Even though I live in south Florida, I’m about 2 hours south of Orlando – which makes it tough to justify paying for a season pass to Universal or Disney – which cost more than $500 a year (plus food and other incidentals). If I couldn’t guarantee I’d make it up there at least once a month – minimum – it would not be worth the price. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t want a pass VERY, VERY much.
Initially, the plan was for me to go with my friend Molly as moral support while she was apartment hunting and, if there was time, visit one of the parks. Luckily, she was able to find an apartment a few weeks ago and just needed to sign some paperwork both at her new apartment and with her new job. This meant nearly 2.5 days of Disney-filled adventure.
On Sunday night, we walked around Downtown Disney for about 4 hours. This is simply an EXTREMELY long “road” with shops, restaurants, vendors, street performers, and bars. Basically, it’s a workout for my credit card. We ended up buying some of our gifts; a large Mickey Mouse shaped, chocolate covered, M&M dipped rice cereal treat on a stick; and a delicious meal at Wolfgang Puck’s. All around, a calorie-filled evening.
On Monday, we decided to go to Hollywood Studios because neither of us had been there before. It wasn’t worth waiting for, that’s for sure. If you’re in Orlando on vacation for about a week and want something low-key, this is the place for you. There weren’t very many cool rides (apart from Tower of Terror, there weren’t any, truthfully). But we made sure to hit every one of them regardless. Don’t get me wrong, we both had a great time, but the other parks are definitely much, much better.
Tuesday, our longest day, we chose to go to Epcot – as both of us hadn’t been since we were really young (think 4 or 5). This park was AMAZING! It’s really like two parks in one. The first circle of fun comprises all the rides – including the iconic “golf ball” near the front entrance. This ride had the longest wait, about a half an hour. We mostly just walked right on the other rides, so we had been on all of them by lunch time and didn’t miss a thing. After lunch, we walked to the second circle of fun, which comprises all the countries. I hadn’t realized that only two of the countries have rides – Mexico and Sweden (or is it Norway? Either way, it’s one of those Nordic countries with Vikings). We got on both of these rides and ended our day be walking the shops making up the other countries. We’re going back for Food & Wine Fest this October and cannot wait!