I’m finally getting around to writing up a report on my recent solo trip.
(Spoiler: It was sunny, beautiful, flower-and-garden-filled, and altogether lovely! )
This was a solo trip and I chose my dates specifically to coincide with the start of the Flower & Garden Festival. Nerdy, yes, but I really wanted to be there on the opening day of my favorite Epcot festival! So expect lots and lots of springy, cheerful pics of F&G.
Here we go!
Day One (3/5): Travel Day
Flying from the northwest corner of the US and wanting to arrive pre-dinner in Orlando means being up before the crack of dawn for a super-duper early flight. But my aqua crocs and I were feeling all bright and chipper because we were going to DISNEY!
(And yes, I am resigned to the fact that I will never be one of those uber-classy travelers with her designer laptop bag, expensive shades, and chic blazer. I’m more of a Walmart-sweatshirt-and-leggings kinda traveler. But no one can accuse me of not making the effort to be color-coordinated. And no, I was totally not kidding about the aqua crocs! )
I arrived at MCO around 4pm, breezed through baggage claim and rental car pickup, and headed straight to Disney Springs. I didn’t have an ADR this time around, as I decided I didn’t want to stress of worrying about making it on time. I have had vastly different experiences with rental car lines and rush-hour traffic, so I never know exactly how long it will take me to get to DS. So, I had decided it would be less stressful to just wing it this time around. And with so many QS options at DS, I wasn’t too worried about finding something yummy for dinner!
In the end, the call of Raglan Road and its stout bread with sweet Guinness dipping sauce was just too strong to resist. I decided to see what the wait would be like to sit in the outdoor patio area, and there were literally a dozen tables completely open. I was seated immediately and enjoying that delicious bread in no time!
I decided to go with just apps this time, so I started with an Irish Egg . . . which is basically a Scotch Egg served with a side of live Irish music plus pickled cabbage, saffron aoli, and microgreens!
I ate some pretty amazing things on this trip, but honestly . . . this ranks very high on my “tastiest bites” list. SOOO yummy!
No visit to RR would be complete without a forest of battered sausages.
Before ^ . . . and after!
Sufficiently stuffed, I wandered around Disney Springs and enjoyed watching the day turn to night. I love DS after dark . . . it’s so photogenic!
This cheery yellow bug full of flowers in the window of the Anthropologie store made me smile!
Having walked off at least some of my dinner, I was ready for dessert. And I knew exactly what I wanted . . . Sprinkles!
I was sure I would have a hard time choosing from so many tempting flavors, but then I spotted the special for March:
Easiest decision ever!
Now I was really stuffed and starting to feel the fact that I had been up since 2:30am pacific time. So I said goodnight to Disney Springs and headed off to my condo (with a quick stop at Wal-mart for bottled water and snacks on the way).
Coming up tomorrow: Epcot and the opening day of the Flower & Garden Festival!