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Disney Anniversary Trip- Day 1- Epcot – Flower and Garden Festival, Via Napoli, and The Infamous Beverly

on April 2, 2013

Hi everyone, as promised we are starting today at Epcot (I wish I was there right now.)

From our room we walked back to the bus stop and boarded the Disney Transportation that is free staying on property. The buses go from hotel to park and from park to hotel, so if you are eating at a hotel other than your own or wanting to go to another park from the one you are currently at, then you have to do some transferring (more on that tomorrow.)

In this instance, we were off to Epcot, so straight shot, bus to Theme Park.

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First Glimpse of Epcot232323232%7Ffp5435;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2586834;nu0mrj

Once we were dropped off at the bus stop, we were ready to go.

First view of Epcot ball

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It was also the 20th Anniversary of the Flower and Garden festival, so upon entering the park, you see this awesome topiary complete with Goofy holding a 20th anniversary cake232323232%7Ffp73475)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 6534;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2587234;nu0mrj

Hubby’s artistic close up of the ball while in line for Spaceship Earth232323232%7Ffp5435;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 6834;nu0mrj

Spaceship Earth sign232323232%7Ffp5434;)nu=3642)77;)585)273377;67625 ot1lsi

Mural outside Spaceship Earth

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Ok, this is one ride that I think I will skip next time but seeing as this was hubby’s first time, we did it. It was a slow and I mean slow moving trip through the past to our future and I wish I had got pictures once inside. Because at the end of the ride they take use a picture of you which is taken during the ride, cut off your head and post it on little bodies to depict your future vacation. It was hilarious! My little head complete with mickey ears in a scuba suit under the water. Worth a laugh at least 🙂 And we can say, yep we’ve done that!

Now that we are here, we had decided Authentic Italian pizza was the goal. So off to Italy we ran, rushing our way through, so we could eat before we ate dinner, I know, I know!

So we rounded the countries so quickly that there are no pictures this first day, but trust me you will see plenty on our day 7 of park hopping.

Italy

I love Epcot, cause look, we are in Italy:)

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Streets of Italy bustling with tourists232323232%7Ffp543 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 9534;nu0mrj

Me outside of Via Napoli232323232%7Ffp543 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 9834;nu0mrj

I just loved the Chandelier inside the lobby of Via Napoli, have to keep this picture for a reference when we buy our house232323232%7Ffp54363)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;934;nu0mrj

Can you tell Hubby is excited!?232323232%7Ffp73492)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878; 34;nu0mrj

Guess I was a little too 🙂 232323232%7Ffp73496)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8;;;;34;nu0mrj

Menu232323232%7Ffp543 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8;;(234;nu0mrj

It had a really decent selection of everything ranging from fresh fruits to very large pizzas, since we had the dining plan we each got an appetizer, a pizza and a dessert, so we opted for different items to get to try more. Before I unveil our selections, I must show you this beautiful restaurant and its really awesome brick ovens.

Chefs hard at work
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View from our table232323232%7Ffp734 7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8;;(634;nu0mrj

Now onto the food

Kris chose for his appetizer, Arancini – Fried saffron risotto balls filled with mozzarella and meat ragu232323232%7Ffp543;2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898;234;nu0mrj

I chose, Calamari Fritti – Corn crusted rings served with spicy tomato sauce232323232%7Ffp54436)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8;;(734;nu0mrj

They were both good, but I would have rather eaten the Arancini.  It was delicious, something I think I will be craving from now on. The Calamari wasn’t too different (hubby really enjoyed it though) from anywhere else we would order it from but I did enjoy the lightness of the batter.

Onto the Pizza, Kris’ true reason for the venture.

He ordered,Wood Fired Authentic Pizza Napoletana – Pepperoni232323232%7Ffp54356)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898;334;nu0mrj

I ordered, Wood Fired Authentic Pizza Napoletana– Funghi232323232%7Ffp73498)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;6(88934;nu0mrj

Now for the test!232323232%7Ffp54359)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898;434;nu0mrj

Its Stringy, now how does it taste?232323232%7Ffp5438;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;6(88;34;nu0mrj

Yum!! 232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898;534;nu0mrj

I have to say, that pizza was delicious! Truly wonderful and alas, I will have to go to Italy or Epcot to find it again. It was thin but not crispy and the cheese was so ooey and gooey. Makes me hungry just writing about it.

Here is what hubby had to say about the pizza, ”  I would just like to mention that the crust was amazing. I am totally a dough guy and it can really make or break a pizza. It was thin (not crunchy), soft, not overworked, foldable and it simply cradled all of the toppings perfectly. Simple ingredients done with care makes these pizzas a definite on the “to try” list. “

So onto Dessert (did I mention we have dinner reservations at 6?!)

Hubby got Coppa Di Brutti Ma Buoni – Ugly, but good. Amarena cherry and vanilla gelato sundae with ugly, but good cookies of carnevale

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232323232%7Ffp54388)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;6(89734;nu0mrj I ordered, Tiramisu – Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers and chocolate

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I love Tiramisu and this was delicious but they were right about hubby’s dessert, it was really good, the cherry with the chocolate and the crunch from the cookie pieces, oh I think I am drooling!

