Grand Floridan and Epcot

Good morning!!!

I’m doing a Saturday post because I just want to get out the last stretch of my Disney trip.

If you missed out on any of the trip you can go back and read any of them here

Friday: MAGIC KINGDOM

SATURDAY: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

SUNDAY: POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT/POOL DAY

Which leaves Monday, which ended up being pretty darn EPIC!

 That morning and our last full day in Disney we did our usual ferry boat ride around the lake because just as the day before it was another gorgeous morning/day. And what better than to start the day with a boat ride.

We decided we wanted to check out Epcot just for the heck of it aka try to find a way to get in 😉

Side note: Initially when we planned our trip Lauren and I wanted to do Magic Kingdom, Universal, and Epcot however since we stayed at the Polynesian which is a crazy pricey luxury resort we decided that Epcot was going to be a no-go. Which was sad but we were willing to sacrifice that one park.

So here we were at Epcot at 10:11AM with no tickets in our hands, no intentions of getting in and just admiring from afar and leaving shortly after.

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We headed back to the ferry and decided that maybe we’d go check out our neighbors at The Grand Floridian Resort. Now this is a GORGEOUS resort; all white everything, very classy, and very elegant. During this time of year they have a beautiful Christmas tree, a HUGE gingerbread house, and the grand piano. We noticed that the crowd here were mostly older people AKA THEY HAVE MONEY!

FUN FACT: Lauren also reminded me that an episode of Full House was filmed here; Uncle Jesse was singing to Aunt Becky on the grand piano you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kja_ZBO0wLA

So Lauren and I went to go check it all out and it did not disappoint.

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Here are some more views, you can see the Polynesian right across the lake 🙂

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We decided to check out their pool area however, it just wasn’t as good as The Polynesian- and like I said, it was a much older crowd.

SO back to the Polynesian we went for day 2 at our pool!

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So midway through the day Lauren and I received some magical news that we were going to be able to get into EPCOT! Ya’ll don’t even know how excited and through the roof happy we were!

And here we are 5:00PM inside Epcot. Now can you see why Monday was EPIC?!

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So by the time we got in at 5 we had 4.5 hours till it closed so we had A LOT to do and see in a short amount of time (mind you we spent 10 hours each at both Magic Kingdom and Universal).

Luckily Epcot isn’t notorious for their rides, there’s only a few of them but what they ARE known for is “Traveling Around The World” or as most people say “Drinking Around The World”. Which tbh, I can’t imagine people getting around the world because those drinks (and EVERYTHING ELSE) are excessively expensive.

So we did rides first-

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This was THE BEST thing EVER. Holy crap guys, its a simulator but you’re sitting in these seats that are being levitated in the air and you’re literally soaring through the different spectacles of the world. It’s INCREDIBLE. Lauren and I went on it once and then at the end of the night we did it again like 5 times in row. The lady just let us sit there without having to get up. We skipped the fireworks for this because thats how good it was.

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This was also a simulator/ride, based on rocket ships, astronauts, and space; it had a blast off portion as if you’re really going off into space and then you get to feel what its like actually being in space and going to Mars. Also really cool.

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This was the ride sponsored by Chevrolet; you’re able to “build your car” and test drive it. Me and Lauren’s car of course lol this was an actual ride rather than a simulator and really fun at that.

Those were the main rides that people rave about so we had to do them. But we also wanted to get started on touring the countries so we were off.

It was dark by then so it was more difficult to really capture the essence of each country but here’s what I’ve gathered.

MEXICO

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And the Pre-Colombian Pyramid

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Then there was NORWAY (no picture)

CHINA

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GERMANY ft Oktoberfest

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ITALY; best smelling area of course.

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UNITED STATES (no picture- but Santa and Mrs. Clause were there)

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MOROCCO (no picture)

FRANCE

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UNITED KINGDOM (no picture)

CANADA (no picture)

And that was our spontaneous trip to Epcot. We we’re so blessed and happy to have completed our trip with this park.

By 9:30PM we were so beat and sad because come Tuesday morning we were on our way back to Boston.

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Disney was surely a whirlwind of adventures. The journey was amazing, fun, crazy, enticing, tiresome, but most importantly memorable.

Some tips for Disney if/when you visit:

1. Bring different shoes for each day

2. Be sure to have enough spending money (@MagicKingdom Lauren and I got 1 hot dog each, a bag of chips, and a drink =$27. @Universal 1 slice of pizza each two drinks = $35.) It’s a VERY pricey trip esp for food and souvenirs.

3. Buy ALL your park passes ahead of time aka online and have them already printed out. Don’t even do will-call just have them ready on hand. Plus its cheaper to buy your tickets in advance.

4. Plan your trip on an off-season for example first week of December was a perfect off-time to go and you get the benefits of seeing the Christmas decor. The short wait times for the rides was great and saved A LOT of time. And the weather is perfect at this time of year.

5. Bring/wear sunscreen and sunglasses!!!

I’m utterly thankful for Lauren and everything we got to experience on our trip, it was definitely one for the books. Thanks for following along on my magical Disney World adventure. Have a great weekend, see you back here on Monday!

xo, JJ

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22 thoughts on “Grand Floridan and Epcot

    • lovejennyxo says:

      The place was magical! Although I hear that after the season is over, it’s not as fancy-shmancy but still overall wonderful. You and your bf FOR SURE need a trip there, esp since you guys are notorious for traveling everywhere!! 🙂

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  1. debbiesinternetspace says:

    Aww wow! Just been catching up on your posts from the links you left me! It really does look like you had the best time & so lucky with Epcot ;). Love all of your photos too 💖 xx

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