Walt Disney World: Old and New Favorites

Walt Disney World trip Hollywood Studios group photo

I was fortunate to attend a press trip with Walt Disney World recently with this fun group of ladies. I’m also fortunate to live within driving distance. We have been annual passholders (we pay for these passes ourselves, out of our own pocket) for several years now and LOVE it!

I was so happy to revisit old favorites and find new ones!!! Be sure to check out the video I created at the end too. The happiest place on earth always puts a smile on my face.

Dining at Disney Springs

When you visit Walt Disney World, you have to add Disney Springs to your list. Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the dining and shops open now are amazing! If you went to it before it was rebranded, you will be shocked at how much it’s changed, for the better.

Walt Disney World trip Paddlefish lobster corn dogs

A new favorite is Paddlefish. We loved loved their lobster guacamole and their lobster corn dogs. The desserts were fantastic too! The brownie milkshake and the key lime pie were must gets.

Walt Disney World trip The Ganachery smores
At the Ganachery, they are going to have these amazing upon amazing made to order s’mores. There’s a wonderful chocolate ganache, housemade marshmallows and housemade gingerbread cookies. It’s perfection!

Other can’t miss places, are Blaze Pizza for the pizza of course. There’s usually a line but it goes pretty fast. They only have a few different price points and you can order as many toppings as you want! Also, don’t miss Amorette’s for dessert!

For even more info, check out my article on more restaurants at Disney Springs!

Shopping at Disney Springs

Walt Disney World trip Disney Springs Sephora
I have so many shops that I LOVE at Disney Springs including Sugarboo, UNIQLO and World of Disney. Another fave is Sephora…I got the new Fenty makeup foundation!

Holidays at Walt Disney World

We got to visit the Holiday Warehouse. Have you ever thought about how they install those super tall Christmas tree during the holidays? They store them and take them apart in pieces and they are housed in the Holiday Warehouse on property!

Walt Disney World trip Hollywood Studios holiday desserts

So excited about these Christmas tree red velvet whoopie pies!

I love spending the holidays at Walt Disney World. A couple of years ago, we spent Christmas Day at Hollywood Studios and loved it. The spirit of the holidays and the decor both really are amazing at WDW.

Last year, was the first year for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show at Hollywood Studios. I LOVED it! I’m so happy it’s returning this year!

This year, we plan on spending Thanksgiving weekend at Disney!

Walt Disney World trip Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle

Food at the Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World trip Magic Kingdom Jungle Skipper Canteen
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen: I have been there a couple of times and I love love the whole fish & the lamb chops (pictured above).

Walt Disney World trip Magic Kingdom Dole Whip

Always have to have a Dole Whip…I was so excited that I could get the pineapple soft serve can be swirled with vanilla again!

I have to recommend a quick service restaurant that has been a favorite since I was a kid. The Columbia Harbor House, they serve these amazing lobster rolls and fish & chips!

Happily Ever After Dessert Party

Walt Disney World trip Happliy Ever After fireworks show

First, depending on the ticket(s) you buy for the Dessert Party, there is a reserved area for the Happily Ever After fireworks show! I was sad to see Wishes go but this show is amazing!

Walt Disney World trip Animal Kingdom Pandora - Land of Avatar floating mountain

Pandora – The World of Avatar

I’m so excited to share Pandora with you! A huge favorite and really popular, it’s really hard to get fast passes for the Flight of Passage ride. Even at the risk of overselling it to you, it’s amazing! It’s 100 times better than Soarin’. But if you get a little motion sickness on rides, this isn’t for you.

You literally feel like you are riding on a banshee and and and, you feel like you’re in the movie.

Walt Disney World trip Animal Kingdom dessert

You have to order the crispy fried tofu platter (ask for all of the sauces) and the this blueberry cheesecake mousse from Satu’li Canteen.

Animal Kingdom Tusker House

Walt Disney World trip Animal Kingdom Tusker House Mickey

Tusker House Restaurant is a new to me favorite. My first time there, the breakfast buffet was soooo good! Plenty of great breakfast items and some African and Indian inspired dishes too.

Don’t I look cute with Mickey? 😀

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Walt Disney World trip Epcot Food and Wine sign

This festival is something I look forward to every year!

 

Walt Disney World trip Epcot Food and Wine beef skewers
These grilled beef skewers with chimichurri suace at the Patagonia marketplace is one of my faves!

I have also shared about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in the past! Also, shared when I had desserts around the world.

And stay tuned, I’m going to share my favorites from the Food & Wine festival this year!

La Hacienda de San Angel

Walt Disney World trip Epcot La Hacienda de San Angel

This is my first time at La Hacienda in Epcot. My friend, Shelly, loves this place. It’s definitely getting added to the list of great places to eat at Epcot. Get the short ribs and the horchata margarita!

Walt Disney World trip Animal Kingdom Lodge girraffe

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Seriously, I love the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The restaurants are fantastic. I even love the quick service cafe, they have the most amazing blueberry muffins!

Walt Disney World trip Animal Kingdom Lodge animal guide

There’s a wildlife spotting guide in your room with a checklist so you can mark off the animals you spot outside your window at the Lodge!

Be sure to check out the video of my trip!

Disclosure: The trip was covered by Walt Disney World. I only work with brands that I love and my opinions are always my own.