Day 13: Un Poco Loco! / Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019

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Between yesterday and today, we have seen most of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and it’s been amazing. Of all the festivals at Epcot, this one seems to be the most popular and I can see why.

With all the floral displays and gardens, Epcot springs to life with so much color, plus you can’t pass up on the tasty food available at the Outdoor Kitchens!

We had a couple more things we wanted to buy, so over in Showcase Plaza, near Disney Traders, we bought some items from La Isla Fresca, as well as a drink from Pineapple Promenade, and a portion of poutine from the Refreshment Port near Canada.

It’s nearing the end of our day at Epcot, but we are back out in the evening for Star Wars fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

La Isla Fresca » Showcase Plaza, near Disney Traders

  • Jamaican-braised Beef – with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro ($6.00)
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce ($7.00)
  • Tropical Freeze – non-alcoholic ($4.25)

Once again, who knows how good these were – I mean, the food looks good in the photos right?!

Jamaican-Braised Beef – Las Isla Fresca
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – La Isla Fresca
Tropical Freeze – La Isla Fresca

Pineapple Promenade » Showcase Plaza, near Port of Entry

  • Spicy Hot Dog – with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips ($8.00)
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade – non-alcoholic ($4.25)

The violet lemonade is another festival favorite and it tastes SO good!

Spicy Hot Dog – Pineapple Promenade
Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade

Refreshment Port » Showcase Plaza, near Canada

  • Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine – with Barbecue Demi-Glace, Fire-roasted Corn Relish, and Cheese Curds ($8.49)

Now the poutine was GOOD! It was the first time (I think) that we had ever tried poutine, which is a Canadian dish, specifically from Quebec, which is French fries, topped with cheese curds and brown gravy.

As with so many foods, they get fused and blended with other ingredients, to make dishes like this coffee-rubbed pork poutine!

At the various festivals that are hosted at Epcot, you will find special foods at the Refreshment Ports, so remember to check them out too!

Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine
Refreshment Port

By mid-afternoon we felt we were festival-ed out, so we headed back to our resort – Disney’s BoardWalk, but actually took a detour to the beach at Disney’s Beach Club to continue with the tradition that we started in 2016.

That tradition was drawing a heart in the sand and putting our initials and the year inside it. It’s a bit cheesy, but just a fun little thing we now do at a Disney beach.

I should also say, that whilst it’s a beach – there is sand and places to sit etc, you can’t go into the water (because snakes and alligators!) and it is roped off.

We then walked around to go “home” and chill out for a bit before going back out in the early evening to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I’ll close out this part of the trip report with photos of the views across Crescent Lake, which is a body of water between Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

Beach Area at Disney’s Beach Club
A Friendship Boat on Crescent Lake, with Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in the background
One end of Disney’s BoardWalk which leads to Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
View of Disney’s BoardWalk
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
View of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

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