Photography, Travel, Walt Disney World, WDW Feb 2013

DisneyWorld Feb 2013: EPCOT at night

Monday morning kicked off a workshop day at the Internet Retailer Web Design & Usability Conference (IRWD), about 20 minutes from Disney at the Omni hotel. My iPhone turn-by-turn voice directions got me to the show with no problem, and the SEO workshop day was pretty good. I connected with my friend and co-worker Neil, who was also attending the conference and had brought his wife and son with him for some Florida relief. At the end of the conference day, I gave Neil & family a lift to Magic Kingdom, then headed to EPCOT. I would have joined them, but I had a dinner reservation at Via Napoli that I could not cancel. As it turns out, I would not have wanted to, either.

More DisneyWorld mileage

I used my Cyclemeter app to measure my walk from the car to the back of World Showcase, which ended up being 2.6 miles. I had a parking spot in the middle of the lot, so I think that this is a good average distance if you ever want to know how far you walk in EPCOT. I arrived at the Italy pavilion with some time before my reservation, so I burned some of the time taking pictures and also had another video chat with the girls back in snowy Michigan.

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

EPCOT

Dinner at Via Napoli

After a few past cancelations, I finally made my first visit to Via Napoli, a relatively new restaurant that specializes in flatbread pizzas. I was seated quickly and ordered Arancini as my starter, which is deep-fried balls of risotto served in a shallow pool of light marinara sauce – fantastic. My Italian waitress, Roberta, twice came over to converse about the length of my camera lens, which made me giggle under my breath. Her assistant, a very young Italian named Alice, shyly asked if I was a professional photographer, which made me cackle out loud. Love that Italian hospitality. I had a Peccante pizza, which topped the Mama Melrose pizza and was delicious.

I had been hoping to stick around for the 9pm Illuminations, but as I left dinner at 6:30 and weighed my options, I realized I was too exhausted to last for 2.5 more hours. I made my way around the lake and stopped to take some pictures of the fountains and Spaceship Earth on the way out. When Rachel heard I was back at my resort by 7:30, she said “you’re not going to let your parents outlast you, are you?” and I replied with “that’s why I’m resting up tonight, lol.”

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

EPCOT at night

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