Friday, October 24, 2014

Trip Report 2013 - Day #5 - Epcot Rope Drop, Cape May Cafe

Rise and Shine!  Not sure my girls know how to use a bed.  

It's a Monday during the Food and Wine Festival so that means we are heading to EPCOT!  We try to avoid Epcot at all costs on the weekends during the Food and Wine Festival.  Lots of people love it and that translates into crowds.  

We found our favorite spot.  Right at the rope with no one in front of us.  

This a picture at about 8:10am

Way down to the right (as you look at the park) is the character meal entrance.  If you have an ADR before the park opens for Akershus this is were you need to head to, in order to get into the park.  

This picture is from our spot on the rope looking back at about 8:40.  It is so nice of all these people to remind us why we get up a little earlier than them.  

First stop today was Soarin'

We then walked into the Character Spot with a very little wait.

We all got in the photo with Goofy.

Clair is having trouble with which camera to look at.  

Heading to Test Track to use our Fastpass +  

Alden photo bombing Samantha in the line at Test Track.

In the design center, the girls are mostly focused on pink and stars.

The girl team with their car.

The Boy team with a monster truck.  

A close up of our vehicle.  We still had lots of time to change things if we wanted.

What do you do after the fastest attraction at Walt Disney Wold?  Go to a late breakfast!  We walked over to Disney's Beach Club Resort.  It is just a 5 min walk from the International Gateway (Epcot's back door).

We had a late breakfast ADR at Cape May Cafe!

Mickey waffles for everyone.

We had a great time with the characters here.  Minnie was first up.

Not sure why Alden is checking out Donald Duck's armpit.  Thank goodness for digital cameras.  We can snap so many pictures and not worry about wasting film and paying to have the armpit shot developed.

That's a better one.

Minnie stopped by a second time.  The place was really starting to clear out so 3/4 of the tables were empty.  We had one of the last reservation times.  We never felt rushed and they still had all the food out on the buffet.   Minnie Mouse also drew a picture with Alden.

Alden got a better picture with Donald the second time around.

Izzy seems to go everywhere with Clair on this trip.

A picture of our girls outside the Beach Club.  It is one of our favorite resorts because of its location and pool.  

Back into Epcot and it is time for Duffys and Perrys to color.  Our first stop is in Morocco. 

The learning never stops at Epcot.  The kids had fun learning words from the Kidcot Cast Members.

A photo op with the Torii Gate.

More stops at Kidcots. We worked on our Japanese.  After some coloring we checked out the shops and the museums that the pavilions offer.  The kids love the Japan exhibit about Anime Art.

On to the American Adventure!

Always arrive early to catch the Voices of Liberty.  It is one of the best performances in the parks.  After the singing we headed to the show and continued to learn things about America.

Time to try out our Italian.

To mix it up a bit we signed up to help out Agent P and capture the Evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

It involves lots of looking at the Communicator and following instructions to find the next clue.

 Back to coloring in Germany.

Snack time in Germany.  If you like caramel then this is your stop, The Karamelle-Kuche.  It servers Werthers caramel and has a "show" kitchen.  The kids enjoy watching the treats being made while we wait in line. There are lots of choices, I always get just the basic caramel apple while Doug gets the pineapple spear.

Back to our mission…we defeated Germany and now we are doing China.  After you defeat him in one pavilion, it gives you the option to stop or keep going.  One adventure can take about 15min or so depending on how crowded the shops and other places you have to go are.  

After rounding out the World Showcase we headed back to Future world.  In the late afternoon early evening Future world really empties out and lines are nice and short compared to earlier in the day.  We walked right on the Seas and then talked to Crush.

Some fun in the Imagination Pavilion.

Heading into The Land for some Dinner and to use a Fastpass+ at Soarin'.

The kids wanted a picture with the sign.

A quick spin on Living With The Land while we wait for our FastPass+ window to open up.

After our flight over California we got a bite to eat at Sunshine Seasons.  This is one of the best counter service restaurants at Disney World.  It is a food court style place so that allows lots of options but that also translates into more than one line to stand in to make everyone happy.  We really like the Chinese food here.  It is better then the counter service restaurant in the China Pavilion.  

We still had time to sneak into the Disney Visa Photo Place before it was done for the night. It runs daily from 1pm to 7pm.  With your Disney Visa card, you get an exclusive meet and greet.  It usually features 2 to 3 members of the fab 5.  You also get a free 5 x 7 print.  

This time around we got Mickey and Goofy.

  You then go to the photo shop and pick out a picture that you want printed.  The rest of your pictures will be on your Memory Maker if you purchased it.  

Since we were in the Innoventions building for the picture we learned about fire safety at the "Where's the Fire" exhibit.  They have an interactive house that the kids have to crawl to get out of.  The Cast Members working do a great job of teaching the kids about fire safety.

It was time to call it a night.  We did something today that we rarely do, stay in one park.  With no hopping, that also means no break for a nap, so we will see if that haunts us tomorrow with a certain 4 year old.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Time Monday - Via Napoli

Welcome to Italy!  Ready for the best slice of pizza on Walt Disney World property?

Via Napoli opened in 2010 making it one of Epcot's "newer" restaurants.  It is located in the Italy pavilion and serves up authentic Neapolitan style wood fired pizza.  They import most the ingredients from Naples, including the water.  

Via Napoli Menu

Lots of options on the Menu so there is something for every one.  You can get individual pizzas or huge ones to share.  

Doug wanted a picture of the wood burning ovens but we got in the way.

The 3 ovens are named after the 3 active volcanoes in Italy:Stromboli, Vesuvius, and Etna.  We had a great seat to watch them toss the dough and move the pizza around the ovens.

We were starving the night we at here.  We ordered half mushroom and half cheese.  This whole tray was full of pizza when it arrived.  

Doug started with just a "little".  

Clair might have bit off more then she could chew.

When it was first set down we were sure we ordered way too much, but after a full day in the parks you can build up an appetite.  

We would highly recommend Via Napoli to anyone who likes pizza, they do have other things on the menu as well.  It is not too "weird" that kids won't eat it either, so it appeals to the whole family.

Via Napoli is one credit on the Disney Dining Plan. 
You can find more about the menu here.