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.
Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom
One of the newer activities at Animal Kingdom is the Wilderness Explorers scavenger hunt. It’s based on the Disney movie Up, and there are several places to sign up around the park. Just keep an eye out for wilderness guides dressed in khaki and an orange neckerchief to get a Wilderness Explorer Handbook and pass initiation into the explorers by learning the special call named the Caw Caw Roar, pledging to be “a friend to all.” The badge guides are standing by at each stop to help the explorers learn about the ways of the wilderness and many of the skills that are required to navigate the woods. There are 31 badges to achieve so it could take as much or as little of the day (or several days) as you’d like.
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:
Labor Day is over and that means we’re even closer to the start of Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. The fall edition of the Mickey Monitor passholder newsletter included the musical lineup for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series lineup and I have to admit, I didn’t immediately recognize all the artists. So I thought it would be fun to do a Twitter trivia contest to see if people can identify the 19 acts who will be performing this year from clues I’ll put on Twitter. Make sure you follow @InDisneyBubble to get the clues!
RULES OF THE CONTEST: Revised 9/6 at 6:00PM to make it easier!
- The contest will run from Friday, September 6, 2013 – Monday, September 9, 2013.
- Each artist/group will have 2 clues tweeted about them, along with the hashtag #EatToTheBeatTrivia
- To guess the answer, reply to that tweet so I know which question you’re answering with your answer including the hashtag #EatToTheBeatTrivia
- At the end of the contest, all who answered a question correctly will be entered in a random drawing to win a wine cork key chain (in honor of the food and wine festival.) Each correct answer is another entry into the drawing!
- I’ll post the clues/answers along with winners here on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Disclaimer: I got of my trivia facts from the artists’ websites and Wikipedia, I apologize in advance for any errors!
One of the most re-pinned pins on my Pinterest board has been the infographic I created on A Typical Day at Animal Kingdom – see the pin on Pinterest here.
Creating infographics is fun, but they can be pretty time consuming and I just haven’t set aside the time to create more until now! I decided my next ‘typical day’ infographic would be about Epcot. Since it’s my favorite park, it was really hard to fit everything I love to do into tiny geometric shapes, but I think I figured it out. I may not eat quite as much as I have outlined, but it isn’t for lack of trying! Is there anything in your typical day at Epcot that’s not on my list?? Re-pin a Typical Day at Epcot here.
A Typical Day at Epcot (INFOGRAPHIC)
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After going to Disney World many times, you’d think that it would become less and less important to take pictures since we have literally thousands of pictures from the parks. However, no matter how many times we go there are certain pictures that I find myself taking again and again, even though nothing has changed since the last picture!
One of my biggest pet peeves about picture taking in general is taking a lot of photos where people are not in the shot (things like landscapes, animals, buildings, etc.) because they always seem so interesting at the time but are boring to look through later. However, I find myself breaking this rule all the time at Disney! Even after taking these photos every year, I still just can’t resist the urge when the next trip comes around. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in my opinion no pictures really capture the magic of what happens in the Disney bubble… but at least they help bring back those magical memories!
Here are 10 photos that I take every single time I’m at Disney World: