Thursday, March 27, 2014

WDW Honeymoon Recap- 3/26/13

We started Day Four of our Disneymoon at the Magic Kingdom.

We had gotten a special coupon the day before for 20% off your total merchandise purchase at the Emporium if you bought it before 1:00 pm.  It was a great deal, especially since we always spend a ton of money at the Emporium.  We also decided we didn't want to leave all of our shopping until the last minute like usual.  It was a win-win.

We wandered through the Emporium with our shopping list and looking at all of the merchandise.  While in there, I started to hear the parade announcements.  Eliot took all of our stuff and got in line so I could go outside to watch the parade.  I even got to see the Easter Pre-Parade!  I was so excited!

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny passed by and turned to wave right as they were passing where I was standing!  Eliot joined back up with me just in time to see them!

The pre-parade also included other well known Disney rabbits: Thumper, Miss Bunny, Rabbit and the White Rabbit.  There were also dancing butterflies, hippos, flowers and chickens!  The parade ended with Clara Cluck in the same float as the Halloween Parade but with Easter baskets in the windows.

After the parade, we went back to Pop Century to drop off the shopping bags in our room. We decided to get lunch at 
Everything Pop and ended up splitting one of their pizzas. Yum.  I wish all pizza boxes looked like this!

Next, we decided to continue on our low-key shopping day by heading over to Downtown Disney.  We looked through our favorite stores: the Art of Disney, Disney's Days of Christmas, Once Upon a Toy and the World of Disney.

At the Team Mickey store we discovered what Eliot was really hoping to find: the Run Disney merchandise.  We thought about going over to the ESPN Wide World of Sports, but after seeing the selection there, we didn't need to.

The store had 2 shirt designs for men, 2 shirt designs for ladies and shorts for each as well.  There were also pins, lanyards and magnets.  Eliot had definitely discovered his weakness... and mine too I suppose.  (At this point, we were preparing to sign up for the 2014 WDW race with my family.)  However, we behaved and waited to see what else we wanted before purchasing them.

We went to Goofy's Candy Co. and I drooled a bit.  I love looking at all of the candy apple designs.  There are so many different characters that Disney has designed.  One of my favorite things to watch is the candy apples being made!  While I was staring the candy, Eliot ended up caving and buying our first drink of the trip, which was a slushy in a cute Mickey souvenir bottle.

Eventually, we decided it was time to head back to the resort to rest a little before our evening adventure.  While waiting for the bus, I took a reflection picture in Eliot's glasses. I also stole the slushy before he drank it all!

We decided that we better eat dinner at Pop Century before going into Epcot for the night. While we were in the Everything Pop cafe area, a funny thing happened.  All of the employees stopped what they were doing to go dance.  I was shocked for a moment.  I never realized that the employees at Pop do the Hustle every day around 4:00... probably because we're usually in the parks!

While we were at the cafe, it was my turn to cave and I got this yummy container of sweet deliciousness.  My theory was that I would leave it in the room and have enough snacks for the week... and it was completely amazing!  (Remember what I said about the honeymoon splurging.  And we're only halfway through the trip...)

We took an afternoon nap since we were exhausted and planning to stay out late that evening.  When we finally woke up hours later, we got ready to go to Epcot for Extra Magic Hours.  We bundled up nice and warm because it was pretty cold for Orlando.  We also were planning to go on Test Track since we thought the park would be less busy. On the bus ride over, I posted a message to our friends and family back home.

We had been trying to make it over in time to catch IllumiNations, but we arrived a few minutes after the show had already started.  (You can't control the bus schedule!) Instead, we paused to take a nighttime Spaceship Earth photo.  It was so nice to see the steady flow of people going in the opposite direction of us!

Eliot and I checked the wait time for Test Track and it was still crazy long.  We realized it would take up our entire Extra Magic Hours so that  wasn't happening.  Instead, we went into Mouse Gears and I immediately discovered the new Minnie Mouse Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise!  (And I may or may not now own the t-shirt, bag and the matching Minnie lady bug ear headband... don't judge; it's completely adorable!)

We went on Spaceship Earth which is one of my favorite classics.  I even spotted a few hidden Mickeys this time!  At the end of the ride, we designed our future.  Of course Eliot had to make a funny face... oie!

After, we decided to walk around the World Showcase.  We ended up going on the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico and Maelstrom in Norway.  We'd actually never been on either ride. I might have been on them before.  But if I had, it was when I was young enough that I don't remember.  We enjoyed both rides and were glad that we went on them.

On the walk to the front of the park, we took a photo looking back at Spaceship Earth and Future World.  Then we called it a night and went "home" to get some more sleep!

Good Night Epcot!  °o°

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