Every time I’ve visited a theme park, as an adult, I’ve always had the “joy” of figuring out where to go, where to park, and the easiest ways to avoid chaos with my children in tow. I always think to myself I wish I could get a trial run BEFORE today so I can make it THAT much more enjoyable for the kids. Well, I got to do JUST that when I visited Walt Disney World in Florida last month during the #DisneyGlobalEvent.
After the Red Carpet Premiere of Chimpanzee, the bloggers were let loose among the various Walt Disney Parks and I was overwhelmed, to say the least. Where do I go? What do I do first? Thanks to good brave souls who have gone before me, I learned just where to park, where to eat, and which rides to utilize my fast track tickets. Have you ever been to Disney World sans kids? I, highly, recommend it!
I clung to my friend Carrie from Carrie With Children, as she was our resident Disney Expert. And when I say “clung” I mean, I was practically holding onto her leg the entire time. I didn’t know where to go, or what to do, or eat ….. she was my “Mom” for the afternoon. The night before she informed me about the Disney Parks iPhone Map. This would give me a “feel” for which park I want to start off at and guide me throughout, including what events are taking place, a map of where I am, dining options, character greetings, and more! This app is a MUST for a newbie like myself.
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2. Take in the Sights:
After much consideration, we decided to start off at Epcot. I mean, when you think of Disney World don’t you almost ALWAYS think of the Epcot Ball? Since I was a child I wanted to visit this epic monument of a ride. Just seeing it in person completely blew my mind. Disney World in Spring is BEAUTIFUL, especially when you’re able to take in the sights of the beautiful flowers and topiaries during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
3. Travel the World:
If you’re with the kids, chances are they MIGHT not have as much fun traveling the world throughout Epcot as you will. Take in the culture of different countries throughout the park, such as China, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and more! You can even get a passport and have it stamped at every country as you experience the sights, sounds, and food ethnically known for that country.
4. Visit Pixie Hollow:
Besides feeling like you JUST stepped into a world of fairies, you’ll enjoy seeing beautiful topiaries of Tinkerbell and ALL her friends. Take pictures and look REALLY close for surprises throughout.
5. Dine at Hollywood Studios 50’s Prime Time Cafe:
The 50’s Prime Time Café menu includes family favorites like golden fried chicken, traditional meatloaf and pot roast, cooked the way Mom used to make it—that is, if Mom were a 1950s sitcom star. Be welcomed into Mom’s family and feel at home in her kitchenette. But Mom expects you to mind your manners, so don’t be surprised if she tells you to keep your elbows off the table. It’s all part of the old-fashioned fun and gentle ribbing that’s served up along with the food.
|From Left to Right: Lolli from Better in Bulk, Carrie from Carrie with Children, Caryn from Rockin Mama, Liz from A Nut in A Nutshell, and myself from Momma Findings.|
Ask for Janice. That’s ALLLLL you need to know. I, thoroughly, enjoyed the food. Now the service? Well, that was a shock to me, but by the end of the meal, we were ALL laughing. Our 50’s Mom was a BIT much and, had we had the kids with us, they might have been a tad bit sensitive to her antics. I know we were, at the start of the meal. It made for an unforgettable ending to an amazing time with friends at Disney World.
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Of course there are SO many more activities to do at Disney World, but these were the few that I thought would be perfect for those newbies learning their way around the park before they take the kids.
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