DISNEY WORLD!

I’m just going to warn you upfront. This post is going to be long. And full of pictures. And exclamation points.

A month ago yesterday, Sara, Danny, Kevin and I were prancing our way through all four Disney World parks.

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I. love. Disney. World. It’s a known fact. I’m so so so so so glad that Sara loves Disney World as much as I do.

I believe at one point Kevin said, “watching you two in Disney World is like watching a five-year-old visit for the first time.”

We got off our ship bright and early in the morning and headed to the airpot shuttles. We got dropped off at the airport, rented a car and drove to Disney. We went straight to the ticket counters at Magic Kingdom and proudly shelled out every penny the parkhopper one-day pass was worth. We even got cute little buttons that said “I’m Celebrating!” I don’t know what we were celebrating (perhaps being back at Disney after all of those years?), but it was magical nonetheless.

We’ve all been to Disney many times when we were younger (Danny and Sara just went a few years ago!), but it was still the most exciting feeling walking into the park.

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THE MEMORIES!

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I truly love all of the details throughout the park that make it really a magical place. My family has a stone with our name on it at Magic Kingdom, but we only had 12 hours to hit four parks, so I didn’t spend a moment trying to look for it. Next time!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA WE WERE SO EXCITED!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One thing that was special about this trip, is that I don’t think I’ve ever been during Christmas time (we’ve always gone during our spring breaks) and the decorations throughout the parks were simply perfect.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We had 12 hours and four park passes, so we moved FAST. We made a game plan for the day and stuck to it to maximize our time (and money!).

First up? We hit the Thunder Mountain Fast Pass line, and went to Splash Mountain while we waited for our Fast Pass to be ready.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The wait? THERE WASN’T ONE. WE WALKED ON.

We walked on to nearly every single ride (except for Test Track at Epcot) all day long. We honestly could not have asked for a better day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sara and I volunteered to sit in the front. We got soaked.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA But we headed right over to Thunder Mountain to dry off.

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After Thunder Mountain, we booked it over to The Haunted Mansion. I can’t believe how scared I must have been as a child riding that!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly on, we decided which rides and each park we really wanted to ride. Luckily, we all agreed on our choices so we skipped some of the smaller rides, like It’s a Small World.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sara and I were determined, however, to visit the new Fantasyland! We didn’t ride any rides or go into the Be Our Guest restaurant, but we had a blast walking around.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Gaston!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We visited Gaston’s Tavern and took a few pictures in his famous chair.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext up? BUZZ!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Where Sara and I demolished the guys. Per the usual. (Do you SEE my score?? 144,600!!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA SO SERIOUS.

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I beat them with my eyes closed and Sara looked like it was a walk in the park.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore we left the Magic Kingdom, we rode Space Mountain (ONE OF THE BEST and no wait, again) and we spotted CHRISTMAS MICKEY AND MINNIE!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince we had the park hopper, we headed out to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously known as MGM). Hollywood Studios is one of my favorite parks (right behind Magic Kingdom) because of the two best rides on earth – TOWER OF TERROR and the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster.

We took naps in between our parks to have enough energy to make it through the day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA TOWER OF TERROR.

Let me tell you a little story about this ride.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Every year I went to Disney World as a kid, I’d get the courage to go through the line of Tower of Terror. I’d get right up to the point where you line up for the elevator ride, and I’d chicken out and have to go down the regular ole’ service elevator. Then, I’d proceed to call my grandpa who couldn’t come, and tell him that I really did ride the Tower of Terror that time. Then, my mom, grandma or aunt would get on the phone and tell him that I really didn’t. Womp womp.

But as soon as I really went on the ride, it automatically became my favorite ride IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe, once again, WALKED ON THIS RIDE. Man, I’ve stood in line for this ride with my family back in the day, for HOURS. I was sortof sad that we didn’t even have time to stop and take in the scenery (Disney does such a good job of keeping you busy with the scenery while waiting in line), but then we realized that was a ridiculous thing to be sad about.

We got right on and IT WAS SO FUN. Sara and I were freaking out like little girls, holding each others hands and legs and anticipating the big drop! This was also Kevin’s first time riding, which made it that much better.

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But then, mid-drop, we stopped.

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Like stopped. We were stopped, mid-drop, on the Tower of Terror.

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WE WERE STUCK.

STUCK ON THE TOWER OF TERROR.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few minutes later, after slightly giggling, but really sortof freaking out, the lights came on and someone came on the intercom and said our elevator would be moving soon. It took about 10-15 more minutes, but we finally moved and slowly went back down.

When we got out of our elevator, the guy working there said we could ride it again and skip the line (what line?) or leave. Obviously, we rode it again!

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After that awesome thrill, we headed next door for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. We walked up and discovered that the wait was 80 minutes and the Fast Pass times were for that evening, and we had two other parks to get to! We decided to just wait in the line because, it is one of the best rides of all time, afterall.

Sara led the way to the line when some guy tapped Danny on the shoulder.

“Hey, you guys have four people in your group?”

“Yeah?”

“Here you go, four fast passes for right now. We don’t need them.”

WHAT.

IT WAS MAGICAL!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA So we walked onto the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster and it was SO MUCH FUN.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After those two rides, we contemplated doing some of the other things at Universal Studios (like staying for the Beauty & the Beast outdoor play – THE BEST), but we ultimately decided to head to The Animal Kingdom since it was already getting late.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We caught the last safari ride, which was SO much fun!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And then we ventured up to EVEREST!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGuess what? We walked onto Everest? Betcha never would have guessed that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After Everest, we went right over to Epcot because it was starting to get dark. This is when we ran right to Test Track but the Fast Passes were gone and it was a two hour wait. We only had two more hours left until the park closed, so we decided to walk around the countries and grab something to eat (our first meal in HOURS – which was so hard after eating 24/7 all week long on our cruise).

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By the time the park closed, WE WERE POOPED. We put in a full 12 hours at all four Disney World parks and it was a blasty blast.

So worth the money, energy, time, driving, extra day in Orlando. It would have been worth my left arm, I think.

I’m ready to go back.

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4 thoughts on “DISNEY WORLD!

  1. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe you did all of that in one day!!!! My family must have been slow or something because it took us like 5 days to do all that. I enjoyed the post gabby 🙂

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