I was anxious to get back to the bloggers and volunteer families at EPCOT. I didn’t want to miss anything but we arrived a tiny bit late for our private party. I was annoyed by our tardiness, but didn’t complain or grumble. It’s my job to keep our WDW trips on the positive path…and it was probably my fault we were behind anyway.
As per our usual routine, we headed straight for Club Cool. We displayed our credentials to a small group of cast members nearby and they directed us to the other side of the fountain. At the party entrance we were each handed a really great LED glowstick/whistle. I love useful free stuff and these lights were very cool! Thankfully the kids didn’t discover the whistle feature of the light until later in the evening.
The party extended from the Fountain of Nations all the way back through Showcase Plaza. Tables and chairs were set up along the perimeter, with a large cluster of them in the center near the front of the stage. Food and beverage stations were dispersed throughout.
Hosts and hostesses tried to talk us into seats near the entrance, but I was going to take my chance on spotting an open table up closer to the stage in the midst of it all. Mostly I wanted to walk around and see everything first.
After a once through, we ended up back where we started. I claimed a table by Mouse Gear (my favorite WDW store!) and we began filling ourselves with our delicious dinner food.
We shared a table with a sweet family from Atlanta. I sat near Akilah earlier at World Showplace but didn’t get a chance to speak during the presentation. Sitting together stuffing our faces with scrumptious warm brownie tortes was much more conducive to conversation.
Akilah, of Execumama.com is friendly and obviously intelligent with the most beautiful eyes and smile I’ve ever seen. She was so easy and fun to talk with. I truly enjoyed getting to meet her and enjoyed the grocery store adventure she shared with me.
There were numerous different food items to choose from and I couldn’t wait to fill my plate. I loved everything that I was able to try, but didn’t even get close to sampling it all. Some of the menu selections at our buffet-style dinner included:
* Traditional Cobb Salad with Foccacia Stick
* Fire-roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Basil Foam and Tiger Shrimp
* Mid-western Beef and Pennsylvania Mushroom Pie
* Maine Lobster and Atlantic Seafood Fisherman’s Pie (pictured above)
* Wilted Greens with Barbeque Braised Beef Shortrib and Cornbread Button (pictured below)
* Mickey-roni and Sharp Cheddar with Spiced Barbeque Pork Belly and Beer Bread Crisp
* Stiry Fry Vegetable Lo Mein with Cilantro
* Grilled Free Range Chicken Fried Rice with Edamame
* Cheesecake Push-up
* Warm Brownie Torte
On stage, an entertaining and inspirational video played on a large screen. Disney Channel stars talked and sang about Disney Friends for Change — Project Green. Project Green inspires and challenges the youth of America to make change happen, to be a friend to their planet. A live performance of “Make a Wave” by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas followed the video presentation and topped off the evening.
I didn’t get to enjoy the show much as a primary focus due to continuing efforts to keep my youngsters corralled and I had to leave before it was even over. I thoroughly delighted in it as the background to what I was experiencing though–EPCOT privately with my family, Disney channel stars in person, well-prepared yummy fresh food, being surrounded by interesting, creative and motivated people…I was very privileged, thankful to have been invited. Still thankful, in fact!