I’m a child at heart. I watch Disney flicks on the regular. I sing Disney songs as if I’m one of the Princesses. And I cry at every single movie. It could be a sad one, like Up, or a happy one, like Winnie the Pooh, and I still cry. The trailer for the new movie made me shed a tear.
When I’m extremely happy, I get so overwhelmed that I start crying. It’s not an ugly sob kind of cry. It’s the kind where you can’t stop smiling and your cheeks start to hurt. And because your eyes are squinted from smiling too much, your eyes begin to water and you start to feel yourself choking up. That’s how I feel about Disney, especially when I’m at Walt Disney World.
I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Walt Disney World four times in my life. Once when I was 10, when I was 18, for my 19th birthday, and when I was 21. My parents, sister, and I love going there and spending time together. My mom and sister and I are Disney fanatics and my dad is there to enjoy the rides and shows. Also, he loves the amazing food and drinks. The great thing about Disney World too, is that it’s not just for kids. Adults can have just as much fun!
In this post, I’m going to share my favourite experiences (and the photos I’ve taken!) I’ve had at Walt Disney World these past few years. Aside from the rides and roller coasters, which I LOVE (to name a few: Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad), I’m going to share some of my favourite experiences and attractions.
I’ll most definitely be going again. Especially when the new Star Wars world is open….
The shows at Cinderella’s Castle
Seeing the castle during the day or lit up at night instantly brings that overwhelming flood of happiness. At night, they do these incredible projections onto the castle and a huge fireworks show. It truly is magical at the Magic Kingdom.
Traveling the world in a day at Epcot World Pavillions
You can travel to Germany, Italy, Morocco, France, England, you name it! All in the span of your day at that park. There are even some cute character meet and greets in their respective “countries” (my sis and I with Snow White at her wishing well in the photo above). I was lucky enough to go to Epcot during their Flower and Garden festival. They had beautiful trees and shrubs in the shape of characters, that clearly took a lot of time and effort to create (see in photo below).
Here are photos of a few of my other favourite places in Epcot!
Two words: STAR. WARS.
I know that not everyone is a Star Wars fan. BUT. You do have to admit. Seeing Storm Troopers march with Captain Phasma through Hollywood Studios is pretty damn COOL. You can meet Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and BB8. You can even take a photo with Jawas running around the meet and greet building (in my photo above).
Pandora at Animal Kingdom
Maybe you’re not a Star Wars fan, but a fan of the movie Avatar instead? Just last summer, Animal Kingdom opened a whole Pandora section of the park and my family and I were there on opening day! It was absolute chaos, but an organized chaos, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go on any rides because we didn’t get Fast Passes, and Standby wait times were over 5 HOURS LONG… I’ll just have to get on those rides next time!
The attention to detail is what really amazed me about this place. It was absolutely incredible! It really felt as if you were in the Avatar movie.
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom
This wonderful attraction takes you through the wildlife reserve that is right on the grounds of Animal Kingdom. You are driven around by a guide in a giant truck filled with about 15-20 people and you get to see the beautiful surroundings of animals roaming free in the spacious, and well-kept reserve. They provide you with the reserve’s history and also the history and statistics on animal poaching in Africa. It’s a real eye opener. When I was there at 10-years-old, I learned that people poach elephants for their tusks, even though their tusks are made up of the same materials as our fingernails… It’s a shame really, what people are doing to those poor creatures. AND elephants are my favourite. Aside from the eye-opening facts, the attraction itself is a great time. It’s such an incredible and fun experience!
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Unfortunately my family and I didn’t stay at this STUNNING resort, however we did eat at one of the restaurants there. It was this delicious authentic Italian restaurant called Trattoria al Forno. I’m half Italian, so I know good Italian food when I have it.
Across the way is Epcot, The Dolphin and the Swan resorts, as well as Yacht and Beach Club resorts. This place was so fun to walk around. The atmosphere was vibrant and lively and full of smiling faces as people walked along the boardwalk and took photos. It was even more stunning at night, too! Plus, you can see the fireworks at Epcot from the boardwalk!
Nightlife, shopping, food, dancing, drinks, and lots more – this is everything you can do at Disney Springs! It was recently remodelled, and there is a whole other area that is strictly dedicated to shoppers. There’s a huge Sephora, a Levi’s store, Kate Spade, and much more.
FOOD is what I love about Disney Springs. The amount of amazing restaurants they have are too many to count. My family and I love to come down to this area almost every night on our trip to have a nice dinner and enjoy the water and live music and entertainment that they have nightly. Some of our favourite places include The Boathouse and Raglan Road (an incredible Irish pub with live Irish dancing and musical performances). The Disney Springs area is a great place to stay if you’re looking for more of an “adult” time at Disney World, as they have places where you can drink alcohol openly and party and dance! They even have a House of Blues with performances from popular musicians, and a Cirque du Soleil!
Below is a little bit of a blurry shot, but one of my favourite restaurants at Disney Springs. It sits right on the water and when you sit on the back patio, you get a gorgeous view of the canal and the ferry boats that ride on by.
I could go ON and on for HOURS about Walt Disney World. Some of my fondest memories were made at that place. Have you ever been to Disney World? What was your favourite experience? Leave a comment below!