I think back now to our trip to Orlando to visit the theme parks and I realise how unprepared I was. I associate the trip with a few funny travel experiences so I thought I would share them so you can laugh at/with me!
We decided to visit Disney World as our travel agent said it was way better than Disneyland. I didn’t need any further convincing; however, I didn’t quite grasp the size of Disney World and decided that two days would be enough…I was wrong. There are four separate parks and a full day really needs to be dedicated to each…something the guy at the ticket office let us know on day one. Like I said, unprepared!
So we were faced with a choice, what two should we visit and what two should we leave for next time? The choice to visit the Magic Kingdom was easy, I mean that was where the princess castle was! The other park we chose was Animal Kingdom which was more of a relaxed day but a lot of fun.
My first funny experience happened before we even got to the park. A shuttle bus would stop at our hotel to take us to the Disney parks. What our hotel didn’t tell us was that there wasn’t time to eat our included breakfast before the bus turned up. This meant we nearly missed it on our first morning. I say nearly as I managed to get halfway on before the bus driver closed the door on me. Apparently he hadn’t heard me yelling. Lucky he noticed before driving away and released me from the doors. A little sore and bruised we started our journey to the magical world of Disney.
We had saved The Magic Kingdom for day 2 and I was very excited to get there. It was what Disney was all about! I enjoyed the parades, the food, and the sites. But there is really one thing that you can’t get away from at theme parks and it was the one thing I was not looking forward to…rides.
So I hate rides. I dislike going fast and things that make you lose your belly. I just do not find that fun. After a random act of kindness in the form of a lady giving us her jump the line tickets for some little roller coaster it was time for me to jump on and give rides another chance. While I am told it was pretty mellow, I found it pretty intense. Afterwards, drunk on adrenaline my husband somehow managed to convince me that I would like to give Space Mountain a try. On our way up I started to get a little nervous. I looked at my husband and said, “I think I will be ok as long as I can grab your arm”. What he failed to tell me as he had already been on by himself earlier that day, I realised when we got to the top, when it was too late to turn around, was that I wouldn’t be able to grab his arm as it was single file. So I ended up in the back of a carriage by myself speeding very fast in the dark making some form of grunting noise wishing the ride to be over…so this is what people do for fun hey?
Despite the Space Mountain incident I found the production value of the rides very impressive (I even had fun on some!) and enjoyed being utterly immersed in a place that celebrates youth, fun and wonder.
While I haven’t been to Disneyland, I really did have an awesome time exploring Disney World and would like to take more time and visit all four parks next time to get the full impact of the difference each park provides.
Have you been to Disney World? What was your favourite park?