Time to share the last day of our Cheers to Five Years Disney trip. With our annual passes expiring on the 12th we wanted to soak up a few more days of magic. So, we decided to lump my Birthday and our 5th Wedding Anniversary into a 3 day trip to celebrate. If you missed day one you can find that here, or day two here.
April 12th is our wedding anniversary, and whenever we can make it happen we love to spend the day at Epcot. After getting married that morning, we grabbed our best friends and celebrated at Epcot. We ate lunch at the Rose & Crown, we did a few rides, and we drank a few drinks strolling around the World Showcase. So, we like to celebrate our anniversaries doing something similar...just with a little lady in tow and less drinking.
Since we were up extra late the previous night we didn't set any alarms or have any inclination to get up for another early morning. Thankfully Aria was totally on board with the plan and slept in until sometime past 9. We got up, got ready, packed up, checked out, and hit the road for Epcot. Because our anniversary falls during Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival the bulk of our plan was to just eat whatever foods struck our fancy at the festival booths.
Here's what we tried:
Gaoli Beef Bun from Lotus House - very yummy.
Candied Strawberries from Lotus House - a sweet, crunchy, and extra messy favorite.
Vegetable Spring Roll from Lotus House - nothing overly special, but still good.
I also got the Peach-Oolong Bubble Tea but forgot to snap a picture - can't skip the bubble tea!
Pulled Pig Slider from The Smokehouse - really good, a favorite of mine.
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash from The Smokehouse - another favorite.
Smoked Pork Ribs from The Smokehouse - Chris really enjoyed this one, I did too but I let him eat most of it because I was running out of room.
Warm Chocolate Cake from The Smokehouse - I hated it, it tasted like smoke.
Cassoulet au Confit de Canard from Fleur de Lys - Chris mildly enjoyed the duck but the beans were too weird so he skipped those. He liked the duck offerings better from previous years here. I didn't try it.
Seared Pork Tenderloin from Urban Farm Eats - Chris really liked this one, and I would have tried it if I could have eaten another bite.
Pineapple Soft-Serve with Coconut Rum from Pineapple Promenade - you just can't skip this one. I don't like dole whip, but add coconut rum? delicious.
Violet Lemonade from Pineapple Promenade - this one was for Aria and she loved it. Super tart.
(Not part of the Festival) Chocolate orange from L'Artisan des Glaces - gag. The chocolate and orange ice cream, great. The tiny bits of orange peel I'm assuming, awful. It ended up in the trash. Everything else I've tried from there has been delicious, this one just wasn't my preferred texture.
In between bouts of eating we rode the Nemo ride, took our traditional anniversary picture, tried to play at the play ground but it was closed, checked out the butterflies, watched the Italian mime show, strolled around the countries, and saw O' Canada. After that we called it a day and decided to head to PF Changs for dinner because we didn't have enough food yet. Although most of the food we tried was during lunch time and when we had room in the tummy again there wasn't anything else we really just had to try at the booths, and PF Changs always sounds good.
That ends this trip, and our passes sadly. Several of you have asked if we are going to renew, so I thought I'd give you a Disney pass update!
Way back a year ago the plan was to let our passes run out on April 12th, and then focus the rest of the year on paying off a student loan.
Then at the start of 2016 there was a job opportunity that would have had us relocating to Maryland. So, for weeks we were planning on moving - lots of purging, and apartment hunting, and talks with Aria. But, all of a sudden a few weeks before the move that job was no longer on the table. I honestly have no idea what happened. Chris was really bummed about it, it was a good choice financially but he is also from that area and was looking forward to being there again. I really had no desire to move to Maryland but it was just one of those things we couldn't pass up. Clearly with the move we weren't planning on renewing our passes.
And even though we aren't moving now (bonus from the move is that we were saving aggressively for a nice moving cushion, so when that fell through we took part of it and completely paid off the student loan that was our goal for this year - hooray!), we've still decided to not renew our passes for the time being. The prices have gone up, as they tend to do, but also Aria would need her very own pass. Instead of 2 expensive passes we would need 3, and Aria's isn't any cheaper than the adult price. So, we are taking the summer off from the parks. We really don't go too often during the summer because it is miserable and completely packed anyway, but we plan on reevaluating come fall. Aria has already put in a request to spend her 4th Birthday at Disney too, and really who wouldn't?
So, we are currently un-magical and Disney pass-less. But, that doesn't mean I won't be dragging the family to Disney property. We will actually be there this coming weekend for Mother's Day!
Disney Trip #24