Some people don’t get it. The rush you feel walking into Magic Kingdom, the sweet smell of the streets, and the music that makes you want to twirl. People who understand the magic of Disney know that more than half of it is the fabulous cast members.
My family was busy around the clock visiting the various different parks, restaurants and attractions offered in Disney World. Below you will find the top ten moments of our trip in Orlando, Florida!
- Early Morning Magic- I can not gush enough about the recent, yet short lived addition to Disney’s park experiences. Only offered until September, Early Morning Magic was the highlight of our trip. Arriving to the gates at 7 a.m (YIKES) we were let in around 7:50-8:00 a.m. You were given a sticker and a wristband designating your participation, and you were set free into the Magic Kingdom. The only attractions open for participating guest were Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Great Adventure’s of Winnie the Pooh. Unfortunately, Pooh had an accident with his honey pot and got honey all over the tracks, so the cast members open Prince Charming’s Carousel and Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups up for us.Additionally, we were given a FastPass for the ride once it was open again. Another great perk of Early Morning Magic was the breakfast. A private buffet in Pinocchio’s Village Haus was the perfect way to start the morning as the crowds poured into the park. If you’re on the fence about purchasing Early Morning Magic passes, do it. You won’t regret getting to experience all the magic of the park without all the lines and crowds
- Crystal Palace- Speaking of lines and crowds, people sure do love Crystal Palace. Right off Main Street, this magical little garden themed restaurant is an oasis hosted by Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. Although the wait will be a doozy if you don’t make a reservation, this experience is delightful on a hot Orlando day. The cool, calm buffet style character dining feels so personal and relaxing. We snapped plenty of pictures with our favorite pals and recharged to hit the park hard again for the afternoon.
- Be Our Guest- A must do on any princess lover’s vacation plans, the Be Our Guest restaurant is booked a good 30 days out at least. We had the good fortune of getting a 9:15 a.m reservation for breakfast. Although breakfast was alright, the atmosphere was stunning. The castle is simply enchanting.
- Garden Grill- Another wonderful restaurant, but the food simply did not compare. Everything from the Garden Grill was perfect. Served family style, my group of seven gobbled down dinner after a long day at the park, and we were visited several times by Mickey and all of his friends. This is a fabulous way to get signatures, any picture you want or get the character experience without the commitment of waiting.
- Under the Sea Adventure- Maybe this is only a favorite of mine because I’m partial, but I feel like this ride is one of the best as far as experience rides go in Disney World. You’re submerged under the sea with Ariel, Flounder, Ursula, and Eric! It’s a dream come true for a wannabe mermaid.
- Festival of Fantasy- A truly Disney parade staple, The Festival of Fantasy may take a little work to view, but it is a must see. In order to get prime parade views, my family and I came fully equip with blankets for sitting on the very hot ground, misting fan bottles (okay, so we bought them at Disney, but if you’re smarter than us, you’ll bring your own), umbrellas, and water bottles. It may cost a lot of sweat, tears
and a little bit of burned butts, but you’ll regret missing this parade.
- PhotoPass- PhotoPass photographers I spent time with were wonderful. I was so scared to ask for a Tinkerbell picture, when a previous PhotoPass photographer kicked me out of the one with my siblings, but I asked a very nice young girl on Main Street, and she was the best! Another PhotoPass photographer read my mind, pulling me aside before I even asked to get a picture in front of the castle. In my opinion, those PhotoPass photographers really work magic and make special moments.
- Animal Kingdom Shows- Animal Kingdom isn’t exactly my favorite park on Disney property. The guests are a little less friendly, and overall the park is a bit confusing, but boy does it have it’s gems. Festival of the Ling and Finding Nemo: The Musical were by far the most impressive performances I had seem that week at Disney World. The talent, the tech work, and the leadership over those performances were magnificent. You have to see it to believe it. Flying cast members, flipping monkeys, and a giant seagull. I’ve never been more impressed by a theme park show.
- Mickey Bars (duh)- “I’m a mouse. Duh.” This may seem like a no-brainer, but the Mickey Bars aren’t just delicious. They help guest take a breather and cool off from the hustle and bustle of the Disney day. If you’re planning on visiting Disney, know that this won’t be a normal vacation.
- Pirates of the Caribbean- Last but not least, I could not have a Disney must-see article without mentioning the pirate that holds my heart. Scurry into Adventureland, and be enchanted by Captain Jack as he takes you on a journey through his adventures in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride or check out his show Pirate Tutorial. He may even recognize you as a mermaid joining his crew of pirates. 😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed living a little bit through my experience at Disney World. There is so much tragedy in the world, but I hope we start believing in the good once again, so every place can be a happy place.