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Visiting Disney World, Orlando

disney world 1I 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.

disney world 3So 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?

disney world 2Despite 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.

disney world nightAs usual I will be sharing more photos from our time at Disney World on Facebook and Instagram this week so make sure you check it out!

Have you been to Disney World? What was your favourite park?

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    September 23, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    You’re so funny going to Disney World and not enjoying rides. I had always wanted to visit Disneyland since I was small but it appears somewhere in the last 40 years or so that all other other theme parks in the world made it a little less desireable than I once thought. In the end, when we were in Florida, we visited Epcot as we knew it would be less crowded. No fairytale castle but no doubt plenty of similar rides. I’m glad I visited but I really should have gone 40 years ago when it truly would have been amazing. Thanks for joining in the fun!

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    Emily (Cooking for Kishore)
    September 23, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hi Sally, I’ve never been to Disneyland either and like you it’s mostly due to the rides. I could hardly handle the tire swing in grade school forget amusement park rides! 🙂

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    September 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I’m glad that there are others in the world who find theme park rides unpleasant. I took my son on a USA road trip some years ago and as he was keen to visit Disneyland as part of it, I reluctantly joined in. After a very tame ride in a boat disguised as a swan with our 4 to 6 year old fellow passengers, I made another mistake by agreeing to go on a further ride (the Ghost Train?). As the carriage careered out of control down the precipice, I responded to my son’s question about whether I was enjoying the ride with the response that it was as much fun as having a heart attack.

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      September 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Haha I am also glad it isn’t just me! That’s it hey, when you’re all excited from one ride you end up on something worse! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    September 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I think for a two day trip you would have been better off at Disneyland. There are only two parks, but the rides are better, longer versions- including the not scary rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. 🙂 Disney World is more of a weeklong vacation spot. We didn’t realize how big it was either when we visited. We knew the 4 parks would be big, but just the size of the resort and getting around is like getting around a small town.

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      September 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      I did enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World actually! It really separates itself into its own little world doesn’t it…I would like to visit Disneyland one day, I think a day or 2 is enough for me 🙂

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