The Post-Country Taylor Swift Extravaganza

My friend, Joanna, and I have been hardcore Swifties for a very long time. We’ve been wanting to put together outfits inspired by each of her musical eras, but the immense workload of an accelerated school semester prevented us from doing so. Near the end of November, however, we finally managed to put an evening aside just for this!

Stepping into each era is kind of like revisiting past versions of yourself. Who we were when each album came out is never identical. From the infectious energy of 1989, the blunt savagery of reputation, the warm fuzzy feelings of Lover, and the mystical folklore. Joanna and I love each of these albums for different reasons, each of which resonate with different aspects of our personalities and periods of time in our own lives.

The following post is gonna show our outfit interpretations for each of Taylor Swift’s musical eras. We’ve also included our two favorite songs from each album and our general thoughts about them.

1989

“I love how fun 1989 is! It’s got such a good mix of moods and so different from her other songs!”

Joanna W.-B.

Joanna: How You Get the Girl and Style.

1989 is the epitome of a party album. It’s super fun and never fails to get me in a good mood!”

Eve L.

Eve: Out of the Woods and You Are In Love.

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“I love Taylor’s new vibe in reputation! It’s unapologetic in the best way and her concert for this album was legendary.”

Joanna W.-B.

Joanna: Gorgeous and Getaway Car.

“I always associate my first semester at college with this era. I have such fond memories of dancing at the baseball field and fun car ride karaoke sessions associated with reputation. The angsty and commanding nature of this album always makes me feel like such a badass.”

Eve L.

Eve: Call it What You Want and Ready for It…?

Lover

“I like Lover because it feels so honest. If reputation was about revenge, Lover is about redemption.”

Joanna W.-B.

Joanna: Paper Rings and The Archer.

Lover is such a fun album filled with head-bopping and toe-tapping tunes. Despite being a much more uplifting era, Taylor still manages to have some pretty angst songs (which, ironically, happen to be some of my favorites). “

Eve L.

Eve: Death by a Thousand Cuts and Afterglow.

folklore

“Along with Red, folklore is one of Taylor’s most poetic albums. It’s beautiful, thoughtful, and raw. It’s one of my favorite albums ever!”

Joanna W.-B.

Joanna: The Lakes and Mirrorball.

folklore definitely helped put into words emotions and mental states I’ve been through, but was never able to put into words. It truly is a work of art.”

Eve L.

Eve: This Is Me Trying and Exile.

To Joanna, my fellow Swiftie!

Now just to be clear, these were done before Miss Swift blew our minds and attacked our souls by releasing a second surprise album in 2020. But I’d like to say that evermore is a work of art that I didn’t know I needed until I discovered it’s existence. Therefore we still wanted to include our favorites from the latest Taylor Swift album 🙂

Joanna: Gold Rush and Champagne Problems.

“This woman can do no wrong. evermore is so good. I can’t believe she was able to do this on top of folklore!”

Joanna W.-B.

Eve: Tolerate It and ‘Tis the Damn Season.

“I literally play all of folklore and evermore together on one playlist. It’s absolute heaven! Every song is a piece of lyrical art that comes for the feels.”

Eve L.

That’s a wrap on our Taylor Swift inspired fashion show!

I’m super excited for her re-recordings and whatever she comes up with next. I just hope I don’t die from the pure shock of another surprise release. It’s too soon and yet still feels like it’s taking forever. I still haven’t fully process folklore and evermore!

Disney Villain Series: Off with their Heads!

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This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite villains. Her last villain is Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.

My last villain is the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The film was initially unsuccessful, but this changed once the psychedelic era took place. The story and its characters are based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

 The haughty and sadistic queen used to irritate me as a child.

Well, the entire film did.

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I was so annoyed by all of the characters’ illogical thinking and inability to pay attention. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fantasy aspect of it all, but I really sympathized with Alice’s struggle with constantly distracted people that borderline being rude. Madness can only be fun for so long.

Now that I’m older, however, I’ve realized that I resembled the Red Queen quite a bit as a kid (and maybe even a teeny bit now). I was an immense hothead whose mood was all over the place. I’m probably the same now, just on a smaller scale hopefully.

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The Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.

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Verna Felton, an actress known for her no-nonsense attitude, voiced Fairy Godmother and the Queen of Hearts. Both of which, ironically, are portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter in the live-action remakes of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. They both did an incredible job with these characters. They are so different and yet are voiced/played by the same person.

