The nostalgia and excitement for Disney is probably one of the most valuable heirlooms you can hope to pass on to your family, as a matter of fact, it is priceless. Growing up in Disney myself, it has only been since I have gotten older that I have realized not everyone was gifted this beautiful gift.
Disney is truly a magical experience in which you are able to channel pieces of your childhood innocence even as an adult. When I go to Disney, I feel like I am home. I don’t have responsibilities, bills, laundry to do, floors to vacuum, toilet paper to buy. I am free, free to ride Thunder Mountain as many times as I want and pretend like it is the first time, free to dart through all of the strollers as I cross over the bridge of Cinderella’s Castle to get to Space Mountain as fast as I can because the wait time is down to 30 minutes! Disney is a place that will never get old, and I will never get too old to enjoy it. Some may say I don’t live in reality, and they are right! Because who would want to live there??
There are countless blogs and articles on Disney tips and insights, and how to plan your best Disney Trip. My best advice to anyone who is planning their first trip to Disney, is leave some room for spontaneity. That is what makes Disney magical, the ability to be spontaneous and do fun and exciting things in the moment. Become familiar with the parks and how fast passes work…you know, the basics. But not, “we must eat lunch at 12pm sharp and be finished by 12:32 in order to get on the monorail to go to Epcot.”
This trip was the first time I have stayed on property out of the four times I have visited and I wouldn’t ever want to go back and not stay on property. For those of you Disney virgins, Disney has an array of resorts that they own and when you stay there you get some perks. We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter, and I LOVED it! I have been to New Orleans, and it definitely gives off a good New Orleans vibe but in the best Disney way! It was a great value for the price, and I especially liked how convenient it was to get to Disney Springs, you just hop on a boat.
Something else that was neat about staying on property was that they have a dedicated tv channel to Disney Classic Cartoons (I have to have the tv on at night in order for me to be able to fall asleep). It was so much fun to watch classic Mickey and Minnie cartoons and reminisce on the essence of Disney.
Now off to the Parks!
First stop…THE MAGIC KINGDOM
This is where the heart of Disney and all the magic is housed. Belle’s Castle, Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Carousel of Progress, and most importantly Cinderella’s Castle.
My only serious recommendation I have for you in the Magic Kingdom is to get to Adventureland and get a Pineapple Whip, other than that you need to take a trip and explore it for yourself.
Next up.. Epcot
If you enjoy adult beverages and eating, you will really like this park. I live for the rides, so Soarin’ and Test Track are a must! One attraction that I had never experienced before until this most recent visit is The American Adventure. Similar to the Carousel of Progress, but you don’t ride in a circle. I really enjoyed it!
Also, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival was going on, so there were tons of flowers everywhere and specially themed food and drinks for the festival. It was a fun time to go, but also made it a little crowded
Don’t forget to grab a beignet in France! (it’s chocolate filled…eeeeeeeekk)
Then there is Hollywood Studios. Great for shopping, shows and once again adult beverages. I do have to say, we went to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, and I was a little disappointed, if you are short on time, don’t allocate any to this show, it’s really not worth it.
The only ride I go on in Hollywood Studios is Star Wars Star Tours. If you like really fast roller coasters that corkscrew, then you would enjoy the Aerosmith ride, and if you like the feeling of falling then you would enjoy The Hollywood Tower of Terror. I typically steer clear of those two.
Last but certainly not least is Animal Kingdom
This park is now incredibly busy due to the new Avatar portion of the park they have created. There is lots to see and do in Animal Kingdom so make sure you allow enough time in your trip to explore all the parks. Also, the park hopper tickets are worth it, I like to go to several parks within one day, it adds to the spontaneity of your trip and therefore adds fun.
Ok, now let’s get down to business. What to wear to Disney. I pretty much have a Disney “uniform” and it includes shorts and some sort of top that I can easily move in and is a breathable fabric.
So I had to represent my state while in Disney, I found this Texas shirt at Target and my friend Joan owner of JH Creations added my monogram for me, just to add some extra pizazz.
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Just a girl and her bicicletta (if you haven’t seen that movie Ladri Di Bicicletta you should watch it, but be prepared to ball like a baby, at least I did)
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So, normally I wear a dress on the plane on the way to Disney, but since we were getting off the plane and going straight to the park I had to rethink. I found this incredibly cute jumpsuit at Old Navy of all places, and fell in love. It was soooo comfortable and so easy to move around in. I am typically not a jumpsuit person because they never seem to be cut right for my shape, but this one ended up being perfect!
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This look was lots of fun, the denim shorts were actually really comfortable.
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And of course I had to wear my Beauty and the Beast shirt, it is only the right thing to do…
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
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