A Short Take on Disney World

Walt Disney World

I’m just gonna say it: Spontaneity is good for humans. Temporarily leaving behind responsibilities, obligations and everyday ruts routines to make room for new experiences is vital to our growth. Sometimes spontaneity looks like, leaving the city and going for a long afternoon hike, forgoing my planned dinner and eating at a new restaurant or seeing a matinée on a Tuesday. And sometimes it looks like driving 11 hours to Florida for a weekend!

Walt Disney World

The Relevent Podcast Anniversary Show was the main catalyst for bringing us to the sunshine state, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit Disney World. The one and only time my family traveled to Florida was in 1996 when we spent a week exploring the different parks. I still have the fondest memories of that trip. Both Jordan and I have been to Disneyland in California multiple times but he’s never been to Disney World. As a Walt Disney enthusiast, we knew we had to make it happen!

Walt Disney World

Disney World 2015

Jordan and I made the most of our short time. 😉 At Walt Disney World, you can’t even begin to see everything in every park in one day. It’s too massive. We chose to visit two parks: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, spending most of our day in Magic Kingdom.

Surveying the crowds is quite amusing. Most people are having the time of their life. But there are a few haggard parents in the bunch. Mad props to people who bring along toddlers. When my family went to Disney World, I was the youngest (at 10) and it was perfect. I was able to keep up with my older brothers and go on all of the rides!

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Jordan and I kept pinching ourselves all day. Disney World (and theme parks in general) can be overwhelming when unprepared, but when you plan just a little bit and then allow for the magic to take over the rest, it truly is a special place! The parks themselves are beautiful and clean while the staff, AKA “cast members,” are truly the nicest and friendliest people. Our tour guide for the Jungle Cruise was my favorite – she kept the puns and jokes going the whole time without breaking into a smirk. I wonder if they create their own lines or if each ride has specific a script?

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

^ The Swiss Family Robinson is one of Jordan and my favorite Disney movies!

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

^ The sword wouldn’t budge. Maybe next time!

Walt Disney World

We had the best luck with ride lines and wait times. The longest we waited for a ride was only 60 minutes and most were much less. My favorite rides were: Space Mountain, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid (the new animatronics are super expressive and they really pop with the help of clever paint and black lighting) and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (which is a new thrill ride).

Space Mountain, in Tomorrowland, has always been one of my favorite rides. I remember being totally enamored as a 10 year old and to this day it still brings me a thrill. Besides a few “stars” twinkling in the sky, you are zooming around in total darkness. The experience is exhilarating!

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

As far as the other parks go, we chose to visit Hollywood Studios over Epcot and Animal Kingdom mainly to ride Tower of Terror and Star Tours. I always forget the intensity level of Tower of Terror! So fun. Star Tours was a blast (he he) as well. Jordan always geeks out with anything Star Wars related.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World at night is spectacular. I forgot about the fireworks and light shows which illuminate the sky above Cinderella’s castle. I am so glad we were able to stay through to the end of the night. We exited from riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train just as the sun began to set. The whole sky was lit with the prettiest hues of pink, orange, purple and blue.

The air of the evening turned romantic and dreamy. I told Jordan I could finally see why people honeymoon in Disney World and Disneyland — it’s a magical place, especially at night! If we were local, I would bring a picnic and watch the fireworks regularly.

Thanks for being you, Disney World! We had so much fun. Even though it was a quick trip, there isn’t enough space for all the sights and memories. Until next time…

Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

25 thoughts on “A Short Take on Disney World”

  1. These photos are stunning!! Did you take these with your new camera? The last shot and the black and white shot of the castle (looking straight up at it) are definitely my favorites, but I love the vibrant colors in the other ones. I just love Disney World, and I’m glad you guys had a chance to visit and had such a great time! I lived in Florida for a few years and my family had annual passes. Even going as often as we did, we couldn’t see it all! Space Mountain and Peter Pan are two of my all-time favorites. 🙂

  2. loved this! I grew up in FL and was able to go to Disney a lot… But I just love it. Haven’t been in 2 years and this makes me want to hop in the car 🙂 also, good call on Hollywood studios for your second park! That’s the best one 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness. I agree with Brittany. These photos are spectacular! Especially the last two. Jaw on the floor.
    I went to Disney World this summer with my husband, too! I blogged a little about it, but mainly about how awesome it was that my parents came down from DC to babysit our baby all day so we could go just the two of us! It was magical, I love Disney so much (even though we just had one day in the Magic Kingdom) and loved re-living it through your beautiful post!

    Found you over at the Peony Project, I blog @ Spirit-Filled Simple (www.lucymargaret.com)

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! My husband took most of the photos that day.

      What a sweet offer from your parents! I mean you can still have a nice time with a baby but you don’t get the full experience.

  4. Love, love, love this! I’m actually a pass holder over here at Disneyland so I’m going often and it got me so curious about WDW. It seems so huge! Your pictures make me want to go more!

    1. Ohh fun! We would totally be pass holders if we lived close to one of the parks. WDW is massive! You have to take a bus to get from park to park. I personally think Disneyland is easier to manage with kids because you aren’t walking nearly as much.

  5. Disney is my absolute favorite! We even went to Disney World on our honeymoon, ha! I haven’t been back to the Florida park since they added the newest section (Beast’s castle, Little Mermaid, Dwarves’ Mine Train) and I’d love to go!

  6. Aww, this must have been the coolest trip! My family went to DisneyWorld together in 2014, the youngest in our party was my 7 year old sister–and we felt like it was a pretty awesome age group to go with! 🙂 I’d love to go with Angel someday–we did go to Hong Kong Disneyland for our last anniversary, that was pretty amazing (I had to go because when else are we going to be living so close that we can get from our house to Disneyland via the metro system?).

    1. That is so awesome! Jordan was like why didn’t we go to Disney in Paris?! Haha. Did it seem like you were in a foreign country or does it just feel Disneyland?

      I think the more people you have the easier it is to have little ones. It’s more parents that bring two toddlers. You aren’t going to be able to do much!

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