Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’re visiting the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, spending an evening at the Magic Kingdom, and stopping by Epcot. Who is ready for some special Easter fun?
If you’ve never visited during this time of year you might not know about a special display at the Grand Floridian. For just a few special weeks, incredible hand painted candy eggs are put out on display in the lobby of the hotel. Each of these eggs weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and stand anywhere from 16 to 20 inches tall. It’s pretty incredible to see! Starting with this special egg that’s on display in the lobby at the villas:
Want to see more of this awesome Easter display? Be sure to click to read more! 🙂
I didn’t include all of the eggs here, but I tried to include most of them. I don’t want to ruin the magic but several of these look identical to eggs that were out last year, which leads me to wonder if these have been living in a freezer somewhere all year. In any case, it’s pretty amazing that Disney does this every year just as an extra value for guests. The cast seem very proud of them too. There were two chefs in the lobby talking to people about the eggs while we were there. Which one is your favorite?
Remember you can always click on the images to see them larger. The detail in some of these eggs were really unbelievable. They’re truly works of art!
While the below four eggs were not Disney themed, the intricate detail was what had people stopping to take a look. Parts really looked like flowers or feathers but the chefs assured us it was just hard work and an artistic hand. Can you imagine what wedding cakes from these artists must look like? I’m lucky I’m already married! 😉
These last two eggs were some of the most elaborate and newest. It’s pretty amazing what they can do with just candy! These eggs will be on display until April 10th so be sure to stop by if you’ll be in the area. It’s an easy monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom and worth the visit!
Speaking of that monorail ride, we hopped one ourselves to visit the resort. On our way back to the Magic Kingdom we finally managed to see the new carpet everyone has been talking about. I suppose what I didn’t understand is that this carpet is on the walls and the cars still have the same old vinyl flooring. While this new carpeting looks nice on the walls, the cars overall could really use some love. I hope that’s happening sometime soon.
We were heading into the Magic Kingdom on a busy Friday night because we had a FastPass+ for Wishes and I was excited to tell you guys about the view. Our FastPass+ was for 9:40pm so I was surprised when we arrived to the viewing area at 9:30pm that it was crammed full of people. After one look I knew I wasn’t going in there, it was shoulder to shoulder! I talked to a nearby cast member and found out that we could stand anywhere outside the viewing area where we saw a black line. There was tons of open standing space with room to breathe outside the garden. As you can see below, the view wasn’t any worse that if we’d used a FastPass+.
This weekend was very crowded, but based on my experience there is no way I’d waste a FastPass+ on Wishes. You can cram anywhere on Main Street, why waste a FastPass+ for the privilege?
Since Wishes was a bust and the hub was very crowded we decided to take a spin on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. We were really hoping for nothing more than getting out of the crowd, but something extra magical happened. I’ll never, ever be able to time this right again as long as I live. Somehow, we were riding right by the castle during the grand finale! It was crazy, beautiful, and packed with pixie dust! What a night! 🙂
Next we had a FastPass+ for the Jungle Cruise. I’ve realized I should stop riding this at night because as much as I love it, I have nothing to share because it was so dark! However, I can tell you we had our best skipper in ages. I tried to take video but it’s just a voice in the darkness. Instead, how about something I’ve never, ever featured on Best Week Ever? The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is something we always walk by, but on a night when everything was so busy we decided to stop and visit. We had tons of fun taking turns “shooting”. Have you tried this before? What did you think?
While we waited for our next FastPass+ we decided to stop by the Enchanted Tiki Room. It doesn’t have to be a super crowded day for me to visit this show! But then, I love the classics. I almost stopped to take a photo of the sign out front. The posted hours were from 8am – 3am. Folks, it’s officially spring break!
But then, why visit with the crowds when I can do that for you? 🙂 For you’re viewing pleasure:
Despite the long lines, by the second parade at 11pm crowds had started to thin out. As you can see from the photo below, if we’d wanted a great view we could have gotten much closer. I can’t recommend enough getting out in the middle of the day and taking a nap. You’ll miss the hottest part of the day and be refreshed when everyone else starts to leave.
We stopped by Sir Mickey’s gift shoppe to see what was new on the Frozen front but didn’t see anything. I noticed Minnie is back to her normal princess dress and no longer dressed like Elsa. (thank goodness!) Also, Cinderella has taken over quite a bit of real estate in this shop. Could the mighty Frozen be falling??
Our last FastPass+ was for Dumbo, but by 11:30pm we didn’t need it. The posted wait time was a reasonable 15 minutes. Most of the rides had similar wait time with the exception of rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. While it was tempting to stick around and hop on a few more rides, I had one more stop I wanted to make so we headed out.
On our way out I couldn’t resist one look back as we walked through the castle. The lighting is so pretty! As you can see from the shot down Main Street, at midnight the crowd was really thinning out. I bet the extra magic hours from 1am – 3am were great that night!
As I mentioned, I wanted to make one more stop that night. We hopped the monorail and whisked away to the Polynesian Village Resort. I know it’s crazy, but I somehow thought I was going to get to see inside the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Below is obviously the big door it’s hiding behind. I gave it a good tug, but no luck. I guess I’ll just have to wait like everyone else! 🙁
The next morning we headed to Epcot, even though we saw that spring break crowds meant a 30 minute wait for Journey Into Imagination. Oddly, we were able to get FastPass+ reservations that morning for the rides we wanted anyway. I have to say, now that the system is working for me it really is great!
The real reason we’d stopped by Epcot was to document Innoventions now that rumors are flying that it’s going away. While nothing is set in stone, it makes sense. This spot isn’t very popular and the space could be put to better use. Below left, is Where’s the Fire. It’s a highlight of Innovations West and I’ll miss it if this area does close in early April. Below right, is the THINK display from IBM. I’ve never really understood this area and didn’t have any better luck this weekend. Have you had fun in this area? Is it me?
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is another spot that’s a lot of fun. We waited in line for nearly 20 minutes to play this game and we’d do it again. I really hope this relocates if Innovations West closes.
Vision House is the last spot rumored to be closing at the end of the month. I’ve always felt like this was one big commercial, so I’ll be happy to see this close. However, below right is a big area under renovation in Innoventions East. I wonder if one of the old exhibits will relocate here? My luck it will be the IBM one! 😉
We walked over to find the “You Are Here” mugs are still out of stock at Starbucks. From what the cast member said they expect them back in another couple of weeks. Of course, the walk was worth it because it led to this view!
Next we arrived at Living with the Land and breezed right past a 40 minute wait with FastPass+. The wait for Soarin’ was listed at 70 minutes but looked much longer. I’d like to see something original added to the parks as much as anyone else but we really need that 3rd Soarin’ theater!
Living with the Land was beautiful, as always. If you haven’t visited in a while you can find a full ride through here. This is one of my favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World. What’s your favorite?
On our way out I caught monorail gold rolling by. I thought that was the perfect way to end this week!
That’s everything for this week. Now let’s see what you can expect if you’re visiting next week.
Crowd Calendar: This coming week is as crowded as it gets. Be prepared and patient. (you’ll need it!)
Weather: While highs will sneak right up to 80 degrees, the lows will be in the 50s and rain is always possible. Bring a good raincoat.
Remember: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is rumored to be opening as soon as today! It opens at 4pm and has extremely limited seating. Good luck getting in!
Here’s my top tip for this week: Are you planning to stay in the parks for late extra magic hours? Be warned, it can be a little like camping. Disney tends to shut down most food outlets so the basics can be hard to find. Be sure to carry a bottle of water and even snacks if you want to be sure you’ll make it.
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!