I know not everyone digs travel recaps, so feel free to skedaddle. Also, I know that not everyone loves Disney and might think we were a little odd for going without kids, so you can feel free to skedaddle as well.
Well, to the one or two people who are left: thanks for sticking around. Shall we?
I was going to recap the whole trip in one post but holy moly, it was too much even for me - Ms I love really long posts with too many pictures and too many words - so I am splitting it up.
I was super excited about this trip because this would be the first time KC and I had been to Disney World together. We went to Disneyland in 2011, but we broke up a couple weeks later, so I wanted fresh-happily-married-memories, if you please.
We arrived Friday evening and headed to Downtown Disney, but we didn't really take any pictures so basically it didn't happen.
I have been to Epcot twice, and both times happened to be in September during the Food & Wine Festival. When I booked this trip I didn't even consider the F&W, thinking it would be well over by the time we got there. Nope, turns out we were there for the last weekend, so I got to grab some Australian treats.
We got there early because of a breakfast reservation, and it was totally reasonable for several hours, but then around lunch or so it was just insane. So busy, so many drunk people. KC and I definitely had our fair share of drinks as well. I got to see Pamela, Emily and Kerri though, so it was obviously a fun day. I spotted them from afar and then ran to crash a photo. It was so good to meet them all in person and hang for a little while.
Speaking of meeting people in person, I had never 'met' Ariel before, and we were waiting for our table at Akershus and all the princesses came out.. instant tears. So embarrassing, I really didn't mean to cry. I am aware I'm a 28 year old and should not be crying over meeting
The next day was Hollywood Studios. I'd technically been to HS before, but it was after the worst race of my life, I'd puked my guts up and had no desire to go on any rides, so we left shortly after. KC and I loved the tower of terror ride in Disneyland, so we both wanted to ride that again. I was really looking forward to the fun 'thrill' rides.
We got to see the Beauty & the Beast show, we saw the Frozen sing along (which was basically them showing the DVD on a big screen with 'historians' who were actually quite funny and a 1 minute appearance from Anna and Elsa at the end.. like, really? Elsa didn't even sing) and that was about it.
We rode the tower of terror like 4 times, but the lines started to get insane so we left after checking out the Christmas lights. We had a full, busy day, but I guess we didn't take a lot of photos because it doesn't look that way.
Our last day in Disney was at Magic Kingdom. Saving the best until last. I think KC was pretty Disney-d out by this day, but I pushed on. We got there as the park opened, I cried during their little show (hashtag loser) and then we went straight to Space Mountain. KC went to Disney as a kid and he mainly remembers riding this over and over, having a ball. He shows zero interest in anything Disney normally, so it was fun to see him as excited for something as I was for everything.
I got to meet some more princesses - Merida was amazing, she chatted with me for a good 5 minutes and was so sweet. God, I sound like such a dork right now. Then we went off to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel.. Both these princesses were absolutely fabulous and chatted with me so long, making me laugh and really personalising the experience - this sounds super lame, but really, if you can't be a kid at Disney, where can you? So much of the experience rests on them, and for them to be so on point all day is just amazing to me.
Next, we saw Anna and Elsa - we had fast passes because apparently the lines get insane. After such a stellar meeting with all the other princesses at Epcot and Magic Kingdom, Elsa was such a let down. I love Frozen, but not as much as the rest of the world, and I prefer Anna anyway but ugh. Elsa just didn't seem interested and was really stand offish. I don't even want to share the photo, that's how unimpressed with her I was. But Anna was amazing - she chatted with me for ages and even tried to get KC in the conversation. She was hilarious. We talked about chocolate. These kind of
The Art of Animation in the Little Mermaid rooms. It's technically a value resort, but the rooms are nicer than the 'all stars' resorts, and it has its own bus (the all-stars share, I think). Because the majority of the resort is made up of family suites (expensive) the Little Mermaid rooms (affordable) get snatched up quickly. We had no problems at all, everything was amazing and exactly what we thought it would be. Our area was Little Mermaid themed, so it had Ariel, King Triton & Ursula statues. Oh, and Eric.
Where we ate
Cookes of Dublin - we both got the fish and chips, and some amazing apple thing for dessert that I did not take a photo of because I was too busy shoving it in my gob.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast) - this is a buffet at breakfast. It's very expensive (to me) and we 100% would not have eaten here if we weren't on the dining plan. They bring a hot plate of eggs, bacon and sausage to your table and then you help yourself to cold stuff - fruit, bread, fish (ew) and meat. The service was impeccable and the food was great. Is it worth the price? I don't know. It's cheaper than Cinderella's Royal Table, so it might be worth it if you have kids, or if you're on the dining plan.
Tangierine Café (lunch) - when I was planning where we would eat (yes, of course I did) and I saw this restaurant, I knew we'd be eating here. KC and I love Mediterranean food. It was cheap, filling, and not very busy (always a plus at Disney). No free refills, KC was sad about that.
Biergarten Restaurant (dinner) - I had actually eaten here before, and it was just as good the second time round. Lots of good food, the entertainment was a little sparse this time, 'family' seating means we got cozy with our neighbours. KC was fond of the beer, I wanted to get back outside to my cocktails.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (lunch) - even though we had a reservation, we had to wait a bit. There was a girl doing trivia though and that was fun while we waited. We sat in the back of one of the 'cars' behind a family, womp womp, but I'd read they never put parties of 2 in the front, so no biggie. The food was really good, though a bit expensive (another one that we wouldn't have eaten at if not for the dining plan), they were super busy so it's definitely a popular spot.
50's Prime Time Café (dinner) - I'd read the server is supposed to be 'mean' to you, and we saw it in other servers, but not our own. Our server didn't say a lot to us at all, actually. Asked us what we wanted and that's about it. Like, literally nothing else. Now, I don't need a server to hover and kiss up, but nothing, nada, zilch? Like not even the opposite of nice by being 'mean' to us? We saw other servers telling people to get their elbows off the table, to set the table, eat your veggies etc. Not ours. No big deal. However, the table next to us.. I can't even explain this without sounding like 'I'm a spoiled adult who didn't expect there to be kids at Disney World' so I'm not going to try. Anyway. The food was okay. Other people seemed to get better (or worse-on-purpose) service than us. The desserts were amazing though.
Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch) - tip, if you eat here, pre-order!! Seriously, we skipped a line so long it was laughable, all because we pre-ordered while waiting in another line earlier that day. When we left, the same people were still in line. No kidding. The food was good, but not 3 hour wait good. The desserts were delicious.
Pecos Bill's (dinner) - Since basically everything up until here had been for me, KC got to pick dinner, of course he went Mexican. I didn't get any photos but it was pretty good for amusement park food. The dessert was delicious (seems to be a running theme with me).
So that was Disney! Not gonna lie, I get super emotional and childish at Disney World, and I'm not ashamed at all. It's like, not ever having the opportunity to come as a kid means I get to act like a kid now. If it is acceptable anywhere in the world for an adult to act like a child, it's Disney.
Though I'll be honest and say I doubt we'll be going back again before kids. It's just so busy, not to mention KC isn't as obsessed with princesses as me. Weird.
Linking up with the girls for Wanderlust Wednesday.
Who doesn't love Disney? Well, lots of people I know, but they should have skedaddled already.