August 5, 2015

What I Love About Epcot

There are so many things that I love about Walt Disney World, I had to divide posts between parks! There are different things that I love about each park, and I wanted to share the things that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I think that a lot of people can find Epcot intimidating, because it isn’t as “kid friendly” as Magic Kingdom. It’s the largest park walking-wise, so that can certainly be a factor when pushing a stroller around. But I have pushed my sister Alexandra in a wheelchair all around Walt Disney World, so if I can do it, so can you! Epcot is educational, especially in World Showcase and is very detailed and beautiful.

It is strongly recommended that you play this video while reading, to complete the Epcot experience. I do not own the video, but thought it would be appropriate for the post.

Spaceship Earth

I’m always amazed walking through the gates of Epcot seeing Spaceship Earth for the first time. I just love that feeling. The feeling of walking into Epcot. You can see it from just about anywhere. I also love the attraction inside of it.  As you approach it, it really hits you how massive it really is. Then, you notice the details, and they confuse you a little! Here’s what I mean…

Spaceship Earth Close-up

Soarin’

I try not to place attractions on these lists, but Soarin’ is special. As mentioned above, my sister Alex is in a wheelchair. Soarin’ is an example of something she may never get a chance to experience in life, and seeing the look on her face during the ride is almost better than the ride itself. It’s so realistic, it feels like you are flying!. I have the music on a cd and listening to it always brings a smile to my face.

World Showcase

This can definitely fall under “the details”. Next time you visit Epcot, spend some time in World Showcase. Try to wander off the path a little. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore. The shops are fun and the shows are entertaining.

China Pavillion

Club Cool

I hadn’t experienced Club Cool until my last visit, but really enjoyed it. In Club Cool you step into an air conditioned building (score!) and get to sample soda’s from around the world. My advice: try them all. Especially the Beverly. It’s a right of passage! Club Cool is located to the right of the Fountain of Nations just before the path to World Showcase, near Innoventions West.

Park Closing Walk-through

I only experienced this for the first time in February, and can’t wait to experience it in the other parks. After Illuminations the park is technically closed, so if you want to take your time exiting the park, try to view the fireworks from the far side of  World Showcase Lagoon. When we viewed Illuminations we were outside of Japan, so we took our time walking back through the countries, stopping to take some pictures. None of the Cast Members rushed us, so it was pretty relaxing. One of the security guards even asked if we got a nice picture! Because we were relying on the buses to get back to our hotel, we didn’t lose anything by walking around a little longer. If anything we probably spent the extra amount of time in the park rather than waiting in line for the bus. If you are taking Disney Transportation at night, I would definitely recommend doing this! Buses run up to one hour after park closing, but if you are there a little longer they won’t leave you stranded!

Spaceship Earth at night

FOOD

Epcot has some of the best and most diverse food options in Walt Disney World. While World Showcase is not home to many attractions, every country has dining options. It’s always nice to try something new, and I try to eat at a new restaurant each time I visit. In World Showcase I have really enjoyed eating at the Italy, Mexico, England, Japan and Morocco pavilions. There are also some really nice options in Future World. Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill, Sunshine Seasons are all great choices.

Flower and Garden Festival

This is my favourite time of year to visit Walt Disney World. The character topiaries located around World Showcase are beautiful and mind-blowing. The weather is perfect, it’s still a nice change from Canada, and crowds are fairly low. In recent years they have made the Flower and Garden festival a little like the Food and Wine Festival, with booths around World Showcase where you can purchase sample sized meals. This way you can sample a lot of food without the crowds of the Food and Wine Festival.

The original WDW park

EPCOT was not the first park to open in Walt Disney World, but was the first park that was original to Walt Disney World. EPCOT was a passion of Walt Disney’s. He wanted it to be something amazing. He wanted it to be a community that people could live in, and it would be constantly evolving and have the newest technologies. When Epcot was first designed, it’s name was an acronym. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Although Epcot is not what Walt Disney originally envisioned, I think the park is really special. It still has the opportunity to evolve, and I think it will be great to see it change.

Red Monorail

There’s even more to love! Check out what I Love about Magic Kingdom, and all of Walt Disney World!

 

What do you love about Epcot? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey
July 22, 2015

What I Love About Magic Kingdom

There are things that I love about every park in Walt Disney World. Stay tuned for what I love about each of the other parks!

Everyone knows the Magic Kingdom because of Cinderella Castle and the classic rides, but there is certainly more to love. In February we celebrated Ethan’s Birthday while on our trip. and for his present we did the “Keys to the Kingdom Tour” at the Magic Kingdom. I’ll try not to give anything away but I was really happy we did it, and it gave me a new appreciation for the details in Magic Kingdom. Especially because we got to go backstage and see the Ultilidors (tunnels underneath the Magic Kingdom which allow Cast Member to get around the park without being seen.)

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So here are a few things I love about Magic Kingdom!

Cinderella Castle

I mean come on! It still takes my breath away. Something about being able to spot it almost anywhere within the park and just go “wow”. It’s so beautiful. If you noticed that it isn’t actually called Cinderella’s Castle, it’s because the castle was only inspired by Cinderella, it’s not actually hers! A lot of people confuse it as being hers, but now you know why! You can actually walk through Cinderella Castle where there are beautiful mosaics that tell the story of Cinderella. You can also eat in the castle at the restaurant Cinderella’s Royal Table. I’ve eaten there once in 2007 so I don’t remember a lot but hope to eat there again soon! Unfortunately there was a crane beside the castle in February making it  hard to get pictures during the day, so enjoy the picture below of Cinderella Fountain!

This fountain is located behind the castle. When you curtsy to her, the crown appears on the head!

