Disney World Highlights | 2017

Our recent trip to Disney World wasn’t all hurricanes and evacuations – it also included some actual Disney fun! The reason we go to Disney World so often is because of the magic you can feel in the parks and because there’s always something new and exciting going on.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s trip!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

2017 Disney World Highlights - Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We were lucky enough to be at Disney for the opening week of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. If you’re not familiar, the Food and Wine Festival occurs every fall at Epcot and includes food from dozens of countries. Each country sets up a booth with unique offerings of food and drink. They even give you a little “passport” when you get there so you can mark off all the countries you’ve tried! The atmosphere is always so much fun, and in addition to the food, they have bands perform each night in their “Eat to the Beat” series. We caught the Baha Men one night (I’m sure you remember “Who Let the Dogs Out”). Needless to say, food and wine was a big highlight of the trip.

Staying at the Beach Club

This was our first time staying at the Beach Club resort on Disney property. The main draw for me to book this hotel was its close proximity to Epcot. It’s literally a five minute walk from your door to the entrance to World Showcase. We certainly took advantage of this quite a bit since we had so many dinner scheduled at that park. Also, it was possible to take a quick boat ride down to Hollywood Studios. Both these options are so much more pleasant than getting on the Disney buses!

Besides the amazing location, the room was quite nice, very spacious and included a balcony. When we go back, I think we’re going to end up staying here again.

Hollywood Studios

2017 Disney World Highlights - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is about to undergo some huge changes including the opening of Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land and more. Old attractions have been closing left and right and some have even speculated that the name of the park might be changing. Because of this, it was really important to both D and myself that we go through the whole park and relive all of our old favorites in case they’re not there next time.

We spent one whole day there and covered every single thing we wanted to do. It’s a little sad to see so many old favorites gone and torn down, and there are copious amounts of construction walls. Even still, I can’t wait to see what they have in store in the next few years.

Illuminations from the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

2017 Disney World Highlights - Illuminations

As I mentioned earlier, we had many dinner scheduled at Epcot due to their amazing variety of restaurants and experiences. Every time we visit Disney, we make sure to visit the Japan pavilion and have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants there. This time we went to Tokyo Dining and had an incredible meal. I got a vegetable udon dish, and D ended up with salmon. We were lucky enough to have both a late reservation as well as a window seat overlooking the lagoon. The nighttime fireworks show “Illuminations” went on right after we finished eating and we had the best view in the park!

Everything at the Magic Kingdom

2017 Disney World Highlights - Halloween

As I mentioned in my Disney World wishlist post, Halloween time at Disney is one of the best. They go all out with the decorations and the atmosphere. It seemed like the crowds were heaviest at Magic Kingdom this year out of all the other parks, but we still managed to see nearly all of our favorites.

Even though our trip got cut short due to the hurricane, the days beforehand were so much fun. D and I decided we will have to make a trip back in the spring as a “make up” trip. We didn’t get to visit Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs at all and both locations have a lot of new and amazing things going on these days. Needless to say, we can’t wait to go back.

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