Pineapples and Puerto Rico…Epcot Style!

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We’ve got less than two weeks to go in the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at Walt Disney World, and one of Epcot’s most popular events.

The Festival includes an array of special events, including some that come with significant additional costs. But, the most notable feature of the Food & Wine Festival is also the most accessible (and the most reasonably priced) – the World Showcases International Marketplaces that allow you to taste your way around the world!

The Festival runs from the end of September to the beginning of November each year, and features an array of food related events including the International Marketplaces.

The Marketplaces are essentially mini-restaurants focusing on several small dishes and a number for drinks from various areas around the world or utilizing particular themes.

For 2014, Epcot has nearly 30 International Marketplaces.

IMG_7316-634The 2014 Puerto Rico International Marketplace (prior to opening at 11:00am)

One of our favorites of this year’s festival was:

Puerto Rico!

The food and drink selection at the Puerto Rico International Marketplace was good, but the location, size, and aesthetics set this spot apart and had me and Jenn reminiscing about a 2008 trip to the Island.

IMG_9812-634Puerto Rico in full swing

The Puerto Rico International Marketplace is located in that spot where Epcot transitions from the World Showcase to Future World known as Showplace Plaza.

If you’re standing in the Plaza and facing Spaceship Earth, Puerto Rico will be to your left along that walkway near the Refreshment Port. While the temporary structure holding the Marketplace is just a bit larger than the others, it is set on a much larger stretch of ground, giving it a roomier feel – though it is popular and often has a hefty line.

IMG_7362-634Fresh growing pineapple in Puerto Rico

The grounds around Puerto Rico are beautifully landscaped and even include pineapple plants with small fruits (not an altogether uncommon site at Walt Disney World, but still quite cool if you’re not from a semi-tropical spot like Florida).

The kids will love the pineapples and the adults will enjoy the food, the drink, and the beauty.

IMG_7358-634A few more pineapples

IMG_9808-634-2The 2014 Puerto Rico International Marketplace menu

Don’t miss it!

And don’t forget to:

Relax…you CAN get there from here!

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