Day 2 begins…A quick breakfast at the BoardWalk Bakery and then we took the ferry over to Disney Hollywood Studios. Our plan was to spend a few hours here and then head to Epcot and the International Food Festival. Another full day ahead! The Disney Hollywood Studios park was less crowded than Magic Kingdom and the weather was much more pleasant for being outdoors. This park was a lot of fun! We attended a special effects show with an Indiana Jones theme, did a backlot tour, and learned the history of the park. The backlot tour demonstrated some unique aspects of filming movies and we saw Herbie!
The history of the Disney cartoons and evolution to international recognition was fascinating and since we both enjoy history, it was a good educational experience. Oswald and Steamboat Willie were the beginning for a cartoonist and the skills honed on these early sketches were instrumental to the creation of Mickey Mouse and all that came afterwards. Walt Disney’s life story and the challenges through the year brought a new perspective to all that surrounded us.
During the ferry ride back to the Boardwalk Inn, we decided to have lunch at the Beaches & Cream Restaurant at the Beaches Yacht Club resort, which was near the entrance to Epcot and offers seated dining. The food was tasty, but service very slow. We ordered a burger and chicken sandwich and enjoyed the time together. Our seats were at the bar again, so we were able to watch the staff build the “kitchen sink” ice cream extravagances and deliver them to the ice cream lovers. After lunch, we walked through some of the areas of this resort and the beach theme decor.
Next stop…a short walk to Epcot and the International Food and Wine Festival