Hello, lovebugs! I hope you’ve had an amazing last few weeks! This week we’re visiting Disney on Ice, taking a quick trip to Epcot, and finishing up with some nighttime fun at Animal Kingdom.
Now, I’m not sure if you guys will appreciate Disney on Ice. I know it wasn’t very popular when I posted it on Instagram. (Did you know TouringPlans has an Instagram?? Come play with us there!) But I absolutely loved the show. We were fortunate enough to have seats right on the ice and I was ready with my camera. While I agree Frozen has been overplayed, I was just enchanted with the characters in this format. Just take a look at how pretty Elsa was in her element!
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All the newest characters were on display including the creepy, yet cute, Baby Dory. I was surprised and impressed they somehow managed to take us on an aquatic adventure for a nice chunk of the show. Considering they travel from city to city there were more set pieces than I would have expected. Everything seamlessly worked together to transport the audience around the Disney universe.
Of course, they didn’t forget the classics. I was confused that a large segment of the show was themed to Beauty and the Beast until I remembered the live action release is just around the corner. I guess now is a good time to remind kids about this one. What do you guys think? Have you been to Disney on Ice before? What did you think of the show? Maybe I’m the weird one liking it so much!
Of course, Belle and Beast weren’t the only members of The Disney Renaissance that showed up. While I was taking photos, I was trying to cast a live action Aladdin in my head. It seems inevitable that it will happen at this point. So who would you put in the lead rolls? I have a few ideas, but I want to hear from you guys in the comments! 😀
Okay, one more and I’ll move on from Disney on Ice. It wouldn’t be complete without the big cheese himself! I don’t know how the characters manage to stay so graceful on those skates. They really are just so talented. So while it’s a departure from the regular park stuff, I hope you guys enjoyed getting a glimpse. I hope it helps you decide if you’re considering tickets in your hometown.
Getting back to sights and sounds around Walt Disney World, we recently visited Kona Cafe and I wanted to share it with you. We hadn’t eaten here in quite a while, but decided to give it a shot because we wanted to watch the fireworks from the beach and nothing else was available. It wasn’t our first pick, but spoiler alert, we were pleasantly surprised by our meal here!
We decided to start with Pot Stickers and Steamed Pork Buns. These were both awesome with perfect texture and spices! Fair warning that everything was served lukewarm, but I actually prefer it that way. When we were seated we were also greeted with bread and macadamia nut butter. By the time it was time the talk about entrées we were already pretty full!
Since we weren’t too hungry we decided to share the Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken. I know this looks messy, but don’t be deceived! The flavor was amazing. It was packed full of veggies with a light sauce. We both just loved it, and splitting a meal meant we had room for dessert!
Looking over the options we couldn’t resist the Chocolate Fondue. When it came to the table I was a little concerned that it was just chocolate sauce. I was so wrong! The chocolate was absolutely melted milk chocolate. It was so good we might have even snuck a bite before I took the picture! Overall, I was really impressed and we’ll come back for sure. It’s a great spot for dinner if you’d like to watch Hallowishes from the Polynesion Resort beach.
I also popped over to Epcot for a quick visit. The crowds have been a little lower over the past few weeks making it easier to just run in the parks for a casual evening. Was it really a visit to Epcot if you don’t include a photo of Spaceship Earth? I don’t think it is! 😀
My name is Daisy, and I’m a dark ride photography-aholic. I don’t think I’m ever going to get through a post without including photos on at least one of the rides. Sometimes I wonder when I include a photo like the one below if everyone “gets” it. So, let me know in the comments if you totally don’t know where this photo is from. (No, really. It will help me make sure I don’t lose you guys with my randomness.)
The real reason from my visit was to take a spin on Test Track. With everyone clamoring for Frozen fastpasses, it’s become much easier to get on the other tier one rides. While I really enjoyed Frozen, I think I’d rather ride Test Track if given the choice. What do you guys think? Which would you pick?
Okay, some of them are just for me. While strolling out of the park I walked through MouseGear to check out the latest merchandise and spotted this guy. I don’t know if this was the handy work of a cast member or a clever guest, but either way I’m a fan. Bailey the Whale is working that Stitch t-shirt!
Our last stop this week is Animal Kingdom where I spent a few nights filming for some upcoming TouringPlans videos. Even though there’s a little work being done, doesn’t The Tree of Life look great? Be sure to checkout the TouringPlans YouTube Channel for all out upcoming features, including some bar highlights and safari footage.
While the sun was setting I strolled around Harambe taking in the sights. After the last Festival of the Lion King show this area completely empties out. Once Pandora opens up, I don’t think this will be the case so I’m taking advantage of these empty landscapes while I still can.
It’s magical to be able to have any part of a Disney park all to yourself. If anyone is looking to take family photos this is a great tip. The area is lovely! There’s no telling how long it will last, though. Popular theory is that Avatar will open around spring of next year. Well, that is unless it pulls a “Rivers of Light”. 😉
Looking at my photos you can tell I ran all over the park trying to catch a sunset that never really materialized. I won’t take a blue sky for granted, though. Even Dinoland USA looks nice against a backdrop like that. If you look up in the left hand corner that little dot is the moon!
The large outdoor theater for Rivers of Light is sitting empty without a nighttime show at the park. I know they’re working on getting it right, but it seems like such a waste of space. For now we’re all watching and waiting for nighttime entertainment to come back to Animal Kingdom.
Of course, what Animal Kingdom is really about is incredible view like this one. I still really want Rivers of Light, but where else can you see something like this in a theme park?
It’s also worth mentioning that a whole new type of “animal” is prevalent in Animal Kingdom. I’m late to the Pokemon Go craze, but still have had some fun catching them all. (Fact check: I’ve caught a few at best!) I know most people have better things to do while in the parks, but why not check in while resting your feet?
My last stop of the night was Africa for an evening safari. While not everyone agrees with me on the subject, I’m not really a fan. That might be because I enjoy photography and the extra dark conditions make that almost impossible. I guess I’d rather go during the day when I can see the animals? Have you tried the night safari? What did you think?
Along the way I passed some of the new entertainment in Harambe. If nothing else, I hope these acts all stay in the park. They bring so much energy! I don’t think that photos really do them justice so I uploaded a couple of videos here and here.
And now, here it is, the one photo that turned out from my night safari. I hate not being able to share things with you! But really, the evening safari is more something to be felt. It’s about sounds and shadows out with the animals. If nothing else, I love Animal Kingdom having later hours and the safari is part of that!
Heading towards the front of the park I heard the unmistakable sound of fireworks! I bolted for the bridge hoping for any kind of a view. While I didn’t have any time to compose a shot, I think this gives you an idea of what fireworks from Hollywood Studios look like in Animal Kingdom. The view wasn’t half bad! 😀
My last view walking out for the night was the Tree of Life, looking totally amazing. I can’t get over what a great job they did here. It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago this was a daytime only park for the most part. Now, just a few months later, this centerpiece is absolutely stunning. If this is any indication what we can look forward to in Pandora then I’m one excited girl!
And with that we’ll wrap up this week. I always love to hear from you in the comments below. Please give me your feedback and let me know what you’d like to see in future weeks. (I’m thinking maybe a “World Tour” of Epcot?) Until next time, I’m wishing you the BEST WEEK EVER!