Last October, I went to DisneyWorld the first time ever and I can safely say that I loved it and have been missing it ever since! So, in honour, I’ve decided to share my favourite things from the holiday. Hopefully this will also help you plan the holiday of your dreams!
Which Disney Park do I need to visit first?
This is so generic but it’s got to be Magic Kingdom, it’s the home of the castle, it’s the biggest park I believe and it’s where everything happens and of course, it has the most photo opportunities which is pretty useful! When my family and I went, we spent around 3 full days just exploring Magic Kingdom and watched the fireworks every time!
What’s the best ride in each park?
Magic Kingdom = Space Mountain. I love roller coasters and I loved the one in Paris so I wasn’t surprised to have loved it in Florida too! For little ones, the Dumbo ride and mad hatter tea cups are perfect options. It’s a small world is also an iconic DisneyWorld staple. You need to add this to the itinerary! You haven’t had a Disney holiday if “it’s a small world” isn’t stuck in your head for a day!
Hollywood Studios = Tower of Terror. This was so huge and I love big rides, my photo is also good on this one which I’m glad about because the first time I went on in Paris, I had my eyes shut the whole way up so the photo looked like I was sneezing! For smaller children, Voyage of the Little Mermaid is amazing!
Animal Kingdom = Pandora Flight of Passage. By far the best ride in DisneyWorld. The graphics are amazing and the stimulation is so good that it really feels as though you’re there. If there’s one ride you go on during your whole holiday, make it this one! Even if you have to wait in the long queue, the scenery makes for some insta-worthy shots! It is quite extreme so another family favourite was the safari rides!
Epcot = Soarin’. This is similar to Flight of Passage in the sense that it’s a simulator and although it’s not as advanced, it’s still a fun ride that can be enjoyed by your whole family. In this one you fly over the World and see places like India and Antarctica.
What’s the best food and drinks at DisneyWorld?
I definitely liked most food from Disney but the sweet treats were what blew it out of the water for me, especially the Krispy treats and popcorn. They were so good! As for drinks, I could consume every drop of hot chocolate they had and still want more. It was definitely sweet but I couldn’t get enough. I had at least 2 mugfuls each day! I really wasn’t fond of the corn dogs from Disneyworld as the bread tasted quite sweet and I feel it just didn’t really work with the meat.
I also loved the Dole whip and Mickey Waffles, these were just 2 classic foods you can’t avoid when on vacation at DisneyWorld, or any Disney park for that matter!
What’s the shopping experience like?
I loved shopping! In Disney itself, it was very expensive but I loved Mouse Gear and Sephora. Mouse Gear was where I bought my ears from and Sephora is obviously every makeup lover’s dream! As for the outlets, I was overwhelmed! I bought so much Tommy Hilfiger stuff from there as it was so cheap and I even got a bralette from VS for $3! You don’t just see those prices anywhere else! I do wish that we were there for Black Friday though as they had 75% off in EVERY SINGLE SHOP! I still get emails to this day about exclusive offers I can use. I spent 2 days in 2 different outlets. I definitely preferred the 2nd and if I went again, that’s the one I’d visit. However both are amazing and the taxis to International Drive were fairly cheap.
Which Disney meet-and-greets are worth the wait?
My favourite character was Timon from the Lion King. When I was planning the character meet and greets, he actually wasn’t on my list, my top 2 were Gaston and Winnie the Pooh, neither of whom I actually met! Despite this, I was glad that we got to meet Timon as he was so playful and cheeky and the smiles on our photos with him were so genuine. He personalised each meet up to the individual. As you can see he decided to dance with me and he pulled my ears off my head!
Another favourite was Pluto as he was also so fun, he even jumped in front of the camera when so we could only see him on the photo! He wanted to be star of the show!
Favourite DisneyWorld memory?
Definitely seeing the Fireworks and Parade for the first time! We watched the Happily Ever After show and it was amazing, it was completely breathtaking! I loved it so much that I even learnt all the words to the song. The parade was the festival of fantasy parade and it was amazing to see all the colourful costumes and characters! If you have children that aren’t fond of loud fireworks then they’d be fine as the music drowns them out! They also have another smaller projection show on the castle ankh 30 minutes after. I loved this as they included my favourite character, Winnie the Pooh!
Which DisneyWorld hotel/resort do you recommend
I stayed at the All Star Music resort and its gorgeous! It’s decorated in pastel colours and it has two pools in the resort which I loved, especially as they played films there at night and held activities during the day. It was the perfect end to a busy day! We spent a day relaxing in the hotel and because of all the activities they host, we were never bored!
Did you have any bad experiences?
I wouldn’t say that I did however the only one negative that I can think of was that my English plug went missing. This meant I couldn’t charge my phone when I returned from the parks unless I charged it from my TV which had to be on for that to happen. I’m not saying it got stolen although it wasn’t where I had left it when I got back that day.
What was your favourite souvenir?
I think it’s a given that my Minnie ears were my favourite gift from Disney, everyone wore a pair and it was the perfect accessory for every outfit, it’s a shame that it’s not the norm to walk around your hometown wearing them! I did also like my Tommy trainers that I bought from the outlet, I still wear them to this day, they were 100% worth the money! I also recommend buying a pin as a souvenir. Mine was one with Mickey and Walt Disney on and its the sweetest memory ever!
I hope this answered some questions and add a few new things to your DisneyWorld holiday planning!
Have you ever been to DisneyWorld before? Where’s on your travel bucket list?