Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Walt Disney World Buddy Trip 2016, Part 1

By Nick 

Last year, I went to Walt Disney World for the first weekend of what would turn out to be the last year for Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios with my friends Joe and Josh. We had such a great time, we discussed going again this year. 

A few months passed when we all decided to do it! Star Wars! Woooooo.

And then, literally just 3 days after we finalized our plans, Disney announced that they were discontinuing this event for various reasons.

I won't lie, we were not thrilled with that decision, but we all agreed we would have a great time regardless.  And we did...

Part 1
Tuesday, May 10th  

We took the earliest flight out of Philadelphia, arriving around 9-930, and took Magical Express to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani, which is where we stayed last year. I’d wanted to switch it up, even if it was just slightly, and get a room at Jambo House, but I was told the 1 bedrooms there only have one bathroom!

When we checked in, we learned our room was ready!

We dropped off our bags and headed to Epcot, where the weather was absolutely perfect.

It was just about 11am, so we headed straight back to World Showcase and started hitting some of the Flower and Garden Festival food booths. 

By the time we made it around the Showcase, it was HOT. Before shooting over to Future World to use our FastPasses for Test Track, we stopped at the shops at the entrance/exit to WS.

That is where I discovered moonshine. MOONSHINE. Yes, we bought a bottle. Er, jar.

TT was down, so we headed to Universe of Energy to escape the heat and nap enjoy the attraction.

Afterwards we headed into Innoventions and checked out the really entertaining new-ish exhibit Colortopia. I highly recommend spending some time here, it’s an excellent and entertaining way to escape the heat.

We used our Fastpasses for Spaceship Earth and the character spot before heading back to the room.

We took a quick swim and tried the moonshine out before getting ready for dinner at Boma.

It had been a really long day, so we turned in early.

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