4 Parks. 2. Days. 1 Memorable Weekend! Last Friday Judd and I headed down to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for a weekend filled with park hopping, food-eating, roller coaster riding excitement. We started our #Adventure at Epcot…
Epcot: Around the World & Lunch in Morocco
I had never been to Epcot until 2011 when my brother finally brought me. It is becoming a favorite of mine, after Magic Kingdom of course! Epcot is decorated with gorgeous flowers even when Flower & Garden festival is over. The colors are so vibrant and alive. It’s a gorgeous sight! When we got to the park, Judd was craving a Mikey Ice Cream, one of his favorite treats to get at the parks. He grabbed his ice cream and suddenly street performers came out and started making music on trash cans. It drew quite the crowd!
One thing I love about this park is World Showcase. Countries are represented around the World’s Showcase and are true to the style of each country. We started off in Canada admiring totem poles and gallivanting aboot. It was too early for poutine but we were dreamy of that gravy-filled, cheesey deliciousness but maybe next time!
We then walked through England stopping to pose in a telephone booth. Of course I had to stop at the tea house! I could buy everything in there! I believe I was a Brit in my former life. Maybe I’m living in the wrong country as tea time is essential to my every day life. I digress…
Our next stop was France. I love the bridge over the waterway in France. It reminds me of the scenes from An American in Paris where Gene Kelly is dancing out his love for a French girl he met. It’s one of my favorite movies and the songs play on each time I walk through France at Epcot. Now if only I can get to the real Paris!
We stopped at the bakery for freshly made croissants. They were warm, flaky and buttery the perfect mid morning snack to hold us over until lunch! I have an addiction to bread…seriously!
We then walked through Japan and admired the coy fish pond and Japanese architecture. It was far too warm to dwell in the Japanese gardens so we moved on to Mexico for some relief from the heat indoors. Epcot can get pretty hot but there are plenty of shops and places to cool off in case you get over heated. If you find yourself thirsty, just stop at any quick service dining place and ask for a cup of water.
I made a reservation at Restaurant Marrakesh for lunch in Morocco. We were so excited to try this place!
You step inside the restaurant and see intricate designs and decor. I loved the red accents!
We were seated at a table perfect for two where our server brought out waters and fresh warm bread. I ordered the Appetizer Combination for Two which included 2 Beef Brewart Rolls, 2 Chicken Bastilla and Jasmina Salad. The salad was delicious and refreshing with its chopped cucumber, tomatoes, mixed green covered in a mustard vinaigrette and topped with feta crumbles. It was my favorite from the lunch! Judd had the Sultan Sample which included Grilled brochette with Chicken, Beef Brewat Roll and Chicken Bastilla, served with Vegetable Couscous. Overall it was a wonderful lunch!
After lunch we headed over to our next park…
Hollywood Studios: Rain Rain and no show.
Unfortunately as soon as we arrived at the park it started to rain. It progressively got harder and harder. We ran to only Fastpass ride, Rockin Roller Coaster and rode it then stepped off to a torrential downpour. My brother braved the weather to meet us to walk around for a few hours while we waited for Fantasmic. We ran over to the Star Wars Launch Bay to meet Kylo Ren, who speaks. Super creepy but totally worth it! Sadly Fantasmic wasn’t going to happen due to weather so we called it a night.
Magic Kingdom: Rides, Rides and More Rides
We woke up early Saturday morning and ventured out to Magic Kingdom. We got to the park shortly after it opened and walked down Main Street USA towards the castle. This is one of my favorite views of the park. Starring down Main Street towards the Castle and Castle hub which is quite a site on a gorgeous day like Saturday.
We headed towards Fantasyland to pick up an early birthday gift for Gus, a new Tiggy. (Stuffed Tigger toy. He’s obsessed with them but his last one has seen better days!) We decided to catch a few short rides: Barnstormer and Dumbo. I don’t care how old you are both of those rides are so much fun!
We then headed over to one of my favorite rides in the park, Haunted Mansion. I can practically recite the whole narration of this ride I’ve been on it so many times! After we grabbed a quick-lunch of fried shrimp and chicken salad from Columbia Harbor House. I love this quick service restaurant because they offer friend shrimp, fish and chicken as well as healthier salads in case you want to avoid friend foods. We then headed to Frontierland for Pirates of the Caribbean then celebrated the day with Dole Whip Floats. If you’ve never gotten one of these from Magic Kingdom, I highly recommend it. Especially in the summer when it’s so hot out.
My parents met up with us later in the afternoon and we grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading to our final park of the trip…
Animal Kingdom: Celebrating Jungle Book Alive and Being A Part of the Wolf Pack
We headed to Animal Kingdom around 7pm to get our seats for the Jungle Book Alive with Magic show. My brother was performing that night and we were all so excited to see him. My parents had fastpasses for the side he would be on but the staff kindly waved us through so we could all sit together and see him.
The show was stunning! Performers dance, sing and play instruments on these floating barges which are decorated with Indian accents. The lighting changes throughout the show to evoke the emotional as the story goes on. Behind the barges, giant water hoses shoot up into the air and create enough water to act as a screen where the Jungle Book movie is highlighted. It’s an incredible sight to see! We lucked out with our seating as my brother performed right in front of us. We were all so proud of him and all the performers!
Overall our weekend getaway to Disney was incredible. It was time for us to spend time together as a couple as well as spending a little time with my brother and parents. We even managed to discuss plans for our next Disney cruise…a few years from now but the plans are in motion!