As soon as the race was over, my boyfriend and I headed straight over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We had made plans to meet one of his friends there around 9:30. We were definitely optimistic with that time because we didn’t get on the bus at the Transportation and Ticket Center until almost 10 AM.
By that time, I was absolutely starving and in some serious need of food. Thankfully when we got to the park, his friend had bagels for us. Is it bad that I almost ate my boyfriend’s bagel while he wasn’t looking? After I finished inhaling my bagel and they caught up, we went inside the park and wandered around for a little bit. Since his friend had to be to work in a few hours, we didn’t stay long but we did make plans to hang out later that evening.
When we parted ways, my boyfriend and I immediately decided to go back to the hotel room. We both wanted to take a shower and grad something for lunch.
As soon as we got back to the room and after my post race picture, I hoped in the shower … the very warm and soothing shower. My boyfriend started making our lunch so that when I got out I had a delicious sandwich waiting for me.
Around 12:30, we were both showered, changed, fed and ready to go into the parks. The first park we went into was the Magic Kingdom.
The park wasn’t terribly crowded when we arrived but neither one of us wanted to wait in any crazy lines. Our first stop was the Pirates of Caribbean ride. The sign said the wait time was only time and most of that was spent inside.
After we got off of the ride, my boyfriend insisted on getting a Florida Citrus Swirl. Every time we come to the Magic Kingdome, he always talks about getting one of these but it never happens … until today! By the way, the Florida Citrus Swirl has had a name change and you might know it as a Dole Whip Swirl. Unfortunately, the Dole Whip Swirl is not the same recipe as the original Florida Citrus Swirl but it satisfied his craving.
For both of us, Walt Disney World is one of those places that is filled with many, many memories … both good and bad but mostly good. My boyfriend and I like to share fond memories of Disney as children when we would visit with our parents. For him, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse reminds him of his father.
For me, the Country Bear Jamboree is the one thing my father always wanted to do while we were at the Magic Kingdom.
After we visited the Treehouse and the Jamboree, we noticed that the park was starting to fill up. We ventured over to Space Mountain to see how long the line was and to see what the Fast Pass return time was. Unfortunately, neither time work for us so we grabbed some Iced Mochas from Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies before we left the Magic Kingdom.
Once outside the park, we hopped on a bus to Disney’s BoardWalk. Our plan was to enter Epcot through the International Gateway entrance. We just wanted to wander around the World Showcase and figure out what we wanted for dinner. In reality, it was more like what I wanted since my boyfriend was dead set on some fish and chips from the Rose and Crown Pub.
While we were wandering around, we grabbed a Sam Adams Winter Lager from the American Pavilion.
We also watched the sun set over the World Showcase Lagoon.
Finally, I decided on the Tangerine Café in the Morocco Pavilion for dinner. I figured that a simple vegetable platter would be perfect for my stomach. After all, I did run a half marathon this morning.
While we were eating dinner, the sun finished setting and the darkness made us both realize just how long our day really had been. Not wanting to give into the exhaustion, we decided to wander around the World Showcase one more time. We stopped in the shops in the United Kingdom pavilion.
On our way out of the park, we stopped at the Coca Cola Station. If you are ever curious about what sodas taste like around the world, this is definitely the place to find out.
After trying every soda possible, we headed to the monorail station. Before we knew it, we were back in our hotel room. Unfortunately, we were so exhausted that when my boyfriend’s friend called to figure out what the plan was we had to decline. My boyfriend almost missed the phone call entirely because we was half asleep already. Even though, we didn’t get to hang out with his friend, we still had a very good day!