This fountain is located behind the castle. When you curtsy to her, the crown appears on the head!

The Details

There are different kinds of details in all of the parks, and it is definitely something I love in each of the parks, but for different reasons. Like I mentioned above Ethan and I did the Keys to the Kingdom Tour and we were showed a lot of details in Adventureland, Liberty Square and Frontierland. In a five-hour tour we only covered that much, that’s how many details there are!

You wouldn’t think that there would be a lot of historical details in the parks, but there are in Magic Kingdom! Walt Disney loved America so he wanted to represent the country’s history in the parks. In Liberty Square you can notice the pavement looks a little brown, it’s to represent sewage that would have been in the streets during that time! So many things you just pass not really knowing why they are there, and they are details Imagineers spent so much time bringing to life.

The Lands

I love that there are so many different areas in the Magic Kingdom, and they seamlessly transition into one another from The Hub. I love that the music transitions, the costumes are all different, and it really feels like you are some place new. next time you are in the Magic Kingdom, notice that the pavement is different in each of the lands, and it really suits the land you are in!

The second newest land in Magic Kingdom is home to Dumbo!

The second newest land in Magic Kingdom is home to Dumbo!

Taking it Slow

This can definitely apply to every park but I find there are a lot of ways you can take it slow in the Magic Kingdom. During my trip in February we visited the Magic Kingdom three times, and since we had already finished the attractions we wanted to do we could really look around. We took multiple rides on The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, took a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad, and stepped onto the Liberty Belle for a ride around Frontierland and Liberty Square. It was really nice to take a minute and just look around and take it all in. I also got to see a lot of the attractions from a different perspective.

Liberty Belle

Wishes!

I had to include Wishes! It’s not a day at the Magic Kingdom without watching Wishes! I’ve seen the show from several spots, and it still makes me tear up no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A great day at the Magic Kingdom always ends with Wishes! The music, the story, the synchronization between music and fireworks, it all just makes for a great show. I love Wishes! I think I love it even more because it focuses on some movies that aren’t really seen in the parks, and one of my favourites, Hercules. That “scene” makes me really happy.

Wishes!

There are so many things that I love about Magic Kingdom, especially because some of my favourite rides are there, but this post would be way too long if I included all of them! Magic Kingdom is a park I can go to over and over, and never get sick of! It always makes me happy to be there!

What do you love about Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey
July 8, 2015

What I Love About Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort is located just outside of Orlando, Florida. Since the age 5, I’ve been seven times. After being so many times, I’ve really learned what some of my favourite things about Walt Disney World are.

There are so many things to love about Walt Disney World, but here are just a few reasons for me. I’ll be doing a series of posts called “What I Love About…” and in each post talk about something specific, whether it is a park in Walt Disney World, a restaurant, or something I’ve experienced. Would you like to know my thoughts about something? Post in the comments or head to the contact page!

The Bubble

Being in Walt Disney World is like being in a bubble. You are in a different world. The news isn’t as “in your face” as it normally is, making it easier to feel like you are on vacation. The main highways that you travel on while using Disney Transportation have specific signs to the resorts and parks, and the billboards are for Disney parks and Disney attractions. I feel it really adds to the experience. If you choose to not stay on site you will not understand the bubble, but it really does exist.

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The Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland

The Cast Members

Walt Disney always wanted his parks to be a show, and what better to reflect this than naming staff members “Cast Members”. The Cast Members in Walt Disney World are amazing, and work extremely hard to make your vacation a memorable one. They go above and beyond on so many occasions, really setting the standard of what customer service should be. Something about being greeted with a smile no matter what really just makes me happy inside. I know Walt Disney World wouldn’t be the same without the amazing Cast Members who run the parks and resorts.

Accessibility

One of the most important things for my family when we are travelling is accessibility. My sister Alexandra is in a wheelchair, and if we are going somewhere, she needs to be able to get around! Walt Disney World is 100% accessible, and they go above and beyond to make sure our vacation is a good one. All Disney buses are wheelchair accessible, the resorts have accessible rooms, and all attractions have a wheelchair accessible entrance.  I love Walt Disney World  because of how accommodating it for people with disabilities.

The Magic

It’s really cheesy to say, but something about Disney just brings a smile to my face. Seeing a child’s face when they meet their favourite princess, or see Cinderella Castle for the first time really is magical. Even going as an adult I can appreciate the memories that other people are making and enjoy seeing everyone have a special time. I’m very excited for when I eventually have children and take them to Disney World to experience it again. There aren’t many places that give you this magical experience.

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The Red Monorail passing the Imagination Pavillion.

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Convenience

Walt Disney World is pretty easy to navigate, once you understand how everything works. Going for a vacation at Walt Disney World is all about convenience, (some glass half empty people might say that it is to make sure you only visit Walt Disney World while in the Orlando area) but I see it as them wanting to make your vacation a vacation! With the Disney’s Magical Express, Disney Transportation to the parks, the dining plan, and My Disney Experience, a Disney vacation can be simple and amazing!

The Details

I will go into more specifics in other “What I Love…” posts, but Disney does details right. Every single time I visit Walt Disney World I have a different experience. I notice things that I haven’t seen before. I slow down a little, and take in the atmospheres I love so much. I don’t always “have” to do something, and I try to experience something new each time I visit. The details range from the attractions and shows to just places around the park. Part of what I loved about visiting WDW in February was taking my DSLR camera. I got to walk around the parks looking for things to capture and really noticed the details.  Next time you visit Walt Disney World, I urge you to find the details!

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Notice something?

As you can tell, there are so many things that I love about Walt Disney World. There are even more things that I can’t put my finger on, but they make me smile just the same. Stay tuned for What I Love about each of the WDW Parks!

What do you love about Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey