For many first time visitors to the Town of Celebration, they aren’t quite sure what to make of it. White picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, families on evening bike rides, it sounds ideal, doesn’t it? If you like living on a movie set, or as many refer to it, The Stepford Wives. You have to remember though, the Town of Celebration was built by the Walt Disney World Company back in the 90’s, and what is Disney if not the picture of perfection?
Walt Disney’s idea for Celebration was to make it indistinguishable from any other small town in the USA.
I find it quaint and picturesque and a place you should definitely see for yourself. Plus, it’s only about 10 minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World and has some incredible restaurants, so why not take a detour?
The most recent spot to open up is Celebration Tea Room.
They have an extensive menu of teas, sandwiches, soups and desserts, ideal for a quiet afternoon.
The rich decor transports you to another time and place and forces you to sit back and relax, something hard to find in the tourism capital of the world.
For those of you who are fans of Alice in Wonderland, the private room will give you all the feels. It’s so quirky and whimsical. I was just waiting for Tweedledee and Tweedledum to pop out. Hey, it’s close enough to Disney, it could happen.
Enjoy a spot of tea and a scone or two at Celebration Tea Room 🙂
In my last post, I listed some of my favorite fall events and festivities in Orlando, one of them being Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. If you’ve been to this event, or just attempted to eat and drink around the world, you probably noticed how popular it is among the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Well, I was one of those a few weeks ago.
Seems like nowadays you can’t go to Epcot Food and Wine without making some sort of costume, no matter the occasion. So, if you are thinking about doing a bachelorette at Food and Wine, or just a Disney park in general, here are a few tips I recommend:
- Buy your tickets before you go to the park. When you get to the park, everyone is pumped and ready to go in, don’t waste time waiting in a long line under the hot Florida sun.
- Put money on a Disney Gift Card to track your spending throughout the day as well as eliminate the need to pull out your wallet at every pavilion.
- If you are staying at a local hotel, take advantage of the shuttle service. This saves time and money parking at the theme parks, plus why would you want to drive when you could potentially be drinking all day? Uber works too.
- Take water!!!!!!! Yes, you can take water into the theme parks, and it also helps save some pennies.
- Pace yourself. It’s not a race, and the pavilions aren’t going anywhere. Take your time and enjoy.
- If you think you are going to want to ride some of the rides, look into reserving fast passes a few days before or first thing in the morning when you arrive at the park (passes for the popular rides go fast).
- SUNSCREEN!!!! Just like water, take my advice.
- Make fun shirts or Mickey Ears, or both like we did. Not only was it fun, but it also helped me locate the whole group when I got lost (I tend to wander sometimes when taking pictures 🙂 )
- Don’t be intimated by the length of the food lines; they move quick.
- Have Fun!!!!
BONUS: If you are an annual pass holder, you have access to the photo pass which means you can download the high-resolution images taken by photographers throughout the park. This is one of my favorite perks of the annual pass, as it makes the day even memorable.
Hurry up! Time is running out to experience Epcot International Food and Wine Festival this year. It ends November 13th.
Have a magical day!
Disney’s done it again…they’ve added a little more magic to my life.
It all began on a beautiful morning, beneath the warm Florida sun. I climbed into the backseat of a car, but not just any car, an Amphicar. You may be wondering, what’s an Amphicar. Well, a car-boat would probably be the best way to describe it.
Amphicars are able to drive on land and float in water. About 4,000 of these vehicles were manufactured back in the 1960’s but today only few remain and The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs is home to 8 of them. In fact, this is the only place in the world you can take a ride in one of these vintage vehicles. How cool is that?
The Amphicar holds 3 passengers and cost $125 per car. Tours are available daily and last about 20 minutes. It’s a great way to see the new waterfront properties at Disney Springs, plus take in a little sunshine. For more information, visit http://www.theboathouseorlando.com/amphicars/