Well that was fun! We already miss it and we just left a few hours ago! About 2 hours before we arrived on Wednesday afternoon I received a text message from Disney saying that our room was ready and since we already had our Magic Bands we didn’t even need to go to the front desk to check in. All we had to do was drive up and walk straight to our hotel room! How efficient is that? We found a nice shady spot to park and were able to unload the car and be on a bus headed to Magic Kingdom shortly after arriving.
We visited Magic Kingdom our first night. On Thursday we picked up our race packet at the ESPN Wide World of Sports before heading to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Friday we got up at the crack of dawn for our 5K “race” inside Epcot. I say “race” because really, you can probably just walk the 5K since the slowest you can go is a 16 minute pace. I finished the race in about 42 minutes and we think my hubby finished in about 30. Not too shabby! We’re already thinking about coming back for a 5K AND a 10K! Safe to say, we may just be addicted to running at the parks!
After a much needed nap we headed back to Epcot for some lunch and then ended the night with a dessert party at Symphony Under the Stars at Hollywood Studios. What’s that you ask? Why it’s a fireworks show set to the music from Star Wars!!!!! We enjoyed an array of desserts, cheese and fruit trays, lovely alcoholic beverages, and a spectacular fireworks display! Two of my work colleagues who are also huge Disney and running fans were there, so we met up and had a grande time!
On Saturday we went to Magic Kingdom and were in awe of the outfits we saw roaming the park. It was DAPPER DAY! Dapper Day is an unofficial event where people dress up like the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s. It was fabulous to see everyone dressed up. Of course I wasn’t going to miss out and dressed up by paying homage to my fave Star Wars character, Boba Fett! It was a good thing that it was partly cloudy for most of the day so I wasn’t hot at all in my many skirts!
Afterwards, we headed to Epcot so we could stop over at the Boardwalk and eat at Trattoria. Best Italian food in the parks! Speaking of food, we had wonderful cuisine at Chefs de France, Via Napoli, Yak and Yeti, and Liberty Tree Tavern. We were disappointed in the level of service at Via Napoli though. Food was fantastic, but our server was the slowest we’ve encountered in a long time. We were there about 1.5 – 2 hours! It’s a good thing we didn’t have any fast passes, or we would have missed them! Also, Yak and Yeti apparently lost our ticket right after we checked in, so we almost didn’t get a table!
But aside from a few faux pas, you really can’t go wrong with a vacation in the land of Magic. They really do go above and beyond to make you feel welcomed while there.