Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekend Round-up!


 We spent this past weekend at Walt Disney World! 
As passholders we go to Disney pretty often, but this was an exceptional trip!
The weather was perfect-cool in the mornings and pretty warm in the afternoons. Well..really warm in the sun. Disney has such a special place in our hearts. We went on our second date to the parks, we got engaged in front of Cinderella Castle during the fireworks, and we spent the first part of our honeymoon at WDW. You can never have a bad time at Disney! One of my favorite things to do is go with friends and family. While it is hard to go with a big group, we feel more flexible because we go so often. 


This time we got to try 2 new attractions, and 1 new restaurant. 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Magic Kingdom

This is WDW's newest roller coaster. It is so beautifully decorated, and the queue is interactive. The actual ride itself was the smoothest roller coaster I have ever experienced. But, it is such a short ride! The whole thing is over before you know it. If you can Fastpass+ it, do it. I don't see how waiting for over an hour would be worth it. 

Frozen Sing-a-Long
Hollywood Studios 

Disney is making some money off Frozen! The Frozen Sing-A-Long was a lot of fun. All of the kids singing at the top of their lungs is so adorable. Basically the show is a re-telling of the movie by Arendale's historians (who are hysterical), singing a long with the movie, and a live finale with Ana, Kristoff, & Elsa. Really cute, and a nice break from the sun. I had no idea that auditorium was even back there. 

EPCOT

EPCOT has the most amazing restaurants. It is my goal to try every single one. This time we went to Italy's Via Napoli for lunch. Naturally, we had to get pizza. We ordered the Carciofi pizza. It was a white pizza with artichokes, fontina, mozzarella and truffle oil. This was by far the best pizza I have EVER had. Blake and I managed to eat a whole large pizza. (totally burned it off...)
My favorite EPCOT restaurant is still Tokyo Dining, but this Via Napoli is a close second. 

I also got to try my first Macaroon at EPCOT!


Now I see what all the fuss is about, they were delicious.
Right now EPCOT is having their annual Food & Wine Festival. We walked into the festival center, just to check it out, and we happened upon Buddy-the Cake Boss! He was doing a cake decorating demonstration. Here are my crazy paparazzi pictures! 


I also got my first Alex and Ani bracelet! Charm bracelets are so personal, and unique to you. I have a few picked out, but was so happy to get a Disney charm during our trip. I chose the gold Mickey bracelet. I also would like to get the one with Cinderella Castle on it, but they were sold out at Magic Kingdom. 


I'm excited to add to my collection of one! (Uh, and why is everything twice as expensive at Disney???) 

By far my favorite thing to do is the Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios! It is such a hidden gem. It is a 30 minute class were you learn to draw a Disney Character. We have done it several times now, and this time my picture actually turned out OK. (We drew Eeyore) 


Another must-see is the Wishes firework show. Biased of course, as Blake and I got engaged during them, but this show gives me the biggest goosebumps! It is mesmerizing. 
Here are a few pictures from the fireworks: 






This time we watched from the back of the castle. It was still an incredible view. They play the music back there too, so you aren't missing anything. There was this hilarious guy, a non Disney employee, who was 'directing' the firework show. He obviously has seen the show 1000 times. He was actually very helpful because he pointed out were to look. The best part was he 'directed' the show using an umbrella and a samurai sword! 

We tried to video him:
video

Magic Kingdom was open until 2 am on Saturday. It is my goal to do everything at MK in one day! We attempted it, and while we got close the long lines prevented me from reaching my goal. I think we will have to try on a week day in the middle of off season.

What did you do this weekend? & I want to know what your Disney must-dos are! 

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