The in-laws weren't arriving until late afternoon, so the kids and I spent the morning at the Magic Kingdom. I had been wanting to try the new Be Our Guest restaurant, which I wrote all about in this post.
After a delicious and entertaining lunch, we explored all of the new Fantasyland stuff. I love Beauty and the Beast, so I am thrilled they added this stuff!
As we were walking around, we passed the Dream Along with Mickey show held in front of Cinderella's castle. I stopped to watch for a moment, but as usual, that moment turned into watching the rest of the show. :)
The teenagers were getting restless because I told them we were heading back to the hotel right after lunch. One of the great things about traveling with older kids is a little freedom. I told them they could go back to the hotel, but I wanted to stay and play. So that's what we did! This gave me lots of non-guilty time to just do whatever I wanted. It was great!
After the show, I wandered around Main Street. I decided that if I worked at Disney, selling these balloons would be a great job for me. But since I wasn't working, I decided to watch a little parade. It was actually the Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it Street party. I filmed lots of it in the video below.
Next up...shopping! I love to shop alone. Anyone else? I can take as long as I want and not worry that others are bored or want to move on to the next store.
I couldn't resist the Grumpy mug for my morning coffee. I am not a morning person, so it seemed appropriate for me. I also collect Disney pins, so I decided to purchase one for every Disney Resort I have ever stayed in. At this point, my Mother-in-law texted me that they had made in it, so I had one last look back and headed off to the Beach Club.
The second half of our day was spent at Epcot. I had made reservations for all seven of us at The Rose and Crown in England. Check out that post here.
We had some extra time to explore. I highly recommend exploring each county in the World Showcase. There are so many nooks and cranny's with interesting things to discover. If you've never been to that country, it gives you a good idea of what it is like, and if you have been there, it can bring back great memories. And now it's time to "Meet the Hoyt's"
How cute are they!? I had such a great time traveling with them. They recently celebrated a big anniversary and look at how in love they are...great example to their children.
After eating at the Rose and Crown, we walked over to France for some more exploring. There is a "Round the World" wine tasting that I would love to do one day with my husband. You have two sample size glasses in Germany, Italy and France. So fun!
But since I was with kids, we just ate chocolate and shopped. I enjoyed that as well. :)
Had I not been so full from dinner, I would have had some of the amazing french desserts in the cafe. Oh my goodness! I was salivating! I only got this picture of the salads, but I show most of the desserts in the video below.
As night fell, we finished our exploring of France and found a seat by the lake that the World Showcase surrounds.
Epcot has a wonderful nightly show in the middle of the lake called Illuminations. I highly recommend you see it during your time there. If you have already seen it, then I recommend you go ride Soarin or Test Track during the show. The lines might be a little shorter then.
What a wonderful day we had: starting at the Magic Kingdom and ending with up with family at Epcot. The kids and I were happy they had arrived. We don't get to see them very often and were looking forward to a great Disney family vacation. I ended up making a video of our third day at Disney. It has a lot of things that I didn't get in the pictures, so check it out.