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    WEEKEND IN: Walt Disney World, Orlando


    WEEKEND EXCURSION


     Walt Disney World, Orlando

    Amy B. Perrault, Naples-based editor of OCEAN + PEARL
    and owner of Naples Bay Blinds & Shutters shares her off-duty local favorites

     

     

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WEEKENDS
    AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

    Escapism at its best. Escaping daily worries and grind is easy after driving through any one of the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom’s welcoming arches. A seemingly leisurely stroll down Main Street USA can quickly lead to flying through the air on different space missions, on the backs of elephants or carpets, and end thundering through mountains. It’s, as they say, simply magical.

    FAVE FOOD

    Our favorites are endless when you add up in-park restaurants and snack areas, resort restaurants and cafes, and the endless Downtown Disney food stops, however, this time of year, EPCOT’s International Wine and Food Festival is our family’s ultimate favorite MUST DO.

    My parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and my love, have our World Showcase tasting routine down pat. We circle multiple times sampling cuisine and beverages such as Parisian dessert trio — Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake, Greek vegetarian moussaka, Ireland’s Kerrygold Cheese Selection, South Korea’s Bohae Black Raspberry Wine, my love’s favorite, Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll from Germany. The menu from over 20 countries, seems endless!

    SHOPPING

    My all-time favorite store in all of Walt Disney World is the Cirque du Soleil Boutique housed inside their La Nouba Theater at the West Side of Disney Springs {the new name of Downtown Disney}. Beyond the draw of my heritage {Canadian French}, the boutique is full of hand-made jewelry and artwork, CDs and DVDs from all Cirque shows around the country, unique clothing and extraordinary home decor.

    BEAUTY BASICS

    Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock {Burt’s Bees Sunblock}. I am hooked on Nerium for face and body, mascara and lipgloss frame my face for daytimes Saturdays and Sundays. Other weekend rituals include some sort of Disney graphic tee, my TOMS espilladres, my Mickey Mouse two-tone watch and my Gucci waist bag {that’s right, waist bag, NOT fanny pack}.

    WEEKEND READING

    Weekend reading at Walt Disney World begins with your hotel literature — what events are happening around the grounds, transportation information, etc. — continues with endless park maps, show and performance schedules and doesn’t end as each stop around the parks has different brochures, rack cards, trivia and all the information you could think of to make your stay with the Mouse, most magical.



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