Fall Break – Day One

This past week was Fall Break for my kiddos.  Thanks to five years of accumulating points on a Disney Visa card, the break was spent in Walt Disney World.  Starting with the post The Adventure Begins, I intended to drop hints over several days as to where we were and what we were doing.  But due to some technical challenges, I only got in one more post (Creature Encounters) while we were in Orlando.

Now that the technical issues are resolved and I’m out of vacation mode, the blogging continues.

The picture posted here was taken from the deck of our cabin at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground (not to be confused with Ft. Wilderness Lodge).   Although it wasn’t as remote as it looks, it was very quite and peaceful.  Space-wise, the accommodations were perfect for our family of five.  The cabin had plenty of elbow room and a fully equipped kitchen.  Had we brought in groceries, Ft. Wilderness would’ve been 100% perfect for us.  However, we utilized Disney’s transportation services and participated in the Disney Dining Plan.  And while those choices were ultimately best for us, the downside was that it was less convenient to get to the dining locations in Ft. Wilderness than at other Disney hotels and resorts.  Since it was a bit of a hike to breakfast, I (and my dear family) was quite thankful to have a full fledged coffee maker in the cabin. 😉  Dining access aside, our stay at Ft. Wilderness was very pleasant.

Day One:

This picture would’ve been the hint for where we spent our first day at WDW.  Can you guess?

It’s Spaceship Earth at Epcot!

As we boarded the shuttle from Ft. Wilderness to Epcot, the driver commented that Epcot stood for Every Person Comes Out Tired.  No truer words have been spoken, friends.

First, we took to the sea with Nemo & his pals.  Then we caught a boat voyage through some amazing green houses, went on a hang gliding adventure across the U.S.A., explored Space on a virtual mission to Mars – and that was just the first half of the day!

Lunchtime was spent at a German Oktoberfest.  Afterwards, we admired colorful architecture as we strolled through China.  Then we took a Viking boat voyage in Norway and hiked through Mexico.

We paused in Canada to get our Off Kilter groove on.

From there, we dashed to the UK where I made a quick phone call. 😉

We caught glimpses  of Mary Poppins in London and Belle and the Beast in France, then it was off to beautiful Morocco.

As the sun began to set and our bellies started to growl, we zipped through Japan to stop for pizza in Italy.  Although everyone in our family likes sushi, we opted for ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness.  And while it did not disappoint, I must tell you that it was pure sacrifice on Hubby’s and my part;  for the International Food & Wine Festival was going on that day.  We were surrounded by tempting morsels and beverages every step of the way around the world of Epcot . . . and for the kids’ sake, we had pizza.

Don’t feel too bad for us, though.  Hubby and I managed to imbibe a little along the way.  It’s probably a good thing we had to be responsible parents.  I suspect for many people the acronym that evening was Epcod.  I don’t have to spell it out, do I? 😉

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  1. I love all things Disney, so I’m happy that you had such a good time! That phone booth picture is priceless! Because I’m a huge child at heart, my two favorite things at Epcot are Figment’s Playland (I like all the silly games afterwards) and something that I think is called Imagination Station. It’s basically a huge building with EVERY video game ever made, plus a virtual reality machine, which is possibly one of the coolest things.

    Thanks for sharing your vacation memories!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Ali! We had fun on the Journey Into Imagination With Figment, but we missed ImageWorks (interactive play areas). We really could’ve spent two full days exploring Epcot. Hopefully, I’ll have time to post about Day 2 later today or tomorrow. I’ve got blog READING to catch up on as well ( your thoughts on grammar). 😉

  2. Oh, if somehow we could do this vacation together 🙂


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