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DizMeet DATW Food & Wine Edition – 10/24/15

IMG_0239Last weekend was a great one for DizMeet. We had two events, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both were a huge success and it was a great kickoff to DizMeet’s fall season, which is sure to be full of amazing meetups!

On Saturday we had a meetup scheduled at EPCOT starting at 3pm. Although this was technically called a “Drinking around the world” meetup, it turned out quite differently….and I think it was a lot better.

First of all, when I set the meetup date, I guess I didn’t do my research regarding how crowded the park was going to be. I just assumed that because Food & Wine had already been going on for a few weeks, the crowds wouldn’t be too bad. Boy was I wrong. Things were VERY busy!

As I struggled through the crowd to make it to our designated meeting spot, which was the outdoor tables between Liberty Inn and Fife & Drum quick-serve stand in the American Adventure, I passed by line after line full of people. Each one seemingly longer than the one before. But as usual, I had my heart set on a good ole Sam Adams beer in America. Unfortunately, I knew that because every single line for food and drinks was insanely long, the line at the Fife & Drum would most likely be just as insane.

Finally, I made it to Fife & Drum, and to my delight, there were only 3 people in line! Amazing! It was like the gods of refreshment were smiling down upon me. So, I grabbed my Sam Adams and sat down in a nice shady spot. Soon after I was joined by the rest of the attendees for the meetup. We sat there for a while, had some great conversation, and then decided it was time to move it along to our first destination….Mexico.

Naturally, when you think of drinking in Mexico, you think of La Cava del Tequila, and that’s where we headed. Now I’ve been to this Tequila bar during what I thought was the busiest of times at EPCOT, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the line that awaited us inside Mexico. This place was beyond packed! Basically, the line started in the main lobby area of Mexico, next to the kid’s coloring area. We spend close to an hour waiting in line. But I have to say, with good company, the line doesn’t seem so bad. And once we got our Margaritas, it was definitely worth it.

We sat and drank our Margaritas and talked for a while, and just enjoyed the Mexican pavilion. Believe it or not, we didn’t make it any further than Mexico. The time really flew that day, and essentially we spent several hours in America and Mexico enjoying each other’s company. It was great to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.

I have to admit that we probably would’ve hung out a little longer if the crowds hadn’t been so bad, and if maybe had been just a little cooler outside. But regardless, we had an amazing time and I really look forward to hanging out with everyone again very soon.

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Disney Characters Infiltrating EPCOT!?

I might be a little behind on this topic, but does anyone else think Disney is trying to “sneak” a bunch of character stuff into EPCOT? For the longest time, EPCOT has been completely unique…not many references to Disney characters in the park. They even had their own unique characters, like Figment.
For a long time, I’ve thought that EPCOT needs a huge overhaul. Don’t get me wrong…EPCOT is my absolute favorite park. Its just been quite a while since EPCOT saw a big change or addition to the park. I have to assume that EPCOT does not see the same attendance as Magic Kingdom or the other two main parks (I have no evidence to back this up). Therefore, I would also assume that Disney is working on the issue.
Maybe Disney is trying to give EPCOT a shot of character to see how that affects attendance. My first clue to this was the changing of the Maelstrom to The Frozen ride. Then, I thought about Nemo being added to The Living Seas. Also, I’ve noticed character meet and greets with standard Disney characters over in World Showcase.
Believe me, I embrace change…and I’m not upset when Disney makes big changes. In fact, I LOVE change. As a local, I love the idea of changing things up every few years. But, I’m not so sure about Disney moving characters into EPCOT. I feel like this disrupts the time/space continuum, and is just overall crappy.

I’m not against characters in EPCOT…I just like my characters separated into their appropriate park. I want Mickey in Magic Kingdom, Figment in EPCOT, Lightning McQueen in Hollywood Studios, and those blue Avatar people in Animal Kingdom. You don’t want your corn to mix with your mashed potatoes…so why would you want your Goofy mixing with your Mr. Potato Head?
What do you think? What other examples of Disney character infiltration have you seen at EPCOT?

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