Those who have seen Disney’s Frozen, knows the song for the First Time in Forever, sung by Anna (voiced by: Kristen Bell). The song is about how happy and optimistic she is to finally not be isolated and being able to invite people inside the walls of the castle, due to the fact she had felt alone. Aside from what she felt then, she was super, happy now, this being the first time in forever.
Now the reason I bring this song up is because for the first time in forever I went to DISNEY WORLD! It was going to be my wedding anniversary with my husband of two years! I couldn’t believe this was really happening!
In a previous post, I mentioned I hadn’t been to Disney since I was 7, so I had no idea what I was in for. I finally got to visit all four parks and Downtown Disney Springs. What I learned is that Disney is more than just an amusement park. It’s truly an experience. You can hardly tell someone about it, so writing this is a bit harder than I expected. It is just something you have to see for yourself. However, although it was fun. I was so overwhelmed with the amount things there is to do at Disney. There is literally A LOT of stuff. What’s crazier is that my husband has never been, so he was more overwhelmed then I was. So when in doubt, here is a list of 10 MUSTS when visiting Disney World, if you need a place to start.
- Take a picture in front of the castle.
- Meet Mickey Mouse.
- Get pictures and/or autographs by your favorite characters.
- Watch parades from the perfect spot.
- Wear Disney ears or hats.
- Scale the Mountains
- Eat something Mickey-shaped.
- Get a souvenir! Make sure you really like it (things can get pricey)
- Visit Downtown Springs!
- Enjoy the fireworks!
A great way to make sure you get to enjoy all of these things is by downloading the Disney World app, which gives you showtime info, park hours, tickets, food; practically anything you need when trying to get around Disney. The parks are huge so all you really need is to take buses they provide (they’re free) to transition to each one. This is of course if you have park hopper passes. They also have a monorail and ferry-boats, but I’m pretty sure it’s just to add to the experience.
I think my husbands favorite thing about the trip was pin-hunting! You will tend to see this on lanyards of the cast members, a bunch of pins, whether they are characters or mystery pins, or hidden mickeys. All of them will trade with you throughout the parks. We got some really cools ones. I know he definitely wants to go back now, because he has a made it a mission to find the zodiac sign for Scorpio, (His birthday is Oct 30), because he found Capricorn (our daughter) and Libra (for me). It’s super fun with what you can find.
We did stay at a Disney World Resort; Coronado Springs! It’s currently under construction, but overall it was a beautiful place with amazing customer service.
However, I did have to leave my daughter with my mother, it was about the hardest thing I had to do. But I told myself after this trip I am never going back without her. I didn’t realize it then, but Disney really is for everyone. It is so family-oriented that I cannot ever imagine doing Disney without her again. No matter what age she is. Each time we visited a park my husband would tell me, “I miss our daughter.”
Disney has something for everyone. Disney is a experience of lifetime, especially for kids! Big or small. I for one am a big kid at heart. Always and forever.
As Walt Disney would say, “That’s the real trouble. Too many people grow up.”