Sue's F&W Weekend

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Oct 20, 2021, 6:32:25 PM10/20/21

Who: Sue (62), DVC Member
Dates: October 21 – 25, 2021
Resort: Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Experience: Very Experienced – 54th stay at BCV

This is a solo trip – something I haven’t really had in a while! When it’s too hot for the parks it makes sense to bring Holli & get a big enough villa to invite Chris’ family as well. Holli enjoys relaxing by the pool, and either sitting at a bar or doing the faux concierge lounge in the villa. Chris’ family doesn’t let the heat & humidity keep them out of the parks, but they also spend time enjoying the villa. However, for this trip it should finally be more tolerable to enjoy Food & Wine Festival, and for that I want quick & easy access via Beach Club Villas! Believe it or not, I haven’t done Food & Wine Festival yet this year. When Disney started it in July I thought that was just ridiculous – and still do. It’s too hot to enjoy it! It will probably still be too hot in the afternoon during this trip, but I can enjoy much more pleasant evenings strolling around World Showcase. A studio is all I need for a solo trip, and without SB or others along there’s no pressure to do anything other than exactly what I feel like doing at the moment, so I’m really looking forward to this little trip.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with SB, Chris’ family and others, so during that trip I’ll visit all the parks – not because I really want to, but to spend time with them. This trip I booked park reservations at Epcot every day. There’s nowhere else I want to be, as Food & Wine Festival is the only priority, so there wasn’t any point in going to some other park first – especially when I’d rather just be by the pool. I need to start working on a tan, since I have a HAL cruise coming up in early December, and don’t want to board the ship as white as I am currently.

Gideon’s has become an indulgent high-calorie splurge for cookies, and during October their cookie of the month is the Monster. It’s basically a chocolate chip cookie but covered in mini M&Ms and it has some oreos in the dough as well. It sounds like something I’d like, and since this is my only October trip I plan to head there upon arrival. As usual, I’ll park in the Orange garage so any stuff in the car isn’t sitting in the hot sun. Assuming I can join the virtual queue, I’ll spend the waiting time getting a glass of wine at Jock Lindsay or somewhere else in the area. I’ll bypass any food and wait for Food & Wine Festival later! Once the room is ready and my cookie is obtained, I’ll get settled in at Beach Club Villas and make the rounds of Food & Wine Festival!

Friday will be pool time and Food & Wine Festival. Sunday will be the same. Saturdays have historically been miserable at Food & Wine (too crowded), so I’ll enjoy the pool again but then head to Chefs de France for a late lunch. It’s possible I may check out Harmonious some evening, only because when it’s over I can walk back to my room.

I’ll really miss the Eat to the Beat concerts and am not interested in the local bands they’re bringing in. If I happen to wander by when one is performing and they sound great I will stop, but based on what I saw at the last Flower & Garden Festival I won’t be missing anything if I skip them.

The plans so far are:
Thursday 10/21: Drive to WDW, Gideon’s, Food & Wine
Friday 10/22: Pool, Food & Wine
Saturday 10/23: Pool, Chefs de France
Sunday 10/24: Pool, Food & Wine
Monday 10/25: Drive to Gainesville


Steve Soares

Oct 21, 2021, 8:55:51 AM10/21/21
Hi Sue - Don't miss the Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty shows at
America Gardens Theater throughout the day. They're both excellent!

Some of the food booths I've really enjoyed:
Anything from Hops & Barley in America, ditto the Spain booth between
Italy and Germany and the "Swanky Saucy Swine" booth near Disney Traders
(Showcase Plaza).

If you're looking for wine at Disney Springs, try Wine Bar George. It's
right next to Gideon's.

Steve S.


Oct 21, 2021, 8:02:07 PM10/21/21
The hot beef sandwich at Hops & Barley looks good. I've had the carrot cake a few times, and it's very good but too big if I'm not sharing it. I used to love the paella at Spain, but this year it's made with shrimp (previously it was chicken & chorizo - I eat both of those, but not shrimp).

I've seen Wine Bar George haven't ever made it inside yet. Something to keep on the list of things to try!


Darrell Jeffress

Oct 26, 2021, 3:52:04 AM10/26/21
On 10/21/2021 5:55 AM, Steve Soares wrote:
> Hi Sue - Don't miss the Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty shows at
> America Gardens Theater throughout the day. They're both excellent!

Hey Steve, are the Voices doing their traditional sets in traditional
costumes at the AmGar, or are they wearing the contemporary costumes?
Typically in the past when they've done the latter the sets have been
the same songs each time as well.

Steve Soares

Oct 26, 2021, 7:43:01 AM10/26/21
Hi Darrell - They're wearing contemporary costumes. They do different
songs each set. Usually, the order is patriotic, IP(Moana, Brave,
Princess & The Frog), romantic, and ending with This Is Me, You Raise Me
Up, etc.

Steve S.

Min & Bill

Oct 26, 2021, 9:06:54 AM10/26/21
We saw them last Friday around 2:00 p.m. and they were dressed in
contemporary outfits.

The songs were This is My Country (patriotic), 2 IP songs from Brave and
Tarzan, and ended with the Star Spangled Banner.



Nov 6, 2021, 2:23:06 PM11/6/21
Wango Tango by Nugent save for the late show?
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