Long time no blog! I haven’t written a post for a while, but it’s not because I haven’t been thinking about Disney World – I just couldn’t find time to get it down on paper. I’ve been having a lot of fun co-hosting on the weekly WDW Fan Zone podcast that airs live every Friday night at 11pm – catch up on past episodes here!
I’ve been ready to get back to blogging over the past few weeks and I found out some news over the past few days that I knew I had to write about – my beloved Maelstrom will close next month!
According to Disney Parks Blog the Maelstrom in Epcot’s Norway pavilion is being replaced with a Frozen-themed ride! Continue reading
Epcot is sometimes known as the Disney park that doesn’t have a lot to offer kids, but I couldn’t disagree more! In addition to the popular rides, Future World has Innoventions, which is a fun interactive play area that can keep kids entertained for a few hours!
One well known activity for kids in the World Showcase is the Kidcot stops, where kids can color a character on a wooden stick (Duffy Bear or Agent P) and then take their character to each country and get a stamp, along with a special hand-drawn symbol representing that country.
Kidcot Fun Stop at Epcot
Agent P Epcot
It’s fun for younger kids, but not always exciting enough to keep an older kid’s attention. However, on our last trip, we stumbled upon a new fun way for kids to explore the World Showcase – the Epcot Passport. For around $10, the stores sell an authentic-looking passport that comes with stickers that look like stamps – including the flag of each country and a few of the sights from each country of the World Showcase.
By now I think everyone has heard of the insanely long lines to meet and greet Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen in the Norway pavilion of Epcot. I did not wait in the line, but my sister and her family did (4 hours with 2 kids) and I started to think of ways for families to pass the time while waiting in the line. During my brainstorming, I had a breakthrough and I think I actually invented a new game! Well, not technically new, but a Disney-fied version of the old favorite Rock, Paper, Scissors.
I call it Snowball, Snowflake, Carrot.
Snowball, Snowflake, Carrot
The rules are the same as Rock, Paper, Scissors, but in case you don’t know here they are: Continue reading
On our recent trip to Disney World, we visited Epcot just a few days before the official start of the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. I didn’t think we’d get to see any of the displays but I was excited to discover that we were able to view a lot of the amazing topiaries (although some were partially hidden until the official festival opening date.) We were at Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival a few years ago (here are some photos from that visit) and I thought a lot of the displays would be the same but I was wrong – there were so many characters that we hadn’t seen before!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – Chip and Mrs. Potts
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – Phinneas and Ferb
Here’s a hidden one – I just stuck my phone through the bushes and took a pic: Continue reading
Dining in Epcot is always a challenge for me because there are too many good options! But when I saw the opening of a new restaurant in Morocco, Spice Road Table, I decided I would have to find a way to fit it into my already-cramped dining schedule during my recent trip.
Spice Road Table at Epcot
Around the back of the World Showcase, Morocco sits between France and Japan. There is already both a quick serve and table service restaurant in Morocco, so I was a little surprised that a third restaurant was opening as well. (Am I the only one who is dying for a quick serve restaurant in Italy!? Come on Disney!) The restaurant is on the water overlooking the lagoon where the Mo’Rockin group used to perform. (Now they have a stage across the way.)