My Favorite WDW Park (For Now)

And the winner is:

Epcot

Epcot seems to be my go-to place. My getaway when I’m by myself and the first place I want to show new people. I tend to spend more time in Epcot than any other Park.

This year brought the Frozen ride in the former home of the beloved Maelstrom. In my opinion, the meet and greet with Elsa and Anna is the best in all of Disney World.

Epcot was also the place to be for the revamped Soaring. Instead of exploring California, we are now Soarin around the world. The orange groves are gone but there’s so much more to love about the updated ride. Of course the best thing is that Patrick is still our guide!

The American Pavilion has great entertainment. The Voices of Liberty and the American Music Machine are consistently great! I could listen to them all day long and sometimes do. Add in the special concerts and the Candlelight Processional and you just can’t beat it.

My love for Figment is still going strong! He makes me happy. I know it’s not the original ride but I will take Figment any way I can get him.

Last but certainly not least is the food. Where can I even start? Should I start in Germany with its caramel corn and amazing mac and cheese? Or maybe I should talk about Morocco’s chicken shawarma? We can’t forget the Frozen Grand Marnier in France. Then we get the bonus food during the Flower & Garden and the Food & Wine shows. The wine and cheese area should not be passed by!

It’s not that I don’t love the other parks because I do,.i just appreciate them for different reasons.

Gina

Our Disney World Christmas Vacation

We thought we would try something different this year for Christmas. We have no family visiting us right now and have the whole long holiday weekend off.

Joe and I spent Christmas Eve night at Coronado Springs. We don’t stay at the resorts often since we live so close but it’s a nice treat. We stayed in the Ranchos section and were able to check in extra early. We went to the Dig Site and relaxed.


I made some fast passes so we jumped on a bus to Epcot. I hadn’t stayed for fireworks since before my neck surgery and was looking forward to a late night (late to me)!

We saw Ming Na Wen (Mulan, Agent May) in the Candlelight Processional. It was incredibly moving. Illuminations are always breathtaking and even better from the Fast Pass viewing area!


Christmas morning at Disney was pretty quiet. We drove to the Contemporary for breakfast at the Wave. They have a very nice buffet with sweet potato pancakes, Eggs Benedict and cheesy hash browns.


We took a quick walk to the Magic Kingdom with no bags and the Passholder entrance making it a breeze. We stayed long enough for small world and the Christmas Parade. It was wonderful!

Monday we finally went to see Rogue One in Disney Springs. I won’t give any spoilers but – Wow!

Great Christmas weekend! Can’t wait to see what New Year’s is like!

Gina

Places to Live Near WDW – Clermont

Clermont, Florida is in Lake County and depending on where in (the oddly shaped) city you live, you can be either 15 minutes or 45 minutes from the Magic. Although technically a city, there are parts of Clermont that are very rural. Rolling hills, which are very rare in typically flat Florida, can be enjoyed by a ride up Rt 27. It’s nice to see hills and valleys filled with vegetation and sometimes cows.

Clermont is home to the Citrus Tower which celebrated it’s 60th anniversary in 2016. Originally build to look over the orange trees, it’s become a centerpiece of the city. It can’t be missed standing over 226 feet and with a bright orange strip down each of it’s four sides.

There is a small downtown section that is quite charming. Definitely feels like Old Florida.

You can find every big box and chain store very easily in Clermont, as well as every chain restaurant and even some smaller privately owned stores and eateries. There are quaint neighborhoods and booming apartment complexes and everything in between. The location is convenient not only to Walt Disney World but also to Orlando via 192 and 50.

I live in Clermont and can make it home from the “See you real soon” sign in less than 15 minutes. Nice after walking countless miles and eating countless Mickey shaped snacks throughout the day!

Gina