So, I know I said I was still going to call it Downtown Disney but for the sake of being PC…
Day Two! Saturday, April 2nd ~
Since we were only down for the weekend, I had left today open for whatever we felt like doing. The loose plan was to go to Disney Springs, but the rest would be left up to interpretation. We had some breakfast in our room and took our time getting ready. It had started to drizzle just a little by the time we headed out the door. Luckily I’d brought an umbrella along.
We made our way along the walkway to the Marketplace area. It was such a scenic, peaceful walk, and only took us about five minutes to get there. Perfect!
So where to first?! Why no other than World of Disney of course! That’s a store I could completely blow our budget in, so I had to really restrain myself. I did pretty good with only a few small items (my daughter found the BB8 ears she wanted!), and another umbrella. It was starting to rain harder now…
By this point it was about lunch time. It was on the earlier side, just after 11am, so we decided to try our luck at T-Rex. The wait time wasn’t too bad, only about 15 minutes. Hooray! We really enjoy this place. It was a madhouse however, so it was difficult to manuever through the masses, but we eventually found our way to our table. Every time we eat here, we always get the jungle area for some reason, and this was no different. Dang it, I want the ice cave! Next time I will ask and see what happens.
We decided to give the nachos a whirl, and man, they give you a huge portion! It would have been fine just having that for lunch. However, I had also ordered the Omnivore’s Delight salad, with chicken (doesn’t that make it a carnivore’s delight??). It was decent, but I don’t think I would get it again. Way too much goat cheese!
We were all pretty full, so we decided to skip dessert. I did let them talk me into getting the Landry’s card though. I figure we eat there almost every time we visit, plus you can use it at other locations as well. They’ll give you rewards and priority seating so…sure, why not.
After lunch, it was still raining pretty good, but we continued on and made our way over to the West Side. Our plan was to check out Disney Quest one last time before they close its doors, but my daughter wanted to go back to the room for a break instead, so my husband took her back while just my son and I went into Disney Quest.
This place certainly shows a lot of signs of wear and tear, but it’s still a lot of fun. I love all the old games from when I was a kid! My son wanted to go on Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblaster, so we got into line. It broke down when we were queued up, so we had to wait while they worked out whatever the issue was.
Finally, we were able to go on. I had never done this ride before, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I knew you drove around trying to shoot each other, but I had no idea how hard it was to pick the balls up. Maybe we just had a bum car or something, but we hardly got any ammo, and we just kept getting shot and spinning in circles. I hate things that spin, so it was rather unenjoyable to say the least! Give me any roller coaster, any thrill ride, just don’t spin me! Blech. Afterward we played the Nascar race, and my son won. That’s my boy!
We had been in there a few hours now and had enough at this point, so we left to go and catch back up with my husband and daughter. The sun had come back out at this point and it was starting to get pretty hot, so we decided to head back to the resort for a swim (and an adult beverage). Ahhh…this is the life.
After our little siesta, we headed back over to DTD (ha! I snuck it in there on ya) for the evening. We hit up a few shops that the kids wanted to check out (Little Miss Matched, Pin Traders, and the Co-Op) and then headed over to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. I’ve been wanting to check this place out! We grabbed a table outside where we could listen to the band that was playing right there, while I went in to take a look around and order.
It’s a pretty cool place! I ordered a Tusker Premium Lager for my husband, Antidotes for the kids (Sprite and cherry juice), and an Air Pirate’s Mule for myself. We also ordered some Air Pirate’s Pretzels and Tanis Tacos. The tacos were decent, but I couldn’t eat more than one. The kids scarfed down the pretzels (which look more like bagels) before I got one, so I guess they were a winner! The Air Pirate’s Mule however…not so much. I’m a fan of bourbon, and I’m a fan of ginger beer, but something about this drink just didn’t mix well together. I couldn’t even finish it. Very bitter. Yuck.
Afterward, we went to The Ganachery for the first time. Let me just say, it won’t be the last! That chocolate is soooo good!! We got a box of six: Cinnamon, Egyptian Sea Salt, Mango Curry, Pistachio, Raspberry and Vanilla. I have dreams about this chocolate!! I can’t wait until we can get back there again. I want to try them all! Unfortunately I didn’t think to take a picture of them until after I ate two, they were that good!
We went over to Goofy’s Candy Co. and the Days of Christmas store, which about wrapped up our day at Disney Springs. We did stop at Dockside Margaritas on the way out (because, you know, margaritas!!) and then made our way back to the bridge to walk the beautiful path leading to our room. It turned out to be a pretty nice night!
Up next, and the whole reason for our trip…Flower and Garden Festival time!! Lots of good stuff to cover here! Stay tuned!