Seriously, it seems like it’s been decades since I was last at Disney World. In reality, it’s only been about two months since my brief little work-cation allowed me to drop by Downtown Disney and Epcot.
I flew into Orlando early in the day so I had the remaining hours to myself (as I didn’t have any work duties until the next morning). So, after checking into my (non)-Disney hotel near the airport, I took a little nap since the hot, humid Florida weather was such a drastic difference for me.
I decided to spend the rest of my day going to the Premium Outlet Mall, as I had heard that Disney runs a retail store there. I wanted to check it out so I drove on over. While there were some great deals on T-shirts and gear for the little Mickey-philes, nothing overly piqued my interest. After, I drove down Hotel Plaza Boulevard, a winding, tree-lined avenue that flows directly into the Marketplace at Downtown Disney.
There have been tons of changes at Downtown Disney within recent years – especially to its dining options. Most of the times, we don’t make it anywhere else but Earl of Sandwich and Ghirardelli. As I was on a limited diet (no dairy products) at this time, I opted to try the eats at one of DD’s newest establishments that took over the spot that once was the McDonald’s. Let’s take look inside Fresh-A-Peel at Pollo Campero...
Today we welcome back my hubby Brett to give us his review of San Angel Inn inside the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.
Take it away, Brett!
One of the greatest places to visit at Epcot’s World Showcase is the Mexico pavilion. Compared to the other countries there is so much more to explore. You can take a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros, buy goods in the marketplace and for the older folks in your party they can step off to the side and enjoy La Cava del Tequila where they can taste Mexican tequila and learn its history. One of the great treasures that we discovered on our last trip was the San Angel Inn.
The restaurant overlooks the inside pyramid and the boats that are taking the ride through the Fiesta Tour. A major plus is that we were able to get a reservation the day we dined, which as most people know can be a challenge at the restaurants at Disney World. One downfall is that anyone in your party that is hard of sight will have issues with the low lighting. I came in expecting the usual fare of tacos, burritos and enchiladas. What I came to find out is that Disney and their chefs know how to make Mexican food come to life!
I thought since the last installment of Harry Potter opens at midnight that I would feature a little bit about the boy wizard’s world of food.
The imagined world that JK Rowling created is full of real and magical culinary treats from butterbeer and pumpkin pasties to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Bean and Chocolate Frogs. An internet search reveals that there are millions of websites and blogs dedicated to the recipes and foods that Harry, Ron and Hermione enjoy through their fictional journey. Big name companies like Universal and Jelly Belly have even jumped on board to help create a world of magic for Muggles around the world to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.
Here are some of my favorites that have my stomach growling and gearing up to enjoy “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Pt. 1″ tonight!