Disney World will take your breath away. It just will. I had never been to the Land of Magic before. I’ll be the first to admit that I am a certified Disney FREAK! I’m such a Disney fanatic I did a presentation and research paper over three Disney princesses for my college sophomore World Lit class this past semester. Yeah I know, I’m a Disney kid.
So when my Dad told my brother Samuel and I that for our birthdays and Christmas present this year we were going to Disney over Thanksgiving break, I was thrilled to say the least. We went with our aunt, uncle, and cousin.
Day 1: After much planning, we got up at the crack of dawn and hopped on a plane leaving Love Field for balmy Orlando, FL. Deciding to document each day with a memorable photo became my thing for the week. I took so many pics of the trip that it was hard to decide but it was fun editing each photo. And of course, being the twenty first century kid that I am, I gave my family’s vacation a hashtag: #DisneyTakeOver2k15
Day 2: Our adventure at Disney World began at Epcot. The only place you can go from Mexico to China in a span of 2 or 3 hours (if you are power walking that is!). The beauty of that place is incredible. Every country is authentic in the architecture, food, music, and natives. My dad spoke to many of the workers and they explained to him that Disney has a program where they come and live at the park for 6 months and then after the 6 months are up, a new batch is brought in. How neat is that?
Day 3: Animal Kingdom was probably our shortest day at a park. While many of the attractions were geared more towards to little kids, I absolutely loved going to see the shows. We watched The Lion King (my all time favorite Disney film), Finding Nemo the Musical, and a very cool bird show. The picture below is of the Tree of Life where tons of animals are carved into this ginormous tree’s trunk.
Day 4: Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) is where you shop, shop, shop! There was literally a Disney store there that could have housed a small strip mall. It was incredible seeing all the Disney apparel. I ended up snagging a precious Disney quilt that I am ironically snuggled up under as I write this post.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to see the Cirque du Soleil while in Disney Springs. The show was amazing! The acrobatics and performances were absolutely spectacular. If you ever get a chance to go see them, I highly recommend it.
Day 5: Hollywood Studios was the park of all the shows! I think we caught more shows and rides here than we did at any of the other parks our entire trip. My favorite ride here was the Hollywood Tower of Terror. It was amazing! But even more amazing was how many shows we were able to catch. We saw Frozen (twice!), Beauty and the Beast (nostalgic for me since I was in a production my junior year in HS), The Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones, just to name a few. Even though we got caught unawares in a huge downpour after coming out of a few shows, it was well worth it!
Day 6: Magic Kingdom is the fairy godmother of all the parks. It has the iconic Cinderella’s castle which houses a special suite (Cinderella Castle Suite). The castle can be seen from every vantage of the park. I think we ended up walking over 12.5 miles that day! We saw the infamous tea cups, rode roller coasters, ate delicious food and celebrated Thanksgiving by eating huge grilled corn ears and scrumptious baked potatoes.
As the night fell, it grew time for the castle to be lit. I have never seen anything so beautiful than Cinderella’s Castle during the Holidays.
Oh yes, we most certainly did ride Its A Small World. It was much longer than I could ever have anticipated but it was worth it to feel like I was transported back to my childhood.
Mickey’s Electrical Parade was so beautiful! It featured characters like Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Puff the Magic Dragon (talk about a TBT, huh?), Pinocchio, Mickey and Minnie, etc.
I love Walt Disney’s quote here. He was a man with a vision; he shaped the way boys and girls for generations have related to fairy tales and cartoon characters.
Finding Nemo: The Musical
Indiana Jones: A Production
Beauty and the Beast (its amazing, but I can still sing all the words to this movie).
Mike Wazowski’s Laughter Floor. This show was, needless to say, hilarious! My group was laughing so hard by the time we left. Definitely loved the fresh comedy Disney threw at you.
Day 7: And just like that, our stay at the Most Magical Place on Earth had come to a close. That was the first, but most certainly not the LAST time I will be going to Disney World. I loved every minute I was there. I have even contemplated moving there for a semester to work in their College Program. Who knows? I might find myself at Magic Kingdom some day helping a young family find their way to meet Princess Belle for a picture.
Goodbye Disney. Arrivederci dear place.