Mom’s Trip to NC – Walt Disney World

{Part 1 of her trip here}

After we left Savannah, we were Orlando bound! Because there were 3 of us, I opted to stay offsite in a condo so we would have our own space. I got a great deal at a new-to-us resort ~ WorldQuest Orlando. It was a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom unit with 1400 square feet. Almost as big as my house!

Here are a few really bad iPhone pictures of it:

Bedroom 1 with queen – had large bathroom right outside in the hall:

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Bedroom 2 – two twins with attached full bathroom

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Bedroom 3 – king bed with huge attached bathroom

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Jason actually fit in the whirlpool tub!

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Fully stocked kitchen:

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Living room/Dining room:

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Also included was a large lanai with table/chairs, washer/dryer, and large entryway. For people who love staying onsite, we were absolutely AMAZED at this property! It’s located at the quiet end of I-Drive and literally 3 minutes from this:

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That unit was $109 a night. I know, right?!

We arrived on Friday night and immediately met up with mom’s boyfriend. Instead of hitting a park, we opted to eat dinner at Olivia’s at Old Key West and hit up Downtown Disney. Olivia’s is a hidden gem, and I LOVED the relaxing boat ride to/from Downtown Disney! I reviewed our meal on my food blog if you want to check it out.

When we got to Downtown Disney, we got off at the West Side, near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues, and were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon a sidewalk chalk artist festival!

One of the artist bios:

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A few of the works – some of the artists were still there working:

 

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Unfortunately we didn’t get back over there before we left to see the finished products!

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The next morning, we went to Epcot early for a special Parisian breakfast that was part of the Food & Wine Fest hard ticket events. I shared lots of pics and info about that event on my food blog if you want to check it out. We rode a few things, hit up the new Starbucks in Future World, and started to melt. We don’t “do” hot and humid well.

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This is like my 2 favorite things, all in one:

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Aimee + Starbucks + Disney = Love.

We took a break from the parks and dropped Jason off at The Ritz Carlton for a round of golf. He got a great rate so this was a NICE surprise! Mom and I hit an outlet mall on our way back to rest at the hotel.

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Later that night, once it cooled off, we went to the Magic Kingdom. Because of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Saturday was the only night during our trip that they were having Spectromagic and Wishes – and they were open late until midnight.

We’ve found that if you don’t have little kids that need to get to bed at a reasonable hour, 9pm-Midnight (or later) is the way to go. It’s cooler, the park is gorgeous in the dark, and the lines are super short! This strategy worked great again. We arrived right in time for Wishes, aka my favorite nighttime show EVAH.

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We hit all our favorite attractions in the cool of the night and finished around midnight. Such fun!!

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Sunday was another hot and humid day so we didn’t hit Epcot until just in time for the culinary demo I had bought tickets for (another Food & Wine Fest event). When we finished that, we started in Mexico and did the Food & Wine Fest Booth tour. We sampled a LOT of items – I really wasn’t disappointed in anything! I also shared pics/reviews of those on my food blog.

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Jason, esp, was pretty stoked that the Eat to the Beat concert that day was Sister Hazel so we stopped to enjoy part of their concert:

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Gorgeous (HOT) day!

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That night, we stayed for IllumiNations (Jason’s favorite nighttime show):

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It was a quick trip but we got to hit just about all our favorites plus Food & Wine Fest. Jason and I left Monday afternoon and made the 8 hour trek home while mom stayed another couple of days in Orlando before flying back to TX. Can’t wait until our next trip to the World!

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