I know you all have been waiting for it – the last and final part of our Florida vacation recap! If you missed part 1 (our time in Cocoa Beach) or part 2 (our three full days at Disney World), be sure to check them out!
Our last two days of vacation were jam packed and full of exciting activities! We kicked off Thursday by going to Epoct at park opening so that we could get on line for Test Track right away. We pulled into the parking lot about 20 minutes before the park opened, and for the first time ever Preston and I both got to hear the Epcot opening music. It was very exciting to see confetti fly into the air and hear the park opening music.
Even though we made a beeline for Test Track immediately once the park opened, we still stood in line for almost 30 minutes! After riding Test Track, we also rode Mission Space and Spaceship Earth before heading back to the car. We had a baseball game to get to!
It took about 90 minutes to drive from Epcot to Bright House Field in Clearwater, which is the Spring Training home for the Phillies. Even though the Phillies lost 10-1 to the Rays, we still enjoyed our afternoon at the ballpark.
After the baseball game, we drove back to our hotel in Lake Buena Vista to shower and change for our evening at Epcot. Once we arrived back at Epcot we used our Soarin’ Fast Pass, and also enjoyed walking around seeing the topiaries again that were up as part of the Flower and Garden Festival. Dinner that evening was at Via Napoli in Italy, where we enjoyed one of the best pizzas that I’ve ever had! Neither Preston nor I had eaten at Via Napoli before, but we both agreed that we will be making a return trip to this restaurant in the future.
After dinner we headed back to our hotel since we wanted to get a good night’s sleep before our last day at Disney and in Florida. We spent Friday at Magic Kingdom, where we spent the day riding some of our favorite rides, including Buzz Lightyear, Jungle Cruise, and Splash Mountain. We also saw the new Festival of Fantasy Parade, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
For lunch, we ate at another new to me restaurant: The Plaza Restaurant. Since it was Good Friday, I opted for the Tuna Salad sandwich, which was super delicious!
Around 3:15 pm, we said goodbye to Magic Kingdom and drove to Downtown Disney. We had a reservation for an early dinner at Splitsville, another new to us restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our sushi dinner, as well as the tasty adult beverages.
After dinner, we thought we had some time to kill, so we walked around Downtown Disney for awhile. What we didn’t realize was that the parking lot had become a madhouse while we had eaten dinner, and by the time we walked back to our car and fought traffic for over half an hour in order to get out of Downtown Disney, I started to panic that we would miss our flight home. We made it back to the airport with minutes to spare, and thankfully there wasn’t a line to check our suitcases or to get through security.
We had a great week in Florida, and were sad to see our vacation come to an end. But if you know us well, you know we’ll be headed back to Disney World sooner than later for another vacation!
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