Now that it’s (technically) spring, I finally have some trips (blog material) scheduled and I’m feeling somewhat rejuvenated after spending this past week in the sun! It has been kind of a gloomy winter and although the temperature hasn’t stayed too high I’m feeling hopeful that we are nearing spring.
I had a great opportunity with Joe’s family to go back to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida this past week! I hadn’t visited Disney for over 10 years! Needless to say we had a really great time, and it’s just as magical as I remember.
We stayed right on Disney property at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, choosing a resort to stay at was a tough decision since each seems to have so much to offer. Since we are all adults, we really enjoyed Epcot the most and since this resort was just a short 5-7 minute walk from Epcot it was definitely an ideal location. It is also located on an actual boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and nightlife.
an overexposed photo of the boardwalk! (it’s all I had!)
We arrived on Monday afternoon and flew home first thing on Friday morning. In that short amount of time we packed in a LOT of activities.
Day 1: Magic Kingdom: We had a 1 park per day pass factored into our rate so it was a tough decision what to do when. We really only spent a few hours at Magic Kingdom since we didn’t check into our hotel until around 3 PM and we had dinner reservations in Downtown Disney. We didn’t really research the setup of Disney enough ahead of time and didn’t quite realize the distances between parks. I think we would have spent more time here if we realized how far our dinner reservations were. My favorite ride here is definitely Splash Mountain, and of course seeing Cinderella’s Castle is always nostalgic :).
After Magic Kingdom we spent the evening at Downtown Disney- this isn’t technically a park it’s just an area owned by Disney with the most nightlife, shops, restaurants, live music and some great food stands. We came here a couple of times throughout the week. We ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe which was really delicious. It’s mostly chain restaurants in this area and this was really exceptionally good. I would recommend this and Fulton’s Crab House for a nice sit down dinner in Downtown Disney. Followed by a life changing ice cream sundae at Ghirardelli :)
Day 2: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – we spent our morning here and used our Fast Passes for all the right rides. I’m not a huge fan of crazy rides so I did sit out on Tower of Terror and Rock n’ RollerCoaster, but if you are a fan of roller coasters and wild rides these are supposedly the two best! We waited in a long line for the Toy Story interactive game ride, which I loved and we also had a fast pass for the Indiana Jones show. All of these are highly recommended! We also spent some time at our great hotel pool.
Tower of Terror!
Day 3: Epcot – This was definitely my favorite day. It was less overwhelmingly crowded and I loved everything about it here. I am a crazy foodie so I obviously loved going from country to country and buying small portions of tasty foods and drinks. I particularly loved the french bakery in France, we kicked off our morning with croissants and quiche! I would recommend using your Fast Passes here to go on Soarin’ and Test Track, those are two of my favorite rides at Disney. I also made a HUGE mistake while at Epcot and went on the Mission Space ride in future world. I get motion sickness very easily so I didn’t recover from this for an entire day!! I should have known to get off once I saw the puke bags in front of our seats.
We made dinner reservations for Chefs de France in France and it was the best meal I ate all week (and that’s saying a lot) the service was beyond amazing, the warm french baguettes were heavenly, and my french onion soup was the best I ever had. I love the country France so much maybe I was just happy to be transported back there for a few hours.
The fireworks/light show at 9 PM every night in Epcot is also not to be missed. I could have easily spent 2 full days in Epcot. Also, I almost forgot to mention it was the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! The topiaries were great, and also the food stands were my favorite part.
France – Epcot
Beauty and the Beast topiary – my favorite!
Most delicious French Onion Soup
Creme Brulee after dinner!
The amazing flowers at Epcot!
Fireworks from Japan :)
Day 4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Best decision we made: get a fast pass for the safari! Such a great ride, but a very, very unbearable line to wait in. The wildlife reserve they have is great, it’s the closest I’ll get to an African safari for a while I guess. There was also a baby gorilla born 3 weeks ago that we could see really well! I loved that. I also loved how they talked about the issues with poaching elephants for ivory, and encouraged everybody to not buy ivory under any circumstance. Everest is a really great roller coaster here as well, I’m not a huge roller coaster fan but I could handle this one. We waited in line for this one and it was definitely worth it.
We spent our last night on the Boardwalk. We ate a delicious meal at Trattoria al Forno. None of us didn’t love our meal. We also ate breakfast here almost every day since it was right outside of our hotel and it was really great! The bakery on the boardwalk has some great homemade treats and there was always a line for ice cream. The environment on the Boardwalk at night is really fun and lively, and such a pretty view.
I didn’t think I’d be going back to Disney until I had kids of my own, but it proved to me that it’s fun for all ages! Not an inexpensive trip, but they do offer more budget friendly hotel options which I was impressed by.