Our experience: Disney Epcot During Food and Wine.

We loved Epcot, the first day we went. Our daughter had so much fun and we have so many great memories with Characters from that day:

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We loved food and wine during the weekday, HOWEVER! When it came to our Sunday dinner we were attempting to go, and it was not worth it with a Toddler. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND FOOD AND WINE ON THE WEEKENDS WITH A TODDLER! We ended up saying forget it and left, it was so crowded. If it was just the two of us, no big deal. With the stroller however, and the crowds, it was 100% stressful. Now we know not all people are this way but most people were highly intoxicated and not paying any attention, Chris got a beer spilled on him. Now if you don’t want to go to world showcase, on the weekend during Food and Wine, the rides near the front were not long waits at all. If you want to do Food and Wine with a toddler though, go during the week. Crowds were smaller, and the stroller wasn’t an inconvenience.

That is our own personal opinion and experience and our recommendation. We had so much fun at Epcot on our first day there. Which was a Wednesday, lower crowds (Still crowded) but longest line we waited in was to meet Anna and Elsa. We fast passed Frozen, living with the land, and Spaceship Earth. We single Ridered Test Track and it worked out amazing. Our meet and Greet with Minnie and Pluto was a special meet and greet for Disney Chase Card holders. We had dinner at the Biergarten which was fantastic. The entertainment portion was a blast even though Alice slept through the whole thing.

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That is all for today!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come

What we are most excited for: Epcot

Here we go again! Here is what we are looking most forward to while at Epcot. If you haven’t already done so check out: our most excited for, Magic Kingdom and the original  What we are most excited for post!

  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: We did this on our Honeymoon, had a great experience, and did it again during our gender reveal and had an iffy dinner experience. We managed to get a lunch reservation this time, which for us meeting the princesses with Alice was 100% worth it. (Can you guess who Alice is going to be dressed up as when we go?)
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  2. Food and Wine Festival: We will be there during the Food and Wine Festival which we have never done before and are extremely excited to be trying a bunch of new foods while we are there.
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  3. Taking Alice on Spaceship Earth: Another one of those rides we are beyond excited to take Alice on. This is a ride a close friend of ours worked at while doing the College Program and it means a lot to take her on.
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  4. Exposing Alice to different cultures: We are big on giving Alice the opportunity to experience other cultures. Epcot is a great way to do that, yes she is only one but this is going to be a chance for her to experience new foods, and entertainment from each of the locations.
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  5. Biergarten Restaurant: We haven’t eaten her before and we have always wanted to, with live entertainment, and community tables, we are really looking forward to experiencing this restaurant.
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  6. Meeting Joy and Sadness: Alice has a love for Inside Out, so having the opportunity to meet Joy and Sadness has us really excited. As long as Jangles the clown isn’t there…Alice is terrified of Jangles. I mean who wouldn’t be? He is a little creepy..
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That is all for today! Only three more days!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

What we are most excited for: Magic Kingdom

For this post we are focusing on what we are most excited for at Magic Kingdom. This includes, rides, meet and greets, events, and dining. If you missed our What we are most excited for original Blog I will link it here: Here

  1. Taking Alice on Dumbo for the first time: We are so excited to take her on this classic ride. First, they have created an awesome cue for this ride. You get a buzzer, in long line situations, and they have a playground inside for the kids to play at. When your buzzer goes off, it is your turn to go to the outside cue. Second, Dumbo is a favorite of one of Alice’s Aunts. This is a huge moment that we will be recording just for the Aunt.
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  2. Be Our Guest Restaurant: We have been to Be Our Guest everytime we have gone as a couple. We got the opportunity to take Alice and we jumped at the chance to share this experience with her. We are not sure how she will react to the Beast, but it will be memorable nonetheless.
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  3. Her first Dole Whip: Dole Whip, the amazing wonderful pineapple ice cream treat. You can get just the ice cream or a float. We had Dole whip last year for the first time when Sammie was pregnant. It was amazing and we are excited to give Alice her first ever taste.
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  4. Meeting the Princesses: We got Fastpasses for Cinderella, Elena (who she loves), Rapunzel, and Tiana. She enjoys and loves watching their movies and shows. Elena is one of her all time favorites though. So we are super excited to have gotten Fastpasses to meet them. We also personally love these meet and greets, they are so interactive and the moment is really special.
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  5. Meeting Tinkerbell: This is going to be a special moment for Sammie. Tinkerbell is Sammie’s all time favorite, and having Alice meet Tinkerbell for the first time is going to be a magical moment.
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  6. Trying Casey’s Corner: We have said time and time again we are going to try Casey’s Corner on Main Street. We still haven’t this time we made sure to make time to try. That Mac and Cheese Hot Dog sounds AMAZING!
  7. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: This will be a first for us all! This will also be Alice’s First trick or treating ever! A magical moment for all, we are going to be: THE LITTLE MERMAID! Chris: Eric, Sammie: Ariel, Alice: Flounder. We are super excited to experience this event!
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  8. Peter Pan’s Flight: The last fastpass we got was Peter Pan’s Flight, another amazing ride that we are excited to see how she likes it. Flying over Neverland in your own pirate ship, amazing!