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Disney Villain Series: Fools! Idiots! Imbeciles!

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This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite villains.

I’m starting off with the self-proclaimed Mistress of Evil known as Maleficent, the antagonist of the film Sleeping Beauty. The film was the last Disney fairy tale adaptation for 30 years after its initial under performance and mixed reception until the making of The Little Mermaid. The story and its characters are based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and the Brothers Grimm’s retelling called Little Briar Rose.

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The animated and live-action versions of Maleficent.

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Maleficent has always been a favorite of mine. Apart from the fact that she rocks my favorite color, purple 😉

According to animator Marc Davis, instead of looking a typical hag-like witch appearance, Maleficent is an elegant character depicted as a “”vain femme fatale, utilizing a classic archetype of a bad woman.” She has the intrinsic ability to be both evil and cool, which in itself is an impressive feat.

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Momma’s interpretation of Gaston.

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Eleanor Audley voiced two famous Disney villains: Maleficent and Lady Tremaine from Cinderella.

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Maleficent’s appearance is based off of a Czechoslovakian art book from the Middle Ages. Her design also included references to bats and reptilian creatures.

I loved Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the Queen of the Moors.

Maleficent has always been a fascinating character because of her sinister and cold-hearted personality. The live-action remake, however, put a different spin on the fairy. She is instead a misunderstood woman who has been crushed by the cruelty of mankind. Both the original and live versions of this impressive character make undeniably compelling stories.

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Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent.

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Mal throughout the Descendants trilogy.

Another interpretation that I enjoy is the more fun and sassy portrayal by Kristin Chenoweth in Descendants. A main character of this Disney trilogy, Mal played by Dove Cameron, is the daughter of Maleficent and Hades (interesting combination, right?). I adore this character for her bravery, her wit, and her overall badassery.

As well as her killer style with purple hair.

Disney Villain Series: Who’s the Fairest of the All?

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This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite villains.

My first villain is the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The story and its characters are based on Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. The Queen is one of Disney’s most iconic and menacing villains of all time.

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Lucille La Verne was the voice behind both the Queen and the Witch. While it was Disney’s first feature film, it was La Verne’s final film role.

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Momma’s interpretation of Captain Hook.

I’m not gonna lie, the Evil Queen used to scare the crap out of me as a kid. I found her entire transformation into the Witch quite creepy. But now I just find her somewhat fascinating. I mean, anyone who’s so desperate to be the most beautiful that they resort to plotting and murder is an interesting character.

It probably also has something to do with the fact that Snow White has always been my least favorite Disney princess. I never really connected to her and her singing voice used to make my head hurt a little.

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Left: The Evil Queen from the original Disney animated film. Right: Regina/the Evil Queen from the show Once Upon a Time played by Lana Parilla.

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Queen Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman played by Charlize Theron.

My favorite live action portrayal of the Evil Queen is the one by Lana Parilla on Once Upon a Time. Also known as Regina Mills, she wasn’t just an overall badass woman who always dressed impeccably. Instead of being the flat and static villain everyone expected her to be, Regina managed to overcome her struggles and become the Good Queen without sacrificing her sass and strength.

Disney Heroine Series: I Want Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere

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This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite heroines.

My favoirte Disney princess is the beautiful bibliophilic Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast. The film was part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which is known for its amazing and successful animated movies. The story and its characters are based on La Belle et la Bête, and Belle in particular was inspired by Katharine Hepburn in Little Women.

Belle has always been my favorite Disney princess.

Her intelligence and adventurous spirit were always things I’ve admired about Belle. She’s able to look beyond what the eyes can see and into a person’s heart to see them for who they truly are. As an avid reader, Belle also has a great imagination and thirst for adventure outside of her little town.

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“I want much more than this provincial life!”

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Belle in the animated and live-action movie Beauty and the Beast.

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Momma’s interpretation of Jasmine.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) is also my favorite film of all time. Not just for the nostalgia and reminiscing of my childhood, but also because of how the film added more depth to the story without compromising the heart of the film. Plus it’s just overall a gorgeous movie.

Whenever I’m really sick and stuck in bed, I always watch the animated original at least once. Or maybe twice. It never fails to make me smile 🙂 It’s sequel, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, is also magnificent. Although there are significantly less songs, they are no less wonderful to listen to.

