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I think our family collectively loves the China Pavilion in Epcot the most. We have our individual favorites, but this is one we all enjoy visiting, and make an effort to see each trip.

The main dining room, Nine Dragons, is always very easy to get into (with or without a reservation) and is consistently good. Clare can eat her weight in lo mien and red bean ice cream here, so that would be her recommendation on how to spend some free time. The counter service location, Lotus Blossom Cafe, is also a good choice if you are on the go. It can feel a little cramped in there, but the service is fast and delicious!

There’s also a small kiosk outside the Pavilion, Joy of Tea, that sells snacks (LOVE the rolls), and beverages, like specialty cocktails, beer and wine native to China. Also– water, soda and the other general goods you’ll find everywhere in the park. Here’s a picture of Daniel enjoying some plum wine, here!

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There are several shops inside the pavilion and also outside, next to Joy of Tea, where you can get anything from umbrellas, to chopsticks, to gorgeous authentic clothing. They have some seriously great stuff…and last time I was there, and entire section dedicated to cute, cuddly PANDA BEARS!!

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This cool building, above, is where the movie “Reflections of China” is housed. It’s a good break for your feet and from the heat, but we much prefer to spend our time eating and shopping. China also has the most awesome acrobatic performances throughout the day.

This pavilion has such a peaceful feel to it, and I hope you’ll make this a part of your next Epcot adventure!

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it’s been awhile!

HELLO!

It’s been forever since I posted and life has just been crazy! I quit my job (kind of kicking and screaming) to support my family and bonus…get to stay home with Clare, Daniel started working for a new company, and I became a travel planner specializing specifically in all Disney Destinations! IT”S SO AMAZING!!

We’ve been Disney-ing it up a lot this year–and I wanted to share a few pictures from my most recent trip. I did a Mom Trip, and two of us ended up bringing our kiddos with us…it was a blast! Daniel ended up joining us for a few days post-Mom trip, and we had such a great little mini-family vacay.

 

This one is just flipping hilarious. This was the day we arrived. We had super early flights and our babes did NOT nap, haha. They were so tired, the passed out on the way to Animal Kingdom! No matter. We had fun!!

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The did wake up before the end of the shoot. Look at those sleepy baby faces!!

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My eyes are totally closed but that happens in 75% of pictures I take…sigh.

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Another Epcot pic! By the way. Clare is wearing a nightgown and a diaper. Not even shoes. I’m so serious. She did not want to put clothes back on because Anna and Elsa are on that nightgown and she wanted to wear it ALL THE TIME. What a cheeseburger!!

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This girl was SO excited to meet Anna and Elsa! She is obsessed. This is the most she’s ever smiled for pics at WDW –not much I know. I mean, she’s 1 1/2, so unless Mom or Dad is taking the pic she’s like uhhhh no. HA!! This was my favorite meet and greet…and we did a LOT! We also met, Buzz, Tink, Daisy, and did some character dining!

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Elsa talked to us forever, and it was AMAZING! Clare was so starstruck!! Elsa told Clare that her polka-dots on her shirt reminded her of snowballs, and then gave us a bunch of reasons why you want Olaf on your team when you have a snowball fight. HA!

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My FAVORITE event, hands down, at Walt Disney World, is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I couldn’t believe we made it for one of the first ones this year. I love it so much. And I’m not even a big Halloween person!! Everyone dresses up and it’s amazing. You can walk on to just about any ride you want to do, and there’s trick or treating, special fireworks…it’s a BLAST!!

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