Day 4: Epcot
Epcot always has been and always will be my favorite park. I feel like I need an entire day just to enjoy the World Showcase!
This time around we got a late start because we knew we’d want to stay late to see the evening show and that just ends up being a long day.
Before we set out, we used some coupons for free mini-golf! We went to WinterSummerland and played 18 holes. It was really cute and well-done and the boys did well with sticking with it even though we never played and they were discouraged at first.
We arrived at Epcot in time to see a bit of the World Showcase before making our reservation at Teppon Edu, a hibachi grill.
Again, the boys were good eaters!
Salad with chopsticks?
We skimmed through the world and then headed over to Spaceship Earth. We also did Test Track and the Three Caballeros.
After the evening show we ate dinner at The Electric Umbrella and then rode Soarin’. It was a late night, but we avoided the mass exodus and got to ride Soarin’ without hardly any wait.
Day 5: Magic Kingdom
This was my favorite day of our Disney vacation! I’d been dying to eat at Belle’s restaurant, Be Our Guest, but it’s extremely difficult to get into. A friend encouraged us to chat up a concierge because people cancel reservations all the time. We decided it was worth a shot.
While we were standing in line to speak to the concierge, Ben decided to check the dining reservation app again and lo and behold, a spot came available! I was thrilled!
We decided to get another late start and really make the most of the extended hours. To fill our day we rode the monorail over to the Contemporary Resort. The lobby was decorated and the large gingerbread house was already in place.
Magic Kingdom was decorated, as well, and everything was beautiful.
The restaurant was so much fun. They did such a good job on it!
Gargoyle out front
The food was fantastic. I had the lamb and really enjoyed it. Of course, I had the grey stuff for dessert. I have no idea what was in it, but it was worth it!
The highlight was meeting Beast in his study:
Luke took that picture and did a good job in such low lighting! It was all rushed though because Gabe came in crying. He’d gone to the bathroom before we left the table and he and Ben missed each other so Gabe had returned from the bathroom to an empty table and was pretty upset about it.
Because we were able to stay late we rode:
Monsters Laugh Floor
Pirates of the Carribean
Big Thunder Mt. Railroad
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
A lot of families with little ones end up having to leave at a good time so lines are drastically shorter in the late hours. We took full advantage of that and had a fantastic time.
Day 6: Georgia
We packed up and made our way to see little Miss Isla.
The drive was uneventful with few stops and only some traffic at the end.
We ate a late dinner with Nate and Chelsea and got to meet sweet baby Isla.
Gabe held her right away, but Luke declined. I snuggled her every chance I got!
She’s darling and perfect in every way. Even though she’s already close to a month old, she still has that newborn look to her and that precious new baby hair.
We hung out for a few hours and then headed to our Air B ‘n B. It was a two-bedroom place on the lake, about 15 minutes away. It was cute and cozy! We unloaded and then crashed – grateful that we had a few days of semi-downtime in our future!