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.)
One of my favorite Christmas holiday features at Disney World is the ‘Holidays Around the World’ at the World Showcase in Epcot. I didn’t expect it when we went during Christmastime so it was quite an exciting surprise. In college I majored in International Business and French, so I’ve always had an interest in other cultures and I think that is probably why Epcot is my favorite park (along with the food and drinks!) So when I saw that each pavilion in the World Showcase had a short performance about that country’s holiday traditions, I wanted to see them all! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the performance in every country because of the scheduling, but the ones we saw were perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit! For a listing of the different holidays-around-the-world events, check out Disney’s website here.
In Germany, Helga tells a Christmas story about her first nutcracker, which *spoiler alert* comes to life during the show!
Holiday story with Helga in Germany pavilion at Epcot
Holiday story with Helga in Germany pavilion at Epcot
In Norway, there was a completely amazing performance that we came back to see a second time! It’s the story of Sigrid and the Mischievous Christmas Gnome, Julenissen.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series trivia contest on Twitter! Congratulations to the lucky winner of the wine cork keychain – @the_real_cho!
For everyone who’s wondering, here are the complete questions and answers: