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Magical Blogorail Red – Friendship Boats

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Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Thank you to my friends on the Magical Blogorail Red team for including me in their loop this month!  I’m excited to talk to you about the Friendship Boats — specifically the ones that you can ride from the top of World Showcase to the entrance closest to where it connects with Future World.

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The Friendship Boats are a great way to enjoy a relaxing ride around different parts of Walt Disney World!

In the picture above, this Friendship Boat is actually one that makes a journey from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Boardwalk area and from there on to the International Gateway of Epcot.  While this isn’t the boat that is used in World Showcase Lagoon, it is very similar, and the boat you ride in the Lagoon will have a similar structure.

I think that the Friendship Boats are a totally under appreciated mode of transportation around World Showcase.  When you’ve walked all the way around the 1.2 mile pathways of World Showcase a few times, it’s really nice to just kick back, relax, and let your Friendship Boat Captain take you around to the other side of World Showcase!  Trust me, on day 5 of your 7 day vacation your feet will be thanking you!

Of course, it’s not just the respite from walking that makes the Friendship Boats so welcoming — it also supplies some truly unique views of World Showcase that you don’t see very easily from the land!  For photography fans, taking a ride is a great way to get some new photos of your favorite pavilions!  Here are a couple of my favorites from the time we last rode the boats!

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I like this photo because the sun is really doing a great job of putting a golden glow on the China pavilion!

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This shot was taken from the Friendship Boats on their journey past the African Outpost.

There are actually two routes that the boats take.  One takes you from the Canada pavilion up to Morocco and back, and the other takes you from the Germany pavilion over towards the Mexico pavilion and back.

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World Showcase Lagoon with the Friendship Boat docks listed.

It should be noted that taking the Friendship Boats is not the fastest way around World Showcase — and it should also be noted that the Friendship Boats are closed down early to prepare for Illuminations.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Home is Where the Mouse Is.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ The Disney Point
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is

St. Patrick’s Day at Walt Disney World!

St. Patrick's Day!

Biergarten – Not your usual location to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today as we join in on the Magical Blogorail’s #RidingtheRails series this week!  Today we are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, which is on March 17th this year.  I know that most people think of restaurants like Raglan Road at Downtown Disney when they think of St. Patrick’s Day:

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Raglan Road is located at Downtown Disney

However, since I don’t drink very much, I like a restaurant that has a great atmosphere, great food, and great spirits, all rolled into one!  For me, that restaurant is the Biergarten, located in Germany in Epcot’s World Showcase!

My family has eaten at Biergarten twice in the past three years, and we have enjoyed it each time.  The first time we ate there was with my sister-in-law Nancy and her family, and then last year we ate there with our friends Brenda and Butch.  Brenda is a Pixie like me, and we are great friends.  That dinner was exceptionally special because Sophie and I got to dance, and it meant as much to her as it did to me.  Here are a couple of photos you might enjoy:

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Dancing with my daughter Sophie at the Biergarten

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I guess I’m practicing for my first dance after she get’s married — several years from now!!!

I know that Biergarten is not your typical Irish type restaurant to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with — but if you can overlook the German food, and the German decor, and the German Beer, well, then I think you’ll love it for St. Patrick’s Day! Now, a question for you all.  Have you ever eaten at Biergarten — at any time, not just for St. Patrick’s Day?  If so, what did you think of it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Go ahead and leave your comment and then click the button to see the rest of the great entries!