And They All Vacationed Happily Ever After!! - My Family Travels

There’s a place where people say “Dreams Do Come True,” that place is Disneyworld, and in 2009, that statement became true for me.  When we flew down from Detroit to Orlando, little did we know what all was in store for us. We were going to get to try new foods, stay in the biggest hotel we’ve ever stayed in (the Grand Floridian), see sights that we never thought we would see, take our first cruise and much more!!

We went to four Disney parks – Epcot, MGM, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom – Epcot was my favorite, I love learning about foreign countries and, in Epcot, it feels like you are actually in the country. Animal Kingdom was my least favorite but it was still really cool; we took an after-hours tour where we had a tour of part of the park, ate a safari themed dinner, and even got to pet a rattlesnake! MGM looked a lot like we were on a movie set; it really revolves all around the movie theme, from stunt shows to actors to characters, even movie themed rides. The only thing I didn’t like about MGM was the “Tower of Terror” ride, it was terrifying!! Magic Kingdom was really the most magical (that’s probably why it has “magic” in its name!), even more so the night of the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, because it rained and the rain made all the Christmas lights glisten. Cinderella’s castle even seemed to sparkle, it was like a fairytale!

The Grand Floridian was almost like a mini version of a castle, it was gorgeous and the view from our room looked out right over the water with Cinderella’s castle in the background. Because we were there in November – the most magical time of year because of Christmas – they had Christmas decorations up and they were building the giant gingerbread house while we were there. It was so big and looked delicious!

But the magic and surprises didn’t stop at Disneyworld, they just kept on floating right into the Disney Cruise, our ship was named the Disney “Wonder” and I can definitely see where it got its name because it was wondrous! I had never been on a cruise before and it is really amazing when you’re out in the middle of the ocean and glimpse the bluest water you’ve ever seen, as far as you can see, it’s breathtaking.

Even though we had a couple ports of call, we also had plenty to do on the ship; they had a teens club and kids club, a pool, lots of activities, and of course lots of food! Our ports of call were the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. When we went to the Bahamas, we got to see the Atlantis resort, took a tour of the island and went to a zoo that had flamingos walking around on the paths with you. Our next stop was Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, where we participated in a crab race (my crab won), bought Disney cruise souvenirs, laid in hammocks, swam in the ocean, and basically just enjoyed the sound of the ocean, the beach, and the beautiful weather (besides the wind that is).

That week was the best trip I have ever taken and I learned that Disney – whether it’s Disneyland, Disneyworld, Disney cruise lines, or anything else that has to do with Disney – really is magical and dreams can come true when you’re there. You just have to believe!

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