WDW/Universal Oct '14 - Part 5: Animal Kingdom and Epcot After Hours

Hello all!

Here we go with Part 5 of our epic trip to WDW/Universal from October!

You can catch up on Part 4 here: Part 4: Hollywood, Hoop Dee Doo, and Halloween Fun!

So Thursday was jam packed with fun and we were out late so I had planned for a lazy morning followed by Animal Kingdom and then heading over to Epcot for a little more fun and then the Epcot After Hours at the Rose and Crown!

We caught the bus and headed to Disney's Animal Kingdom around 10am, first stop Dinosaur! Here are our thoughts from our day at DAK:

  • Dinosaur: When did they move the Carnotaurus to the other side? This attraction really needs some TLC in general. Still fun but could really be so much more.
  • Everest: Wookie still talks about this attraction. Such a great ride!
  • Festival of the Lion King: I love this show. So spectacular and the new theater and area is really beautiful.
  • We went on some of the trails and the animals had already started going in for the evening which was a bit of a bummer. We also missed the safari because they closed earlier than I expected.





After a few hours there, it was time to head over to Epcot! More Food and Wine! We hurried in grabbed some drinks and food and just chilled. We ended up grabbing some beer at the craft beer building (the snacks they gave out there were quite tasty) and then grabbing so "real sized" beers in Germany and then hanging out on the steps of Italy, it was perfect. We just chilled and chatted and it's surprisingly quiet in the evening in that pavilion. We decided to skip Illuminations that night and caught the last show of the American Adventure. I love this show so much!

The show went later than I expected and by the time we got out it was 10:30 (the park was open until 10pm that night) and the World Showcase promenade was empty. It was awesome but we had to hustle over to the Rose and Crown for after hour drinks.

We had a cozy little corner booth and enjoyed our snacks and beer. It was really nice to just hang out and chat, it truly was a wind down for us.




We finished up and by this point it was very late (honestly we had drunk a lot of beer so I have little recollection of what time it was, whoops!) and the park was empty. It was so nice to wander out (with our to-go Strongbow) in a completely empty park. We made our way over to the bus area which was empty and we got our own private bus (or chariot) to All Star Music. It was a magical evening for sure.

Next time I want to check out Tutto Gusto for the wind down, but I highly recommend checking this dining option out!

As always you can see all the pictures from our trip here: Universal/WDW Trip October 2014

Continue to Part 6 here!

WDW/Universal Oct '14 - Part 3: Around the World

Welcome back friends!

I thought what better way to rest my feet before my next runDisney race than by writing a new blog post so we will continue my WDW trip report!

When we last left off, we had just checked in to All Star Music and we were ready to start our WDW adventure. Well here we go!

You can catch up on Part 2 here: WDW/Universal Oct '14 - Part 2: You're a Wizard!

So we settled in pretty late and after the days of travel, the time change, and running around Universal I planned to start the morning a bit slower and head to Epcot in the late morning.

We got up, got ourselves together, and were on our way around 10:30am. We got to Epcot and I immediately headed over to the FastPass+ kiosk to make our reservations for the day. We were delighted to find out that we could hook up Wookie's silver pass to the system and make our reservations ahead of time and using the app! Score!

We made a few arbitrary reservations, knowing we wouldn't really need them. The park was quite and the attractions with a real wait were already fully booked.

So thoughts on Epcot from this day:
  • Food and Wine is the best time of year at WDW. It's just so fun/delicious and we really enjoyed getting our booklets stamped at each booth we went to! The merchandise was pretty awesome too!
  • They didn't have Food and Wine beer glasses this year but they did have cute wine glasses, we saw them at the first booth we stopped and then discovered they were at every booth, ack! Let the search begin!
  • Not a fan of the 6 oz beers. These were seriously annoying. I get that they are trying to curtail severe drunkeness, but these little dixie cups were annoying.
  • Biergarten is the best! So much fun and great beer. I wanted to start off our trip by eating here because Wookie loves Germany. I also really enjoyed their Oktoberfest beer!
  • Turtle Talk is so much fun. You need to take a minute to go check this out!
  • Mission: Space - I hadn't been on this in a while and I forgot how fun this is. Great attraction!
  • Lamented the closing of Maelstrom :(
  • Illuminations - I still love this fireworks show. We had the perfect spot to view it from and no annoying people nearby to ruin it. It was magical and one of the highlights of the trip!


This is my kind of dragon. (aka made of chocolate)

Polka time!

The only troll for me!

After Illuminations, we decided to take advantage of Extra Magic Hour. First stop? Grande Fiesta Tour! We then hopped on Test Track and made a hideous car that was only 10 points short of the record for the day and decided to call it a night. We had a day of Disney Hollywood Studios, Hoop Dee Doo, and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party in front of us!

Katherine' Orlando Picture Pinterest Wall!

I'll be posting a lot of pics here as I explore Universal and WDW on vacation! Come along and check in regularly because I'll be updating this frequently!

We'll be doing all of Harry Potter (both parks), Hoop Dee Doo, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Food and Wine Festival, and a ton more! Come along for the adventure and fun!

Check out this page for updates: Universal/WDW Trip Pics (Oct '14)