Disney World – 2017 – Day 5

Day 5 of our Disney trip was full of eating! Ours plans were to enjoy Food and Wine. Then, have an incredible dinner at California Grill.


We arrived at EPCOT just in time for our breakfast reservation at Garden Grill. It’s a character breakfast in the Land Pavilion featuring Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto. The food is served family style and it’s all you can eat eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, tator tots, fruit, cinnamon sticky buns, and Mickey Waffles… it’s a feast!


The restaurant slowly spins giving you a few of the different scenes on the Living with the Land ride. It moves very slowly, but for some reason whenever we looked down we could feel it and it made me feel a little sick. I would get car sick in a rotating restaurant…

They must have a very quick and heavy turn around because the characters come out very quick, but it was still fun interacting with them. Of all the character breakfasts we have been to this one, unfortunately, is our least favorite. We did really enjoy the food though.

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After breakfast, it was time to digest with some rides. First stop, Soarin! This has alway been a favorite of my family so we were very excited see the new movie. Even though the original Soarin will always have a special place in our hearts the new ride is just as awesome! If you’ve never been on Soarin and are curious here is a ride through video.

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Our second ride for the day was on Spaceship Earth. A favorite of mine so Tom enjoys going on it, but my family took a little more convincing. I bet they secretly had a good time!

The very best part of Spaceship Earth is getting a glimpse into your future. You can see above we made sure the camera got our good side. I don’t have eyes… what happened?!

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The bubblegum wall is a very important post Spaceship Earth activity! My fleece jacket made me blend it, but I think it was a successful Disney girl photoshoot…. just kidding.


We decided after Spaceship Earth to walk over to World Showcase even though it wasn’t entirely opened yet. We noticed that the standby wait for Frozen was only 20 minutes so Tom and I hopped on the line.

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I have a serious love-hate relationship with the Frozen ride… First, Malstorm was a Disney classic and I really hated to see it go. Second, the ride track really could have used some updating. It was so shaky and jerky that it made for an unpleasant experience. Third, I absolutely LOVE Frozen! So, the ride was awesome and so fun! You should definitely check it out.

After Frozen, we met back up with my family for a little Food and Wine action and to explore World Showcase.

After shopping our way around half of the world, it was time to start eating again.


Mexico: Rib Eye Taco with Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla -$6.75. You already know this, but Tom and I love tacos! They are in the top 5 of our favorite foods and this one did not disappoint. The meat was very tender and it was spicy without the spice overpowering all the flavor.


India: Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips-$4.75. Another serious food love in this relationship are sauces and things to dip in said sauces. We love a restaurant that has a serious sauce and/or toppings game! This was definitely a good pick for us. Each sauce had a different flavor profile that helped evaluate each sauces unique flavors.


Hops & Barley: Lobster Roll-$8 paired with an Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale-$4.25.  The lobster roll was fantastic and so much lobster meat on there. The Liberty Ale is one of our favorite beers it’s a perfectly balanced, malty and hoppy.


Active Eats: Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions -$4.75. There’s bacon and it’s mac and cheese… need we say more! Ok, we will.. it was awesome!


New Zealand: Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney-$5.25. This was a huge portion for a little over $5. the meatball was nested into a little bread bowl. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the amount of fennel in the sauce, but it was still really tasty.


Hawaii: Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream-$5.25. It comes at no shock at all that I have a weakness for seared Tuna. I had it 3 different times on this trip! This one was equally as good as the one at Boathouse and the one at The Coral Reef Restaurant on our last night.

Light Lab: RGB is a non-alcoholic Citrus Apple Freeze-$3.75. This was a super fun drink! It’s different frozen layers of colors and flavors. It was also super refreshing.

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Craft Beer: Western Florida Flight- $9.00

  • JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL

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After our flight we took a peak at the EPCOT 25th Anniversary exhibit, which was super cool! Then, we bid farewell to Food and Wine. We would be back in EPCOT for dinner the next night, but no more food and wine for us. $100 well spent though! Yes, that’s right both days spent at food and wine consuming all that food we only spent $100. Not bad at all!

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Back at Fort Wilderness we took a nap and then got ready for hotel hopping and dinner.

Dinner on our 5th night was at California Grill: one of the best dinning experiences on Disney property.


The California Grill is located at the top of the Contemporary Hotel and features incredible flavors, but the best part of the experience is being able to watch the fireworks from the observation decks.

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Our review for this restaurant is the same as the last trip 5 out of 5 stars, everything about it is perfect!

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First, you’re given the bread service which features butter topped with volcanic salt. I could eat this with a spoon! For my appetizer I had the Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad. It was light, crisp, and tangy with a touch of sweetness.

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For my entree, I shared the Lobster Roll with my mom that was topped with the most incredible ponzu sauce. They gave us soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger, but we didn’t touch it. The roll is incredible as is, full of flavor and delicate.

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Tom ordered the Pork Tenderloin, Goat Cheese Polenta, Button Mushrooms, Lacquered Belly, Zinfandel Sauce. He said it was his favorite meal of the trip. Everything about it was incredible!

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During dinner, the fireworks for Happy Hallowishes began to go off. This is what makes California Grill truly special. You experience the whole fireworks show music and all without the crowds in a beautiful comfy location. Also, being able to see an aerial view of the Magic Kingdom is probably the coolest thing ever!

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Before leaving the restaurant, our waitress brought over a special treat for Tom and I. Two cupcakes to help us celebrate our engagement. Disney makes everything magical and it’s touches like this that will keep us a Disney family forever.

Very full and happy we hopped the boat back to Fort Wilderness. It was time for bed so we were rested for our last day of the trip.

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