Tuesday, April 25, 2017
to conclude our walt disney world posts, here is a video of clips from our easter weekend trip. we only took short clips on our phones, but somehow we came home with over 40 minutes of video! it took me a few days, but i was able to narrow it down to just the highlight reel (which is still 10 minutes long!)
we had such a great time in disney. i'm so glad we have all of these photos and videos to look back on to remember our trip. (for those wondering, the music is selections from the magic kingdom entrance music loop. you can hear the entire hour-long loop here.)
Monday, April 24, 2017
you know, we can't go anywhere without taking pictures of food. disney was no exception. i'm glad we walked numerous miles each day, because we ate a lot of great food in the short time that we where there. honestly, we didn't have a bad meal in disney.
before we went, a friend advised us that disney's portions are huge and that we should split meals whenever possible. we took her advice and i'm glad we did because the portions really were insane. splitting so many meals was also a good way to keep our waist lines and our wallets happy.
since we're food lovers, here's an entire post dedicated to what we at in disney world . . .
arrived at the pop century resort to check in, it was lunch time and we were starving. we headed right to the everything pop dining area of the resort. we ordered this vegetable sandwich which had just about every veggie on it that you could imagine. it was so tall, i could barely get my mouth around it! the sandwich came with two sides and it was absolutely humongous. i can't remember that last time i've seen a sandwich that size. we split it and it filled both of us.
we explored disney's boardwalk. we took an afternoon ice cream break at ample hills creamery to rest our feet and to soak in the gorgeous ambiance around the boardwalk area. we shared 1/2 a scoop of "nonna d's oatmeal lace" and 1/2 a scoop of "baked/unbaked" as we sat outside. both were so good, really high quality ice cream for sure. i'm glad we shared that small scoop because it was plenty for both of us.
exploring disney springs. we grabbed dinner while we were there at raglan road irish pub. the weather was lovely, so we ate dinner outside on their patio. i had "the big q" which was a red quinoa & white bean burger, and ryan had traditional fish and chips. we both loved our dinners and left there stuffed. (definitely should have split a meal for dinner for sure!)
we spent all day friday in the magic kingdom. in order to save money (and calories) and since the park opened so early that day, we had cherrios with almond milk in our hotel room for breakfast. i'm so glad i brought that with us, because we ending up eating it several times over the weekend. i made sure we had a fridge in our room so that i could save the almond milk once it was opened.
since we ate cereal so early for breakfast, we were hungry for an early lunch in the magic kingdom. we grabbed a quick service lunch at pecos bill tall tale inn & cafe and split the veggie fajita. it came with several soft tortillas with a ton of fixings and sides. goodness, it was a lot of food for two people (again, very glad we split).
the launching pad and it was really good. (way to salty for my taste, so i ended up dusting off all of the salt, but good nonetheless.)
starbucks iced coffee to watch the parade. it's cute how starbucks has specialty cups for the disney parks.
columbia harbour house for some seafood. my grilled salmon was so yummy (and healthy) and ryan enjoyed his land & sea trio too. (again, really large potions.)
everything pop dining area of our resort because hollywood studios didn't open until 9am. we split a veggie omelet, which came with a biscuit, and we enjoyed it.
pizzerizzo which came with a cute little caesar side salad. (the last time i was in hollywood studios, this pizzeria was toy-story themed. they recently updated the decor and changed the name, but the pizza was still as good.)
sci-fi dine-in theater. this restaurant is so incredibly cute. the whole thing is themed like a 1950s drive-in movie theatre and you eat dinner while sitting in old-fashioned cars and watching the movie screen. we loved the experience! the food was great too. i had the vegetarian shepherd's pie (which i can't wait to recreate at home) and ryan had the sci-fi burger which was topped with pulled pork and pickled apple slaw.
pineapple lanai and couldn't resist sharing a cup. (we loved the pineapple whip when we were in hawaii, and this was just like it!)
spending the day in epcot. most of the breakfast platters had meat on them, but the server was nice enough to substitute extra eggs, potatoes, biscuits, and mickey waffles in place of the bacon and sausage for us. once again, so glad we shared.
lotus blossom cafe in "china" for a quick bite. we shared the stir fried vegetables.
l'artisan des glaces. we had a scoop of the candied peanuts with chocolate peanut butter fudge flavor and were pleasantly surprised that we didn't have to pay extra for a waffle cone!
coral reef restaurant. i made easter dinner reservations for the coral reef before we left home and i'm so glad i did. the ambiance and the food were wonderful. ryan ordered the salmon with pea risotto and i had the mahi mahi with shrimp-mango salsa and potatoes.
les halles boulangerie-patisserie in "france" to grab a pastry for dessert while waiting in line for the show. we ordered a chocolate tart, which we shared of course, and it was so light and fluffy. the mini pie reminded us both so much of a chocolate pie that my mom makes. it was a great way to end the evening and our easter trip!
Friday, April 21, 2017
on the last day of our weekend trip to disney, we spent easter sunday at epcot. epcot is so awesome because you can travel to outer space in future world, go under the sea in the aquarium section, and visit 11 countries around the world in the world showcase, all in just one day. as ryan said, it's the perfect blend of fun and education.
when we booked this trip, we had no idea that we were going to be in epcot during their annual international flower and garden festival! all of the flowers were absolutely beautiful. the topiary displays of the disney characters were particularly extravagant!
here are a combination of photos we snapped and photos from the disney photographers from our easter sunday in epcot . . .
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