Who says Disney is just for kids?

The DH and I were long overdue for a date night. So, while the kids were with my parents in Nassau, we pulled off an epic, last-minute, weekend trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida! {Cue heavenly choir of angels!!}

We kicked off Friday night with dinner at The Edison, at Disney Springs. The Edison is a new concept for Disney, with its burlesque-ish entertainment. The atmosphere is electric, and the food is {mostly – the Morimoto ribs were a little dissapointing} delicious. Families are welcome, but after 10:00 pm, The Edison takes on a club vibe, and is age 21 and over only.

While strolling up and down, we admired the Aerophile more than once. However, hovering 400 feet in the air – even while at Disney – is a bit too daring for me.

We enjoyed the “street entertainment,” and scoped out a few themed restaurants for the kids, namely Rainforest Cafe, and T-Rex. Then, we headed to our Disney Springs Resort {more on that in a separate post} for a restful night.

The next morning, armed with Park Hopper tickets, we hit the ground running. We just missed the first bus to Animal Kingdom Park so technically we didn’t open the park, but we weren’t far behind. First on the list was World of Pandora. So beautiful!! As we planned this just a few weeks out, none of the FastPasses we were interested in were available (Flight of Passage had a wait time of 3+ hours). However, I had a grand time taking in the sights. And the DH was a hit all day long with his Most Expensive Day Ever shirt. Lots of high fives and nods of agreement from Dads everywhere. Ha!

The food at Satu’li Canteen was the best meal of the entire trip! The grilled beef and grilled chicken bowls were ah-may-zing! And the blueberry cream cheese mousse was truly out of this world!

I always enjoy the live entertainment at Disney. I’m not sure what this instrument is, but it produced the most sublime melody.

Bellies full, we mosied on over to Up: A Great Bird Adventure. This is a super-cute show for preschoolers.

Next, we zipped over to Asia…

…and am still trying to psych myself up to conquer Expedition Everest. #scaredofheights

After Animal Kingdom Park, we headed over to Magic Kingdom, where we did have FastPasses. We arrived just in time to see Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

Then we skipped over to hitch a ride on the Jungle Cruise.

Pirates of the Caribbean was as cool as could be. We even got to see Captain Jack Sparrow outside.

As we were waiting for Dole Whips, we heard the last call for the Enchanted Tiki Room. We felt compelled to answer. The Dole Whip after made up for it. LOL!

Hands down, the highlight of my day was getting to meet Rapunzel and Princess Tiana in Fairytale Hall!! I love how Tiana stayed in character as I tried to explain that the only way I could get to meet her was standing in line behind groups of three year-olds. #notashamed

We lingered to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade. So much fun!!! We ended up with the most incredible view!

Next, it was on to Hollywood Studios where we were immediately taken prisoner by the Empire.

Thankfully, we escaped. Only to become trapped in the Tower of Terror! #iwascoerced

We walked around, snacked, shopped, then headed over to Epcot.

By the time we arrived at Epcot, we were staring to feel exhausted. No worries though, Test Track was just the jolt of adrenaline we needed.

I’m a huge fan of attractions that combine entertainment and learning. And Spaceship Earth delivered in spades! I remember thinking I can’t wait to experience it again with the kids.

We had reservations for a late dinner at Le Cellier. I may have missed the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, but the Victoria Gardens outside the restaurant were phenomenal! It made the wait worth it.

We were so hungry, I forgot to take a photo of the food. (Again, mostly delicious but my steak was overcooked. The DH told me that’s what I get for ordering well done. Otherwise everything was divine.) As we were being seated, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was getting ready to start. The servers were kind enough to let me slip away to watch the show and then return to my meal. (There was no tearing the DH away from the table!)

This show is a must see!

As Epcot closed and crowds were emptying, we were able to get fantastic shots of Spaceship Earth.

And with that, we completed the Four Park Challenge! It was exhilarating, and unforgettable, and exhausting. We were literally limping to the bus stop. Thankfully we were staying at a Disney Springs Resort hotel and were dropped off at the door.

Almost 14 years ago, the DH and I had our very first date at Disney World. It was so much fun recreating that! It was truly the best day ever!! And very likely the most expensive day ever as well. I cannot wait to return over Thanksgiving Break to experience Toy Story Land!!

Be sure to check back later in the week when I review the pros and cons of staying at a Disney Springs Resort Hotel, and recap what we did on the last day of our trip.

As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and lover of all things Disney, I would be honored for the opportunity to plan your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth! Email ebony@familytraveladventuresllc.com to learn more.

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