Anyone who has an inner child wants to visit Disney World (or Land). It’s the place where having fun and making dreams come true is not only the norm, but thoroughly encouraged. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit. But it turns out that the happiest place on earth is also one of the most expensive.
But the time finally came when my cousin Marian pulled some (more like many) strings. As an intern as the park, she was able to give us discounts and snag us tons of fast passes. We ended up mostly paying for food, merchandise and gas. The idea that I was going to Disney World, however, really only hit me when I was actually there. The months leading up to it, and even the drive itself, couldn’t convince me that I would soon be in one of the few places in this world where childhood dreams and nostalgia run rampant.
No heat, humidity, exhaustion, or downpour could deter me from having an amazing time on my first visit. I would get to not only finally be at Walt Disney World, but I would also be sharing the experience my mother (also a first timer) and my awesome cousin whom I typically only see once a year across the globe.
We started off at the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. It’s a really cool game that takes place all over the park itself. The goal of it is to save Pongo’s dalmatians from Cruella de Vil, with the help of Merlin himself, while also facing a potential deal (more like a threat) from Hades. While the game itself is a cool idea, especially with all the interactive mirrors within Magic Kingdom, we were so caught up with our own schedule and distracted by so many things that we ended up not really playing. Sorry Pongo 😦
We went on the Pirated of the Caribbean ride, visited the stores Castle Couture and Bonjour! Village Gifts, got a sneak peek at Cheshire Cafe, and tons more! On the first day, lunch was at Cosmic Ray’s where I had a delicious burger with macaroni and cheese in it. With what was probably the most delicious strawberry slushie ever.
The most surprising ride for me personally was the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Although somewhat unassuming and not particularly thrilling like some of the other rides, I found it really enjoyable. The line is short and fast, with an entrance guarded by a “spitting” camel. There’s a button in each carpet that allows you to control however high up you wish to fly. I, of course, didn’t know this until Marian and her friend MJ decided to mess with me and have us super high off the ground… But it was a really nice ride that didn’t make you want to throw your guts up.
So there’s that.
I will say though, that the Agrabah Bazaar right next to it was disappointing. Nothing about the actual store related to the Aladdin film and was quite unextraordinary. The only cool thing about it was it’s name and the occasional visits by Aladdin and Jasmine.
Another ride that may not be on your radar is Prince Charming Regal Carousel. Like the Carpets ride, the line is pretty short and quick. The ride is one of the oldest at the park and was apparently ridden by Walt Disney himself. It’s, as the name suggests, a charming ride decorated with Cinderella scenes and gorgeous horses. After managing to get a horse adorned with red roses, I lifted my arms off to my side and let them glide along as we spun. It was nice to just be on a calm ride that made your heart soar, especially after dealing with crazy crowds in the heat all day.
The best ride that day, however, was most definitely Splash Mountain. It’s got so many faux drops that the anticipation leading up to the big one is almost unbearable. The animatronics were also really cool. I mean, who doesn’t root for Were Rabbit?
The highlight of the day for me, was hands down the Be Our Guest dinner. As a fervid lover of Beauty and the Beast, this was a no brainer. But if you’re wondering if the hype is justified, it is. The castle is absolutely gorgeous and, in my opinion, more beautiful than the interior of the Cinderella one. There are suits of armor leading to the entrance “talking” about the food and other topics of nonsense, statues of beast-like creatures and a stained glass portrait of the famous couple themselves. The ceiling is angelic with a massive chandelier right in the middle. What was really cool, however, was the simulated view on a snowy mountain making it seem as though it were winter. And yes, the food is actually really, really good.
And you get to meet the Beast too!
And yes, I died a little inside.
To be continued . . .
A massive thank you to Marian and MJ for taking time out of their day to let us into the park.