The last time I went to Disney World was in 2000, on the 25th anniversary, when I was only 4 years old. Over the last sixteen years, I've been shown pictures and told hundreds of stories about my family's trip there but I remembered nothing. So, I hopped on a plane and started my journey down south to go to Disney World for the first time in my own personal memory.
My entire trip was magical and still, a week later, I'm having trouble finding words to describe what my trip to Disney was like. I was amazed by the size of this empire, for lack of a better word. The size of these parks and how many there were. Walt Disney really did create his own little city. Going from ride to ride and park to park, I was most amazed at how much thought and attention to detail was put into everything from the small sets in the Haunted Mansion ride to the 60's era theme of Hollywood Studios to the amazing fireworks shows at the end of each day.
Here is my journey in Disney through photos. Enjoy!
Day 1: Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios, which was called MGM the last time I went to Disney World, was our first park of the trip. After waking up at 4:30am to make my 7:20am flight to Florida, I was exhausted but there was no stopping. Straight from the Tampa airport we headed for Orlando. Hollywood Studios is every film fanatics dream. The 50's vibes are reminiscent of color film photography by William Eggelston and Stephen Shore. I was fascinated by the colors and the overall theme. But to be honest, everyone knows what I was truly most excited for: the Rock n' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror. Needless to say, those rides did not disappoint and I had an absolute blast.
Day 2: Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom was my first full park that I visited. I spent 12 hours at this park from 1PM until closing (12AM). In that time I managed to eat a lot of food, take a lot of pictures, make a big fool of myself, meet some of my favorite characters and manage to go on nearly 20 rides.
Seeing Cinderella's castle was surreal. I've seen so many pictures of it, and even pictures of 2 and 4 year old me in front of it but I never remember being there.
I ended up paying the extra money to have the best lunch experience of my entire lifetime. My roommate and I ate at the Crystal Palace for lunch where I not only had the best food I have eaten in a long time, but I got to meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends. I identify with Eeyore on a spiritual level now that I'm grown up. But getting to meet Tigger, who I named my late cat after, was amazing. Oh, and Piglet kissed me.
The entrance to quite possibly the most annoying and creepy ride on the entire planet. The song was stuck in my head all day afterwards. I also began to realize that Disney World has a thing for the creepy little dolls that fill this ride, they made appearances in other rides throughout the parks as well.
I've always found space and the future to be really interesting so it was obviously a no brainer that Tomorrowland was my absolute favorite section of the park. I got to meet Buzz Lightyear, who I've adored for years. Witnessed a dance party featuring Mr. Incredible dancing with a bunch of toddlers, it was great.
This ride was a great rest. I got to sit on my butt for 20 minutes and listen to a bunch of plastic moving mannequins sing "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day."
The Electric Light Parade was a blast from the music to seeing the light creations that were made it was one of the highlights of my day at Magic Kingdom.
Day 3: Epcot
Universe of Energy was great for so many reasons. It was dark, so I could take a nap if I wanted to, it was seated and it was air conditioned. I also learned a little about energy, which is a plus.
The Seas was one of my favorite rides because I love Finding Nemo, not to mention they have an actual aquarium at the end of the ride?! I saw a manatee, which I mistook for a whale, and a dolphin. How crazy is that?!
World's Showcase at Epcot
For some reason, I had a fascination with signs at Disney world. From the signs for stores to restaurants to rides, I found my camera being pointed at them on more than one occasion.