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Pick-A-Pearl in Epcot

My daughter and I like to do something girly together on trips to Walt Disney World. Shopping is of course at the top of our list, but now that my daughter is a little older, we like to do other things as well.

One of our favorite activities is to visit the Japan pavilion in Epcot and Pick-a-Pearl inside the Mitsukoshi store. For $18 you can choose an oyster from the tank. They make it really fun by doing a countdown 3-2-1 in Japanese (sun, knee, itchy) and open the oyster to reveal your pearl.

They open the oyster, clean it, measure it, and congratulate you several times! It really is a fun experience for everyone involved.

There are several different sizes and colors of pearls, and some oysters even have two pearls inside! During our most recent visit, our daughter was one of the lucky ones to have gotten an oyster with two pearls inside.

Once you have your pearl, you can choose from a variety of different settings such as rings, earrings, necklaces, and charms. My daughter and I chose matching rings as one of our options. The total cost for these was around $35 each and they were ready for pick up in under 2 hours!

It’s fun and can be inexpensive and it gives us something to keep as a souvenior from our vacations together. It’s something we don’t mind doing during each trip because you never know what size or color (or how many!) pearls you’ll get.

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We’re going to Disney World!

My family and I are gearing up for our next Disney vacation! Growing up, my parents took my brother and I to Walt Disney World quite often. My obsession with Disney started at a young age and I was fortunate enough to share the obsession with my husband and we have since passed it onto our children.

We’re getting ready to take our next trip to Disney World in a little over a week and we couldn’t be more excited! We were there last April and stayed at the Wilderness Lodge Club Level and boy are we hooked! We loved it so much that we booked it again for this trip! The Disney service is fantastic to begin with, but add in the Club Level Concierge and you will feel like royalty!

It was fantastic being able to stop by the lounge which is conveniently near the elevators, on our way to the parks each morning and grab a quick breakfast. The afternoon snacks and beverages were always plentiful and the evening cordials were even better! I loved coming back to our resort at night and having a Magic Bar and any alcohol we wanted!

When we came back to the resort in the afternoon we would walk off the elevator and were greeted immediately and asked if we cared for a cocktail. Amazing service!

This year we’ll be celebrating my husbands birthday during our stay so we’re excited to see what that brings, as well as having my in laws join us for two days.

We booked this trip 6 months in advance so we were able to book our dining reservations 180 days in advance. To name a few we’ll be dining at the Sci-Fi in Hollywood Studios, Ohana at the Polynesian, Be our Guest in the Magic Kingdom, and Tepan Edo in Epcot.

A lot of restaurants on Disney’s property are extremely popular and can be difficult to get. It’s always best if you can reserve them well in advance to get the most options and best chance of reserving exactly what you want.

We also reserved our Fastpass+ options at the 60 day mark. With Disney’s new fastpass system, you can now reserve your fastpasses in advance – 3 per day in one park. Eventually it will change to allow more fastpass selections and allow you to have them in more than one park per day, but as it stands right now, it’s one park with 3 per day. Once you use the first 3, then you may get a 4th and so on.

A few of the fastpasses we reserved are Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Test Track, Soarin’, Splash Mountain, Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa, and Kilimanjaro Safari. Our kids are a little older now (6 and 10) so we are able to do the bigger rides as a family and it’s been a blast! I loved having little ones, but it is definitely a completely different experience being able to take them on all rides!

In fact, this will be our first time without a stroller! I’m prepared to rent one if needed for one or two of the days, but we’re going to attempt to go without one. Disney can be exhausting even for an adult so I completely understand a childs need for a break.

We plan to hit the parks at rope drop and then go back to our resort for a swim and rest time. Also to take advantage of the fabulous offerings in the club level lounge! I know that everyone is different, but we actually enjoy spending a lot of time at our resort. We choose a resort based on many things, not just where we’re going to sleep. The Wilderness Lodge has so much to offer and it’s so much more to us than just a place to sleep. We tend to splurge on a resort because we like having that down time during vacation, too.

The kids have chosen to do a pirate makeover again at the Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom. We did this last year and it was so much fun! I love that it caters to both boys and girls. Last year our daughter wanted to be a mermaid and our son was a pirate. We have done the Bippity Boppity Boutique (costs considerably more) in the past and my daughter loved it at the time, but she actually prefers the Pirates League. It was a really fun experience for all of us and we’re excited to experience it again.

I will also be taking a day trip over to Port Canaveral to tour the Disney Magic cruise ship. I’ll spend 4 hours aboard the ship checking out all of the restaurants, pools, staterooms, and various activities the ship has to offer. I’m really excited to have this opportunity and learn as much as I can!

We can’t wait to drive up to the Wilderness Lodge and be taken directly to the 7th floor to begin our magical vacation!

I will definitely write another blog when we get back to give a trip report! If there is anything specific you would like to see or hear about, let me know!

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