It’s the number one question that people have been asking me lately. My response has varied in honesty based on the person who’s asked, so let me be perfectly frank–Disney World is awesome! Puking my guts out early in my trip (when I was supposed to visit the Magic Kingdom) was not awesome. And that’s pretty much how the trip went. Fortunately, because of the wonder that is Disney, awesome seems to win out. Without going into all the nitty gritty details about interpersonal human relations, sickness, and the weatherman in Florida who got the forecast DEAD WRONG three days in a row, I’ll smile and say, “I had a wonderful time.” Because for the most part, that’s the truth.
Some of the best things about being in Florida are the palm trees, the lizards that run across the sidewalks, and the beautiful (sometimes nautical) birds. And of course, Disney World, which is pretty much its own county. There are four major amusement parks in Disney World–Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood (which used to be MGM), and Animal Kingdom. Each park is beautiful, magical, and full of fun. I was psyched to visit them all as well as a Medieval Times dinner theater and a shopping area called Downtown Disney.
Instead of boring you with a bunch of details about this and that, I’ll instead post some pictures with random comments. I took all the pictures, unless I’m in the picture, then Sarah probably took it. If we’re both in the picture, obviously, someone else took it.
When I think Disney World, I think of that lovely castle nestled in the middle of Magic Kingdom, which is home to Cinderella and a really expensive restaurant and a fancy schmancy hotel room. I didn’t get to see either of those, but I still marveled at the beauty of the castle by both day and night.
My favorite Disney movies include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Toy Story 1 & 2, and Monsters, Inc. But if I had to pick an absolute favorite character, it would be Ariel the Little Mermaid. Naturally, I had to meet her and since she’s a mermaid she has her own grotto to meet her fans. Yes, I think I was the oldest person in line that wasn’t accompanied by a 5 year-old. So, what?
I got to meet Ariel!
Every little girl dreams of being a princess, but how many of those little girls get to meet a handsome prince like Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia? Sarah and I did!
We also encountered other magical things in the Magic Kingdom such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella’s Fountain, and an impromptu parade (OK, they happen twice a day, but it was still a surprise to me!)
Animal Kingdom was fantastic! The park has a safari ride that takes you through an animal reserve on the park’s ground that allows animals to roam free. We encountered rhinos, a giraffe, elephants, alligators (or crocodiles. It is supposed to be Africa!), some random mammals, a lioness, and cheetahs (sorry, Dad, no chelonians). AND FLAMINGOS!!! I was excited out of my mind!
And Sarah was just excited to be in fake Africa…I’m sure she would prefer the real thing.
We were so tired by the time we got to Epcot that we didn’t check out any of the countries, just some of the rides in the front of the park. Sarah got to be commander of our mission to Mars and I blame her for the fact that we almost crash landed.
And only in Disney Hollywood can you catch a large stage rolling down the middle of the street to promote the High School Musical 3 show…
Everyone should go to Disney World, if only because they sell balloons in the middle of the street.
I just like these photographs, so I had to include them…enjoy!
I have a ton of photos, so if you want MORE, then demand it in the comments section! Thanks for letting me share a bit of my trip with you.