I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired this week. So, for today’s post, I looked back at my Disney photos and thought I would write about one of the best days I’ve had at Walt Disney World in a long time. And yes, it involved lots of butts (animal butts), and a delicious, heavenly, ice-cream-filled brioche.
The day started off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I had made a FastPass+ two weeks prior for Avatar Flight of Passage, and was excited to ride it again after waiting two and a half hours for it the last time I went. I have to admit, I was also a little excited about being one of those people who smiled smugly as they walked past a sweaty line that stretched 4 HOURS LONG.
Once we skipped right up to the linking chambers, I chatted with a lady in line ahead of us, who looked as though she was with her adult daughter. She was so sweet and so excited to ride the attraction, and after a quick look at her birthday button, I learned that she was spending her 68th birthday at Disney World. As in, she was 68, and she chose Disney World out of all the places to go on her special day. I think that is pretty damn cool, and I hope she had the best time on that ride, and the best birthday weekend ever.
The ride was amazing, even better than I remembered it. From there, we skipped off to our next FastPass+, which was for Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Now, once you finish your 3 original FastPasses for the day (for instance, I had 3 for Animal Kingdom that morning- Dinosaur, Flight of Passage, and the Safaris), then you can keep making additional FastPasses, one at a time, until you’re done for the day. The husband and I were planning to hit up Epcot next, so I searched on the My Disney Experience app to see what was available.
The trick is to keep refreshing the app by selecting different times. At first, nothing good came up. As I kept refreshing, more times became available, but still nothing showed for the more popular attractions (Test Track, Soarin’, and Frozen Ever After). Finally, after about 10 minutes, I got a FastPass for Frozen Ever After at a time that worked out perfectly for us. So, keep refreshing that app, dear readers!
Anyway, after working at Animal Kingdom, I know that the best time to ride the Safaris is NOT in the middle of a sweltering, sunny day- all the animals are likely to be hiding in the shade, or asleep (the best times to ride are in the morning or at dusk). However, I love riding the Safaris no matter what, so we scanned our Magic Bands and hopped on the Simba One for a ride around the savannah.
We got a safari full of animal butts- the best kind of safari, in my opinion. Feast your eyes on the pictures below! I’ll be applying for wildlife photography jobs right after I finish typing this.
Next, we made our way to Epcot with empty bellies to sample a little Food and Wine.
Now, I plan to make a whole separate post about this year’s International Food and Wine Festival, but there was one food item we enjoyed at Epcot that is, happily, there all year-round.
Tucked away in a little corner of the France pavilion is an ice-cream shop called L’Artisan des Glaces. Don’t even ask me how to pronounce that, but this shop looked AND smelled amazing. I walked in and everyone in there was ordering sweet-smelling waffle cones topped with syrup and rich, creamy goodness. If this is what the real France is like, then put me on the next flight.
It was a very hot day, but I wasn’t interested in a waffle cone. I was interested in something I was lucky enough to see on a couple’s Disney vlog. It was the “Croque Glace,” which per the menu, is one scoop of ice-cream with a choice of syrup in a “homemade Brioche, pressed warm.”
Ordering this may have been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Literally, as soon as the lovely French cast member behind the counter began concocting my order, all my fellow guests stopped and stared, mouths agape. Some may have even drooled. They all turned to me and asked, “what is that?” I could tell most of them hadn’t even known this was something you could order, and I felt strangely cool, as if I was in on some delectable French secret.
I brought my warm bun, filled with refreshing, cool, vanilla ice-cream, outside to my waiting husband, and we perched on a table digging into the bun with our spoons. Chocolate sauce got on our hands and faces, but we didn’t care. That brioche tasted better than anything I had at Food and Wine that day (and Food and Wine was very tasty).
So, if you take away anything from this post, I hope you learn to keep refreshing the My Disney Experience app to get better FastPasses, and if you get the chance, head over to France and treat yourself to dessert. Followed by a ride on Frozen Ever After, if you can manage it.
This Disney day was filled with my two top Disney attractions, yummy food, and my favorite human in the world. It was a perfect day, and it made returning to reality extra hard. Wherever you are in your week right now, whether it be a hard day at work, or a hard day emotionally, I hope this post cheers you up, and transports you to your own happy place.
Hugs and Fishes,