This trip was the fastest ride in the wilderness! Once again – conference time during the Flower and Garden – this time at the Dolphin. Last conference was in 2013 during the same time but at the Contemporary. I could get used to this!
We showed up 30 min before rope drop to catch the Magic Kingdom opening. As we speak I still have the Loading the Train/Casey Junior song in my head and it was worth it! Then we leisurely hit a whole bunch of rides with minimal lines!
- Peter Pan’s Flight – LOVE the new queue. Done really well with great Disney attention to detail.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – this was our first ride! I definitely want to try it at night which is brave as hell for me if you know how this ride ends.
- Haunted Mansion
- Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Orange Swirl and Dole Whip break at Sunshine Tree Terrace
For lunch we were going to take the Monorail from Magic Kingdom into EPCOT but it was down for repairs so we had to take the resort bus to Boardwalk and walk to Germany where I tried the wine flight for the first time.
After some rather epic carbo loading we went back to the room for a nap. Then we headed to Hollywood Studios. I AM PSYCHED that damn hat is gone! I heard that the day after we left the spotlights were back too.
While there we experienced the Great Movie Ride in the front row – a totally different experience this way! Completely immersive. Since the front row is shorter than other rows to accommodate your Director/Actor Guide through the movies – it can really only sit 2-3 comfortably but I think its worth asking to sit up front if the size of your party allows.
Last, but certainly not least we finished off the park with One Man’s Dream then headed to the boat for “dinner” at Beaches and Cream. Helpful tip. If you ask yourself “Should I have the No Way Jose for dinner?” – just refer to the name of the dessert for your answer.
After hitting three parks the day before we kept it to EPCOT and the Flower and Garden Festival for the day.
After looking at all the flowers we went to breakfast at Sunshine Seasons in The Land. This is one of my favorite breakfast places because with the breakfast platter you get potatoes that have both peppers and onions and you get a biscuit. Then of course you are rewarded with a charming, and nostalgic boat ride.
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track – even with a Fastpass this takes forever. I’m not sure i’m that into it.
- Ellen’s Energy Adventure – Woof. I haven’t done this in at least 15 years. Stupid Judy. Stupid Energy. I think that was my last time unless this sucker gets an overhaul. Its a shame too since its the only thing left that references space (Big Bang) that I can physically entertain without getting sick.
We had lunch at the Flower and Garden Kitchens before heading back for some conference time. For dinner we had late reservations at La Hacienda.
We were able to see Illuminations from inside the restaurant and made it back to the International Gateway in time for the last boat to the Dolphin. Its so awesome to walk through EPCOT with barely anyone else around – until you see them locking up gates and then you get terrified you will have to walk to the front of the park and take a cab.
WORST. BREAKFAST. BUFFET. EVER. Captain’s Grille. The cheesy potatoes casserole tasted like a foot. How can you not have good potatoes at a buffet? There wasn’t a ton of variety. Mom ordered a la carte and it was very good.
We walked around Hollywood Studios for a bit after a conference session but there really wasn’t a lot going on. It bums me out. Tatooine Traders used to have so much more variety.
We went to Downtown Disney which was a total shit show for parking while its under construction. When we were there we came across Wentzel’s Pretzels Snack Stand. I don’t fancy myself a pretzel eater but this was SO GOOD and so PERFECT for a warm, salty snack. I actually think of it as one of my favorite Disney meals this trip!
The reason we went to Downtown Disney was because Robert Jimenez did a signing at the WonderGround Gallery and I was able to purchase a print and get it signed.
Robert Jimenez – Pele Ablaze
For dinner we went to the Polynesian – our first visit for the new lobby. I’ve been keeping an open mind till I saw it for myself. I don’t like it. Its just another hotel lobby now, a very nice one, but not a place I would go out of my way to visit like I used to the old place. Maybe once the rest of the construction is done it will have the full effect? Trader Sams will change all this.
We tried to get walk up table service at Kona Cafe but it turned out they were full. What they did do was let us order off the Kona Cafe Menu but sit against the wall at Kona Island. This worked out because we got to have our backs turned towards the lobby – like we were shunning it. Still, I couldn’t help feel like the Paper Boy from Spaceship Earth (see #5).
One last trip to MK!
- WEDWay People Mover x 2
- Carousel of Progress
- Electric Light Parade
- Wishes – it was 56 degrees!
The new landscaping in front of the castle hub is fantastic! Offers a serene place to view the castle. I wonder if it will be open for enjoying like a park in-between parades and fireworks.
We had lunch at Chefs de France and just enjoyed the flowers and comfortable air before heading home.
See ya real soon! (November…)