Magic Kingdom. Orlando, Florida
I used to live in Tampa when I was younger and my family went to Disney World several times. However, the last time I went, I was 9 and I also did not like many of the fun rides. Disney World then was a different experience and I knew I wanted to experience it again as adult, especially when I would finally be able to ride more rides.
We went on a Saturday, which proved to be busy, but perhaps way more busy than I ever expected. The park was a lot similar to what I had remembered as a kid. Gorgeous back dropped buildings that dropped you in the middle of your favorite character movies and childhood memories come to life. The castle in the middle of the park even looked more impressive than I remember. There were a few new things, but the park mostly kept all the same themes that were around when I was 9. However, with the increase in demand to go and being a Saturday, waiting in the lines definitely dampened the experience some.
We were able to ride Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain (my favorite), Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion (my personal favorite as a kid), and we stood in line to meet Ariel, the only character I really wanted to see. Each line was 60-75 minute wait. That’s a long time to stand in line! I think my only big disappointment was not being able to see more characters.
I remember walking around the park and just seeing Mickey walk around, or Cinderella just standing somewhere, casually getting photos. Now, you had to wait in an hour long line, get rushed through to take a picture and immediately leave. I went to the park and never even saw Mickey walking around!
Overall, it was still a really fun day, however, to do this again would require more planning. Turns out, you can book fast pass entrances up to 30 days in advance. We were unable to get any times the day of since they were sold out, but had we known what day we were going, we could have reduced our wait times by half. I also would love to experience the other parks and make a week out of it. Disney is great for reliving memories, but it just isn’t the same as it was 24 years ago. I would definitely go back again. With fast passes and on a weekday. Possibly in the rain. HAHA.
*Thank you Shiran for going on this adventure with me.
HOW TO DO THIS: Search for various Disney packages online. Single day passes were $111.
WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN: Yes. But with better planning for sure.