A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my trip to Orlando, Florida (specifically my visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter). Today, I am going to be sharing the rest of my Orlando adventures with a throwback to my first (and so far only) trip to Disney World!
1st timers at Walt Disney World
In case you missed my last post, I went to Orlando during my junior year of high school to compete at an international competition for DECA (a business club I joined in my sophomore year). Our main reason for being there was to compete, but we also had some free time in Orlando. Obviously Disney World was at the top of the list of things to do.
Because of competition times, we only had two days in the park, but we were able to do almost all of the highlights. We hit 4 parks (2 per day): Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom.
The first park we went to was Epcot. Besides Magic Kingdom, I would have to say this is my favorite. There are a few rides in the park, but the main event is the World Showcase. We went through the showcase faster than I would have liked (we walked through the whole park in about 2 hours).
As you walk along the path, different sections are designed to look like different countries around the world. There are fun little shops and restaurants in each “country,” and I loved being able to see all the different cultures from around the world in on spot. It is different from your normal theme park full of rides, but I found it completely delightful!
I also loved all of the flower sculptures. Every spring, Epcot hosts the International Flower and Garden Festival. I loved looking for my favorite Disney characters created from flowers throughout the park.
The same day we went to Epcot, we also went to Hollywood Studios. This park hosts some of my favorite rides like the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I am pretty sure we went on each of those rides about three times in a row. If you’re not familiar with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you take a thrilling journey through the streets of LA in a limo while jamming to the tunes of Aerosmith. It is awesome!
Hollywood Studios is also home to Toy Story Mania. I was super excited for that ride because it had just opened and it was my first time ever riding it! I loved it! I never miss it when I am at one of the Disney Parks.
On our second day, we squeezed in the Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. There were a lot of things I wanted to do in Animal Kingdom that we didn’t have time for (like the Safari). But we stopped in really quickly because we were all dying to ride Expedition Everest.
Of all the rides that are exclusive to Disney World, Expedition Everest was definitely my favorite. I guess we lucked out and nothing was very busy, because this was another ride that we went on a few times in a row! We also stopped and got a picture with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, and that was really all we did in Animal Kingdom.
Out of all of the parks we went to, we spent the most time at Magic Kingdom. You gotta love the classics! I must say that I think Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain are better in California. I would say that everything else is pretty equal between both parks. I would also say that while all of the parks at Disney World have that Disney touch, Magic Kingdom is the most…well, magical!
The firework show at the end of the night was incredible! We didn’t want to leave. It was fun to be able to travel with a school group because it was so different from my normal vacations, and we made some great memories. Next time I would do things a little differently, starting with more time in the parks. But our quick trip was definitely a great preview!
Written by Kaycie Jordan.
*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Kaycie Jordan.