We visited Disneyland for the first time in September 2013. One of the lands I was look forward to visiting the most was Adventureland. It’s my favorite at the Magic Kingdom and I couldn’t wait to visit the original Tiki Room and have a Dole Whip. It’s still hard for me to say which is better, each one has it’s own set of pros (Tikis!) and cons (congestion). So to figure out who wins this battle lets do some comparisons.
We’re bring back our Wednesday in the World posts! I have way too many pictures (thanks to Drew) to share with you. First up, my newest love.
Picking a favorite Disney Resort is tough. We’ve stayed at several and I love each one for a different reason. And while Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is still very high on my list I think I’ve found a new love.
Next on our tour of the Flower & Garden Festival is the Japan Pavilion. I was excited to try the Frushi that I had been hearing so many good things about. And we loved seeing the Bonsai in 2010 we were excited to see them again.
Hanami is the Outdoor Kitchen located in the Japan Pavilion for the festival. Since it was the third stop on our tour we decided to get the frushi and dessert.
What We’re Reading
Miss Emma from A Pinch of Pixie Dust has me wanting to book a room at the Atrium Club at Disney’s Contemporary Resort asap. Check out the view!
Sarah with Running at Disney reviews one of my favorite breakfast spots at any Disney park, Flo’s V8 Cafe.
Visiting the all of the Disney Parks around the world is on my Disney bucket list so I really enjoyed this review and photo tour of Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland from Tom at Disney Tourist Blog.
Mary over at Capturing Magical Memories has a cute craft that I think even I could attempt, felt Hidden Mickey eggs.
Suzannah from Zannaland checks out the Muppet Most Wanted themed scavenger hunt at Epcot. I wish it was still going to be around for my next visit.
Sarah at Eating WDW wants to know which treats you bring home from Walt Disney World. I’m a fan of those cheddar Mickeys.
I haven’t bought too much from the Beautifully Disney collection (I have a set of make up bags) but since I HAVE to buy things that feature my beloved Alice and Cheshire Cat I am probably going to be purchasing a few things from the new Curiouser and Curiouser Beautifully Disney collection. You can find the details on the Disney Parks Blog.
We have lots of posts ready to go this week. We’ll tour the BoardWalk Inn and the Flower & Garden offerings in the Japan Pavilion, check out the Pineapple Promenade, and join Magical Blogorail Blue in their newest loop.
In case you haven’t noticed, we love to meet characters in the parks. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is one of my favorite meet and greet areas in the park. I love the costumes, the theme, and the storytelling that went into it and you can’t beat meeting characters in the air conditioning when it’s hot and humid in Florida. It’s also a great place to visit when it starts to rain. You can meet the characters and then head over to Big Top Treats for a snack!
We haven’t attended the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival since 2010. It’s changed a lot over the last few years so I was really excited to finally attend again this year. I was especially interested in trying out a few of the Outdoor Kitchens. We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the United Kingdom Pavilion. It’s one of my favorites during the festival for several reasons.
The Buttercup Cottage
The Buttercup Cottage ended up being my favorite booth at the Flower & Garden Festival. I mean just look at how cute it is! Plus it makes the entire pavilion smell like lemon scones. And they were as good as the smelled.
What We’re Reading:
Estelle from This Happy Place Blog takes a short tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a friend and introduces her to it’s awesomeness. Because that’s what good friends do.
Jen Lee from Born Just Right shares an awesome experience she and her family had at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I love Disney Cast Members!
Mary at Capturing Magical Memories found a touch of Disney magic at the Houston Zoo.
Adam and Andrew from the Disney Hipster Blog share five interesting vegetarian options from around the World Showcase.
Lee from Disney Nouns shares what he does first when he arrives at each of the Disney parks. I love what he chooses to do at Hollywood Studios.
Sarah at Eating WDW reviews brunch at Remy on the Disney Fantasy. It sounds amazing!
Miss Emma from A Pinch of Pixie Dust takes on a tour of the murals inside Cinderella Castle.
Vegetarian options at this year’s Flower & Garden Festival, a way for you to get a cool pin from the festival, and a look at a wheelchair accessible room in the Little Mermaid section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party is a new special, ticketed event at Epcot. We decided to give it a try on our recent trip since we are always up for trying something new and I’m all for events that make fireworks viewing less of a hassle. Since it rained the night of our party the hassle part was questionable but we still had a great time.
First up the details. The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party is held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights at Epcot from 7:45 pm until 9:20 pm. The cost for the party is $49 for adults and $29 for children. The cost includes unlimited desserts and drinks including sparkling wine, hence the sparkling dessert party. The party is typically held at World Showcase Plaza which is between the Port of Entry and Disney Traders gift shops and faces the World Showcase Lagoon.