As some of you may remember, my DS4 and I took a Daddy-Son trip in March. Well, DW is on another work trip, so DS and I decided to go back to the World while she is away. This trip is extra special, because he is turning 5 on this trip. What better way to celebrate than to go to WDW!
Why is the trip overambitious? Because I couldn’t help myself from planning lots of extras and add-ons to the point of ridiculousness. Good thing DS is a trooper, and I mostly run on Disney adrenaline and sugar highs the entire time.
- Tonight: FEA dessert party
- Sunday: EMM FL and HEA dessert party
- Monday: EMM TSL and DAH AK
- Tuesday: MNSSHP
So without further ado, here it goes. (Sorry if some of you who follow the daily thread have already seen some of these pics.)
Day 1: We departed from Dulles bright and early this morning. We managed to catch breakfast at the airport before boarding. Can you all spot the hidden Mickey?
Our flight was on-time and uneventful. We arrived at MCO a little before 11:00 am and walked straight down to the DME check-in. The bus arrived within 15 minutes, and as it was full, it left right away.
We are staying at YC, and we were sharing the bus with BC, BW, and CBR guests. In the past, YC was the last stop, but today YC was first. Score! Literally, as we were pulling into the drop off point, I got the “room ready” text. Another win! So we went straight up and dropped off our stuff and checked out our room. The YC rooms are really nice and seem recently updated.
The view isn’t exactly stellar, but whatever. I’m here to go on rides, not sit on my balcony.
So, we got shoulder Groot ready to go, and we headed out for Epcot.
I must say, I LOVE the Crescent Lake resorts. Last time, we stayed at BCV and this time at YC. It’s literally a 5 minute walk to International Gateway at EP.
We had a really successful day at EP with almost non-existent lines. We started with lunch at Sunshine Seasons, then started a flurry of attractions between 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm.
- LwtL (FPP #1)
- Nemo (Standby - 0 min wait)
- Imagination (Standby - 5 min wait)
- Soarin (FPP #2)
- Baymax (Standby - 10 min wait)
- Spaceship Earth (FPP #3)
- Mission Space Orange (Standby - 10 min wait)
- Three Caballeros (Standby - 0 min wait)
We also made time to fuel our need for a sugar rush at Starbucks and then Club Cool.
Then, we headed over to WS, where DS tried on several hats, none of which were to his liking.
He was also not very fond of the troll in Norway.
As many of you may remember, DS is quite fond of the attention that he gets from the princesses at Akershus. I asked where he wanted to go for dinner, and he said, “the house with the princesses.” So, for our 3rd time in 1 year, we are going back to Akershus. That probably makes @dumborunner very happy Aurora and Cinderella are his favorites. But, the food is just so blah there. I got the mixed grill and DS got the pizza.
It was really nice of our waiter to bring out a birthday card signed by all the princesses, which DS loved!
Now here’s the ridiculous part. As soon as we were finished eating the dessert platter at Akershus, we crossed back over to the FEA Dessert party area and ate MORE dessert But, the seating area was really prime, you get to sit while you watch Illuminations, it’s very uncrowded and spaced out, and they serve alcoholic beverages! Of course, you also get to ride FEA after the park officially closes!
I hadn’t seen Illuminations in years, but I wanted to see it one last time (and DS to see it his first and last time) before it ends forever. I wanted to love it, but it is far behind HEA and F! in so many ways. The FEA Dessert party was definitely worth it though, and walking right on to FEA afterwards was a definite highlight.
As an added bonus of the Party, you get to walk around Epcot afterwards and get lots of pics without loads of tourists in the way. I absolutely LOVE Epcot at night. Here are a few shots from both before and after the party.
Well, it was a very productive and fun day. I must’ve really wore DS out, because he immediately fell asleep in the stroller after FEA. Yes, I still rented a stroller for him. I wouldn’t do it any other way at this age, because it’s just way too much walking. That’s part of my strategy to keep him going for this crazy packed trip we have.
Anyway, good night from YC! See you all tomorrow. Next up: MK with EMM and HEA dessert party.