No one loves Disney as much as my dear friend, Alyssa. Alyssa has joined me on many overseas adventures, but just her and me together at Disney will go down as a favorite. Only the love that she has for the world that is Disney could help warm this ice cold heart. Thanks for the help with this post, Alyssa!- A
Oh My Mickey! What makes Walt Disney World so special? The moment you enter the park, you are overwhelmed with a rush of happiness, like everything in the world is right again. The real magic is the fact that you don’t have to be 5 to have a blast. WDW offers a little bit of everything, for all ages.
Epcot as an adult is epic. There is no other way to describe it. Drinking around the world, literally, 10 different countries was my favorite part about our Saturday afternoon. Not only do they have booze, rides, historical monuments, and delicious food but the staff in each country of the park is actually from that reign of the world. So neat! What better way to start planning a trip to Japan, Italy or Germany, than to ask questions from locals themselves? If you start in Epcot, I highly recommend heading to Norway first to check out the new Frozen ride. The line gets long but the new technology and detail to the characters is well worth the wait. To quote one of Disney’s top executives, E. C. Walker, “May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.”
Where I ate: Mexico had a salt rimmed margarita that could turn any frown upside down along with fresh guacamole and flavorful taco salads. Also, the bratwurst with sauerkraut washed down with a citrus beer in Germany will have you booking your next flight to Munich.
After drinking and eating our way around the world we hit up the monorail and entered the single most magical place on this earth, Magic Kingdom. (No, that is not the booze talking, I soberly think this way about it) As you enter the park, Main Street U.S.A. has shops and an aroma of fresh baked cookies and cotton candy. Then just in the distance, beyond the shops, stands Cinderella’s Castle. It doesn’t matter how many times I see the elaborate sight, I still get butterflies in my stomach. As we grow up our dreams of becoming a Princess or slaying the dragon slowly fade but somehow Magic Kingdom brings those dreams to reality. Whether you are meeting the princesses, soaring over Never Land or watching the daily parades, Disney’s reality to, “wish upon a star,” comes true when you are here. If you are looking for a thrill ride, Space Mountain does not disappoint. I think I screamed the whole time during the fast pace roller-coaster in space. If something more relaxed is your speed, The Little Mermaid’s, Under the Sea, was a pleasant way to finish off the day, especially after walking two parks and baking in Florida’s sun.
Did you know: Disney is the size of San Francisco or equivalent to two Manhattans!
When to go: The best time to visit WDW is at the end of January up until the first week of March. The temperatures aren’t too hot and the crowds seem to disappear before the Spring Break/summer rush.