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Paige O’Hara (left) was the original speaking and singing voice of Belle, whereas Emma Watson (right) portrayed her in the live-action remake.

I honestly cannot put into words just how ecstatic I was when it was first announced that Emma Watson would be playing Belle.

There is no one more perfect for the role and nobody can ever convince me otherwise.

I grew up watching her as the brave and studious Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Now she is also my favorite Disney princess which fills my heart with such warmth 🙂 She did such an amazing job and I applaud her for playing such an iconic character so wonderfully!

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“Stories about heroes who overcame their deepest sorrows.”

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“A tale as old as time…”

Disney Heroine Series: I Won’t Say I’m In Love

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“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle it.”

This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite heroines.

Today it’s about the sarcastic and gorgeous Meg from the movie Hercules. The film was part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which is known for its amazing and successful animated movies. The story and its characters are based on Greek mythology. Meg in particular is based on Heracles’ first two wives, Megara and Deianira, as well as Barbara Stanwyck’s performance in The Lady Eve.

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Meg in the animated Hercules will appear again in the live-action remake.

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Momma’s interpretation of Pocahontas.

As a kid I mimicked Meg by saying her sassiest lines and doing some of her hand gestures. I always saw her as a super cool character unlike any of the other Disney heroines I’d seen. She was cynical, jaded, and didn’t immediately fall head-over-heels for Hercules like some of her predecessors did (Ariel and Eric, Aurora and Phillip, Cinderella and Charming). I found her refreshing and adored her one-liners, like “read my lips: forget it!”

I Won’t Say I’m in Love is also an amazing song that is so perfectly her. It wasn’t an emotional ballad about self-discovery, but instead an R&B and Motown music inspired bop about her denial concerning her feelings for Hercules. I mean, honestly, that’ll probably be me in the future because I can be stubborn and tend to bury my feelings.

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Susan Egan provided both the speaking and the singing voice of Meg.

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Before voicing Meg, Susan Egan played Belle in the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast, my favorite movie ever.

Egan revealed that “Alan Menken (the music composer) initially blocked [her] from going after that part. He said that the female lead in Hercules was supposed to be this cynical smart-ass, sounding nothing at all like sweet, innocent Belle.” Thank goodness he let her though, because I honestly cannot imagine anyone else voicing the character. I mean, she is Megara. Or Meg as her friends call her 😉

A live-action remake of Hercules is supposed to happen and I am so here for it! The story itself is heartfelt and filled to the brim with humor and amazing bops. I’m sure that it’ll be an amazing adaption.

Disney Heroine Series: I Am Loyal, Brave and True

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“You said that you’d trust Ping. Why is Mulan any different?”

This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite heroines.

My next inspiration is the quirky and strong Mulan from the film of the same name. The film was part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which is known for its amazing and successful animated movies. The story and its characters are based on The Ballad of Mulan.

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Mulan as the titular character in the animated and live-action films.

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Momma’s interpretation of Belle.

Growing up, many people assumed that Mulan was my favorite character just because we’re both Asian. This made me determined to not have Mulan as a favorite of mine in order to spite others that made those assumptions.

Eventually I realized that that was ridiculous.

I loved Mulan. I mean, she went to war so her father wouldn’t have to. Who wouldn’t admire her? She’s also proof for those who can’t seem to understand that a woman can be a fighter while still maintaining her femininity.

I am proud to have Mulan as the first Asian in the Princess Line and for the introduction of an Asian culture in Disney film. I look forward to there being more 😉

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Lea Salonga (left) was the singing voice and Ming-Na Wen (right) was the speaking voice for Mulan.

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I admit that I had never heard of Liu Yifei before she was announced as Mulan herself, but she looked amazing in all of the previews and I can’t wait to see her on the big screen!

There has been a lot of hate from people when it was revealed that certain aspects of the animated film would be changed: Grandmother Fa becomes a sister called Hua Xiu, Captain Li Shang is divided into Commander Tung and Chen Honghui, and Mushu the dragon is now a phoenix. The remake is also not a musical like it’s original was. Some people have already made up their minds about the live-action version just based on these changes. But as much as I adored the original, in particular Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of Mushu, I’m excited about this new take. Change isn’t always bad, so I’m going to hold off on any judgment until I see the film in its entirety. Until then, I remain super excited 🙂

I also need to give some love to the original Mulan, known as Ming-Na Wen. She’s an amazing actress who is also hilarious! I especially love her as the stoic and loyal Agent Melinda May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that can take down anyone in her path.

