I’ve mentioned this in all my tag posts recently but due to the COVID-19 lockdown I don’t have much new to write about so I’ve been investing my time in tags at the moment – I like an opportunity to answer questions, I think it’s fun! And I love an opportunity to talk about my trip to Florida so please enjoy!
1. First time you went to Disney World?
February 2020 so only a few months ago. It feels like a dream come true to be honest because I’d been wanting to go for ages. I kept popping up to my friends with offers I’d found but they were still quite expensive and my friends were very sensible and kept saying we’d go ‘someday’ but not yet. But when I had a big tax return in the middle of last year I couldn’t resist anymore and booked myself a solo trip.
It was meant to be for ten nights but unfortunately due to Storm Ciara it got reduced to eight nights but it didn’t matter too much as I managed to do everything at the top of my list and it was one of the best holidays I’ve been on.
2. Favourite park?
Before I went I was absolutely certain that Magic Kingdom would be my favourite park so I planned two full days out to visit but I surprised myself by loving Hollywood Studios. My trip hadn’t gotten off to the best start, I go into more detail in my travel fails blog post but my full first park day was at Hollywood Studios and I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better first day. All the staff were so lovely and I loved everything. I’m also not really a big thrill ride kind of girl so I preferred watching the many shows that Hollywood Studios has to offer.
When planning my itinerary I’d left my final morning free so I could revisit anything I hadn’t done or wanted to experience again and I spent it rewatching my favourite shows at Hollywood Studios. I just wish I’d been able to watch Fantasmic again as unfortunately when I saw it there was some kind of emergency and the show had to be cut short – if I ever go back watching Fantasmic in full is top of my list.
3. Favourite land in Magic Kingdom?
Probably Fantasyland because it feels truly magical but Tomorrowland surprised me as I was able to go on more there than I thought I’d be able to – so I did spend more time at Tomorrowland than I thought I would.
4. Favourite Disney resort hotel?
I’ve only stayed at one and that was ‘Disney’s All Star Sports Resort’ – I was meant to stay at Music but you’ll know the story of that if you read my travel fails blog post. Of the three All Star resorts I really hadn’t wanted to stay at Sports because I’m not a sports fan but I really liked it. The staff were lovely, I liked the food court and the pool was nice to chill in on my day off from the parks.
I’ll be honest, I would’ve liked to have stayed at a more expensive resort but ultimately the hotel for me is just somewhere to sleep before I get up and have a full day out in the parks. I knew I wanted to stay in a Disney hotel for the free transport to and from the parks and ‘All Star Sports’ was fine. I wouldn’t be put off staying in an ‘All Star’ hotel again.
5. Favourite snack?
I actually didn’t eat many, if any, snacks. I thought I would but most of the snack carts I found were either for popcorn or for cinnamon related snacks of which I’m a fan of neither. I did have some snacks in my hotel though, I liked the Goofy gummy sweets I bought – they also had tubs of cookie dough of which I was definitely a fan.
6. Favourite table service and counter service?
I only booked two restaurants as I was worried it would get a bit expensive but upon reflection I probably would’ve booked more. My first was Nine Dragons Restaurant at Epcot and honestly if I could go back and eat that exact meal all over again then I would in a heartbeat, it was probably the tastiest Chinese I’ve ever had. My other was at Crystal Palace so it wasn’t table service but I do like a good buffet and I liked meeting the Winnie-the-Pooh characters.
My favourite counter service was probably the canteen at my hotel to be honest, those chocolate chip pancakes in the morning were lush and one night I came back to have dinner at the hotel and that chicken avocado burger really hit the spot. My mouths watering thinking about it to be honest.
Normally by the end of my previous trips to America I feel a bit sick eating their food and crave ‘British’ food but that wasn’t the case in Florida, it didn’t feel sickly, it was just perfect.
