How to do Orlando in October
It is only May, but now is a good time to start planning our trip to Orlando in October.
October is a great time to visit Orlando. For Flying Lad, there’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. For Flying Dad, there’s Halloween Horror Nights. For Flying Momma, there’s the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
EPCOT Food and Wine Festival
You can read all about Flying Momma’s thoughts on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on FiliVino. I will add, though, that if you’re going to the F&WF with a toddler, be sure to bring your stroller. We thought about heading back to the hotel for nap time, but we ended up powering through. Flying Lad found a water play area right around nap time, so after getting him dried off from that–oh, yeah, a tip–bring a change of clothes and/or a towel, he fell asleep in his stroller, as we walked around Japan. One of our favorites, perhaps because we are old, is “The Land” boat ride. It’s just fascinating to see all of the different plants and fruits they are growing and the science they use to grow them. Yes, educational thrills. So of course we were excited to bring Flying Lad on the ride, but I think his favorite, after the fountains, was the interactive play area after Journey Into Imagination with Figment. He’s also a Donald Duck fan, so he enjoyed the Three Caballeros ride in Mexico, as well, which is good since we also enjoy that ride. The way they have the inside of Mexico set up is quite relaxing and enjoyable. Also the tequila flights in La Cantina de San Angel can help if you’re so inclined. *pro parent tip – the Cantina has a deal for following them on twitter for free food or drink.
EPCOT sometimes has an issue with being able to entertain teenagers. Toddlers can always find something to do, adults can always find something to learn (or imbibe), but teenagers are generally looking for thrills and rides. Not a ton of that here. But going around from country to country, little ones always manage to find some of the simplest things to be rewarding. There are rides to be sure, and the “aquarium” but even small things like the model train set near Germany (and the AMAZING fresh Werther’s Caramel Popcorn) will hold their attention for long periods of time while you catch your breath or imbibe yourself.