During our epic trip to both Canada where we visited Canada's Wonderland Haunt and Orlando where we visited Halloween Horror Nights Orlando for the first time ever and Universal Orlando Resort for the first time since 2006, we also took the time out to visit Epcot for the first time since 2007.
We will be doing a more comprehensive WDW visit next may before our cruise (first time at new Fantasyland, Pandora, Toy Story Land and much more) but for this trip we decided to just have a day at Epcot to hopefully ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and spend a day with some Orlando friends at the Food and Wine Festival.
We had an amazing day and we can't wait to get back in a few short months.
Written by Gregg Condon
While some of us were sitting at home watching tape delayed NYE Celebrations (seriously, it's 2019, how is it the west coast still gets tape delayed celebrations at midnight?), some of Team Park Journey were spending the New Year in style in Florida.
And not just at one park like a bunch of amateurs, but at ALL FOUR PARKS, and Disney Springs. Let's check it out!!
New Years Eve, Eve
The white fences are up! Ralph is ready. Bring on the New Year’s Eve masses!
The Christmas tree is already gone at Epcot. I seem to remember it staying up a week or so into the new year in the past.
Epcot is busy now, but this will be wall to wall people at this time tomorrow.
Very light crowds in the World Showcase right now. Tomorrow will be another story.
Today was the final day for the Holidays Around the World at Epcot, including the Candlelight Processional, narrated by Cal Ripken Jr. tonight.
It’s gonna be lit (literally, with fire and lasers) tomorrow night to ring in the new year in China and Italy’s
New Years Eve
Currently the only place in all of Walt Disney World where you won’t get slammed in the shins with a stroller.
My face looking at all of the ride wait times on the Disney Parks app and it’s not even 10am.
150 minute wait for Rock N Roller Coaster right now.
Not too busy at this hat and horn distribution area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Looking over Main Street ready to watch the 6:30pm Fantasy in the Sky fireworks in a few minutes!
Fantasy in the Sky fireworks are so impressive!
And now the crowds continue to pour in and out of Main Street as the night continues
Over at Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage is only at a 90 minute wait!
Goodnight Pandora! This place is still amazing as ever. One more park to go. Epcot, we’re coming your way!
120 minute wait currently over at Test Track.
People set up camp all around the world showcase lagoon and beyond for the fireworks at midnight.
Just boarded Test Track and it went down. So tack on some more time to that 120 min. God bless these CMs who are sure to be already having a long and stressful day.
Pretty sure we’re gonna get taken off the ride. Security and EMTs are now on the unload platform. Not sure what’s going on but hope everyone is alright.
And we’re out. Fast passes being issued for additional attractions.
105 min for Soarin’. Some of these folks will be ringing in the new year in this queue.
I mean, there might be a few more people here than on a normal day.
The Epcot New Years fireworks are awesome! And the final time that Illuminations will be a part of it too. Happy New Year!
The Day After
New year, new Disney construction photos. Here’s a look at the work going on for the Skyliner and Disney Riviera Resort as seen from Caribbean Beach. I’m still not used to seeing “tall” Disney resorts, with this one and at Coronado Springs.
This past weekend our very own Renée ran her 10th Princess Half Marathon and is among a very elite group of "Perfect Princesses". But we already knew that. =)
Congrats to Renée and all of the runners.
Written by Renée Girard
It’s just after 4am here on the east coast, and we just arrived at Epcot for the 10th anniversary of Disney’s Princess Half Marathon!
We just took a big group photo of all of the “Perfect Princesses”, aka people who have run the Princess Half every year!
At the starting line with several thousand other runners way before the crack of dawn.
The Princess Half announcers are on stage and getting the crowd warmed up. We’ll be heading out in just about 20 minutes!
Always great to see Jeff Galloway in the corrals before a Disney race!
Cinderella’s fairy godmother whipped up some fireworks and sent runners out on the 10th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon.
A nice morning jog at sunrise through the Magic Kingdom.
Belle and Gaston were greeting runners this morning outside of his tavern for the Princess Half
Congrats to all who participated in the WDW Princess Half this weekend! We had a blast and will be back once again next year!