Tuesday, 16 June 2015
A Week of Walt Disney - Day 2
Our second day at Walt Disney World was all about dancing with Sofia the First, face paints, holding Cinderella's ACTUAL GLASS SLIPPER, singing with Anna and Elsa, some of the most incredible fireworks we've ever seen, and eating far too much amazing food (again).
We ate breakfast at The Mara, a restaurant within our hotel which was brilliant for budget and speedy eating, and then met in the lobby for our transfer to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney's Hollywood Studios was brilliant. If I had to choose my top three parks, it would definitely be up there, along with the Magic Kingdom and Typhoon Lagoon (more on that tomorrow!).
We had an incredible morning which was kick started with a meet and greet with Sofia the First. Daisy was already a Sofia fan, and Evie most certainly was one when the time came to say goodbye. We also had heaps of fun playing on the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. The girls hadn't seen the film (its now on our list for a future movie night!) but still loved it none the less and I thought it was just brilliant!
Next up we were lucky enough to be able to pay Cinderella's golden carriage a visit and Daisy and Evie got to hold her beautiful glass slipper. We were also able to enjoy virtually queue free access to rides like Toy Story Mania thanks to our FastPasses, which had been pre-loaded onto our MagicBands.
I've not mentioned our MagicBands before but they played a crucial part in our week at Walt Disney World. On check in at our hotel the girls, my Dad and I were issued with one each; they are secure, waterproof wrist bands which allow you to travel effortlessly around your hotel and the parks. They act as your hotel room key, allow you entry to theme and water parks, enable you to check in at FastPass+ entrances, connect Disney PhotoPass images to your Walt Disney World account and can also be used to charge food and merchandise purchases to your hotel room when registered with your credit card.
I would totally recommend pre-booking FastPass+ selections for popular attractions and character meets. You're limited to booking three at a time but once you've redeemed your initial three picks you can then head to a kiosk to choose three more. Although Disney go all out to make queuing bearable, nothing beats not having to queue at all, especially when queue jumping comes at no extra cost!
I also have to say that the new Disney Memory Maker service, available via either MagicBand or card, was one of the best parts of the trip for me. There are various PhotoPass locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort where you can have your photo taken by professional photographers - on certain rides, meeting your favourite characters or standing in front of famous monuments like Cinderella Castle. Once you have had your picture taken, the photographer scans your band or card and the photographs are sent to your My Disney Experience account, so you can download and share digital copies of them all. I LOVED actually getting to be in photos with my family, as opposed to taking all the photos as usually happens!
The highlight of the day for Daisy and Evie was getting front row seats at the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. It was a fantastic stage show starring Anna, Elsa, and newly appointed royal historians of Arendelle to retell the famous story.... with lots of audience participation of course and some super surprises too! We enjoyed the show so much we went on to watch the Voyage of the Little Mermaid straight afterwards, another short show perfect for children, which featured puppets, special effects, excerpts from the movie and, of course, Ariel herself!
That evening was spent at Epcot. We were treated to a feast of different cuisines from around the world, followed by the most incredible dessert party and a VIP viewing of IllumiNations from the edge of the World Showcase Lagoon. It was incredible.
There was a huge selection of desserts on offer all either from, or inspired by, different countries. There was traditional baklava from Morocco, tirimasu from Italy, chocolate ganache tarts from France and, my absolute favourite, flaming cinnamon sugar churros with chocolate sauce from Mexico. Watching fireworks whilst eating dessert on a beautifully warm summers evening was a pretty awesome way to end a pretty awesome day xo
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