Hi! It’s been a surprisingly chilly weekend here in NC, so let’s all think happy, warm thoughts— aka let’s talk about FLORIDA!!
It feels like it’s been forever already, but a few weeks ago I went on spring break in Orlando with my family! Gahhh it was wonderful! 85 degree weather, palm trees, blue skies— now that’s my kind of happy place. We spent two of our days in Florida visiting Disney World….. because my family kindaaaa really loves Disney…. and we had a blast being kids again and reminiscing in all our favorite childhood memories!
I’m sharing a quick photo recap today, with some of our favorite shots and eats from our time with Mickey 🙂
… EPCOT …
We started our first day at Epcot! We got there early, so we were able to hop on all the rides straight away without waiting, then enjoyed leisurely walking through the World Showcase (where all the countries are) and eating lots of delicious food. There are SO many vegetarian and vegan options in Epcot, mostly thanks to all those international cuisines in the World Showcase.
Since it’s spring, Disney was featuring their annual Flower and Garden Festival, which was gorgeous, and where they were also serving farm fresh eats (win!). My sister and I each got the White Bean & Quinoa “Naan Wich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven Dried Tomatoes (pictured below), and split the Watermelon Arugula Salad with Balsamic Reduction. Both were absolutely delicious and refreshing, especially for theme park food! And you can easily order these vegan by omitting the feta.
… HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS …
After our lunch in Epcot, we hopped over to Hollywood Studios on this beautiful walking path right on the water. So easy! Hollywood Studios was definitely a lot more crowded since it was after noon, but we used all our clutch fast passes to get on the rides quickly and, honestly, didn’t have to wait more than 20 minutes for anything. Pretty amazing for Disney over Spring Break!
We also indulged that afternoon on some cookie ice cream sandwiches (omg they’re HUGE! but definitely not vegan, sorry vegan friends 🙁 ) and Mickey soft pretzels (which are vegan) before heading to see the Fantasmic Show at night, which was pretty awesome thanks to all those Disney special effects. I’d definitely say it was a successful day!
For our second day at Disney, we started the morning at the Magic Kingdom, just to jump on a few of our favorite rides before the crowds came in. If you’re wanting to see more of Magic Kingdom, check out my detailed post from our last trip there.
… ANIMAL KINGDOM …
As soon as Magic Kingdom started to get crowded (which is usually by 10:30 am), we hopped over to Animal Kingdom! YOU GUYS, we had SO MUCH FUN at Animal Kingdom— I think it’s officially my new favorite park! First of all, the scenery is absolutely stunning, with all the gardens, plant-life, and animals every where you turn. Plus, there are some pretty incredible shows in Animal Kingdom, particularly Finding Nemo The Musical and the Festival of the Lion King. I was blown away by the talent and special effects! You could honestly spend an entire day here, just exploring the walking trails, performances, rides, and safaris right at your finger tips!
Animal Kingdom is also a great place for vegetarians, and they even have an entirely gluten free food stand with lots of wheat-free goodies! We tried the hummus and vegetable plate, some falafel (pictured below), and the vegetarian samosas in the Africa section of the park. All were super satisfying, but were pretty small portions so I suggest getting a few of each to share. I also got another infamous Dole Whip (vegan) as a pick-me-up on this hot, hot day and it was super refreshing!
So that’s it from my quick Disney trip! My siblings and I had a blast being kids again adventuring through all four parks. This will probably be my last time in Disney for quite a while (maybe until I bring my own kids some day), so it was really nice enjoying the parks as an adult and having the freedom to park hop at our own pace. Totally recommend!!