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Join me today as I roll out of my big lunch and hit a couple of the highlights of Walt Disney World’s big second gate, Epcot. The first is an iconic opening day attraction that is still one of the beloved vestiges of the ambitions of that version of the park, even though it’s been “updated” a few times over the years. The next is a much more recent, but also very popular attraction that got its first update back in 2016. If you were going to try to cover the core experiences of all four Walt Disney World parks in a single day, you just might choose these rides as a part of your day. I did.
You might have noticed that I recently added one more table service restaurant to my rankings of Walt Disney World’s offered sit-down eateries, and now you get to share some of that meal with me here. Of course I didn’t actually save any of it for you, but you get to see me enjoy it myself, and that’s almost as good, right? No? Well, hopefully it’s fun anyway. You also get a little footage of Club Cool and Journey into Imagination if that’s more your speed.
Today’s video is mainly about two different things. Firstly, it’s a quick visit to the Magic Kingdom’s version of Tomorrowland and its best attractions (see if you agree with my assessment on that). Secondly, it’s an exercise in the actual park hopping that this particular series is named after. I use two pieces of Walt Disney World transportation to get from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot and neither one is a bus! That makes this installment transitional in nature, but that’s okay because there’s still more where this comes from. You might also glean from the video’s title that I’m referencing the thematic crossover between Tomorrowland and Epcot’s Future World. For a good long while the distinction was that Tomorrowland was more Sci-Fi in nature while Future World was more about real life futurism and edutainment. But that distinction looks to be further muddled in the coming years, and it will be interesting to see exactly how Walt Disney World’s imagineers manage to differentiate them.
A big part of planning any trip to Walt Disney World is choosing how and where you want to eat. After all, even if you’re in your absolute favorite place with all of your favorite things, eventually you’ll have to put something into your stomach. There are plenty of people who intentionally sidestep making set in stone dining plans on their Walt Disney World trip. These people either only go to whatever counter service spots are nearby or they just take the pressure off and try finding walk-ins at appealing table service locations. They sit at the bar without any qualms and they shrug and move on if there aren’t any seats to be had. But those people are decidedly in the minority, and there are certainly likely to be few of them reading an article like this. Most of us enjoy the planning and the anticipation that goes into our vacation and one thing we’re looking forward to is that well-chosen table service reservation.
After my long Labor Day weekend and one-day December visit to Walt Disney World I’m still pretty far from having tried all of Walt Disney World’s table service restaurants. There are something like sixty different table service restaurants in the Walt Disney World theme parks and resort hotels. These are places where you either are being served by a member of the wait staff who will bring your food to you at your table or where you get to carry your plate up to a buffet and select your own meal from everything there. These are the restaurants I’ll be covering here. The places where you order at a window and carry your food on a tray while you look for an available table are called counter service restaurants and won’t be included in this list. I’m also leaving out Disney Springs places because there is so much new there that I haven’t had a chance to sample (and it makes my list seem a little less feeble that way). I’ll have more to say at the end of the rankings, but for now here are my personal rankings of the 24 Walt Disney World table service restaurants where I have dined.
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Well, I’m mostly moved into my new place and now you’ll get a chance to see a little of my recent Labor Day weekend trip to Walt Disney World with my brother and sister-in-law. We pretty much skip the travel part of the first day this time around and get right into the fun! Join me as I take a dash through most of the top attractions from the second Florida Disney park.
Yes, I was just there less than five months ago, but believe it or not, there are still more than enough Walt Disney World experiences that fit the bill here in my typical trip preview article. If you paid any attention to this year’s Disney convention, called D23, you’re probably pretty aware that the whole Walt Disney World complex is in massive flux. After constant expansion between 1982 (Epcot opened) and 1998 (Animal Kingdom opened), the complex fell into a bit of stagnation for a while. Despite this, you’ll notice that I’ve been able to fill this article pretty well each time I’ve written it over the last few years, and as long as I keep showing up in Orlando over the next five years, I’ll continue to be able to do so. Preparations in hopes of having Walt Disney World in a beautiful and exciting state when the place turns 50 years old in 2021 will see to it.
Come along and we’ll take a look at some of my plans this time around which are unique or new.
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This past weekend Disney held their D23 Expo, a fan biennial event which Disney uses to make make announcements and promote upcoming products. It’s kind of like the company’s own private Comic-Con. The last couple of events have been light on Disney World news, but the 2017 expo was packed with goodies for fans of the Orlando resort.
If you have been following Disney World rumors, none of these announcements were all that surprising. We’ve been talking about Star Wars for years now and last year we were buzzing about a Guardians of the Galaxy project and a replacement for the Great Movie Ride. But the Expo provided additional details as well as confirmation that these things are happening.
Let’s take a closer look at all of this year’s announcements.
After another afternoon nap, I return to World Showcase in Epcot for my scheduled dinner at Teppan Edo. Come join in as I wander around the Japan pavilion, see some of its “cute” culture, then notice a toy I can’t remember seeing since I was pretty young. Will you be able to sing along with me? After dinner I watch the fireworks and run across a curious bit of detritus. And of course it will then be time for another installment of Pillow Talk with Daffy Stardust!
By this point in day 4, the reality of being on vacation had really set in and I’d started to give in to pure leisure. This manifested itself with a “hey why the hell not?” raw video share of my experience at La Cantina de San Angel sampling some churros and a margarita. Some of that is reproduced here along with other sights and sounds from Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Ay Caramba!!
Join me as I leave Future World and spend some time in a couple of the more popular Epcot pavilions in World Showcase. First, I grab lunch and interact with a couple of the better-known occupants of the UK pavilion, and then I move on to the France pavilion where I take in the sights and enjoy their beautiful film, Impressions de France.
My return to Epcot continues in today’s video with the last of my stranger interviews, and spins on three Future World attractions. One of these is a second look at a new version of a ride that failed to impress at all in my first experience with it. Come along and see what my return to Future World reveals for me.
I’m halfway through my trip on my way back to Epcot where I spent the afternoon and evening of my arrival day. First I have to deal with a little hiccup with my well-laid plans, but nothing gets in the way of hitting rope drop and making a concerted beeline for one of the park’s most popular attractions.