Happy Tuesday everybody! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, then you probably saw that Chris and I went on another whirlwind weekend adventure to Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, which is why I wasn’t around these parts yesterday. So in true Wandering Weekenders fashion, here’s a few things that I learned during our trip to Disney World, and of course, I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending and Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for some Wanderful Wednesday!
- There is no other way to describe Disney other than magical- Earlier this year we went to Universal Studios to check out the new Harry Potter park, and while we had an amazing time, in my opinion nothing really compares to the magic of Disney World. The people at Disney just have this way of making everything feel truly magical, and the attention to detail is epic. For example, in Fantasyland there’s a section that’s completely devoted to Tangled, and the bathrooms look like Rapunzel could walk out from one of the stalls to join you. Universal has tried to replicate that with Harry Potter, and while that’s a really great section of the park, the rest of the sections just don’t have that magical feeling like Disney World.
- Mickey & Minnie ears can somehow make you feel fulfilled, even as an adult- If you can believe it, I never owned a pair of Minnie ears before this trip! When I visited the first time around with my family when I was a kid my sister got Minnie ears, but for whatever reason I decided to opt out of them. This time around I decided that Chris and I were going to get matching ears, and it just made the whole trip feel so much more festive! I can’t wait to go back to Disney World and to wear my ears all over again!
- Matching t-shirts are a must, especially at Food & Wine Festival- The idea of drinking and eating our way around the world at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival was one of the main reasons that we headed to Disney during this time of the year, and one of the things that I really wanted to get was a pair of matching t-shirts. If you’ve ever looked online for matching Disney shirts one of the first things that pops up, after all of the family vacation t-shirts, is drinking around the world t-shirts for Epcot. I know that the matching shirts helped to put me in the mood for all the food and drinks on Saturday. And if you’re worried that you’ll look like the only alcoholic in matching drinking shirts at Epcot, don’t! You’ll almost look like the outcast not watching a matching shirt!
- At Epcot it’s very possible that you’ll wait longer to get alcohol than to go on the Frozen ride- One of the best parts about visiting Orlando is getting to meet up with some fabulous bloggers while I’m there! It just so happened that Kerri and Pamela were visiting Epcot on Saturday while we were there so we all met up in Mexico for a drink! The line at the tequila bar was super long, but we didn’t realize how long it was until Pamela saw a tweet from the bar saying that the wait time was 10 minutes longer than the wait time to go on the Frozen ride in Norway, which is normally over an hour long! I guess that’s what it happens when you visit Epcot on a Saturday during Food & Wine!
- At least two pairs of walking shoes is necessary when going to Disney- We were very lucky during our Disney trip in 2013, and we didn’t get any rain while we were there, which is pretty rare for Orlando. This last trip though, we weren’t so lucky. We got some rain not only Friday night but Saturday as well, even though Chris swore up and down that we weren’t going to get any on Saturday, and we pretty much got drenched. I was very glad that I packed two pairs of walking shoes for the trip, so that I didn’t have to blow dry my shoes in the morning like Chris did!
- Disney Photopass and MemoryMaker is totally worth it- During our last trip to Disney we opted to not get the Disney Photopass and MemoryMaker because at the time I didn’t think it was worth it. I had read online that if you can ask for the Disney photographers to take your picture with your camera too, and my in-laws were there to take shots of Chris and I together during our last trip. This time though, Chris and I were going alone, and after I read Karly’s post about getting MemoryMaker earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to give it a try. MemoryMaker was so easy and convenient, we didn’t have to ask random people to take our pictures, all of the pictures were readily available on the app, and we even got ride pictures too! The $149 was totally worth it, and I love that we have some great shots of the two of us together, and that some of them even had magic!
Even though I woke up Monday morning feeling totally exhausted from our long weekend in the park and the fact that it was so soon after our Europe trip, this trip to Disney World felt oddly relaxing. I think that it had a lot to do with the fact that we really didn’t have that much of an agenda while we were there, and just enjoyed being in the parks and enjoying the special seasonal things going on at Disney World. Hopefully I’ll get around to recapping this trip sooner rather than later too!