Hey Disney you’re so fine

20 May

“But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”

~ Sleeping Beauty

What a week! Sarah and I had a smashingly good time exploring Walt Disney World.

It was exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, educational, entertaining, efficient, extreme and enchanting. And they’re just the adjectives starting with ‘e’. I could use up the whole alphabet.

We stayed onsite at Disney’s Pop Century resort and visited all four Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios) as well as Downtown Disney, the dining and shopping precinct.

Our Tramp-tastic building at Pop Century

Our Tramp-tastic building at Pop Century

Before heading to Orlando I purchased The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2013 by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa. I cannot recommend this book more highly. The touring plans worked like a charm and we saved hours of waiting time.

Using the guide’s touring plans, plus the fact we visited during a non-peak period, meant we only ever had 5 to 15-minute waits for each attraction. Our longest wait was 20 minutes to purchase a pineapple float at one of the drink stalls on a particularly hot afternoon.

On day one Sarah and I both declared that we wouldn’t be purchasing any of the (presumably over-priced) souvenirs. But by the end of the trip we’d bought two t-shirts each, caps, a watch, a bracelet, Disney pins and a Walt Disney biography. Oops.

It’s hard to walk past so much merchandise without stopping and looking. And it’s hard to look at so much merchandise without stopping and buying.

If I had to pick one highlight it would be the behind-the-scenes Keys to the Kingdom tour of the Magic Kingdom. It was a fascinating peek at the Disney machine as well as a great way to learn more about the history of the park and some of its lesser known trivia.

We even got to travel through the utildors—utility corridors or underground service tunnels used to transport Disney employees, deliveries and rubbish beneath the park.

The tour was an interesting and enjoyable addition to our Disney experience and we were both glad we included it on our itinerary.

And while I didn’t get to meet Princess Aurora in the flesh, I did get to take a happy snap with a statue of my favourite Disney Princess.

Princess Aurora

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