 

Of course there is a lot we are excited for but these are the things we are MOST excited for.

Until next time: The best is yet to come!

Top 10 Walt Disney World Rides

After lots of talking and debating we have come up with our Top 10 Rides at Walt Disney World.

10) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. Now don’t get us wrong, we loved the cool movie you got  with the ride if you have the Memory Maker and we loved the picture we got. The ride itself was great and we loved the coaster as a whole. The reason it only ranked a 10 on our list is the fact that it has a ridiculously long wait time. It is a lot of fun and if you are huge into coasters then the long wait time may not seem so bad for you. We went in 2014 and it had a long line then and last time I checked the My Disney Experience App it still had a 160 minute wait at times and it is 2017.
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9) Rock N Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios. Again another awesome coaster, we love that we can take advantage of the single rider line here. We do occasionally like to ride together and again this coaster tends to have a huge wait time. Overall the experience is great and if you want to get on multiple times we highly recommend taking full advantage of the single rider line.

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8) Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom. Alright we have to admit this one was all Chris, this is one of his absolute favorite rides for one reason: It’s unBEARably punny. Now it is fun and most of the skippers really go all out with this experience on getting everyone to laugh. We both enjoy this ride. It is also a great sit down and relax kind of ride. It gets you off your feet for a little while and it does get some good laughs out of it. We also like that for the winter holiday season it turns into the Jingle Cruise which is a lot of fun.

7) Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom. Peter Pan’s flight was a lot of fun we love the detail they put in this. Also this one tends to have a long wait time but honestly the interactive cue and detail put into the cue makes waiting not nearly as hard. We do recommend a Fastpass for this one if you don’t want to wait in the 90 minute line. The flying over London, finding the hidden gems and details like Ariel from the little mermaid. It is honestly worth the wait and worth the time for us at least to ride this.

6) Test Track at Epcot. We love Test Track and again another one with a chance to use the single rider line to get on multiple times quicker than waiting in the cue. We love that you get to design your own car and see how it holds up against others. This didn’t make it higher in our list because honestly even when you do fastpass this ride takes forever to get to the actual ride portion and the ride isn’t all that long. Honestly we like the new vamped up Test Track but we miss when it use to look like a workshop, now it is more of a showroom.

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5) Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios) / Buzz Lightyears Space Rangers Spin (Magic Kingdom). The two shooting galleries, we paired these together because they are very similar and we love them. It is a fun competitive game to go against your family and it is also great to try and get the top rankings. If you get a perfect score at Buzz Lightyears (99,999) you are a galactic hero and they will give you a pin sometimes or a certificate!! Toy Story Mania is awesome for the 3D effects and you and your partner can team up to unlock the big points!

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4) Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom. “It’s the Truth…It’s Actual…Everything is Satisfactual!” We love splash mountain because it is a blast! This is great on a warm day and also great way to end the night. No really we rode this at night and it was the best. We love during the evening parades getting “Stuck” over by big thunder mountain and splash mountain for the fact that they have such little lines during the parades! Always be prepared to get soaked! we recommend bringing ziplock bags for your phones that might be in your bags, it will help keep them dry.

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3) Everest at Animal Kingdom. We love Everest and we ride it a lot while at Animal Kingdom. The cue for this one is pretty cool, lots of details went into this ride. We also love the thrill of getting to the top and it is the end of the line, and then you go backwards! The downfall we have found with this ride is that if you sit in the very back you miss the cool animation that happens after going backwards before it sends you off again. This ride also has available to it the single rider line, which we have utilized a number of times.

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2) Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom. Space mountain is thrilling and exciting especially since you have no clue what is coming and can’t anticipate a drop because YOU CAN’T SEE! The dark element to this ride is what makes it so thrilling, and we love the cue has an interactive part that gives you something to do on long waits. We also like that there are two tracks so we haven’t seen the wait time exceed 70 minutes in a while. We also love to look down where the space men are hanging from the ceiling and wave to those who are riding people mover!

