Walt Disney World Vacation with Four Kids – Part III – Epcot (Again) and Magic Kingdom

Day Two – Epcot
Our second day at Disney we had Grammie and Granddad with us (yay!) and set off to Epcot again after breakfast in our hotel room.

I think one of the first things we did was Turtle Talk with Crush. This is a really cute show where Crush from Finding Nemo is on a big screen and through some sort of Disney magic can interact with the kids in the audience. Isla and Grant loved it, but Miles is at an age where I think he’s just figuring out what is real and what is pretend. I believe he went into the show thinking it would be pretend, but then when the animated character Crush began addressing children around him or knowing what was going on in the room, it challenged his notion that it wasn’t real, and he couldn’t take it, so he had to leave the room. But it was a funny show, and if your kids liked Finding Nemo I think they’d really enjoy it.

In the same building as Turtle Talk with Crush there are aquariums with fish, sharks, jellyfish and more, so we spent time exploring the sea life. The kids were very excited to find one of their first “hidden Mickeys,” something they’d learned about on the Disney vacation planning DVD, I think. They were a little confused about the whole “hidden,” aspect, though, because throughout our vacation they’d see very obvious Mickey silhouettes and scream, “Look, a hidden Mickey!” But here’s an example of a real hidden Mickey we found that day.

Our sit-down reservation for the day was in the Norway area of the World Showcase at Epcot – the character lunch at Akershus called Princess Storybook Dining.

We had to wait outside for our name to be called even though we had a reservation. It was hot that day so the kids were a little tired and antsy about waiting, but it wasn’t too bad. After we were ushered inside we had to stand in line again to have photos taken with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Miles was not keen on seeing any characters, with fake heads or not, so only Isla and Grant met her.

The building Akershus is in was cool, felt a little castle dining hall like (not that I’ve ever been to a castle). For adults dining at Akershus, there is a menu of items to choose from, but in addition to your meal you also get to visit a buffet with fruit, salads, rolls and meats. While we ate the princesses made the rounds to speak with the kids and have their photos taken – that day we met Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel during lunch. Isla and Grant loved it – Grant would take his hat off and bow to each princess, but then also growl at her like a pirate.

After lunch we made an ill-fated decision to take the kids on Maelstrom, which is right next door. Not a good attraction for tender-hearted children! The narrator’s voice is scary, and some of the scenes were ominous. Screaming ensued. I really don’t remember much about it because I was calming the children.

We visited the Mexico pavilion again and Grammie and Granddad let them choose souvenirs, and we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the World Showcase. Not delving too deep into any particular countries, but looking around, and the kids got their faces painted in Morocco, which was a highlight of their day.

Before we left for the day we ate at the Liberty Inn Restaurant (part of the United States pavilion) because the sky threatened rain and this restaurant was quick service but had a huge indoor dining area. The food was decent, not bad but not so spectacular that I can remember what I ate (maybe veggie burger?).

By the time dinner was over the kids (and us adults, too!) were ready to head home, so we headed back to the bus area but took in the holiday lights all around the park.

Day Three – Magic Kingdom
Before making our way to the Magic Kingdom, we had an excellent breakfast at the Polynesian resort, at their restaurant called ‘Ohana. This meal featured Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch. Food was served family style and we had a TON of it. Scrambed eggs, biscuits, sausage, bacon, potatoes, waffles – and all very good. They brought Jonah special waffles that were egg-free, too! Poor Miles was still scared of the characters so he hid under the table any time one approached, and Jonah started to get a little frightened of them, but Isla and Grant loved them. We did have to wait quite a while for our table even though we had a reservation, so we got a late start getting to MK.

Okay, I have a confession to make – I think I was more excited to go to Disney World than the kids were. After all, I had waited over thirty years to go; they had only known about Disney World for a couple of years. So when we made our way through the entrance and I saw Cinderella’s castle, I teared up, I really did.

It was our last warm day in Florida. Grammie and Granddad let the kids pick out mouse ears hats (one pirate hat, one Minnie Mouse hat, one popcorn bucket hat, and one mini baby hat for Jonah) and just as that was settled a parade went by. Great timing!

The first ride of the day was Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which Grant and Isla rode on with Granddad and Zachary. We had to keep the stroller in the shade, the sun was so hot!

That day we also went on It’s a Small World (kids loved it), Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (really fun, not sure why it’s so much less popular than Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios – there was virtually no wait at all – but Isla wouldn’t go on it), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Isla and Grant went on it, but there was a malfunction at a kind of creepy dream sequence part where we were waiting for the ride to start moving again, which made them a little nervous), and the Tomorrowland Speedway, which the kids did enjoy.

Lunch that day was at Cosmic Ray’s, which again was decent food for counter service, but I found the ordering a little bit of a hassle for a group – one counter would be for burgers, and another for sandwiches and chicken, I think it was, which would mean you’d have to stand in line more than once or split up to get meals for people who didn’t want to eat the same thing.

We didn’t stay out too late that day. I think one of the keys to our success was really paying attention to how tired people were getting, and not pushing anyone too hard to stay out late or go too fast or do too much. We headed back to the hotel when the sun was still out and got some much needed sleep. The kids were exceptionally excited thinking about the following day, which would bring them the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League.

 

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  2. […] this if you make reservations for particular experiences or restaurants. For example, on the day I made reservations for Akershus, we’ll be going to Epcot all day since we are not purchasing Park Hopper […]

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