On May 29, 2008, my family and I got on a plane that would take us to the most magical vacation we had ever been on. My godparents and their daughter joined us, and they helped us organize and plan our trip. We went to Walt Disney World in Florida.
When we arrived, a complimentary Disney bus came to take us to our hotel, we all felt like VIP’s! The bus was decorated with Disney mascots like Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck; we had TV’s in front of every seat. We were very excited and giddy to start our vacation.
My godmother arranged for us to stay inside the Walt Disney Resort, so we had membership passes and lots of benefits. We stayed at the Port Orleans Resort, which was a beautiful rural hotel with picturesque views of lakes and nature; cute animals like squirrels and birds were seen every day. It looked like something out of a movie.
The first day, we went to Magic Kingdom, and we explored and walked through the whole park, buying souvenirs and candy for everyone. We also stopped to take pictures with the characters, asking for their autographs like we always did. At night, we stayed to watch the beautiful Main Street Electrical Parade, which included many Disney characters dressed in lights and singing. When the parade ended, the fireworks started and we enjoyed them; until it was time to return to our hotels and go to sleep.
The next day, we went to my favorite park, EPCOT. In EPCOT, we explored the different cultures that are represented in a small area of the park. Restaurants, ceramics, and fashion from all over the world in that tiny space of land; we had a lot of fun. We also went to this amazing attraction called Soarin’, in which we were made believe we were “soaring” over California. There were even fans below which gave the illusion that we were flying against the wind. We loved it so much we went twice.
That night and every night after, we went to Magic Kingdom to watch fireworks. When we were on our way back to the hotel, the grown-ups told us some sensational news: we could enter specific parks one hour before they opened and one hour after they closed! This benefit was exclusive to Guests inside Disney, so we had the parks almost all to ourselves. We repeated every ride because there was no waiting line, and we watched the 3-D movies over and over.
We also went to Hollywood Studios, where we watched many shows including The Little Mermaid Musical and a short biographical film of Walt Disney.
Then came the biggest surprise of all: we were going on the Disney Wonder Cruise!
The cruise’s dining rooms were something extraordinary; one was black and white with sketches of Mickey and other characters, and in different intervals the whole room suddenly began to paint itself, coloring the drawings all at the same time. In the background, classical Disney music played to complement the ambiance.
The cruise stopped in different islands, including the Bahamas and one owned by Disney called Castaway Cay, where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean. Castaway Cay had crystal colored water with the whitest sand. The cruise also had Disney-themed shows like Peter Pan and CInderella.
At last, we said goodbye to our unbelievable vacation and departed with memories that would last a lifetime.
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