1) Our number one is…..TOWER OF TERROR at Hollywood studios!! Yes if you haven’t guessed it we like the dark thrilling rides. Tower of Terror is a classic and a must do at Hollywood studios. We love getting into the elevator and wait for the bellhop to say good-bye since lots of them really get into it and try to frighten you before the doors close. The ride through the twilight zone as you approach the drop shaft gets you into the twilight mood. Not to mention you never know how many times the ride will drop you. We like to play a game before we hit the shaft called up or down. Will it shoot you up first or will it drop you first. You also get a pretty cool movie with this ride as well if you have the memory maker. The randomization of this ride and all the thrills that come with it make it our number one!

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So there you go our top 10 rides! What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!!!

Our Top 5 go to Adventures

Here are our Top 5 go to adventures on days we are looking to go and explore.

  1. The Smithsonian National Zoo. We love the National Zoo and there is always stuff to see and explore. We love walking around and exploring the exhibits there is always something “new” to see. For example the last time we went to the zoo the Lions were playing with a barrel. There is also wonderful demonstrations that go on and talks given by keepers. We always have fun at the zoo and we can make a whole day out of it. There is so much to see and do, it always makes for an awesome outing.
  2. The National  Aquarium. This is so much fun to explore, and there is tons to see. Our favorite part of the Aquarium is the large glass window that overlooks their Coral reef exhibit. There is so much to see and is a great place to play I spy with kids. The dolphin demonstration is a lot of fun as well, we have learned so much about dolphins. This is a great place to go and spend a day exploring each of the exhibits. 16864283_749067445247947_3076195235657947084_n
  3. Any park for a hike. We love hiking and we are always up to go for a nice walk around the park. Here in Maryland there are tons of parks that have tons of trails. We can pick on and go explore and always have a new adventure every time we go. Just make sure you have a stroller that is good on all terrain and pack plenty of water!!
  4. Exploring Washington DC. There are so many things to see in Washington that you can’t do it all in one day. We love picking a new a new Smithsonian, park, or area to explore every time we go. A hidden gem we recommend everyone go and do is the Botanical Gardens! This is a beautiful location and they have an outdoor garden off to the side of the building that is great for relaxing and taking pictures. Washington is great because most of the museums are free!
  5. Exploring Downtown Annapolis. This is another great place in Maryland to go and look around. With the Naval Academy right there, which yes you can go walk around at, and tons of little shops this is a great place to explore. We still haven’t seen it all and we have lived here for 4 years! We recommend Mission BBQ for lunch or dinner it is amazing!!!

We hope you like our Top 5 go to adventures!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

Top 10 Sit Down Restaurants at Walt Disney World

With our Disney trip approaching in one month we decided to do our top ten favorite sit down restaurants.

10. The Garden Grill at Epcot’s The Land. We have eaten at the Garden Grill for breakfast and that is probably why it only ranks as number 10. The breakfast was good and the server was great. Breakfast, as are all their meals, is served family style and you can ask for more of anything. For Chip N Dales Harvest breakfast you get: Chips Sticky Buns, Scrambled eggs, thick bacon, sausage links, fresh fruit, hash-brown styled potato barrels, and of course Mickey Shaped Waffles. You basic breakfast, we will say Chips sticky buns were amazing. That isn’t why Garden Grill made our list though, the Character Meet and Greet here is so much fun. We love Chip N Dale, Farmer Mickey, and Pluto! The Character interactions when they come to your table are just so much fun. Also the platform spins, not enough for you to honestly notice, but it does turn and it is great as you get to look at Living with the land from above for part of the spin. This is totally worth going to at least once.

9. The Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom. Now you may be thinking to yourself this is a chain why on earth do you have it on here?! The answer is their breakfast, this is the only time I have seen Rainforest offer breakfast and the Viper breakfast pizza they offer is amazing and huge! It is a great way to get a breakfast to split with family without breaking the budget if you are not doing the dining plan. The prices in general for breakfast here are not bad at all. Plus the ambiance is just so much fun to get you ready for Animal Kingdom. They also offer Tonga Toast here, this is the french toast that Kona Cafe at the Polynesian resort is well known for. So this is an easy way to try that without having to go to the Polynesian if you aren’t staying there.

8. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at the Norwegian Pavilion in Epcot. If it wasn’t for the awesome Princess encounters at this location honestly it probably wouldn’t have made the list. We loved lunch here but had a very poor experience at dinner. The food is good, the ambiance is awesome and the princesses are even better! We did Akershus Royal Banquet for our honeymoon and again while we did our Gender reveal trip. The princesses were so much fun. We got to meet Belle as we entered and we got a picture with her to take home. The princesses change out depending on meal and day. We met Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, and Cinderella both times we went, but we have heard Mulan makes and appearance as well.10289813_390741411080554_4977281594069873732_n

7. Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom. Yes another Character Meet, these are a lot of fun and the food at Crystal Palace was actually really good. They also have an ice cream machine during lunch and dinner. We loved this location because it was great to meet the friends of the 100 Acre Woods without waiting in line by the Winnie The Pooh Ride. We met Tigger, Pooh, Eeyore, piglet, and rabbit. Loved every minute of it. I really like this one because there are cast members with the characters that are more than willing to take a group photo for you. This is also a great location to get breakfast at 8 AM so you are in the park before everyone else!10373496_412355442252484_7162534809000810124_n.jpg

6. Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. The last character meal I promise. We loved Tusker house out of all the Character meals we have done. We loved the safari theme and we also loved the unique food. Don’t worry if you are not into trying something crazy here they do offer mac and cheese, and other items that are not as adventurous. This is another great character meet where there are cast members with the characters that are willing to take pictures for you. We had so much fun at Tusker house and the decorations are pretty awesome too. We also liked that it wasn’t as crowded as some of the other restaurants we have eaten at were.

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5. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Hollywood Studios. We have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this location. After eating it ourselves we honestly loved it. You get to sit in a car and watch old time movie clips. We loved it, but we will give you some of the reasons that not everyone loves this restaurant. One of our family members went after our recommendation and she said it wasn’t for her. It is a dark restaurant so you can’t see your food all that great, this is part of the ambiance of an old fashion drive in movie. So know before you go if your aren’t thrilled with the idea of eating in a darker restaurant this may not be for you.10801811_412355872252441_6958773661334034152_n

4. San Angels Inn at the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot. This is an awesome little restaurant in the back part of the Mexico building. Again this is a darker restaurant and honestly we used our phones the first time we ate here to see the menu. The ambiance and the amazing food is what gets it into our top 5. We have eaten here every time we have gone to Epcot and it is delicious. It also over looks the Grand fiesta boat ride and you sit looking at the volcano and the temple. So pretty, also there is a hidden mickey at this location!

3. Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. DON’T HATE US FOR THIS NOT BEING NUMBER ONE! In all honestly we do love Be Our Guest, but it is a harder restaurant to get reservations for and even if you get reservation we have waited a half hour past that reservation for a table. We do love the food it is always delicious and the inside of the castle is beautiful. Chris was less than impressed with dessert and the gray stuff, and we have heard it is better at lunch in cupcake form. We have always had dinner here and it is a great chance to meet the Beast! As much fun as this is the reason it isn’t higher ranked is because of the difficulty of getting a reservation here. Make sure to do your best to be on at 180 days before your trip to make this reservation and if you don’t get it check back often. We usually leave a slot for it on our magic kingdom day and check back often to see if someone has canceled. MK_BEOURGUESTCHAR_7615921672

2. Teppen Edo at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. Teppen Edo is one of the most fun restaurants we have eaten at. This is a hibachi restaurant and it comes with all the bells and whistles. Not only is the food amazing but with them cooking your food in front of you, it just takes the experience to the next level. They also made us an origami oyster in celebration of our pregnancy, SO CUTE. The staff here is wonderful and this is just such a fun experience. It is definitely worth it, and it only costs one sit down meal! I think that it goes unnoticed and is underrated for such a wonderful experience.

1. Our number one restaurant is….CHEFS DE FRANCE. We love Chefs De France, it is by far our must eat at restaurant when we go. The food is great, the dessert is even better and the cast members are beyond wonderful. Out of all the restaurants we feel that the cast members here are the friendliest. There is also so many things here to try if you want to be adventurous but at the same time there is something for everyone! Their portions as with most Disney restaurants are huge. The French onion soup could be an entree to be honest. By far one of the best places to get the best for your money if you are on the dining plan!

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We hope you enjoyed out list! Just keep in mind that when choosing a sit down restaurant, if you are unsure if there is something you will eat look at the menu before you book! Disney has all of their menus online when you click on the restaurants name in the dining section.

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

An Exciting Announcement

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That is right! We have been given the wonderful opportunity to go to Walt Disney World this fall!! We are so excited and have been planning this trip like crazy over the last month. While traveling with a one year old may seem like a lot for Walt Disney World we are beyond grateful to be able to go and share our experience with everyone. While there we will be visiting all four parks, attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and experiencing the Food and Wine Festival. This will also be Alice’s first ever visit. We have some exciting posts that will be coming out as we prepare to go to take this adventure with our one year old.

Some future posts will include:

  • What’s in our bags
  • Flying tips and tricks
  • Planning your Disney Trip
  • Our plans
  • Daily experiences with what worked and didn’t work

Plus much more!
Stay tuned for our next post as we go into detail about planning for a Disney Trip. Thanks for stopping by and remember the best is yet to come!