Day four was a busy day for us, because it was also (unfortunately) departure day. We didn’t have to catch the Magical Express until almost 6 p.m., so we had more time for park visits before we left.
To start the morning we called to have our luggage brought down to storage for the day. Disney will do this, free of charge, and you just have to hold on to the ticket so you can pick up your bags later.
Once the bags were picked up, we took the internal shuttle to the lobby so we could complete airline check-in with our luggage. The airline check-in is only open until noon, so we wanted to make sure to take care of it before heading to the parks.
After we checked our bags we headed to Epcot for breakfast and a ride on Soarin’. When we got to the Land Pavilion we saw there was no line for Living with the Land, so we started last day at Epcot with a relaxing boat ride. I’m glad we did this first and breakfast second, because the line got long pretty quickly.
For breakfast we kept it simple and went to Sunshine Seasons. I had the French Toast Bread Pudding and Maureen had the Breakfast Platter. Both were pretty good. I was tempted to get the cinnamon roll, because it looked really good, but I passed on it.
Next, it was time for our Soarin’ FastPass. This was Maureen’s first time seeing the new film with the ride and she was not disappointed. I love the new version of the ride and it’s always nice when we can get a FastPass for it.
After we landed it was time for lunch. We made reservations for Coral Reef, another first for me. Our reservation was for 11:30, which is when they opened. I love the theme of this restaurant and the fact that you are dining in a room with the huge tank is a definite plus for this restaurant. We were lucky enough to get a table right by the tank and it was relaxing to watch the fish as we enjoyed our meal. At one point a couple of divers were in the tank, so that was cool to see too. I’ll do a full write-up on this restaurant soon.
Once lunch was over, Maureen and I split up for a little bit. She headed to Pop Century to get the holiday pin (she’s gotten one for the past 2 or 3 years and wanted to keep the streak going) and I headed around Epcot to do some shopping and then hopped on the monorail to visit Magic Kingdom one more time before it was time for the Magical (Tragical) Express.
At Magic Kingdom I was able to snag a FastPass for the Haunted Mansion. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this ride, it’s a classic. Plus, it’s fun to see which ghost will be catching a ride home with you.
Before leaving the Magic Kingdom I headed to the Main Street Confectionary. There are so many goodies in this shop and it can be very difficult to leave this store without purchasing some kind of sweet treat. They have things like candy apples, jelly beans, rice crispy treats, popcorn, cookies, and so much more. There is also an area where you can watch cast members making things like the candy apples you see on the shelf. I almost bought one of the giant Mickey rice crispy treats, but decided against it. It looked delicious, but I wasn’t sure about traveling with it. Maybe next time.
The last stop before heading back to the hotel was the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Disney opened the gingerbread house shop the day before and Maureen and I were both on a mission to bring home some gingerbread shingles, among other things. There are quite a few options available at this little window shop and they all look good! I’ll do a full write-up of what is available soon.
Unfortunately, once we were done with the Grand Floridian, it was time to head back to the Caribbean Beach Resort. The Magical (Tragical) Express showed up a little while after we returned and we were headed back to the airport.
It’s never fun to say goodbye (or see you later) to Disney World, but it just means that it’s time to start planning another trip. We had a lot of fun during this trip and I brought home a bunch of fun souvenirs for the family (thanks to all the room in my new American Tourister Disney luggage). I guess it’s time to start planning the next trip!
Thanks for following along during our time in Disney World! We had a great time and it’s been fun sharing our adventure with you.
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