Disney World Is Calling My Name

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Disney World Is Calling My NameA friend of mine asked me for suggestions on what to definitely do at Disney World during a two-day span. Let’s just say the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go. I celebrated my 5th birthday at Disney World and we were hooked. While my four member family certainly enjoys a beach or mountain trip, Disney was our thing. We grew up being carried from our beds to the car at 5am to get a jumpstart on the drive, and the memories still make me smile. We had the movies, the plush characters, the smashed penny books full of coins with Disney characters imprinted on them, autograph books and numerous photo albums. If I’m being honest, I was such a fan I wrote my first research paper in high school on Walt Disney.

Charles Brooks, a cartoonist for the Birmingham News, wrote this about Walt when he passed away:

“He was an original. Not just an American original, but an original, period. There can’t be many adults in the allegedly civilized parts of the globe who did not inhabit Disney’s mind and imagination for at least for a few hours and feel better for the visitation….. But what Disney seemed to know was that while there is very little grown-up in every child, there is a lot of child in every grown-up. To a child, this weary world is brand-new, gift wrapped. Disney tried to keep it that way for adults.”

Growing up, I admired his dream that became reality — the movies, the parks — but as I became an adult, I began to esteem his creativity, respect his passion, and commend his courage.

In 1955, Disneyland opened, costing $17 million. Walt said, “When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impression that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn’t realize that behind it was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it because we loved to do it.”

Lillian (his wife) questioned him, asking “”But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.”” Walt replied, “That was just the point—mine wouldn’t be.”

For a quick trip, here are my suggestions:

1. The Wishes firework show + any parade (Magic Kingdom) – you won’t be able to contain your smile

2. The Three Mountains (Magic Kingdom): Splash, Space, & Thunder – just to say you did; they’re great in their own ways

3. Soarin’ (Epcot) – a ride but not a roller coaster; a creative invention

4. Beaches & Cream (the Beach Club Resort) – this one might be a stretch, if you’re busy running around the parks, but it’s a prime lunch spot

5. Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom) – my guilty pleasure; a great 3D show full of all the Disney classic songs

6. Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)

7. Rock’n Roller Coaster + Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios) – easily a couple of the best rides

8. Main Street Bakery + Candy Shop (Magic Kingdom) – caramel apples, candy for days, pastries of all kinds

9. The World Showcase (Epcot) – a walk through there and you’re bound to leave more cultured

10. Turkey leg and/or Mickey oreo bar (Magic Kingdom) – Disney snacks rock

11. Monorail ride (Magic Kingdom/Epcot) – always a fun experience

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10 Comments

  • elizabeth

    Lillian (his wife) questioned him, asking “”But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.”” Walt replied, “That was just the point—mine wouldn’t be.”

    MY FAVORITE PART! SO CLEAN!!!

    03/13/2015 at 4:02 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Elizabeth, I agree!!

      03/13/2015 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    I’d love to go to Disney world but none of my friends share my same wonder, haha. These places sound fun!

    03/13/2015 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Leslie, one day you’ll find someone to go with I know it! :)

      03/14/2015 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Rachel G

    I’ve only been once, but absolutely loved it. Lately I’ve been thinking about trying to plan a family trip someday far in the future. :) I have been to Hong Kong Disneyland, once, too, and that one’s pretty awesome, as well!

    03/13/2015 at 11:45 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Rachel G, I used to say growing up that one of my bucket list goals was to visit ‘all the Disneylands.’ That’s super cool!

      03/14/2015 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    I grew up going to Disneyland and have never been to Disney World. Excited to know what to do when I get there!

    03/14/2015 at 4:38 am Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Yes! Tracy, you will absolutely love it.

      03/14/2015 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • alyssa

    My boyfriend and I are hitting Disney Halloween weekend for our 2-year anniversary! We’re so excited.

    03/14/2015 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Rebekah @ Surviving Toddlerhood

    I’ve never been to Disney and probably never will because I have so many other places I want to go first. But I love how you layed out your favorite places her, this would be a great list for anyone looking to go for a weekend trip. :-)

    03/15/2015 at 8:28 pm Reply
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