Hello from sunny (and humid) Florida ya’ll! Last month the Mr. and I decided that we wanted to get our money’s worth out of our annual passes to Disneyworld so we booked a quick trip for our anniversary weekend. We both took Friday off work and decided to drive down Thursday around 5pm. We hit some traffic, but overall it wasn’t too bad. We like to drive to Ocala then get up and drive the hour and a half to Disney the next day. It really helps to split up the trip for us. Per usual I packed snacks of fresh fruit and fresh juice for the road and as breakfast once at Disney. This trip I even felt festive enough to sprinkle a little pixie dust on my nails.
I would love for us to stay at one of the nicer on property resorts, but with the summer inflation prices and all our other trips this summer I opted for Disney’s All Star Sports Resort. It’s not fancy and everything is definitely geared for families but the amenities are nearly identical to that of a different resort but the prices are cheaper. If you are trying to pinch pennies a Disney value resort is the way to go. The best part was that we didn’t even have to check in at the front desk to get access to our room. I checked in online a couple days before our trip and we were able to use our Disney magic bands to walk right into our room. They sent me a text and email stating which room we would be in and that was it. I even stepped in to umpire a game with these rascals.
Our first stop of the day was Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We rode Expedition Everest and then decided to head over to Epcot. We were in the VERY front of the ride! That is not usually my place of choice but I came out alive, ya’ll. Yep, that’s us at the bottom. Can you tell we felt differently about being in the front?! By the time we waited for the ride and walked around a bit, we were already hungry and decided Epcot was were we wanted to eat lunch. Disney makes it so easy to hop from park to park with their transportation system.
Epcot is an adult’s play ground. The gardens like any Disney park or resort are perfectly manicured. The Mr. and I love World Showcase at Epcot and I think most people never explore this hidden gem of a park. There is so much culture and so much to learn from each country represented. We toured the exhibit in China and learned about a tomb of warriors, visited a marketplace in Mexico and watched a short film about the beautiful Canadian countryside. We visited Norway, but didn’t see Ana or Elsa. SIGH. Get your tush over to Epcot and enjoy a break from all the rides, especially if you have kids. They will love it! There were Chinese acrobats putting on a show and we saw a Frenchman doing some incredible stunts. The exhibits are like mini museums.
We spent most of the day at Epcot which means we ate a lot. Walking around in the heat will make you so hungry. When we arrived at Epcot it was straight to the Tangierine Cafe for us. I am OBSESSED with their vegetable plate and the Mr. loves the lamb and chicken platter there. Vegetarian food never looked so good!!!! Later in the afternoon after we had walked around for a while we were craving a sweet so we headed to France. I remember there being a sweet shop tucked in the back, but when we got there we saw ice cream. In the almost 90F heat, ice cream basically saved our lives. I had one scoop of the lemon with crispy meringues flavor in a waffle cone and it was perfect.
We were so tired from the heat so instead of heading to another park after taking a nap we decided to drive to Universal Studio’s City Walk for dinner. The restaurant selection is much better than Downtown Disney and I was really craving a burger and fries. We headed to Margaritaville and chowed down. I had two margaritas, a veggie burger and fries. We shared a slice of key lime pie, went back to our room and crashed.