It’s been 204 days since I was last at Disney World in Orlando FL.
Go ahead, laugh. I’ve heard all the jokes. I don’t have children, I’m 26 years old and one of my favourite places in the world is Disney World.
I wasn’t always that way though. When I was a kid I didn’t really have any interest in Disney World though I did love the worlds of the Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. When I was a teenager I was even worst. I was just like every other teenager in that I was a non-conformist.
Disney was the enemy. Big corporation and mass market consumerism. A symbol of capitalism.
The list goes on. And on. And on.
As my mother puts it, at times I was almost human.
But in 2010, at the age of 23, when I was just finishing up my second semester in Travel Services at Seneca College, worn out from so much work, and working while in school when my mother suggested going to Disney World you can bet I grasped that opportunity with two hands and held on tight.
Hotels were picked, restaurants were chosen and I went with my parents to Disney World. It was glorious. The food was delicious, the rides were fun. My sister had prepared me for the trip by giving me a list of rides I had to go on.
I then found myself in a bit of a quandary after Disney. My dad didn’t want to go back. I wanted to. My mum wanted to.
Cue the scene, my mum’s birthday came up, so did free dining. Her birthday is in April, free dining was in September. And you can bet your bottom dollar that for her birthday, I got her a trip to Disney World. I don’t think she even knew what to think. It was probably one of the biggest gifts I’ve ever gotten her. It would be me and her, against the World.
I then decided I would never go to Disney without a dining plan. We ate like Queens.
The Crystal Palace, House of Blues, Chefs de France, T-Rex, 50s Prime Time Cafe. And on top of that The Food and Wine Festival which allowed us to sample food around the world.
So yes, part of the magic for me at Disney is the food. It’s also the classic rides I seem to love the most. I tear up on the Carousel of Progress remembering how much my father (now passed) loved it. I am excited to go on Spaceship Earth, and travel through history. And if you get between me and The Great Movie Ride heaven help you.
We returned, us three girls, my sister going for the first time since she was a child, for my birthday this past year. We enjoyed the warm, sunny Orlando weather from December 7 to December 14. In those moments, even with the fights that broke out (somehow they always seem to at Disney) between myself and my sister, the most magical moments were getting to show her my favourites at Disney. She had given me the list before, and I was giving her the list then.
Safaris at Animal Kingdom, the Viking ride at Epcot, the wonderment of the Backlot Tour. All of Hollywood Studios. And the food. Or as she would put it, the cupcakes.
So no, Disney isn’t for everyone, but if you find your moment, if you find the thing that you can latch onto there I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with the experience.
So without further ado, here are some of my top favourite Disney Magical moments.
- Seeing the ship from Flight of the Navigator during the Backlot Tour (One of my favourite movies as a kid)
- The whole of the Great Movie Ride
- Eating at places like T-Rex (I dream of wooly mammoth chicken)
- Spaceship Earth
- Special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Liberty Tree Tavern (I’m a picky eater, I dream of their salad, stuffing, mac and cheese and bread)
- Carousel of Progress (Thanks Dad)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (Thanks Amy)
- The Safari at Animal Kingdom
- Port Orleans French Quarter
- Sharing the experience with those I love.
As far as I’m concerned my next trip to Disney World can’t come quickly enough. October of 2015 will be the scene set, and it will be myself, my mother, my sister, my brother in law and with any hope a wee one.