As our trip gets closer, I get that much more excited to try new things at Walt Disney World. It is so easy to get caught in a rut even at Disney World, and go to the old standbys and not try new things. I think a lot of this comes from not knowing any better. If you are planning your first trip to Walt Disney World or even your second or third it’s so easy to get tunnel vision. There is so much to see and do, especially if you are with kids, that you don’t even realize how much there is to see and enjoy as an adult.
Walt Disney World is ever changing; even if you go to the same events like Epcot Food and Wine Festival or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there is always something new to see, something new to do and it’s always a different experience. It’s really important to us that we get to see and do all of the stuff we know and love but that we have new experiences each and every time we visit The House of Mouse.
On our itinerary for this upcoming trip is already jam packed and in fact, we have already begun planning out activities and events for our first 2018 trip. We have a whole list of things that we want to fit in but were not able to for this upcoming trip and a few things that we were unable to secure reservations for and we are going to make them a priority for our first 2018 trip (we have a double countdown after all).
Here are the things we already have on our priority list for 2018. Dinner at Ohana. Ohana is at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and you should definitely try to get a reservation here; if only for the Lapu Lapu drink, which is an amazing island concoction of Myer’s dark rum and tropical fruit juices all served in a hollowed out pineapple. It doesn’t get more island tropics than that folks! Then there is the bread pudding. The famous, Ohana bread pudding. Let me say this. My husband, who doesn’t like bread pudding, is beyond excited to sink his teeth into this dessert.
Ohana’s bread pudding is a bananas foster version. If you go to Ohana for dinner, it is included in your meal but if you are unable to get a dinner reservation at Ohana, you can go to Tambu Lounge and it is a little known secret that you can get a single serving of the Ohana bread pudding here and you can also get the Lapu Lapu drink. It is important to note that if you are interested in Ohana for the character dining experience, you want to go for breakfast because dinner at Ohana is not a character dinner.
Another thing that we really want to do on our first 2018 trip is the cake decorating class at Amorette’s Pattisserie. If you have not heard about this, it is supposed to be a gem and I want to do it! Amorette’s is a boutique cake and pastry shop in Disney Springs. They do truly amazing work, even if you don’t go for the cake decorating class, go in and check out their cakes and their work. They have, not only the mickey cake that they are most known for, but they have other character cakes and other beautiful pastries.
If you can get a reservation for the class, it is a 90 minute cake decorating class that is $129 plus tax and you must be at least 10 years of age or older to be a part of the class. They are currently only booking through the middle of December but if you are heading to Walt Disney World after that, check back frequently because they will most likely extend the dates as it is so popular. Each person will get to decorate their own mickey cake and take it with them. These cakes are beyond adorable and I can’t wait to take part in this outside the box activity.
Last but not least, our first trip of 2018 will also be our first time experiencing the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. If you have not been the the Flower and Garden Festival, this is another one to go on the list of things to do! This festival includes a concert series, incredible topiary displays all throughout Epcot, and although it isn’t as extensive as it is for the Food and Wine Festival, there are additional kiosks throughout the park, where you can try tasty treats both savory and sweet.
That’ll do it for this post. Thanks for stopping by. If there are things you are looking forward to on your next trip or things you haven’t been able to fit in but that are still on your “must do” list please leave a comment and let me know and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!