Hello, I’m Beth and I blog over at Little Miss Disney. I was so excited when Danielle asked me to write a guest post for her as I’ve never written a guest post before and I’m a big fan of Danielle’s blog. We both share a love for all things Disney so I thought my post should definitely take on a Disney theme... here goes!
I first visited Florida’s Walt Disney World in April 2012. I’ve always been a big Disney fan and have been watching classic Disney films such as The Lion King and 101 Dalmatians ever since I can remember, but I’d never been to a Disney park before 2012. My fiancé convinced me to go as he’d been with his family so many times and he was convinced that I’d love it there. After much deliberation and dithering, I agreed to go. Although I was very excited about the prospect of going all the way to Florida, I insisted that it would be a once in a lifetime thing as it was quite pricey compared to my usual holidays.
After our very first evening in Walt Disney World, I was hooked and definitely needed to re think my ‘once in a lifetime’ stance! We stayed in Coronado Springs back in 2012 which was a beautiful resort with stunning scenery, so we were off to a good start as soon as we arrived.
We went to Downtown Disney on our first evening which firmly remains one of my favourite places in the world. It’s full of amazing places to eat such as The Rainforest Cafe, Earl of Sandwich and Ghirardelli’s, and its many shops sell every piece of Disney merchandise you could wish for. The atmosphere there is always relaxed and there are lots of people of all ages strolling around and taking in the sights. There are also lots of people sitting by the lake and enjoying a cocktail! It’s the perfect place to end up after a busy day spent travelling or in one of the Disney parks.
We visited the Magic Kingdom on our first day, which coincidentally is also one of my favourite places in the world! You seriously feel as if you’ve stepped into another world when you walk through the turnstiles into this incredible park. Cinderella’s Castle is the pinnacle of this park’s beauty... no words can do it justice. We probably spent more time in the Magic Kingdom than in any other park due to brilliant rides such as Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain, the Plaza’s amazing strawberry ice cream, the spectacular parades and the hustle and bustle of Main Street USA. It also has an awe inspiring night show which gives me goosebumps every time. Some people argue that the Magic Kingdom is the childish park which means they try to avoid it... the more childish the better, in my opinion!
Epcot is also a beautiful park and really does have something for everyone. The first half of the park (Future World) is very popular with children as it has a futuristic/scientific/space theme with lots of unique rides such as Spaceship Earth, Test Track and Mission Space. The second half of the park is made up of the World Showcase which is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Walt Disney World and is, without any exaggeration, one of the most fascinating places I've ever been to. Eleven countries are literally showcased around Epcot's massive lagoon with restaurants, shops and landmarks accurately reflecting each country's culture and lifestyle. People from each respective country are employed to work in the World Showcase which adds to its authenticity, and everything in the World Showcase is imported from the countries themselves. With striking views from all corners of the park, this is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. Oh, and Epcot’s night show is also pretty impressive!
We went back to Florida in September 2013 and stayed in Old Key West, a tranquil resort in the Downtown Disney area. This holiday was even more special than the first as Neil proposed to me on our very first day in the Magic Kingdom! You can read all about my Disney engagement here. Again, we spent lots of time in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Downtown Disney, met lots of characters and ate a LOT of amazing food. Yes, we did a lot of the same things we did on our first holiday to Florida, but it wasn’t repetitive at all as everything is so enjoyable. You’ll want to do everything at least five times during your holiday alone, so you’ll definitely want to do everything again when you return!
You’ve probably gathered by now that words can’t quite express how much I love Walt Disney World. I love the atmosphere, the food, the resorts, the parks, the rides, the Disney transportation system, the shops, the characters and just the general ‘magical’ factor. Every day truly seems like a fairytale, and you come back down to earth with a nasty bump when you have to come back to the real world! The customer service is impeccable everywhere, whether you’re at a park or in your resort, and you’re made to feel welcome wherever you go. I promise you’ll never encounter a grumpy waiter/waitress or shop assistant in Walt Disney World!
People wonder why I want to keep going back and why I don’t want to try new places every year. The truth is, no other holiday will ever live up to Walt Disney World. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s just perfect for what I want from a holiday. Good food, beautiful views, rides and plenty of magical moments where you do actually feel as if all your dreams could come true... what more could you possibly want?
Does anyone else love Walt Disney World as much as I do? I can’t wait for our next trip in 2015!