My Adventures in Walt Disney World

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After much anticipation I have finally put together all of my thoughts from my Walt Disney World trip I went on last week. If you know me you would know that I am a HUGE Disney Fan. Even though I have gone to Disney twice this year alone, I still love it just as much as the time I walked down Main Street USA for the first time when I was four years old.

I have complied my favorites from favorite snack to favorite resort as well as some tips and tricks for you if you ever decide to go to the most magical place on earth! So let's jump on in!

My Favorites: (I will go into each a little more in depth below)

  • Favorite Snack: Dole Whip
  • Favorite Ride: Space Mountain
  • Favorite Park: EPCOT
  • Favorite Sit-down Restaurant: Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort
  • Favorite Quick-Service Restaurant (Walk up and order type): Tagierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT
  • Favorite Souvenir: Walt Disney World Trading Pins
  • Favorite Show: Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom
Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom

Dole Whips are my favorite snack by far. I can't believe that this trip was my first time having one! They are Dole Pineapples whipped into a sort of soft serve type of ice-cream. It is so sweet and refreshing, perfect for a hot day in the parks. You can find these at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom (Adventureland), at the Polynesian Village Resort at Pineapple Lanai, and also at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom. I highly recommend you give this treat a try!

Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom

My favorite ride across all parks in Space Mountain. It is considered a Disney classic ride and was revolutionary for it's time. It was the first entirely indoor rollercoaster when it opened in 1975. It's top speed is 28 miles per hour but it feels like you are going much faster than that thanks to a little bit of Disney Magic. It is pitch black in the ride besides the stars you see above you as you feel that you are zooming along through space. If you are into rollercoasters, this is a great one to try to get a FastPass for because it is hard to get on without wait for over an hour.

EPCOT

My favorite park has to be EPCOT. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. Walt Disney originally designed this park to be a livable community of tomorrow. It was a very inventive idea at the time and still is today. Walt was unable to see the EPCOT project to completion due to his passing in 1966 to cancer this project was turned into a very different type of theme park. A theme park that was all about learning. There are two sections of this park; Futureworld and World Showcase. Each section has pavilions that center around a theme in which you can learn more. In Futureworld they are themes like; Energy, The Seas, The Land, Imagination and much more. In World Showcase they are 11 pavilions that are dedicated to different countries. I love to walk around World Showcase and learn about all the cultures of each country as well as going into Futureworld to be inspired to innovate for tomorrow.

Ohana at The Polynesian Village Resort

If you have the time for a sit down meal, head over to Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort. This restaurant has incredible food that is served family style. The best part? You can always ask for more of anything that you really enjoy! Try not to fill yourself on the Pineapple Coconut bread at the beginning because all the food to come is just as amazing. You feel like a part of the family with your waiters and waitresses calling you cousin because if Stitch taught us anything, "Ohana means family."

Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT

If you are up to try some food a little out of your comfort zone, I highly suggest trying The Tagierine Cafe at the Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT. One of the amazing things about EPCOT is that you get to try amazing and authentic food from around the world. World Class chefs prepare each meal wither it is a more classic sit down restaurant or something that your grab and go. A couple years back, my dad and I stumbled upon this restaurant and I have to go back every time! This restaurants even have vegetarian options as well!

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A tradition I have made for myself to to get a Walt Disney World Trading Pin every time I go on a Disney trip. ( I now have a canvas at home that showcases them all.) A big part of these pins is that you can trade them with Cast Members to possibly get even better ones or ones that you can only get if you trade. I like to find some pins that I am not too fond of anymore and trade a few with cast members on each trips. It's really fun and the Cast Members are just as excited as you are to trade!

Lastly, my favorite show (which I cannot miss when I go) is The Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom. This is a classic Disney attraction and it was first showcased at the 1964/1965 World's Fair in New York City. This revolutionary show is completely presented by animontronics. You follow a family through the 20th century to see how much progress was made. I love this show along with the catchy theme song. It's a little piece of Walt Disney left in the park that he personally worked on. It's amazing to see something so revolutionary at it's time still standing the tests of time. I am still enchanted every time with how much we have progressed over the years and thinking about how we will in the future. As the song goes..."There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Shining at the end of everyday. There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow, just a dream away."

What is your favorite part of Walt Disney World? Was there anything I missed or would like to see me cover? Let me know below!

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