OK – So first of all, I am so used to calling this place “Downtown Disney”. Does anyone remember that or was I hallucinating this whole time? Disney Springs sounds way more boujee than Downtown Disney – but rightfully so, it is pretty fantastic.
Disney Springs is essentially a shopping and eating district. It is not an amusement park and you do not need to pay admission, you can park and walk right up and enjoy! What you do need to pay for is everything else. There are really cool themed restaurants, Disney shops and other shops (not Disney related), and there is even a huge hot air balloon ride that you can get on Groupon for like $11 USD! The balloon takes you up 400 ft. in the air. We really wanted to do this but it was closed when we arrive sadly.
There SO many shops, but my FAVE was the lego shop. There are wicked cool lego creations you can take pics beside and there’s even a sea monster lego IN THE LAKE! You can purchase cool lego sets or buy your lego pieces individually along the big lego-piece wall (idk if that’s what they really call it lol). They also have a shop where you can design your very own t-shirt, but they were all out of Marco’s size when we went (boo!).
SO – we didn’t actually eat here – BUT they do have lots of really cool restaurants and some are themed to the nines (Rainforest Cafe!). There is a lot to choose from and the scenery and atmosphere is so nice here – just like any Disney Park, or really anywhere in Florida for that matter (anywhere with Palms is good for us!). The food smelled so good, but we had dinner waiting for us at the house so we decided to pass up some noms on this day trip.
On our drive back home from Orlando, Florida we decided to take a quick stop in Washington, D.C. We drove past it on the way down, and since it is somewhere we’ve never been we really wanted to go check it out. We didn’t have a LOT of time, so we only stayed in Washington, D.C. for about 3 hours total, but we got to see a whole lot!
Washington traffic is crazy! It’s stressful enough driving in a city you are unfamiliar with, but pair that with lots of traffic and I was STRESSIN’! We found parking alright smack in the middle of everything which was nice because we could just walk around to all the attractions. Everything [worthy of sight-seeing] is located really close together in Washington, so we were able to see the sights even in crunch mode.
It was pretty quiet and calm when we went, despite the traffic (weird, I know). I’m not sure if it was because it was rainy, because it was a weekend, or because they had a DC Bike Ride going on – but it was really nice. There weren’t too many people which meant we could get some pretty cool pictures without too many people getting in the shots (it still happened though, of course). We also really loved that everything was within walking distance of each other, can every city be like this, please?
The Jefferson Memorial
This place was breathtaking. It’s so huge when you are standing at the bottom of the steps looking up. Once inside, it is really quiet and there are all sorts of quotes written on the walls of the memorial. There’s also a giant Thomas Jefferson inside! Also, there is marble like ALL OVER Washington, I wanted to take some home with me HAHA. Did I mention the attractions are mostly free? We didn’t pay a cent while in Washington.
This post will conclude our Disney World trilogy of posts. Hollywood Studios was our third and final day at the Disney World parks and the weather was, well, iffy. The morning was sunny-ish and very hot, but the afternoon quickly turned grey and it started to rain. First lightly and then torrential downpour (yuck!). BUT – rain = less wait times for the rides so we took advantage of the crappy weather and had some fun!
The Hollywood Studios park is themed as – you guessed it – Hollywood! It has Sunset Boulevard and everything. The little shops, boutiques, restaurants and old-style theming really bring it to life and make you feel like you’re in the mini-real-deal. I cannot stress enough how well Disney theme’s their parks, rides, cue lines – everything! It really makes it special.
To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot of rides here. There are two REALLY awesome rides, the Rockin’ Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror – but that’s about it. The other rides are more geared for children. With the exception of the Star Wars simulator ride, the other rides are pretty boring if the thrill is what you’re going for. That being said, the theme of the park, the atmosphere, and those two rides are worth the entrance fee.
A big part about going to Hollywood Studios is the gorgeous scenery, old-time style of the shops and the workers/actors & actresses that entertain there and just the feeling that you’re in Hollywood! They are working on new sections and new rides in the Toy Story area which should be completed sometime next year – so that may amp up this park a little bit, but other than the lack of thrill rides here, it’s an amazing park.
Side note: I wore pants in the morning in the first pic above because the bottom of my legs were sunburnt and I didn’t want to expose them to more sun – but it was so hot and humid I couldn’t stand it in my pants anymore and had to change into shorts!