The trip was super short, not this report
My boyfriend and I drove up from Ft Myers on Sunday 2/24 and went to Epcot, stayed overnight at Pop, went to Magic Kingdom 2/25 and drove back that evening. So it was two shorter days.
The drive took us under 3 hours, and we used back highways instead of going up 75 and across 4, which worked out well. I was nervous about getting to EP with the Princess half marathon ending there. We drove to Pop first (arriving around 9:30?) and took the bus, which took about 10 minutes longer to arrive than the MDE app said it would, but the wait wasn’t awful. Traffic was busy getting to the park but we were never stuck in a major traffic jam and we arrived a little after 10. Then the real wait started at dreaded bag check. We have never been in lines like that, since we’re usually early to the parks. It was over 45 minutes to get though, but we still made it in time for our first FPP.
We hit up Spaceship Earth, Soarin, Mission: Space, and Soarin again with FPP. We took a quick break to try the soda flavors (ick Italy ) while waiting for our second Soarin FPP, but otherwise we just bounced between rides before heading to the WS to enjoy the countries and the Festival of the Arts. The living statues were fun to see, the way they can stay frozen is so impressive, and one stole a girl’s water bottle and really made her work to get it back
We enjoyed wandering around and eating our way through the festival. Foods we tried included the lobster bacon mac and cheese (pretty good), the savory croissant donuts (delicious but way too small), the beer and popcorn flight (wish the popcorn was crunchier but fun), the beef and beer cheese poutine (delicious and a decent size), and lava cake from France (yum!). Plus a few drinks along the way.
We had fun painting the mural and looking at the chalk art; the artists shops were also fun to look at but there were too many to go though them all. We did stop at the QS place in Mexico for a more substantial dinner, the food was good but nothing overly interesting.
We tried to spend some time in the countries we skipped last time, so we watched the Voices of Liberty (beautiful and well worth seeing for an afternoon break) and the American Adventure (one and done for us). Then we saw the broadway concert with two Lion King stars, which was wonderful! They did songs from Lion King, Hercules, Aida and Little Mermaid. We picked up an evening FPP for Frozen, grabbed a school bread from Norway, and ended the night with a perfect (and surprisingly uncrowded) view of Illuminations from along the wooden fence in Canada. The iron fence to our left was packed with people so we couldn’t figure out why nobody was encroaching on us, but it was perfect!
We never did get a room ready text (only got two saying it wasn’t ready yet) so I had to use the app to find our room number, but our TP request worked again in getting us a king bed! We were in the 60s section with a lake view - too bad we didn’t have time to enjoy it! My BF loved the refurbushed rooms, I wish they had a splash more color but everything felt clean and fresh. The shower and the extra storage were all wonderful, so a bit too much white seems like a small price to pay.
Stay tuned for MK!