Several months ago, Boyfriend D’s family decided to take a long weekend to celebrate Pi-Day in Disney World. They decided to go Friday through Monday. Boyfriend D and I didn’t want to take any time off work so we flew down Friday night on the 6:50 pm flight and came back this morning on the 10:30 flight. By the time we checked into the hotel (about 11 pm) and checked out (about 8 am), we spent less than 36 hours in Disney.
We stayed at the Contemporary, a Magic Kingdom resort on Bay Lake with its own beach volleyball court.
After the character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s for Boyfriend D’s nephew, we spent the day at Epcot.
Boyfriend D’s sister got us all FastPasses so we wouldn’t have to wait on lines. Our first ride was Spaceship Earth, inside the giant golf ball. Without the FastPass, we would have had to wait about an hour. Totally worth it.
After Spaceship Earth we had about an hour and a half before our next FastPass ride, The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The FastPass wasn’t worth it for this ride as the wait was only 15 minutes. This ride is better for the much younger child. The aquarium was kind of cool, though.
In Africa, we saw Simba being presented to the wild kingdom for the first time.
Notice all of the flowers? We coincidentally went to Epcot the same weekend as the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival of 2015. The grounds were spectacularly colorful, right up my alley.
An intricate train-track network introduced Germany…
…and Romance Boulevard went right through it.
France was introduced by Miss Piggy and her Tour de Flours.
On the outskirts of Italy we stumbled on Pizzeria Garden, which contained all of pizza’s herbs.
After Italy, the United States.
Japan, with the Epcot entrance golf ball lined up.
Boyfriend D and I stopped in Japan for lunch and ordered “Frushi” – a “sushi” roll that had mango, strawberries, and coconut rice that you dunked in whipped cream. As we ordered our food, we saw the girls on the drums and stopped to listen for a bit.
We knew we entered England when we saw the English Tea Garden.
We stumbled on Bambi and Thumper.
Flowers on the walk from The Countries to The Seas.
Boyfriend D wondered why these yellow trees were called trumpet trees. I explained the flower looks like the horn (or the bell) of the trumpet and showed it to him from a bloom on the ground that made its way to my ponytail.
After Soarin’ (85 minute wait without FastPass – thank goodness we had them), which is a helicopter tour of San Francisco, Boyfriend D took me and his parents on the Living With The Land boat ride (20 minute wait without FastPass but the line constantly moved). Along the wall leading to the ride were quotes about your impact on nature. This one really struck a chord:
As part of the floral celebration, a tent was set up in the middle of the park that housed a butterfly garden full of flowers that attracted butterflies and a whole bunch of various breeds of butterflies.
There was also a display about urban farming/gardening. I love the modern-rusticness (rustic-modernness?) of the pallet garden and look forward to having one in my backyard someday, regardless of the size of my property.
After the rides we walked back to The Countries for dinner at Japan. From The Land, we spotted the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Walking through The Countries, we spotted Winnie The Pooh…
…Lady and the Tramp…
The sunset and the rays through the clouds were breathtaking. This is the view from The Countries with the fireworks boats in the lake.
The sun beamed down on Figment’s Imaginarium.
After the family members went back to the hotel, Boyfriend D and I went back to Mexico for some post-dinner margaritas. He had the savory avocado margarita, which was amazing, and I had the sweet wild passion (fruit) margarita with mango foam on top. We munched on chips and guacamole to offset some of the alcohol.
We used the monorail to get from the hotel to Epcot and back. On the return walk to the monorail station, the central fountains were all lit up.
The colors on the golf ball matched the colors of the sunset.
See my Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0’s? All of the directional signs on the highways of Disney’s grounds were the exact same colors. Also, Nanos are better CrossFit sneakers than walking sneakers.
Just thinking about this weekend makes me exhausted so I am off to bed.
Until next time, Fitters. What’s your favorite part of Epcot?