Travel: Walt Disney World, Florida – Part One

October 12, 2015

Last week, I returned from the most magical trip of my life. I’ve spent the past three weeks in Orlando, Florida mostly hanging out with Minnie and Mickey in Walt Disney World. I actually decided to vlog the trip which you can see part one here. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be sharing my adventures from my first trip to the happiest place on earth! A little warning that this post is pretty long as there is a lot to include and also this will also make you want to book a trip!

Day One – Arriving in Orlando & Exploring Downtown Disney

After a nine hour flight from Manchester, we arrived in Orlando International Airport around 3pm local time. We flew with Virgin Airlines which was bought as a package on the Walt Disney Website and the flight was really pleasant and I got to watch Pitch Perfect 2 and Inside Out so that made me happy! 

As we were staying on Disney property, we were booked onto the Disney’s Magical Express which took us straight to our resort; Art of Animation. Once we had settled in our Little Mermaid room (more on the resort in a separate post!) we decided to go to Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs) to grab some food and have a wander. Downtown Disney was so much bigger than I expected and so many amazing Disney stores, especially World of Disney which is the largest Disney store in the world. For dinner, we went to a place called Splitsville which is actually a bowling alley but we ate in the sports bar area. The food was lovely and my Mum said her pulled pork burger was one of the best on the whole holiday and it wasn’t too expensive either! 

Day Two – Magic Kingdom 

After waking up quite early due to jetlag, we decided to go to Magic Kingdom for the Welcome Show which they have all the characters arrive on the steam train to open the park with a chosen family and a few fireworks. As we arrived at the opening it wasn’t horrendously busy so we headed to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which we had heard is the most popular ride there and only had to wait about 15 minutes. It’s a brilliant ride and I would recommend getting there early or getting a Fast Pass for it to avoid 60min+ ques. We spent the rest of the day going on rides such as Space Mountain (which wasn’t quite as good as Paris) and Thunder Mountain.
For lunch, we had reservations for Be Our Guest which I was so excited about as I love Beauty & The Beast. I wasn’t disappointed, we ordered The Grey Stuff and sat in the Ballroom – It was truly amazing. I wish we had gone a second time as It really was that good!
Our first day in Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be complete without seeing The Electrical Parade, Celebrate The Magic & Wishes. I think we ended up seeing them all again another five times over the holiday but they are all just fantastic shows and Wishes always was just phenomenal!

Day Three – Animal Kingdom

On day three we visited Animal Kingdom and the day started off on the Kilimanjaro Safari, whilst it was a brilliant experience we didn’t really see many animals! I discovered my new favourite ride in Animal Kingdom; Expedition Everest, We ended up riding six times! Finding Nemo: The Musical and The Festival of Lion King were both amazing shows and I couldn’t believe how big these productions were! For lunch, we ate at Restaurantosaurus which was a decent quick service place. After lunch, we went on a ride called Dinosaur, which terrified me and I’m scarred from it. I wasn’t a fan at all.

In the evening we went back to Downtown Disney as I had made reservations at The Rainforest Cafe. That restaurant is worth the visit just to experience the jungle atmosphere! The food was lovely and so was the service. The Rainforest Cafe is inside a volcano which erupts every so often and when we was leaving the restaurant we managed to catch the spectacle! 

Day Four – Shopping & Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Originally we had planned to visit Epcot on this day but the weather was torrential raining so we decided to grab an Uber to the International Premium Outlet. I’m planning on doing a haul video to show what I picked up but the outlet had some great bargains! You can find shops such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Nike, Victoria’s Secret and more. We then went on to Florida Mall and I basically bought 99% of Sephora – Oops! 

In the evening we had booked to go to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness. It was around $60 each and included a buffet and all drinks including beer and wine. For me, I wasn’t too fussed about the food and enjoyed the entertainment of Mickey & Friends meeting everyone and dancing. I actually got to dance with Mickey which was a highlight of the whole holiday!
To get back to our resort from Fort Wilderness we had to go on a boat to Magic Kingdom then transfer onto a bus. Luckily we caught Wishes Fireworks when we arrived at Magic Kingdom and watched from the top of Main Street. It was a lovely end to the evening!

Well Done if you’ve made it to the end of this mammouth post! Part Two will be coming in a couple of days and don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube channel for my next vlog!


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6 comments so far.

6 responses to “Travel: Walt Disney World, Florida – Part One”

  1. Lindsay Frances says:

    Loved this post 🙂 I've just come back from Florida last week too xx

  2. Lauren Powers says:

    Amazing photos. I am so jealous, I would love to go

    Lauren x |

  3. Kayleigh Woodland says:

    How amazing! Disney World is high up on our list! We're off to Disneyland Paris in February and can't wait for a little Disney Magic. Looks like you had a fantastic trip.

  4. What an amazing holiday. We are hoping to get to Disney next year, hopefully half term.

  5. That definitely does sound like a magical trip. I went to Disney and Universal in Orlando a few years ago and it was such a memorable trip, I think going to places like that is so great to let your inner kid out, plus everyone always seems to be more relaxed at those places! Probably because they're having such a good time.

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