Over the Christmas break, my roommate Emily and I hopped on a plane to MCO (Orlando International) to visit and bring back our friend Caitlyn after being on the Disney College Program for the past six months. If you haven't read the first post about my Disney Experience, here it is. (In this post, I talk more about the packing and prepping for Disney). I highly suggest reading it before reading this post!

With an early 6am flight, we landed in hot Orlando at about 9:30am. When we left Toronto, it was pretty warm (I'm pretty sure it was still in the low 10s), but once we landed in Orlando, I quickly realized how warm Canada was not, in comparison. We rented a shuttle service that picked us up from the airport and took us to our hotel in Kissimmee. Caitlyn had driven her car to Orlando, we went for the cheaper hotel outside of Orlando (can't beat $30 a night) but on the day we flew in, she had class till 3pm. 

Since we couldn't check in for another few hours, we decided to go grab some brunch/lunch and aimlessly roam around the area. For brunch, after too much time spent trying to find an IHOP, we settled on Denny's for food. 

Don't understand the whole calories-on-the-menu thing, it's like they don't want me to eat anything!
Afterwards, Em and I just lounged around the hotels pool until we were able to check-in early. There was nothing really special about our room, just a place to sleep at night. However it was really convenient because we were on the ground floor so we could just hop in and out of the car and into our room. 

Caitlyn finally came to pick us up around 3pm and our Disney adventures began. 



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Downtown Disney

For being awake since 3am, Downtown Disney was definitely the best place to see first. It's an area where you can just walk around, watch performances and eat some food. There's a lot of Disney merchandise shops here, but beside all these great things, the best thing from this day (besides all the random dancing from the live music) was the Ghiradelli Ice Cream shop.

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 Now I am not choco-holic by any means of the word but this store may have changed me. The shop sells your everyday Ghiradelli chocolates but they also make, which differentiates this shop from others, Ghiradelli based sundaes, shakes and floats! Literally to die for! I had the "Ocean Beach Sea Salt Caramel Sundae." 

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Hollywood Studios

On Day 2, we went to Hollywood Studios, which was jammed packed full of rides and shows to watch. The first thing we watched was the "Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage." I was super amazed on the amount of detail that went into the production (but then again it is DisneyWorld, so no surprise). 


From Beauty and the Beast, we went on our first ride which was "The Great Movie Ride," which is a walkthrough ride of Hollywood movies throughout the 20th-ish century. One of my favourite movies of time is Singin' in the Rain, which was obviously included in the ride (because its an awesome movie).



The other rides we went on were:

|| Star Tours ||
|| Rock 'n Roller Coaster || 
(Apparently Chris Evans was in front of us in line and Caitlyn, who is always 
pointing out boys on the daily, sees him and doesn't even tell us until two days later)
|| Club Disney || 
(A great place to charge your phone and relax after a long day)
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|| For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration ||
(Alpine Ken, aka Kristoff, was a dead ringer!)
|| The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ||
(I wish I went on this ride more than once, it was amazing, and I'm not even a thrill rider junkie)
|| Fantasmic ||
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|| Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights || 




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Magic Kingdom

The whole grail of DisneyWorld is probably hidden somewhere in this park! Probably along with all of Walt Disney's. Caitlyn being a big huge ginormous all-things-Disney fan, she wanted to make sure that my Magic Kingdom experience was purely magical. Within being there for 30 minutes, I had already started to cry. The first thing we watched was a show at the castle called "Dream Along with Mickey." There were fireworks and choreographed dancing and Snow White (aka one of my favourite princesses) like how could I not cry? I was starting to understand and feel the magic behind Disney. 

We did Magic Kingdom on our third day there and there is so much stuff that we did on that day, that I need a whole post to go over it in the detail I want. I'm hoping to post it as a secondary post for this week, that way you're not reading Disney posts for the rest of January (especially with it being super cold right now in Waterloo)


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