I am going to combine my last 2 trips into one entry. Both trips had something in common, no kids. That's right folks these were adult trips only! I'll start with my May trip first. I planned a short trip with my mom to celebrate Mother's Day weekend and enjoy Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. I had been several times but this was her first. We stayed at one of the moderate category resorts Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. I love the grounds of this resort, so beautiful. Mom checked in the night before and I arrived very early in the morning and we were off the Animal Kingdom. We enjoyed taking our time exploring the park and the trails, rode the safari ride, saw Finding Nemo the Musical, and looked in the shops. Something my 7 year old never wants to do! We had a nice break at Dawa bar with some cocktails and Mickey pretzels. Then it was back to the resort for a little relaxing before we took the boat over to Disney Springs. So many new shops and restaurants to explore there now. We stopped off for a drink at Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar a bar themed after Indiana Jones pilot. It was such a nice evening we sat on the deck over looking the water. Then we headed over to Morimoto's Asia for dinner. This is the most beautiful restaurant. We had excellent service and equally excellent food. We split several appetizers including their famous spare ribs! After some great food and shopping we both slept extremely well. The next day was our Epcot day. We enjoyed a slow place of enjoying all that Flower and Garden Fest has to offer including character topiaries and my favorite the food booths. That night I took my mom to one of my favorite restaurants California Grill. We felt like VIPs as we boarded the special elevator to the top floor of the Contemporary Resort. We had the perfect table with a beautiful view of Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed delicious wine and small plates that filled our tummys! Since we were without children we got to experience some the the Deluxe resort lounges. Stopped off at Trader Sam's at the Polynesian then Minzer's Lounge at the Grand Floridian. I would have to say this was a perfect day. We were up bright and early the morning to be there in time for park opening at Magic Kingdom. Riding rides with my mom, who hadn't been to Magic Kingdom in maybe 30 years, was such a treat! We enjoyed a lovely character meet with Daisy and Minnie. Had a nice lunch at Be Our Guest and enjoyed a few more attractions before taking the boat over to the Grand Floridian for our Mother's Day Tea at the Garden View Tea room. If you can ever fit this into your trip I highly recommend it. We enjoyed delicious tea and scrumptious mini sandwiches and sweet and savory treats. I needed to get back to Port Orleans to catch the Magical Express to the airport so mom and I hugged good-bye. It was a special mother daughter trip that we will be able to do again in November for the Food and Wine Festival.
Then in June my husband and left the kids with Grandma and back to the World to celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary. We were booked in a studio at Boardwalk Villas. This another one of my favorites. I love the vibe of the old boardwalk days and you cannot beat the location. Take a boat or walk to Hollywood Studios or Epcot. Walk around the lake over to the Yacht and Beach Club resort.
We were pleased to find our room ready. We did a quick unpacking of things and headed over to Yacht Club for a bite to eat the Crew's Cup. We shared a delicious lobster roll, salad, and truffle fries. And of course the best way to begin an adult trip at Disney is with a light up drink! We caught the boat over to Hollywood Studios were we rode some our favorites Star Tours and Toy Story Mania. We also got some warm hugs from Olaf and walked through Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. An attraction that we had never done. Spent some time in the Launch Bay where we had to convince Kylo Ren we were not coming over to the dark side with him! We were excited to dine at the Hollywood Brown Derby for the first time. We were celebrated with confetti on the table and complimentary glasses of champagne. I enjoyed the Crispy Crab cakes and Local Greens Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette and my husband had the Famous Cobb Salad and Pumpkin Seed-crusted Ahi Tuna. We both were impressed and stuffed. We enjoyed exploring the shops without someone whining about when were we going to get out of here! We were super excited to check in to the Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular Dessert party. This is was an extra ticket event where we we enjoyed our private table in a roped off area with a fabulous view of the new Star Wars fireworks. We enjoyed adult beverages and a combination of sweet and savory delights all with a Star Wars theme. We had a perfect view of the the show that included music, lasers, projections, and of course fireworks. It was a great start to our trip.
Thursday morning we celebrated our anniversary with a trip to our favorite park Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed our favorite rides, lunch at the Plaza, taking pictures with the Photopass photographers, another thing our kids dislike. We headed back to Boardwalk Inn for a dip in the pool and some tasty beverages before heading over the the Grand Floridian for our special dinner at Citricos. When we were seated we were again served complimentary champagne and an even more special treat, a visit from Chef Dom!!! We took all his recommendations and enjoyed the most scrumptious food I have ever had. I had the braised ribs and my husband had the pork belly. We were super stuffed but put a dent into the complimentary dessert tray brought out to us by the pastry chef. It was a dinner I will never forget. We took a lovely stroll from the Grand Floridian over the to the Polynesian where we caught the electrical water pageant. After a drink at Trader Sams we headed back to the resort.
Friday morning we were up early for my husband's private fishing excursion I had surprised him with over at the Yacht Club. He met up with his guide, Rick, for an amazing bass fishing trip of Cresent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. I headed over to Epcot to meet Joy and Sadness at park opening.I met up with my husband and we head over to the newly refurbished Norway Pavilion to ride the brand new Frozen Ever After. What a delightful ride! Can't wait for my kids to enjoy it. Took a lovely stroll around World Showcase eating and drinking with a lunch stop over at Spice Road Table for some yummy appetizers. It was nice staying so close to Epcot where we could head back to the resort for a rest. We came back later for another dessert party this time for Illuminations. A show we had never seen due to our kids inability to stay up late. Again we enjoyed a great variety of sweet and savory snacks and champagne and a wonderful view of the lake right in front where they display all the effects. I was amazed and so glad I was able to finally able to see this spectacular show.
The next morning we were able to enter Epcot early for our 8:00 breakfast at Garden Grill. Not only did we enjoy Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale but our lovely server brought us the most delightful assortment of breakfast items. My favorite was the cinnamon roll. After breakfast we we able to get onto the brand new Soarin' even before the park opened. We got right back in line after our first ride to to ride it again!!! We enjoyed a few other favorite attractions then hopped the bus over to Animal Kingdom. We stopped off at our beloved Dawa bar for some Safari Ambers and a Mickey Pretzel. We enjoyed a great performance of the Festival of the Lion King and a wonderful ride on the safari. What I was most excited about was checking out the brand new signature restaurant, Tiffins and Nomad Lounge. We checked in then found a great seat at the bar. I had a Leaping Lizard and my husband had the Kungaloosh Spiced Ale. The lounge and the main restaurant are decorated with beautiful art work representing world travel. For our dinner we were treated to some mouth watering entrees. I enjoyed the Chermoula-Rubbed Chicken and my husband had the Berkshire Pork Tenderloin. We had a very knowledgeable server and highly enjoyed the entire experience. We experienced some of the new night time entertainment before boarding the bus back to our resort.
Sunday was check out day. We used airport luggage check in right at the resort and we delighted to find our already printed boarding passes slipped under our door. We said our last goodbyes to Mickey and the Magic Kingdom as we rode some of our favorites and picked up few souvenirs for my mom and the kids. We enjoyed some amazing adult dining, celebrating our anniversary, and spent time together in the most Magical Place in the World.
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