I often get asked, “where does the girl who travels all over the world go for vacation?” Well, I have an answer for you: Disney World, of course!
Not the answer you expected, huh?
My parents have owned a timeshare right near the parks since I was a wee thing, and we haven’t made use of it since 1998. So, we all decided to convene in Orlando for a week at the ideal time of year: height of summer, height of high season, height of school being out, height of heat. (Smart, that we are.)
I’m actually a huge proponent of Disney—all the Orlando parks, really. They were such a part of my childhood; we’d come down here several times a year—summer, Spring Break, Thanksgiving—to park hop. Scott, however, had never been (can you believe it? such a deprived childhood he had!), so it was fun to take him on his first visit to the Magic Kingdom, even a week shy of his 35th birthday.
I have no problem embracing my five-year-old self, as if I haven’t made that evident time and time again.
In fact, the majority of rides we rode were of the kiddie variety: Peter Pan, the Astro Orbiter, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean (one of my all-time favorites), Haunted Mansion (scary, wooo) and the Carousel.
And since my last visit, there was a welcome addition: An Aladdin attraction, featuring none other than my favorite animal!
I was super bummed that the Alien show is now defunct and that we didn’t get to ride either of my favorite rides: Splash Mountain was a 90-minute wait (we picked up our Fast Passes around 1pm, but they weren’t valid until 6:30pm, and by then the daily afternoon storm had shut down all the rides); Space Mountain was closed until further notice. WHAT? I almost asked for a refund, as that’s one of the main reasons I chose Magic Kingdom over MGM (excuse me, make that Hollywood Studios…which, speaking of, what’s the deal with the name change in the first place?). Oh well, guess we’ll just have to go back! (67 Days of Smiles people, call me!)
In a totally random aside, we have these friendly avian creatures waddling around our unit each day. They even come up to say hi. Can anyone tell me what they are? Pretty please?