On May 21st, 2018 I boarded a 6am flight to my favorite place in the world: Walt Disney World. Even though this vacation was over two months ago, not a day goes by that I don’t think about the incredible memories I had on this trip. I’m sure for those who are reading this, you witnessed my obsessive countdowns and huge spams of pictures (I’m not sorry) but it was honestly the best vacation I have ever had.
It’s crazy to believe that Disney is already over. I remember Mitchell asking me if I wanted to plan a trip with him to Disney in May of 2017. We had just gone on a short (and ridiculously busy)trip to Orlando with our high school choir. This choir trip was the first “real” time I had been to Disney (I’m sorry mom but going when you’re two doesn’t count!) and it immediately became my happy place. I knew I wanted to go back to Disney as soon as possible but going alone with my boyfriend just seemed unrealistic. When Mitchell and I started looking at the prices we realized that it was possible. To quote Walt Disney himself, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” and that is exactly what we did. For an entire year, Mitchell and I worked hard to make this trip happen. Mitchell and I both had summer jobs last year to make the first payments on the trip. Throughout the school year, we kept putting money into our Disney money fund and counted down the days until our trip. 326 days of waiting seems like a lot but I would do it again in a heart beat.
When the day finally came, we were in Orlando by 8am but it still didn’t hit us that we were in Disney. Then we headed to the hotel… and it still didn’t hit us. But then we got on a bus to go to Magic Kingdom… and it STILL didn’t hit us. It wasn’t until we walked off the bus and towards the entrance of Magic Kingdom. Mitchell and I noticed a glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle in the far distance. I automatically burst into tears. This was the moment I had been waiting for almost a year and it was incredible to experience it with my best friend.
Disney is something that will always hold a place in my heart. From a young age I remember experiencing the magic of Disney through the movies and even today I consider Disney movies my favorite movies. The effort Disney puts into all of their parks and films amazes me because they care so much about making people happy and spreading magic to others. Disney inspires me and I hope that one day I can work for a company as passionate as theirs. This trip to Disney has inspired me to apply for their College Program. I hope to move to Florida for a semester and learn from one of the most well-run companies in the world. I hope that doing the Disney College Program in the future will open more doors for my career in Public Relations because I would love to someday spread a little Disney magic to everyone.
**I don’t want to bore you with everything so I’ll just briefly highlight some things that we did**
Of course, we spent the entire first day in Magic Kingdom. We rode almost every ride, ate at Be Our Guest, tried the grey stuff (it was delicious!) and ended the day with the firework show “Happily Ever After” (which is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life) After the fireworks, we stayed in MK and Mitchell got the HIGHEST score in the Buzz Lightyear game and was awarded a “Galactic Hero” sticker. We then went back to the hotel and crashed because we had been up since 3am
The next day we spent in EPCOT which is my second favorite park! We rode every ride and explored each country. We ate SO MUCH FOOD. But I recommend the sugar crepes w/ vanilla ice cream in France (they are to DIE for) and the fish and chips in the UK
The third day we spent in Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs. Unfortunately, we missed Toy Story Land but we still had a great time exploring Hollywood and riding my FAVORITE ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I also got to experience Fantasmic for the first time which was unbelievable.
The fourth day was Animal Kingdom and we started off the morning with a character breakfast at Tuskerhouse. We rode Flight of Passage 3 times and it was the best thing I have ever experienced in my life (I am not kidding it was BREATHTAKING) All of Pandora is absolutely stunning. We rode all of the rides… including Dinosaur which was SO SCARY and I will never ride it again.
Friday and Saturday we spent in Magic Kingdom we rode our favorite rides and explored the gift shops. We met Mary Poppins and Gaston which was so much fun! We also sat up front for the fireworks which was a great way to spend our last night at Disney. On Saturday morning we had an incredible brunch at Crystal Palace with our friends Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore which was a fantastic way to end our magical time at Disney!