How was your trip to Disney World?

13 Nov

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.

Chillin with dead pirates in Downtown Disney...on Election Day.  Note my McCain hat.

Chillin' with dead pirates in Downtown Disney...on Election Day. Note my McCain hat.

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.

A bird on a lamp post and Photoshop = eerie picture!

A bird on a lamp post and Photoshop = eerie picture!

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.

I rode the spinning tea cups for you, Ginger!

I rode the spinning tea cups for you, Ginger!

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.

The castle by day...
The castle by day…and night.
...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!

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!

Prince Caspian in Disney Hollywood.

Prince Caspian in Disney Hollywood.

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!)

Beauty and her beast in the parade.

Beauty and her beast in the parade.

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!

I put a pink filter on the picture to add to the flamingo flavor!

It actually crossed the road in front of our vehicle.

The safari vehicle doesn't stop for anything. You just hope you can capture the moment.

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!

The statue in front of Ariels grotto.

The statue in front of Ariel's grotto.

In Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom

Our knight threw me that yellow carnation.  He was so gallant.

Our knight threw me that yellow carnation. He was so gallant.

Under a waterfall at Animal Kingdom

Under a waterfall at Animal Kingdom

Indiana Jones at the stunt show in Disney Hollywood.

Indiana Jones at the stunt show in Disney Hollywood.

Ursula the Sea Witch from Voyage of the Little Mermaid in Disney Hollywood.

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.

No Responses to “How was your trip to Disney World?”

  1. alyssa November 13, 2008 at 11:18 PM #

    magical! thanks for sharing your pics.

  2. Todd Porter November 14, 2008 at 4:14 AM #

    It looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics. I wish we could have joined you. 🙂

  3. MYALOU November 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM #


  4. Rachel November 17, 2008 at 9:05 PM #

    OH my gosh. You met “prince caspian”????? I probably would have proposed on the spot. he is my dream man. seriously. lucky girl 😉

    EMI has a huuuuge prince caspian 3D cut out. i mean MASSIVE and everytime i go there i scream a little bit on the inside because it is prince caspian with the sword and the hair and the pout. i looove going to visit EMI 🙂

  5. Amy November 17, 2008 at 10:57 PM #

    Haha…it’s fun to mess around with the characters. They always ask you questions in character. For example, Ariel asked me where my sailors were and I told her that they ran off with some pirates to get rum.

    Prince Caspian asked us where we lived in the “kingdom” and I told him “Narnia”. He said he hadn’t seen us around, and I said something about how he should invite us in for tea. He said he would, so when he does, you can totally come along, Rachel! 🙂

    Costumed characters = never-ending amusement!

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