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“There’s a heart that must be free to fly.”

Disney Heroine Series: I Won’t Go Speechless

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“I am not a prize to be won!”

This week I’ve paired up with Sheela Goh to do DisneyBound outfits based on some of our favorite heroines.

I’m starting off with the fiery and passionate Jasmine from the movie Aladdin. The film was part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which is known for its amazing and successful animated movies. The story and its characters are based on The Thief of Bagdad and One Thousand and One Nights.

Jasmine in the animated and live-action movie Aladdin.

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Momma’s interpretation as Mulan.

For every “Which Disney Princess Are You?” quiz I’ve ever taken, I almost always get Jasmine as my result. I’m guessing it has something to do with her sassy and stubborn personality 😉 I also distinctly remember owning a Princess Jasmine costume with the headband and everything! It was a choice between her outfit and Ariel’s from The Little Mermaid.

I’ve always appreciated how she was a strong character without compromising her compassion. As well as the fact that she is the first non-European princess and comes from the Middle East. It was the beginning of diversifying the Princess Line and representing people of color.

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Lea Salonga (left) was the singing voice and Linda Larkin (right) was the speaking voice for Princess Jasmine.

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When it was announced that Naomi Scott would be playing Jasmine I was so excited! In my opinion, the character was perfectly cast and there is no one better to play the sultana.

I remember the actress from Lemonade Mouth when she played Mo the bassist. She struggled with self-expression in the face of her father’s strict parenting. Her breakout from being “the perfect Indian daughter” is best seen in the song She’s So Gone.

Naomi Scott is an amazing singer and actress that portrayed Jasmine beautifully. Her shining moment was, of course, her speech to Hakeem after Jafar’s takeover and the song Speechless. The song literally make me feel like I can achieve anything and encourages me to speak up for what I believe in.

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“I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far.”

On My Own

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These past months have been the first time that I’ve not only lived in an apartment, but also on my own.

I never thought that it would be so hard to move into a new place, but I’m not gonna lie, it was hella rough.

I was originally supposed to still live on-campus, but my application to move off-campus was approved one month before school. Just finding a place was a miracle.

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I had originally ordered some furniture from Rooms to Go that was supposed to arrive not too long after I moved in. Of course, life didn’t want to make it easy on me.

The order was canceled for NO REASON and had to be reordered all over again. So I literally had no bed for a little over a month. Luckily we got an air mattress so I didn’t have to sleep on the floor. Normally I can sleep anywhere, but these floors broke me.

After a long time my bed finally arrived, along with my dresser. I unintentionally made it a princess room, but I love it! The mirror that came with my dresser, however, is so huge and my walls are so not trustworthy that I haven’t hung it up yet for fear that it might fall one day. But I also received my side dresser/table thingy. It was originally going to be a shoe rack but it’s bigger than I expected.

But I never received my sofa, coffee table, and end table. I don’t know how, but they were somehow canceled or something, so I didn’t even bother. At that point I had a couple of chairs so it wasn’t that horrible.

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A few days after moving in, my newly bought Wifi thingy broke too. It just wouldn’t work and in the end we had to get a replacement. It probably wasn’t that big of a deal, but moving in was so stressful that I just sat down and bawled my eyes.

A part of one of my walls had also part of it torn off and I had to get my dishwasher fixed so that it’d stop leaking.

Not to mention the gecko that snuck in and has been living in the apartment this whole time. Without even helping pay the rent. What a hoe.

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Months later I finally decided to also get an actual dining table with chairs.

I got them from Groupon and I love it!

I felt so cool putting them together all on my own, like freaking Bob the Builder or something.

Initially the chairs were missing and I thought, “Oh God, not again.” But it turns out that they were delivered to the front office. And I had to carry this huge box. From the front. To my apartment. Which is allllll the way at the back of the complex.

I was initially offered help but I thought, “Nah, I can do this.”

One minute later, and I had barely left the front office, I was offered help by someone else. But this time I was like, “Hell yes, please!” I never knew getting furniture could be so complicated.

 

I’m also the only one in my squad that’s living alone.

So literally everyone is like “Make sure to lock your doors!” or “Don’t walk back alone!” or “You need to get pepper spray!” At one point I was given a baseball bat, just in case.