7. Favourite ride?
As I mentioned earlier I don’t love big thrill rides so I tend to stick to the smaller ones. I have a soft spot for ‘It’s a Small World’, I love riding that at the parks I’ve visited across the world, it’s definitely a classic favourite. At Disneyworld specifically I liked ‘Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin’ in Magic Kingdom.
If we’re taking parks from around the world into account then I think my favourite Disney ride ever is ‘Mystic Manor’ in the Hong Kong park – if you get the opportunity to go then I definitely recommend giving it a ride. I went on it three times and probably could’ve happily gone on more to be honest, I loved it. I also have a soft spot for ‘Pooh’s Hunny Hunt’ in the Tokyo park but the queue for that was very long so I only rode it once but I love a good trackless ride.
8. Favourite show?
See, if Fantasmic hadn’t unfortunately been cut short for me then it definitely would’ve been my favourite as I absolutely loved it – in fact it still might be regardless. I don’t think I missed much, I overheard a guy when we were leaving explaining to his friend who’d never seen it before what we would’ve missed and apparently it wasn’t long.
Anyway! I loved the shows at Animal Kingdom more than I thought I would, I don’t really like the ‘Finding Nemo’ movie but the stage version was really good and I also loved ‘The Lion King’ one. I also love ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Hollywood Studios.
9. Favourite parade or fireworks?
The fireworks at Magic Kingdom were amazing, I honestly cried because they were just perfect. So they’re probably my favourite although I absolutely loved the Electric Parade at the Tokyo park, all the lit-up floats at night-time were magical.
10. Favourite pavilion in Epcot?
Before I visited I had a feeling that ‘Animal Kingdom’ would be my least favourite park but it actually turned out to be ‘Epcot’ – I’m not sure why. I liked England just because it was interesting to see what American’s thought that England was like. I also liked going into the store where there were a bunch of ridiculously overpriced British snacks. Before I visited my colleague Kaye told me the best fish and chips she’d ever had were in the England Pavilion at Epcot so I had some and they were nice to be fair, reminded me of home.
11. What colour is your magic band?
Pink – I thought about buying or ordering a custom one but it’s probably just as well I didn’t with all the faff I had with my hotel when I arrived. The lady who checked me in was so lovely, she was like ‘do you want a specific colour? Here are the ones we have’ and I sniffled ‘pink please’ so she went and dug me one out.
12. Favourite character to meet?
My favourite character meet will probably forever be Buzz Lightyear – I’d wanted to meet him in the Hong Kong park but unfortunately his queue was cut so I was over the moon when I got to the Orlando park and his queue wasn’t cut. I told him he was my favourite character and he was so lovely, it really made my day.
I prefer meeting the characters that can’t speak because I often find it a bit awkward as I’m not really sure what to say. Another one of my favourites were the Winnie-the-Pooh characters, I met Winnie, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet in Orlando and just Winnie in Hong Kong and I loved both just as much. Buzz Lightyear and Winnie-the-Pooh are probably my two favourite Disney characters.
13. A character you haven’t met but really want to?
I want to meet more of the characters who speak but I’d prefer to do this with my friends so that we all feel equally awkward. I wanted to meet Gaston in Orlando but I wasn’t gonna do that by myself, I’d have just embarrassed myself somehow. I’d like to meet more of the princesses, I wish I’d met Mulan in Epcot but again just didn’t have the balls really.
14. Your best Disney memory?
My favourite Orlando Disney memory is definitely dancing with Buzz Lightyear after I told him he was my favourite character but I have a lot of fond memories of my trip to Disneyland Paris. It was my first time at any Disney park and I was there with my three best friends. We went on the ‘Armageddon Special Effects’ attraction (which I don’t think is there anymore) and I think that whole thing was absolutely hilarious. I also loved meeting Mickey Mouse – my friend Hirst hates people in costume but she braved it and we got a cute photo with him.
So there we have it, The Disney World Tag. Feel free to drop a link to your tag in the comments, I’d love to read your answers!