We are a little behind in our walking tour of the Disney theme parks. I think the last entry was back on July 3rd. With a lot of ground to cover, we better get back to it.
Here we are at Epcot on July 4th, arriving around 6pm. The oft-told advice is to head to Epcot when crowds are expected to be heavy, like on Independence Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, etc. While Epcot seemingly has the most “open space,” it also has the fewest actual attractions and basically no major stage/stadium shows. Yes, you could more easily stand in one place in certain parts of Epcot and have fewer people crammed around you, but I prefer to visit Animal Kingdom on major holidays and then Park Hop over to one of the other theme parks if I’m interested in the evening entertainment. Few people have Animal Kingdom in mind on major holidays because it doesn’t offer anything “special.” At Epcot, you could get away with Captain EO, Journey into Imagination, Circle of Life, and maybe Living with the Land, but just about anything else is going to be swamped from noon onward. We have Soarin’ at 120 minutes, Test Track at 90 minutes, and Mission Space at 70 minutes. Certainly not ideal, especially when Expedition Everest was 20 minutes and Kilimanjaro Safaris was 25 minutes at the same time over at Animal Kingdom.
The weather wasn’t exactly cooperating, but luckily there wasn’t a downpour. Whoever said Florida is the “Sunshine State” obviously took July off. It rains here every other day, particularly around 3pm and 7pm.
Here’s that 120 minute wait at Soarin’. However, Sunshine Seasons wasn’t busy at all. Most people had moved on to the World Showcase by this time.
Here we are walking around World Showcase just in case crowds weren’t actually heavy and I’m just lying to you about it. Note that this is around 7pm, a good three hours before IllumiNations at 10pm. Most of the railing around the Lagoon is already reserved by people waiting. This last picture is where my camera battery died (LOL). I guess I forgot to charge it from the day before.
Here I am sulking about it over a School Bread from Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion. Can you believe there was no line? I felt like it was meant to be. School Bread is my favorite thing in all of Disney World. When people ask me why I run an amateur website about Disney World and why I moved to Orlando, this is the reason I give them. And it’s true.
Here we are on July 5th, doing a little “pre-research” for the upcoming spread on Downtown Disney. This is the “Original One and One” from Cooke’s of Dublin, the quick service run by the same people behind Raglan Road. This is actually a gigantic piece of fish. I guess it just doesn’t photograph well? Cooke’s of Dublin is one of my favorite quick services, though you would find it ranked third in my list of “Best Downtown Disney Quick Service Locations.” The problem is that it’s competing against Earl of Sandwich and Wolfgang Puck Express. You just can’t beat Earl’s $6 sandwiches and Wolfgang Puck Express basically serves high quality table service fare at prices in between what you would expect to pay at a table and quick service. However, I absolutely recommend Cooke’s of Dublin if you’re looking for something a little different. Or even if you’re looking for something that’s the same. Extremely friendly service, huge portions, great variety, and a pleasant setting. Take your food next door to the outdoor bar during Happy Hour for drink discounts!! Make sure you check the menu inside because the menu outside doesn’t list all of the options. Once you approach the counter, look to the left and you’ll see a sandwich menu. The Kids Menu is excellent as well with kid-size portions of the Fish and Chips, Chicken Tenders and Chips, Baby Sausages and Chips, and Shrimp and Chips. I wish they would transplant Cooke’s into Hollywood Studios..or Magic Kingdom.
Speaking of Earl of Sandwich, here we are on July 6th, enjoying the Original 1762 – roast beef, cheddar, and creamy horseradish. An excellent sandwich. Six bucks. Not going to beat that on property.
There’s a short and sweet Part 1. Barring any huge news that takes fifteen hours to write about or calamitous website problems, I’ll be back for Part 2 tomorrow, which should consist of a few days over the past week at Magic Kingdom.