At the end of January, I’ll be returning to my favourite place on the planet, Walt Disney World. A friend of mine always loves to ask me, “what are you MOST excited for, on your next trip?”. He knows there always something I’m really looking forward to, so I created a list of the…
Top 5 Things I’m Most Excited For During My Upcoming Trip to Walt Disney World
1. Disney’s Beach Club Resort
My wife and I often like to do a “split-stay” during our vacations, which means you start your vacation at one Disney resort hotel, then switch part-way to a different one. It’s a great way to experience two completely different themes, sets of dining options and locations during the same vacation.
During this trip, we decided to spend the entire week in our favourite resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Check out this video:
We love being able to unpack our bags on the first day and hide them in the closet, so there’s no constant reminder the fun will be over soon!
I have SO many reasons why I love Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. To learn more, check out this Blog Post I wrote about it!
2. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts
I sure do love those Epcot festivals!
My favourite so far as been the Food & Wine Festival, but I’ve also enjoyed the Flower & Garden Festival, as well as the Festival Of The Holidays. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is the newest festival, which takes place during the “slow” period between Christmas and Spring Break.
From Disney Parks Blog:
“Come celebrate the joy of visual, performing and culinary art from around the world with special entertainment, artists and galleries, and of course, world-class cuisine.”
3. New Dining Experiences
We love trying new restaurants, whether there’s a recently-opened establishments like Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, The Edison, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Satu’li Canteen, or older places that we’ve never gotten around to trying yet, like The Garden Grill, we’re very excited to try something new!
4. Pandora: The World of Avatar
This is Disney’s first major expansion since 2012’s New Fantasyland, and boy is it huge! A vast world with floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, two brand-new attractions, and lots of new shopping and dining.
Animal Kingdom used to be an “every other trip” park for us, but this time (for the first time), we’re visiting Animal Kingdom TWICE during the same visit!
We’re going once in the evening on our arrival night, to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar after dark and ride the much-hyped ride, Avatar Flight Of Passage, and have dinner at Satu’li Canteen the Avatar-themed Quick Service restaurant. We also have FastPasses to experience the new sunset-version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, as well as the always-thrilling Expedition Everest roller coaster. We hope to get back to our resort before 9pm, so we can walk to Epcot, to finish the evening by watching the fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Light.
We then have a separate day, where we’ll visit Pandora again, but during the day. We’ll either eat at Satu’li Canteen again, or go to our go-to favourite Quick Service restaurant at that park, Flame Tree Barbecue. Both of these restaurants now feature Mobile Ordering, so we’ll be able to get our food much faster, and spend less time waiting in line!
5. Revisiting Favourites
As much as I like trying something new, there are some places that I love SO MUCH, I find myself going back again and again. On this upcoming trip, this will include:
- Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, the Indiana Jones-themed bar & lounge at Disney Springs, perfect for a fancy cocktail and sharable appetizer.
- Frontera Cocina, the restaurant by my favourite chef, Rick Bayless. We had dinner at this Disney Springs restaurant last time, and we both agreed that it was the best Mexican food we’d ever tasted.
- Paddlefish, again at Disney Springs. This used to be called Fulton’s Crab House. We love sitting in the bar area and having a couple of their seafood offering, whether if it’s the Stone Crab Claws when in season, the Tableside Lobster Guacamole, the Clam Roll or the Lobster Corn Dogs – we’ve always had great experiences here.
- Biergarten at Epcot’s Germany pavilion is the only restaurant we’ve dined at EVERY SINGLE VISIT. We love it SO much. The atmosphere and entertainment are among the best on Disney property. And the food is also ridiculously good. German home cooking, including a TON of salads are included in the buffet – we find that during a week of heavy meals, it’s nice to have a lunch with lots of light, but delicious options. And the communal seating has led to very memorable meetings and conversations – we once met the president of the fan club for Martin, the lead singer of the Oktoberfest Band that performs while you eat!
- Flying Fish and Monsieur Paul are going to be our two “fancy” dinners. Flying Fish, located in the Boardwalk District, features playful, modern cuisine (mostly fish and seafood), while Monsieur Paul, located in Epcot’s France pavilion (above Chefs De France, the more casual French Table Service option), offers classic French cuisine, in the tradition of the restaurant’s namesake, Chef Paul Bocuse. These will both be heavy meals, but we’re going to be doing a LOT of walking!
‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is one of those places that Disney veterans adore! It can be very difficult to get a reservation there, so I’m happy that I booked dinner right away. Similar to Brazillian Barbeque, freshly-grilled meats are brought to your table on gigantic skewers, and you choose which you’d like to sample. While at the Polynesian, we’re VERY excited to go back to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, the Enchanted Tiki Bar. This is the coolest Tiki Bar I’ve ever seen, where stuff magically happens, depending on what you order – I won’t spoil any surprises. Just make sure you go there very early or very late, or you may have a hard time getting in.
Beaches & Cream at our resort (Beach Club) is perhaps the most popular place to sit and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Reservations can be very hard to come by, but we made a 10pm reservation, so after one of our Epcot days, we’ll walk over for a late-night treat!
50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios is the perfect place if you love classic Americana. The entire restaurant feels like the set from Leave It To Beaver. Your server will likely be hilarious, and sass you about eating your vegetables and keeping your elbows off the table. The Fried Chicken here is one of the best I’ve ever had, and the other classic American dishes (such as Meatloaf and Pot Roast) are also excellent.
So, there you have it! I’m very excited to tell you all about my trip when I return. Keep watching this page for new Blog Posts, but make sure you also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for live content, and subscribe to my Newsletter, so you never miss an important update.