelous Mouse Travels

Michelle@MarvelousMouseTravels.com

www.facebook.com/MichelleDisneyTravel

(704)237-0814

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Introducing Guest Blogger- Michelle Coomes

Hello Mouskaholics!  I am very excited to introduce my friend Michelle Coomes!  She will be occassionally guest blogging here on the site!  I am stoked to have her on board because she is bringing two different perspective to my “Confessions of a Mouskaholic” page!  First she’s a Disney travel agent, and second she is a mom!  She has tons of Disney experience!  Without further ado- allow Michelle to introduce herself!

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Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a Travel Planner specializing in Disney Travel. I live in the Lake Norman area in North Carolina but grew up outside of Akron, Ohio. I am married to my dear, sweet husband Nathan and have 2 great children, Mitchell (5) and Piper (2.) My husband and I began traveling to Disney together when we were still in college and I am so thankful that we’ve been able to share the magic with our children too.

Growing up my family vacationed on the beaches in North Carolina every year & my love for Disney began with  the numerous Disney movies that played on a loop in our home (particularly Beauty and the Beast!)

My first trip to Disney World was in 1999 on a high school trip with 150 other classmates. I cannot say that I fell in love with Disney World during that time, I was too interested in being several states away from home and having the freedom to explore the world of Disney on my own. I can say that this trip to Disney sparked my interest in travel and a desire to find adventure in life. I remember walking through Epcot’s World Showcase, taking in each country with wide eyes and feeling a passion build inside me to see more. Two years later I was visiting some of the original places Disney based their country pavilions off of: St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, British pubs on cobblestone streets in the U.K, the Eiffel tower in Paris, France. Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle in in Bavaria, Germany gave me an  understanding as to why Walt Disney would want to replicate it’s beauty. Being in Disney World today not only reminds me of the happy memories that I have made there with my family, but also of the other wonderful places that I have experienced in my life. It may sound silly but I am so thankful to Disney World for recreating some of my favorite places from around the world so I can re-experience them since traveling abroad frequently is not as easy to do. I have been able to share my passion for travel and new experiences with my family at Disney World and it’s one of the greatest gifts I can give them.

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I’ll admit, I take being a travel agent specializing in all things Disney very seriously and therefore insist on my family and I being up to date on the latest and greatest that Disney has to offer. We love trying new resorts, restaurants and excursions! We’ve been to Walt Disney World several times and stayed at all 3 tiers of resorts (value, moderate & deluxe). We’ve also cruised on the finest fleet of cruise ships on the seas: the Disney Cruise Lines. Although we haven’t yet experienced Aulani by Disney in Hawaii, we have been to Hawaii and are familiar with the islands.

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I am a vegetarian and have had a peanut allergy when I was younger and know the importance of being prepared for dining while on vacation. I have done extensive homework in being knowledgeable of Disney World restaurant menus so I can ensure that my family and my clients have enjoyable meals that are stress-free. Disney World has always taken excellent care toward making sure that I have had delicious, thoughtfully prepared meals and I love being able to share that with clients.

For the past few years I have been helping family, friends and clients plan their Disney vacations as a  College of Disney Knowledge graduate.  Whether it’s setting sail on a Disney Cruise, looking for excitement with Adventures by Disney, walking in Walt’s steps at Disneyland, taking in the beauty of Hawaii at Disney’s Aulani, or the magical parks and resorts of Disney World, it is my passion to show you the magic that is Disney!

I am thankful for Ashley and Confessions of a Mouskaholic has offered to feature me on her wonderful blog so that I can share my love for Disney with all of you! I am more than happy to take on questions that you may have and I hope to pass on some of my favorite tips and tricks so you can enjoy your own Disney vacations a little more.

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If you’re interested in assistance planning your own magical Disney vacation please contact me. My services are FREE and I can do all of the work so you can have fun! You can like my page at www.facebook.com/MichelleDisneyTravel or email me at Michelle@charmingtravelsllc.com.  I post current promotional rates along with reviews & tips on my facebook page daily that you’re sure to love!

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