I have been blessed to travel my entire life. Whether it is an Alaskan cruise, a trip to the Caribbean, or a road trip, travelling has always been a passion of mine. One of my absolute favorite vacation destinations is Walt Disney World. And no, I am not five years old. I’ve just been a Disney fan as long as I can remember, and nothing compares to the magic I feel at every sighting of Cinderella’s castle. One of my most memorable trips to Disney occurred earlier this summer. It was my first time taking on the world – Disney World that is—without my parents. My travelling companions were my sisters, Ally and Lauren. To say that this trip was a learning experience would be an under-statement. It was the first time that I didn’t have my mom there to plan out our day, and it was also the first time that I paid for everything from my own pocket. It really put into perspective how much money the amazing vacations that my parents take me on cost them. I also learned not to fret the small stuff; rain can’t ruin our fun!
Anyway, we left home on Monday night and exclusively played Disney music the entire way to Orlando. By 10:30 we were pulling into All Star Sports Resort, our home for the next 3 days. Nothing compares to the happiness that I feel when I walk into a Disney Resort and see the giant “Welcome Home” sign. Disney truly is my home away from home. After getting our room assignment, we went to buy our refillable mugs for the trip. To truly understand the mug-buying process, you must first know that all 3 of us are absolute princesses, especially when we’re in Disney world. So when our resort didn’t have pink mugs, what is the only logical thing to do?! Go to the next resort, of course. Avoiding the 5-minute walk, we asked a bus driver to take us there. “Well actually I’m off shift, sor… Actually hop in, I’ll take you there” was his response, and that is what I like to call pixie dust! We got our mugs, and then were faced with the issue of getting back to our resort when no busses run in that direction. No problem, a second bus driver agreed to take us back to our hotel, which is what I call extra-pixie dust.
On our first day, we really took advantage of our park-hopper passes. We headed to Magic Kingdom as soon as it opened and the crowds were so low that we got to ride all the major attractions including my two favorite rides, Dumbo and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We took the monorail to Epcot for our lunch at Via Napoli, my favorite meal of the trip. It started to rain sideways, so headed to our third park of the day: Disney’s Hollywood Studios to grab a quick dinner and watch “Fantasimic”.
We got a few hours of sleep before waking up early to go to Animal Kingdom. It was crowded and raining, so off to Magic Kingdom we went. We rode all the attractions that we had skipped the day before including my favorite: the people mover. We ended the night by seeing what I think embodies everything that Disney means to me, “Wishes”. It’s a lot more than just fireworks, and it was a perfect ending to an amazing trip!
The next day was the day we had to leave. My wallet was empty and my body was sleepy, but my heart was happy.
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