His name is Badger.

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Despite how rough it was in the beginning, like super rough, I enjoyed living alone. It was a terrifying, yet somewhat freeing experience.

I’m grateful for it because now I know what to do and what not to do when it comes to apartment hunting. I now know what to look for and what’s most important to me.

Animal Kingdom Festivities

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I didn’t expect to enjoy Animak Kingdom as much as I did, but it ended up being one of my favorite days of our vacation! Especially since my cousin Marian joined us 🙂

We started with It’s Tough to be a Bug! An unassuming but fun show. It’s 3D and had tons of cool effects. Midway through, Hopper came out and scared the living crap out of me. He “attacked” the humans with these huge spiders that fell down from the ceiling. And yes, Marian and I might have screamed in terror. Just a little. It’s also really neat how the park stimulated the bugs leaving the theatre by shaking our seats like bumping movements.

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We then went on our first Kilimanjaro Safari to beat the crowds and the heat. I was so excited to see the flamingos and the elephants, especially the baby elephant who tried to hide their face behind their trunk. I pretty melted on the spot.

We also rode the Wildlife Express Train to the Affection Station (the petting zoo), where Marian went crazy and wanted to poke the animals’ booties…. What was really nice about Rafiki’s Planet Watch was The Animation Experience, where an animator teaches the audience how to draw a cartoon animal like Zazu. It’s fool-proof and they have a live model too. The hornbill flew right above and almost hit my head.

After having a delicious lunch at Yak & Yeti, we had a MAGIC MOMENT. Marian’s friends and coworkers bestwoed upon us three free fast passes we could use for most of the rides in the park that day!!!

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Flight of Passage is probably the best ride we went on the entire vacation.

It’s one of Disney’s most popular rides for a reason: amazing effects, full-on storytelling, 3D motion, etc. The simulation fully preps you for your “mind link” in order to become your Avatar and ride a Banshee. It was the most thrilling and beautiful ride that made my heart soar! It was amazing to pretend for a while that I was flying across Pandora and witnessing this gorgeous world as a Na’vi.

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After that amazing adventure, we went on another one called Dinosaur. It takes you back in time on a mission to find a specific dinosaur and bring it to present day. This, of course, goes horribly wrong with an impending meteor and the biggest t-rex ever about to have us for lunch.

I don’t know why but I yelped a lot. I was so shook by almost being eaten and not making it out in time to our world. It’s cool how into it you can be.

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We also went on Mount Everest, the ride so awesome that we went on it twice in a row.

The first time we used our fast pass, with Marian and I at the very front holding onto each other tightly. I literally spent the entire ride both screaming and laughing in terror. My heart continued to race even after the ride was over. The adrenaline was pumping and I suggested that we do it again!

The second time around we queued like “muggles” as Momma Bear said. It took a looooong time, and the family behind us was getting super cranky and scary, but it well worth it. This time Marian and I were in the very back with our arms up in the air. It made it much more exhilarating, especially when it starts going backwards. It’s hard to keep them up thought because of how forceful the ride is. It was also cool how you can see the shadow of the Yeti ripping off the tracks and thus sending us down a new set of crazy tracks. It’s probably the second best ride we went on ever.

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The squad then got drenched while on the Kali River Rapids.

Although the ride itself isn’t that bad, it’s a nice way to have fun with the family. Especially when literally everyone gets drenched! We even wore our rain jackets just to protect our bags! We looked like fools, but happy fools.

We then used our last free fast pass on another Kilimanjaro Safari because you never see the same animals twice! This time around we saw lions on Pride Rock, watching us humans (or snacks) fawning over them.

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Our night ended with the Tree of Life Awakenings, a light show that’s projected on the massive and gorgeous tree.

It’s a series of short stories that are centered and set in nature. The one we saw was about a blue bird trying to win the affections of a pink one against a mean, green bird. The blue bird is victorious, using his powers to create beautiful flowers with rich colors. I believe the next one was Simba and Zazu singing “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.”

The tree is a combination between Grandmther Willow from Pocahontas and Hometree from Avatar. Tree of Life Awakenings is the most charming light show that Disney World has to offer.

It was a great way to end the evening.

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A massive thank you to Marian and all my fellow Singaporeans who worked at Disney World and made our first visit such a wonderful one!

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