Walt Disney World Spring Trip Preview
It’s our last hurrah before our Walt Disney World annual passes expire – so for 10 nights in early April we’re going to have as much fun as we can. (That shouldn’t be too hard!)
This trip will conclude our year of being annual pass holders, and in total we will have spent 30 nights on property. (Yes staying at the Swan counts!) For this trip we’ll spend a week at Disney’s All Star Music Resort (we’ve stayed at each of the All Star resorts, but Music has always been my favorite) before switching over to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa for our last three nights. Saratoga Springs is a new resort for us and we’re excited to be so close to Disney Springs.
So what is on our agenda? Old favorites, and a lot of new experiences.
This is our second time attending the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. We probably won’t be dining too much at the food booths, but we plan to take in as many photo ops as we can (such as these awesome topiaries all around the park), and attend a few of the Garden Rocks concerts. (You may remember the impression the Exposé concert from last year left on Gary.) This year we’ll be seeing the bands Survivor and Smashmouth. The concerts are included with admission to Epcot and are held in the America pavilion in World Showcase.
Walt Disney World has a few tours that are offered for an additional fee. A few years ago we did Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour, and this year we are booked for Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. I chose to do another tour because a.) they are pretty fun and I love backstage access to attractions b.) we got an annual pass holder discount and c.) we’re attending this tour on a busy Saturday so we won’t have to fight crowds too much on this day. We have the tour in the morning, fast passes in the afternoon, and we’ll end our day at ‘Ohana for dinner.
Our two favorite restaurants on property are Boma and ‘Ohana, and we’ll inevitably go to at least one on every trip (we actually did both on our last trip). This time we’re skipping Boma, but ‘Ohana still made the list. We also have to get drinks at the Tambu Lounge beforehand. We’re also going to see if we can fit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in as well.
A new restaurant on our list, and the one I’m most looking forward to, is California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We’ve had dining reservations here at least twice before, but for some reason it never made the cut to our final itinerary. Also new to us is Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There are two other dinner shows at Walt Disney World – the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. We’ll only be left with Mickey’s Backyard BBQ after this trip then.
We just added a character meal to our list on this trip – the Garden Grove at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. We missed this when we stayed there in November because it didn’t fit into our schedule. As far as character dining goes, this one is easier to get a dining reservation for, and it’s somewhat cheaper than the others as well. It’s one of the few we haven’t done, so we’re going to give it a go.
And that is it for our dining reservations. So far, at least. We plan to eat at our favorite quick service locations such as Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe at the Magic Kingdom, and Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (our favorite tofu bowls pictured above). We are also – gasp! – planning to eat a few meals off site this time too.
After our week at Disney’s All Star Music Resort, we’ll spend the last few days at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. We plan to do a lot at Disney Springs on those days, since we’ll be within walking distance. For our time at Saratoga Springs we plan to do the usual pool time, but I also hope we have time to rent bicycles. Renting bicycles at Walt Disney World has been on my list for a long time actually.
We plan to do the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience at Disney Springs. I’m really looking forward to this as I’ve never done anything like that before. We also hope to get a lane at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and maybe eat lunch there as well. We’ve recently started bowling closer to home, so we have to see what it’s like to bowl with Disney touches.
And we plan to get drinks and watch the entertainment at The Edison. The food itself doesn’t excite me (too many other interesting places in Disney Springs for that) but I looking forward to see what all is going on there. 😀
I’m looking forward to this vacation, but I’ll also be sad that it means we’re no longer annual pass holders when it’s over. Have no fear though. we’ll be back for a few days in October before our cruise. We can’t stay away for too long.