Wow! Florida day 3… back when 3 weeks felt like we’d be in the place where dreams come true forever. How fast time does fly! It almost seems like we were never there… oh, Mickey how I miss thee. I must admit, this is what I am loving most about the vlogs and writing these blogs – I’m reliving the magic over and over and it’s doing wonders for keeping my pixie dust topped up.
Day 3 started off with bus roulette – does anyone else play this? I feel it’s a bit like Brave and ‘if you had the chance to change your fate, would you?’ For anyone who’s never played or never thought about it… the game is, that you go to your bus stop in your Walt Disney World Resort and jump on the first one to turn up (that isn’t an internal resort shuttle). There are no rules, play as you choose. Day 3 was us playing with just the EPCOT and Studio busses, but we’ve played before including them all except Springs and Internal Shuttle. If you’re a bit undecided, why not leave it up to Disney to make the choice for you? It’s perfect for someone like me who refuses to make any sort of decisions… ever.
Anywho we ended up at EPCOT. Our ultimate goal was to get to the Bakery at the Boardwalk, the stroll from Studios or walking through EPCOT we reckon are somewhat similar in distance, so it didn’t really matter to us. I think it worked out for the best though, as since it was early World Showcase wasn’t open yet and it was really peaceful to walk through. Plus the Christmas decorations were still up. It seems really odd to still be talking Christmas now, but it’s so magical at Disney… I could enjoy it time and time again.
Breakfast at the Boardwalk Bakery is lush if you’ve never done it and want a morning that’s a little more peaceful than the parks do pop along. They have a great choice of pastries, cereals… you can even toast your own bagel as I did; and the best part is you can sit outside with a truly beautiful view – let the world pass you by, people watch… and relax! We don’t just enjoy breakfast at this little Boardwalk beauty, we also pop in for brunch or an afternoon snack depending on when we pass by.
Refreshed and still too early for our fastpasses we ventured to Fantasia mini golf.
Last year we didn’t take advantage of the fact that our park tickets (purchased in the UK) included a game of golf each per day of our holiday, and this year we agreed this was an activity we should check out. Now on Day 3, we hadn’t really grasped what I’ve just written. We received a mini booklet with vouchers in upon arrival to Caribbean Beach (at check-in), which included coupons for free rounds of golf. These are what we used on day 3, but after we’d handed them over, the cast member explained we could play 2 games if we wanted to, as we also had a game on our Magic Bands (i.e. our tickets). For the remainder of the holiday, we scanned our bands to play and it was super quick, easy and trouble-free. That said day 3 was our first mini golf adventure, and it was great fun!
FYI golf (as with most activities) is really frustrating to play with Alistair! He wins at EVERYTHING (except monopoly – look out for that vlog!!!) and what is truly unfair is generally speaking I made the better shots. Honestly, often I’d hit as you were directed but get nowhere near the hole, or I’d be close to the hole and then take 50 shots to make the easiest of putts… Alistair (the jammy git) would somehow hit, not following the rules (hole 6 in the vlog is a great example his ball bounces from lane to lane… and results in a hole in one… I hit it down the right one nicely and nope!) and make the putt easily… sometimes even a hole in one – grrrr!!! Not that I’m a sore loser or anything.
As irritating as it was playing with Alistair the course is so much fun. I love the little rhyming descriptions for each hole and the theming as always, with Disney, in impeccable. We played a few times throughout our holiday, both at this course and the Winter Summer Land Courses at Blizzard Beach and it wasn’t too busy. A couple of times we were following families but there are benches to sit on etc so you’re not imposing if they haven’t finished and you have; we also replayed our hole a few times so as not to invade someone else’s game if we had no one behind us.
From mini golf to Studios and For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing-Along. I adore this show, they’ve really struck the right level of making it kid and adult friendly. The 2 main characters of the show are very talented and having watched this little gem over the last 2/3 years I love how it’s different every time and that they come up with new jokes all the time – ‘Baby Shark do do…’ seems popular at the minute! If you remotely like Frozen it’s brilliant… if your kids love it but you’re not so keen I still think you might enjoy a giggle or two… after all with ‘Let it Go’… ‘this is the one you’ve been waiting for Dad’s’.
TOY STORY LAND!!! Yup, day 3 saw our first glimpse at the newest addition of Disney magic and it did not disappoint. Slinky Dog… Oh WOW! I loved it!!! And the Alien Swirling Ride, whose name I can never remember, that was fantastic. We queued for I think maybe 25 mins, which was an Alistair choice. I’m not going to lie I was secretly thinking – seriously we’re queuing 25 minutes for the teacup rides basically! But I’m pleased we did as it’s really not like the teacups, and it’s up there as one of my new faves I think. I also loved the music and the little Aliens ‘ooooo’ – cute!
Having been shrunk to the size of a toy and playing in Andy’s backyard we headed back to Caribbean Beach for a break and to change into warmer clothing – the temperature does drop in January when it turns dark. We then went over to the Magic Kingdom and watched Happily Ever After.
Later on, during the holiday we watched from Main Street and it was really frustrating; we were near a family who was shouting down their phone throughout it and then brought in other people midway through, who literally stood directly in front of us. I do love the projections and the view from Main Street is magical, however, what I will say is from Main Street I feel a bit overwhelmed trying to watch all the projections and fireworks – my eyes can’t take it all in.
Happily Ever After was the perfect end to another perfect day at the home of Mickey and the gang. So I will end quoting the genius that is this beautiful firework display:-
‘Now go. Let your dreams guide you. Reach out and find your Happily Ever After.’