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Day 2 - Disney World as a First Timer

The next morning I woke up fresh and ready to take on my first full day at Disney. I knew that we had a surprise in store first thing and what a surprise it was…a Character Breakfast in Cape May Café.

This restaurant is part of Disney’s Beach Club and is the sister hotel of Disney’s Yacht Club (where we were staying). Breakfast runs from 7:30-11am and was a full buffet style complete with everything you could ever possibly want for breakfast! 
Top Tip: Make sure you try the Mickey Waffles – this is a special Disney breakfast tradition. 
Minnie Mouse was the first character to join us shortly followed by Donald Duck and Goofy all in their swimming attire. This was a great chance to grab a morning hug from the characters and get my autograph book signed. This is definitely a must do activity for anyone traveling to Disney World and you can reserve this experience from as much as 180 days before you travel! The only character missing for me which I was dying to see was Mickey Mouse but as it was only the start of the trip I was sure I would have the chance to see him.
Straight after breakfast it was time to view three Disney hotels. First up was Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This resort is a total tropical paradise complete with palm trees, steel bands playing in the background, colourful buildings and of course the pirate themed swimming pool area and rooms. 
Hotel Top Tip – If you fancy booking this hotel and want to be close to the 'custom house' make sure you book the Martinique accommodation block.
Our next planned stop was Disney’s Pop Century Resort. This is classed as a value resort and celebrates all the unforgettable trends from the 1950s right through to the 1990s. As you pass through this hotel you will notice that it is made up of larger than life icons and one of my favourite features was the pool area which was shaped like a bowling pin…I couldn’t help but be impressed! 
Hotel Top Tip: Evening Disney Movies are displayed on large screens by the pools, for a great family night in, check it out.
Last of the hotels for today was another value resort and one of my absolute favourites, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This hotel allows guests to be completely immersed in the artistry and enchantment of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar classics through imaginative design and themed rooms. The four main themes are Disney's Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and Finding Nemo. 
Hotel Top Tip: Find out your kids favourite character and request that block to make your stay even more magical! 
Epcot was the park of choice for day 2’s afternoon and evening festivities. As soon as we went into the Park we headed straight for Test Track. Being a girlie girl I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this ride very much as it is clearly targeted at a male audience, with the whole concept based around creating your own vehicle before testing its effectiveness on the track.
After experiencing the ride I was pleasantly surprised how much I did actually get into it as we quickly split into four different groups and all started getting very competitive to see whose vehicle creation would perform the best. Testing speed was without a doubt the most fun as you are raced around the outdoor track at over 65mph…you can see how much fun were all having at this point from our Memory Maker photo below…we enjoyed this ride so much we even went on it again at the end of our day in the park!  
Next up was Soarin’ and we had all booked this as one of our FastPass+ selections which was definitely worth it as when we got there the queue was over 180 minutes long and that feeling of happiness (and a little guilt) when you walk straight up to the front of the FastPass+ queue is completely priceless.  Soarin’ takes you over all of the incredibly beautiful landscapes of California in a hand gliding like motion which makes you feel like you are really flying. This is a ride is a lot of fun, that I think can be enjoyed by the whole family which certainly explains the reason for its popularity. 
Mission Space was the next attraction on the list and although I have never dreamt of being an astronaut that certainly didn’t stop me from feeling over excited to embark upon this adventure, especially as I was able to pick the level of intensity. I choose the Orange Team experience as I am not prone to motion sickness and wanted to feel the full effects of the ride. The build up is great and you get briefed several times on your mission and the important part you will play before jumping into your rocket with the rest of your crew. I had to hold on very tight as the ride really makes you feel like you are blasting upwards towards to moon and amongst all the shaking around and screaming you have to be ready to push the button to fulfil your role. This is a fantastic ride which is great fun and is not just for boys and men who always wanted to be an astronaut. 
Turtle Talk with Crush was the last new attraction of the day. I knew this was an attraction aimed at the pre-school age-group and so I thought it would be really basic and honestly wasn’t sure I would enjoy it but still wanted to give it a go…and I was glad I did! It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen and if you have kids that are Finding Nemo fans then then this is a must do! It is a special chance if your children have a question they want to ask the cool turtle dude Crush for them to do it. Crush swims around in front of you and talks for around 15 minutes and the amazing Dori even turned up for a chat when we were there. All of the children (and parents) loved the show and the conversation was really funny and what makes it even better is that it is completely improvised, making each show unique.   
By this stage we were all starting to get hungry and after one final ride on Test Track it was off to China within Epcot’s World Showcase area to eat at the Nine Dragons restaurant. From the rather swanky interior to the delicious mango daiquiri’s this was a really enjoyable and fun experience and I definitely want to return…if I am lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World again that is. The only problem we all seemed to have was eating far too much far too quickly…but this might have been because we knew what was happening next and were all extremely excited to watch the famous Illuminations fireworks.
We all left China and walked round Epcot’s World Showcase to our very own private viewing patio in France. We were greeted with a fantastically yummy international Dessert Party. This whole experience was a real treat for all the senses (even on a full tummy) as not only was the food an explosion of taste but as the show began the sky was ablaze in colour and it completely took my breath away.
The performance itself is split into three acts to tell the story of Earth. Part one tells the story of the Earth being born and you will witness red and golden lights dart across the skies and the glowing globe glides across the water peacefully. Part two is the triumph of life and you will be able to see the globe revealing the history of humanity and achievements of our time. Part three focuses on hope for the Future; this is when comets of light race into the sky and a chorus of voices rises as the entire lagoon lights up. 
It was such a delight to see this fireworks show and although I do believe children would love it I think it would be particularly great for adults as they will be able to fully understand the story that Illuminations is trying to portray. 
As the show came to close we were all able to enjoy a quick walk back to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club as it is no more than a 15 minute walk. Our intention was to go straight back to the hotel to rest up ahead of another full day at Walt Disney World, however we simply couldn’t resist popping into Jellyrolls on Disney’s Boardwalk.
 If you don’t know Jellyrolls, it is a lively piano bar with dueling pianos playing a mixture of recognisable songs, which you can sing along or dance to with all your family and friends. This is not one for children but I think all adults need to set aside an evening to party the night away at Jellyrolls…you won’t regret it! Have fun!
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