We’re going to Disneyworld!
Disney world; how i’ve missed you so. I’ve been planning our trip to Florida, Orlando for over a year and I can honestly say it has been the best! Not only has the planning period filled me with a whole 365 days of excitement, it’s also left me with a pretty amazing itinerary for our 2 week stay.
I’ve been able to factor in all of the main Disney parks and the biggest parks outside of Disneyworld. Not forgetting plenty of downtime to explore, discover and RELAX!
Now I’ve been to Disneyworld before (Dec 2009). I didn’t pre plan a thing other than my park tickets. Oh the shame. How naïve I was. You cannot go to Disneyworld and not plan. Lets just say that back in 2009, I missed out loads.
We’ll be staying on site (yay!) in a Disney resort hotel. Nothing fancy, the Art of Animation resort is a budget hotel. However what I did learn on my first trip was that the budget hotels are the best.
They are Disney themed head to toe. There will be characters as big as buildings dotted around the resort and our Little Mermaid suite should be most adequate.
So, what will we be getting up to I hear you cry…
At Disneyworld we’ll be visiting all 4 Disney Theme Parks; The Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and 1 out of the 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon.
At the Magic Kingdom we’ll be hitting up all of the major attractions as well as satisfying the foodies within us.
We’ll be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and having breakfast in the ballroom at the Beasts Castle (Be Our Guest restaurant). I can’t wait to have lunch at Cinderella’s Table inside the iconic Castle that stands with pride in the centre of the park.
At Epcot we’ll be first in line at rope drop for Test Track and the all-new and improved Soarin’ Around The World. This was my favourite ride on my first trip. I’m excited to see what changes they’ve made. Disney has redesigned the ride around the whole world rather than just the U.S.A.
We’ll be taking part in my own personal version of Drinking around the world (a bar crawl around the different countries in Epcots World showcase) and attending the food and Wine Festival.
At the Eat to the beat concert series we’ll be hoping to catch one of the greatest R&B groups of all time, BOYZ ll MEN!!!! In the early 00’s the then foursome were my go to album on my Walkman.
Seeing them perform at Disneyworld seems like a dream and will be a memory I cherish for many years.
2 parks I’m still not too sure what to expect from are Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) and Animal Kingdom.
Both have gone through major recent changes. DHS has got rid of a few attractions leaving the park a little sparse for rides. But all for good reason as they are making way for new Toy Story and Star Wars themed areas!
I’ve also heard good things about the new Christmas themed ‘Jingle bell, Jingle Bam’ holiday spectacular. This replaces a new Star Wars themed Firework show for the holidays.
Almost mirroring what’s happening at DHS, Animal Kingdom has introduced an evening show themed around The Jungle Book.
This show however was a last-minute replacement for the Rivers of Light show. After a 6 month build up for Rivers of Light, something didn’t work during rehearsals and they scrapped the entire show. It’s not confirmed how long the Jungle Book replacement will go on for. I’m hoping Rivers of light will be up and running by the time we get there but this is definitely a big ask.
Animal Kingdom copy DHS again getting rid of attractions to make room for the much-anticipated Avatar Land (Due 2017).
I’m so excited to ride Expedition Everest in the dark due to the parks new later opening hours. We’ll also get the chance to be up close and personal with the amazing animals this park has to offer on the Serengeti Safari.
We’ll be spending a lazy morning at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water park. The second of Disney’s waterparks, Blizzard Beach, will be closed for refurbishment during our visit. The lagoon offers a beach and a lazy river so i’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to relax and recoup.
A full day in Miami will give us a chance to grab some free time out of the parks and lots of time to do some serious shopping at the Bayside Market Place. It’s important for me to break up our time and take advantage of the vast amount of things outside of the parks.
Universal Studios and the adjoining Islands Of Adventure are 2 of the best parks for thrill rides, period. The Hulk (recently redesigned), The Amazing Spiderman and The Simpsons ride are all firm favourites.
New this time around are the Harry Potter themed areas and the new Kong ride. These are both top of my attraction bucket list and are sure to give the attractions at the other parks a run for their money.
When it comes to SeaWorld our thoughts are split. He feels the theatrical aspect of SeaWorld’s animal performances may leave a bad taste in his mouth (thanks Blackfish). Whilst I can remember watching Shamu for the first time and crying with happiness.
I’m a little concerned in general with what our world is doing with its wildlife but this is bigger than an amusement park. SeaWorld have been putting together plans to make changes to the spotlight they put on their animals. You can read about all of the good things they do HERE.
We’ll be visiting SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens to add to our animal encounters. You can read more about these parks in my December post VISITING PARKS OUTSIDE OF DISNEY.
With a character breakfast featuring the main mouse himself and an ultra relaxing afternoon at Disney’s Senses Spa this summary is just the tip of the iceberg.
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