During our trip to Disney, the second park we visited was Epcot Center. After consulting with several friends who had been there, it sounded like the kids were the perfect ages for Epcot. All three were all so eager to meet the characters for the first time, and the lines there were less intense than Magic Kingdom, making it easier to take photos and get their autographs. We arrived before the parked opened, for a reservation in Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway section where they hosted a princess breakfast experience. If you manage to snag the first reservation of the day, you are permitted in the park before it opens to the public, making you feel as if you are the only ones there.
Thanks to Magical Tours, our day was already planned, as they had booked all of our fast passes for us, and we had Beth from Disney With Children book all of our dining. Even though this was the third time meeting the some of the Princesses, the girls were still completely in enamored.
We used fast passes for Mission: Space, Test Track, and Soarin. Jason and Ryder hit Mission: Space solo, while the girls and I played in the attraction’s playground. Our other fast pass time slots were spread over the course of the day, which allowed us to explore all of the countries in Epcot, as well as meet other characters like Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Tinkerbell along the way.
For lunch, we went to Garden Grill for Chip & Dale’s Harvest Feast. The entire family-style restaurant is built to continuously revolve, offering changing views of the landscape from Living with the Land. And what would any Disney meal be without visits from more characters. Here, we hung with Mickey Mouse, Goofey, Pluto, along with Chip and Dale.
We closed out the day with one of our favorite Epcot attractions; The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Completely exhausted with smiles from ear to ear, we headed back to the Four Seasons Resort.
The next day was our last in Orlando, and we had not committed to anything when planning the trip. Originally, we thought Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be a great option, as they were featuring the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, but after much debate, we unanimously voted to hang at the our hotel. First up, we attended the Four Season’s signature Good Morning Breakast with Goofey and his Pals, where Siella and Gemma finally had the oppurtunity to meet Minnie Mouse.
The buffet-style breakfast is offered on Thursdays and Saturdays (and Tuesdays during peak school break periods) and featuring an assortment of traditional breakfast grub, including an omelette station, charcuterie, assortment of fresh breads and homemade jams, and a children’s buffet. A photographer was on site to capture every family’s meet and greets, while the characters entertained the guests.
After our breakfast, Ryder, Siella, and Gemma played for hours at the kids club, which gave Jason and I some time to relax. In the afternoon, we lounged in the Explorer Island section of the hotel pool, floating in the lazy river and romping around the splash zone. It was definitely a nice change from all the walking and crowds of Mickey fans.
I am so happy we waited until Ryder, Siella, and Gemma were these ideal ages to enjoy this adventure. They made memories that will last forever and cannot wait to return.