I have to say, Via Napoli will now be on our must have meals when at Epcot from now on. I can’t believe I had never tried it before. If you get a chance to go, take it!

Beautiful Italian tower
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Shot leaving Napoli

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On our way across the countries to ride some rides,find the Cool Club, and hopefully digest a bit, we stumbled on this box of art and hubby pointed out the Van Gogh (I love Van Gogh as most of you know) when we got home I almost deleted the shot due to the shadows. Then, I realized, look on the left, there is a hidden Mickey. Too cool!

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Next stop, I think my husband’s favorite part of the trip, Club Cool

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For those of you who have been reading for a while, you may have seen me mention Club Cool before. It is a really neat spot in Epcot where you can try 8 different sodas from around the world and its FREE!

Ok I think we will start with this one!

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China Smart Watermelon soda!232323232%7Ffp54352)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;234;nu0mrj

Alright, that was good, now what?!232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898 634;nu0mrj

The Infamous Beverly from Italy, here goes!232323232%7Ffp5438 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;334;nu0mrj

Nope, we do not like this!232323232%7Ffp54434)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;898 734;nu0mrj

Really, you should try it!232323232%7Ffp734 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;634;nu0mrj

Ok my husband makes this stuff look tolerable, unfortunately my palate absolutely hated it!

OMG!!232323232%7Ffp734 7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;434;nu0mrj

And it gets worse!232323232%7Ffp54382)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878;534;nu0mrj

The bitter licorice flavor was way too strong for me and I would put it on my top 5 worst flavors out there, next to Harry Potter every flavor beans Rotten Egg flavor. Yuck!!!

We did like the rest. Here they are

  • Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
  • Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
  • Beverly from Italy
  • Vegeta Beta from Japan
  • Kinley Lemon from Israel
  • Lift Apple from Mexico
  • Smart Watermelon from China
  • Mezzo Mix from Germany

So our Favorites were Smart Watermelon, Kinley Lemon (I loved this it is like liquid Lemon heads, yum!) and the Mezzo Mix (orange and coke)

The Cool Club is super fun and free, we did this a few times on the trip and yes, stupidly tried the Beverly again too (it did not get any better.)

Next up we found some really awesome topiaries for the upcoming Monsters inc movie. So cute

Various monsters

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Another Monster, oh wait, that is me!232323232%7Ffp54374)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2587634;nu0mrj

A beautiful pillar of flowers232323232%7Ffp54353)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2587734;nu0mrj

Kitty!! Better known a Sulley or James P Sullivan232323232%7Ffp5438 )nu=3642)77;)587)273377;67825 ot1lsi

And who else?! Mike Wazowoski!232323232%7Ffp5436;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2587834;nu0mrj

More awesome Alumni of Monster University232323232%7Ffp54398)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 8;34;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp5434;)nu=3642)77;)589)273377;67 25 ot1lsi As you can tell, I was really impressed and could not stop taking pictures of Disney’s beautiful work!

Mike and Sulley off to school!
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Once I was finished taking pictures from every possible angle I was ready to explore Future World since we were running out of time before Ohana.

But first we saw Winnie The Pooh in UK as we were leaving to head to Future World

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Once in Future World we assessed the times, since we didn’t have time for fast passes. Mission Space had a 10 minute wait, so we were off to become astronauts. And we chose the Orange side, with the spinning, yay!232323232%7Ffp543 8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;6(8 634;nu0mrj

Our warning placard 🙂

We are ready to be astronauts! 232323232%7Ffp54372)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;6(8 934;nu0mrj

We even found a hidden Mickey while checking out the planets!232323232%7Ffp5435 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8(7(334;nu0mrj

After we successfully completed our simulation of a flight to Mars, we went to my favorite ride. Journey into Imagination with Figment.

Here is the sign232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8(7(434;nu0mrj

It was our first time together riding it, so no pics yet, but I promise you will see plenty of Figment before this trip is over.

And on the way out of Epcot, we spotted Phineas and Ferb and none other than Agent P!232323232%7Ffp734;6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8(7(534;nu0mrj

Man those topiaries rock!

Next Dinner at Ohana, mode of transportation Monorail!

Waiting for Monorail!!

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Come back tomorrow and I will share everything about Dinner at Ohana, how to get around Disney and our first trip to Magic Kingdom 🙂


 


One response to “Disney Anniversary Trip- Day 1- Epcot – Flower and Garden Festival, Via Napoli, and The Infamous Beverly

  1. Kristofer says:

    i could really go for some of that Watermelon soda again. It was sooo good. Oh and one thing you didn’t get a chance to describe why these pizzas really stood apart from traditional takeout. I would just like to mention that the crust was amazing. I am totally a dough guy and it can really make or break a pizza. It was thin (not crunchy), soft, not overworked, foldable and it simply cradled all of the toppings perfectly. Simple ingredients done with care makes these pizzas a definite on the “to try” list.

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