Saturday, August 22, 2015

Orlando Part Two

Our third day in Orlando we went to Epcot at Disney World. I had booked us for a princess character breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, which was in Norway at the World Showcase. This was another day that started off raining. Fortunately by the time we finished breakfast it pretty much quit raining the rest of the day. I had bought both my daughter and myself princess themed dresses and was planning on going all out, but we woke up really late which gave me only enough time to get us dressed and throw her hair in a bun before flying down the road like Speed Racer. Although the breakfast was supposed to be at a Norwegian restaurant, I don't think any of the food was traditional/authentic. It was still good regardless. I also wasn't aware that you didn't order your own food. Basically they bring out a little platter that had different types of cheeses, cold cut meats, and fish. Next your presented with yogurt, fresh fruit salad, and a pastry/bread basket that consisted of doughnut wholes, bagels, croissants, and cinnamon roles. The last thing they bring out is a platter that has scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and a cheesy sort of potato casserole dish. It was a crazy amount of food for two people! This was a bit of an early birthday princess for my daughter, so I let the staff know and they brought her out a cupcake at the end of our meal and a birthday card signed by the princesses. Once again, this was a character breakfast and we met Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel. At different times during the breakfast they will do a procession and the princesses run around grabbing any child that wants to parade around the restaurant with them. My daughter loved it! Throughout our trip my daughter did meet almost every princess and Tinkerbell, except we missed Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Tiana, The World Showcase was a very neat area. Basically they have a bunch of mini countries set up. I did feel that the World Showcase was much more targeted at selling things than even the rest of Disney. The amount of gift shops were ridiculous and it would be nice if there were more cultural exhibits included in each 'country'. Later on we headed back to the front of Epcot and went to Future World. We ended up making reservations for the Coral Reef restaurant for dinner. Although the food was good, I don't feel it was worth it for the price. I also felt that the online description was a bit misleading. I was under the impression that you're also completely surrounded by an aquarium and in reality it one wall that has the aquarium at it. The ambiance of the restaurant was nice though. Once we finished up at Epcot later that night we went back to the hotel to rest our feet and go swimming.

Breakfast at Akershus (they hadn't brought out the eggs platter yet)

Arial noticed my dress, she said "so mom, I notice your dress. You're going to get in the picture right?" lol
Torrid Little Mermaid Dress, Icings Sea Horse Necklace

Day 4 was all at the Magic Kingdom. An old friend of mine from about 10 years ago has actually settled in Florida, so when she found out we were coming we made plans to meet her and her daughter at Magic Kingdom. It was very nice having someone my daughter's age there for her to play with and for me to be able to have adult conversation and reconnect. I think Magic Kingdom is my favorite, it's got all the princess castles and the fireworks show, and lights, and well, it just feels magical (especially the last hour before close when it's dark, everything is glowing, and there is way less people!)  I know a lot of larger people get concerned about being able to fit in rides at theme parks. I think Disney is very fat friendly (I've been to Disneyland and Disney World, I can't speak about Disneyland Paris or Disney Tokyo, maybe someday ;)). I haven't experienced not being able to fit in rides. Now there are some that are uncomfortable, like the Tommorowland Speedway is one that is a bit of a tight fit, but I still fit. We had also went on the Aladdin's Magic Carpet and let the girls sit together in the front and my friend and I sat in the back. That was a tight fit as well with two large bottom women, but once again, we still fit. One thing that I wasn't aware about Magic Kingdom before we went though was that you aren't actually parking at the park. You park, and if you're pretty far out from the transportation center take a tram, once you're at the transportation center you either ride the ferry to Magic Kingdom or take the Monorail there. While the ferry was nice, there is very limited seating and after a long day of walking through the theme parks it is frustrating to have to ride the ferry (two of the nights the monorail was closed) and not being able to sit down. 

Mad Hatter Tea Cups

One of my personal favorites, the Haunted Mansion

Meeting Arial. Another night we were in Magic Kingdom she was dressed up as Elsa. It had never occurred to me before that Disney has the women play multiple characters. 

Everything and the kitchen sink sunday, it was delicious. 

Shirt and shorts are from Walmart. While these shorts are comfy and I think cute, for me the crotch hangs kind of low due to where I wear them on my waist. It is possible to put them up higher waisted, but that make me uncomfortable. Now with the crotch area hanging low, it also causes dread chub rub so I would say that some type of chub rub defense is in order with these shorts whether it be deodorant or some type of powder. 

My friend and I had to get the obligatory picture in front of the castle. This night was pretty awesome, Disney all of a sudden announced that they were deciding to stay open an extra hour until 1 am. 


  1. You, Ariel and your daughter are all pretty much colour coordinated in that photo! Awesome. :) I love the sound of that Norwegian breakfast. I'm hungry now just thinking about it. :D

  2. Dude, you were in my city!!! I'm so glad you all had a magical time. I love's like it's own mini city, lol.