Walt Disney World 2019 | Travel Diary

by - Thursday, June 13, 2019


As you probably saw on social media, I was at Disney World last week! We had a great family trip and experienced several cool new things that I can't wait to share with you in this post. We stayed at Pop Century — which has had room renovations that were really nice! We also had a quick service dining plan so that influenced our restaurant choices and allowed us each to get two snacks a day during our trip! 

On our first day at Disney World, we went to Disney Springs to see all of the cool Disney shops and we ate at Chicken Guy, which is Guy Fieri's restaurant that offers chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, salads, and 22 different kinds of dipping sauces. One of my sauce choices was Sweet and Sour because that's the chicken nugget sauce I always get at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, etc. but I ended up not liking it! I also tried Garlic Parmesan sauce and it was okay, but my favorite sauce was Brown Sugar BBQ.

Magic Kingdom

After this trip, I think Magic Kingdom is my current favorite park! There are so many rides and experiences there, not to mention my all-time favorite ride, The PeopleMover. We rode all of our favorite rides and met Mickey and Minnie in their birthday celebration outfits. The highlight of my day was probably finally getting the Mickey Celebration Doughnut which matched my Mickey Doughnut shirt. I hope y'all never get tired of this picture and the doughnut did not disappoint. I highly recommend getting it if you're going to Disney World any time soon — it comes in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry and it's a great value for a snack credit because it costs around $9 {remember from my Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World, the best valued snacks are $5 and up}.


For lunch in Magic Kingdom, we ate at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, one of our favorites that we eat at every trip, but I brought over a corndog nugget meal from Casey's Corner because I've been wanting some Disney corndog nuggets and they definitely fulfilled my food dream. I got the mint julep lemonade with my meal and it was really good! I always try to get speciality drinks with meals because they're included with the dining plan and a much better value than a typical soda. 

For dinner, we ate at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and I honestly love to go there now because it provides some variety amongst a lot of the fried foods and hamburgers that are associated with the quick service restaurants. I get the fajita platter because I can make basically a burrito bowl with their toppings bar and it's so nice to have some foods that feel slightly healthier after a day of major snacking. 

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios was without a doubt my favorite park when I was in middle school around 10 years ago, but it has changed SO much. I can't say there's a lot to do there now, despite the opening of Toy Story Land and I have no idea how Star Wars Land opening in August will change things. The one thing that I still absolutely love about Hollywood Studios is Pizzerizzo. This is my favorite restaurant in the parks so of course we had lunch there. I love their pizza! For a time, they had closed seasonally, but thankfully they opened up again before our trip and I was able to go.

The new experience in Hollywood Studios was their Incredibles summer event. We got to meet Edna Mode! We also got Jack Jack Cookie Num-Nums as one of our snack credits and I think that was probably my brother's favorite snack of the trip {coincidentally his name is Jackson}.


This was my second time at Toy Story Land and the new-ness has already worn off on me. I definitely prefer the classics and would rather ride Tower of Terror and Rock'n'Roller coaster if I had to choose one. Slinky Dog Dash is really great, but the land as a whole is quite congested with not tons to offer and having only one way in and out doesn't help. Again, I'm very interested to see how Stars Wars Land will be set up and how it will change the dynamic of the park, and I'm mainly just hoping it doesn't result in the removal of Pizzerizzo.  

We met Kylo Ren at the Disney Visa cardholders photo spot, which I think we've done every trip since he was introduced because y'all know I love Kylo Ren. For dinner, we ate at Pop Century's food court because there wasn't really another quick service restaurant in the park that was standing out to us and the resort food court offers a lot of variety so everyone can get something different in one place — we actually ate dinner at Pop Century for 3 out of our 4 park nights — they have good food! ALSO, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the food court has a version of Dole Whips now and churros! 

Animal Kingdom

The absolute highlight of my entire trip was getting to meet Kevin from Up! She was recently introduced to Animal Kingdom to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Up and I was anticipating meeting her the most in the weeks leading up to our trip because she's one of my all-time favorite Disney characters alongside Randall and Maleficent. I had heard that Kevin was difficult to meet and difficult to take a photo with because she roams and doesn't have a dedicated meet and greet so I was super nervous. I brought my Kevin plush and I was actually so content to get the first picture in the set below with me holding up my Kevin plush and Kevin in the background. To my surprise, Kevin ended up coming over to me and I got some super great photos with her and I was able to pet her! For sure, one of my favorite experiences ever.




After being starstruck by Kevin, we continued our day and rode our favorite rides including Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari, and both Pandora rides, along with my least favorite ride at Disney, DINOSAUR! It still scares me. We ate lunch at the Pandora restaurant, Satu'li Canteen, and I am just going to be honest and say this is not a restaurant that I enjoy. I've tried three different things from there and I can barely eat it, I'm not sure if it's the spices or something they use to cook the food, but that's the first time I've ever met a noodle I didn't like. 

Fortunately, I had some of my favorite snacks at Animal Kingdom! I got a chocolate and vanilla twist cone from Anandapur Ice Cream Truck near Expedition Everest and it was so good! I don't know why I don't get those more often, but I'm definitely going to start. I also got my new favorite snack, the colossal {mickey-shaped!} cinnamon roll from Creature Comforts aka Starbucks. It was so good, a great value for a snack credit, and shareable! Although, next time, I probably won't be sharing because it was that good. 

EPCOT

Our last day was spent in Epcot where we started off at the Land Pavilion riding Soarin' and my second favorite ride at Disney, Living with the Land. We had a fast pass for Test Track so we stayed in Future World for our first few hours and ate lunch at the Electric Umbrella. I really overdid it on snacks in Epcot almost to the point where I wasn't feeling well. My snacks {which were shared between one or multiple members of my family!} were a Mickey pretzel, rainbow shaved ice in Japan, and a funnel cake in America. I probably won't get the pretzel or shaved ice again, but the funnel cake was a typical delicious funnel cake and a nice treat because I hadn't had one in a while.

We walked all around the world showcase {my Apple Watch said I walked almost 10 miles that day}, rode the Frozen ride twice, met a lot of characters, and then went back to Pop Century for dinner. 


Overall, we had a great, successful trip and so many snacks. Be on the lookout for a travel diary about the other half of my vacation, a Disney cruise to the Bahamas, next! 

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