Well, friends, I’m back! If you’re reading this during this crazy quarantine season, I’ve been working and ‘homeschooling’ and generally feeling weird about posting here. Of course, I’ve wanted to come back and share everything about our Disney World Epcot Day and some skincare recommendations, etc., but I had to get out of my funk first.
If you’re not reading this during quarantine season, hi! This is a recap of our Disney World trip, specifically our Epcot day.
Our Epcot day was the third day of our trip, and it was Sunday February 23. This day will forever be special to me, because it is the day I ran my first half marathon. I ran the Princess Half Marathon! Our day started super early, because we had to be on the bus by 3:30. I believe we were actually on the bus by 3:45, but it still gave us plenty of time to get to the staging area.
My whole Princess Half Marathon experience deserves a post on its own, so this will just be the simple version of the morning. The race was so, so much fun. I can’t believe I am actually saying that, but it literally was. Of course, it was hard, but I didn’t walk as much as I had expected I would. Disney really knows how to throw a fun race. The first half was really easy and fun, but the last stretch where we ran back to Epcot was pretty hard. They had characters, music, and some huge tvs playing the entire Cinderella movie, but the actual scenery is just so bland and there’s not much to look at. When I finished the race, I literally cried. I had a feeling I would, but there we have it. I’m not a crier, but I was really proud to finish the race.
After I received my medal, I grabbed a snack and sat down on the ground to eat. I could not move any farther. I had a lot of pain in my feet, probably from walking through the parks the two days prior to the race! After I ate and rested, I walked into Epcot to meet up with my family. Since my husband had my change of clothes and shoes, I switched out my shoes first thing. We had a two Fast Passes, one was for Spaceship Earth and the other was for Mission: Space. My feet were so tired from the race, I decided to sit on a bench under an umbrella while they did Spaceship Earth.
In hindsight, I wish I had done Spaceship Earth because they’ve recently closed it for refurbishment. It would have been nice to see it before it was changed. After that ride was done, we headed over to their new Epcot center that has a food court and display for the new Epcot changes. We ordered some food, which took way longer than expected, and relaxed in the air conditioning for a while. My feet were still pretty sore, so I decided to skip the Fast Pass for Mission: Space as well. When they were done with that ride, we decided to walk through World Showcase before our next Fats Pass, which was Frozen Ever After.
I have to say, I really wish we’d scheduled an extra day or two in our trip. The race really took me out for that Epcot day, and I feel like I missed so much when I was tired and hobbling around. World Showcase is so beautiful and we could have spent an entire day there.
We rode Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion, and it was so cute. I really liked that ride. It was beautiful and calming. After the ride, we walked all the way around the World Showcase back to the Skyliner. I am so glad we chose a resort on the Skyliner route. It really made getting to and from (some of) the parks incredibly easy. And we loved seeing Disney from the sky!
Our daughter had an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs, so we cleaned up a little at our hotel and then scheduled a Lyft Minnie Van to take us there. Disney Springs was so much fun. We were only there for a few hours. It really wasn’t enough time to see everything, but we did go to the biggest Disney store. Everyone else went to the Goofy Candy Company while we were at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Before our trip, I honestly wondered if the price for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was going to be worth the money. We did not choose the most expensive package, but it wasn’t the cheapest either. It really is worth the money, in my opinion. It was so fun and special for herto be treated like a Princess and have her hair done. The entire experience was so cute.
The only downside was the picture quality at the end with the carriage. I’m not sure if our photographer was just having a down day, but I wasn’t impressed with the photos. That being said, we have friends who did have amazing pictures taken with the carriage. If my feet hadn’t been so sore/I hadn’t been so tired I would have asked her to retake the pictures. That being said, I do have my own pictures that I took with my cell phone.
I also wanted to mention that many people recommend the Disney Springs Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location over the one at Cinderella’s Castle. I believe there’s also a newer location at the Grand Floridian, but I don’t know anyone who’s gone there. The pros to the Disney Springs location is the size of the boutique. The waiting areas are much bigger and spread out compared to the Cinderella’s Castle location. I peaked in at the Cinderella’s Castle location the next day, and I was very happy we chose the Disney Springs boutique. The only downside that I can see about the Disney Springs location is having to get there. You could make a day out of it and plan a shopping day. We planned our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointment for the day before our Magic Kingdom day, so her hair would be done up for our last day. I’m so glad we planned it that way!
After her appointment, we headed back to Epcot for our dinner reservations. We reserved a table at Biergarten in the Germany pavilion. I was really surprised at how busy Epcot was during the evening. We had a bit of a wait for our table, so we shopped in the stores at the Germany pavilion. I bought a really pretty Christmas ornament.
If you’ve never eaten at Biergarten before, they do seating a little differently. They have community seating, just like they do in Germany. It was really cool. We sat at a very long table with six other people. The menu is a buffet, which we enjoyed. They also have live German music! The whole place was very cool.
After dinner, we walked around World Showcase some more and waited for the fireworks show. We had a really great viewing spot near the Japan pavilion. The show was amazing. If you’ve never seen, I highly recommend making a point to catch the show. It was so beautiful.
After the fireworks show, we took the Skyliner back to the hotel! And that was the end of our Epcot day. It was truly an amazing day. Even though it was our day with the most ‘down time,’ it was a lot of fun. Have you ever been to Epcot? What should we do the next time we go?
Check out the other days of our trip: