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Gentlemen – One of the best parts of going to WDW on family vacations year after year is not feeling guilty when I take the Mrs. on a long weekend to the House of Mouse for something special.  It’s a chance to get away and relax (yes, it is very possible to relax there) and just enjoy hanging out together without having to worry about any one else’s wishes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my kids’ faces when we’re there, but I also love being adults and chuckling under my breath as I see the thousands of other parents frantically running around trying to make their kids happier than humanly possible.  No people…your three year old does not understand how many thousands of dollars you shelled out to see them smile.  They only care about how tired they are since you’ve been going non-stopped for the last four days.  Party-on!!

One of the better weekend getaway options is during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  First of all, Epcot is at the top of the list as far as favorite places to be for me.  Future World is ok.  Well, let’s face it…it needs some work.  But the World Showcase – we love.  Where else can you experience all that culture, people watch, and sip on drinks from all around the world?  Secondly, they take what is already an excellent experience and cart in countless little food shacks themed to any number of other cool international destinations, pumping them full of intriguing culinary options and alcoholic delights.  To be fair….it is NOT cheap.  HOWEVER…there’s only two of you…so you can afford a little extra magic, right?

So, here are a few tips for enjoying the F&W festivities…

Make good use of the International Gateway.  I’m surprised that more people don’t fully understand what this is.  Think of it as the secret back entrance that dumps you directly into the middle of the World Showcase between France and the UK.  On the other side of the gateway is the Boardwalk, which is a great place to escape whenever you need a break from F&W.  My favorites on the Boardwalk are Big River Grille & Brewing Works – they have a great beer flight – and Ample Hills Creamery – holy sweet glorious ice cream.

And then, if you’re anything like us, you can walk the path over to Hollywood Studios.

Okay, back to F&W…get the food at the kiosks, NOT THE BEER.  You can get real, man-sized beers at the quick-service restaurants that are there permanently.  Also, stay away from the weekend nights.  It tends to get a little crowded.

Leave your comments and let me know what you do on your WDW trips without kiddos.  I’m always looking for something new to try!

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