Day Trip: Washington D.C.

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!

Getting There

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.

The City

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.

 

Disney World: Hollywood Studios

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 Park

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.

The Rides

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.

The Scenery

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!

 

 

 

Disney World: EPCOT

DID YOU KNOW: EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow? It was initially supposed to be a real experimental city where new technology would be tested and people would actually reside there, but when Walt died the idea was scrapped and here we are with beautiful EPCOT theme park!

The Park

This park is hands-down my all-time fave Disney Park. Why? There is SO much to see that the World Showcase itself is worth the money. As you walk between the pavilions showcasing numerous countries around the world you almost feel submerged in the countries culture, music, food, and atmosphere. Another fun fact: Anyone working in the pavilions in EPCOT must be from the actual country itself. Here is a break-down of our fave pavilions:

Mexico

With Spanish music playing, Mexican food being served and the gorgeous scenery, you almost feel as if you’re in Mexico (except the pyramids are a LOT bigger IRL). Here they have little shops and restaurants as well as a meet and greet spot where you can snap a pic with Donald Duck in a Sombrero!

China

Again, the architecture, music and food is outstanding and they really do a great job at keeping it as realistic as possible. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the Chinese pavilion, but you can grab a pic with Mulan here and sight-see around some of the buildings!

Japan

Gorgeous architecture, really yummy food and traditional music bring the Japanese pavilion to life. It’s very inspiring and makes me want to travel to go see the real deal! This pavilion has some shops and restaurants you can check out too!

Germany

You guessed it – BEER HEAVEN! The architecture was incredible, the music was beautiful and the beer was SO TASTY. Not-so-fun-fact: They asked us for our passports as a form of ID while buying drinks here, I’ve never had that happen anywhere else as usually our Drivers License is sufficient. Here you can meet Snow White or enjoy a German Buffet and Yodeler!

Other Sites

EPCOT is incredibly beautiful. They have some great rides too, like Test Track, Soarin’, and the new Frozen ride. They also seasonally have gorgeous garden hedges sculpted into your favorite Disney Characters and decorated with colorful flowers. The monorail can also be spotted transporting people to and from parks and resorts which gives EPCOT a cool futuristic vibe.