It’s been almost twenty years since I’ve been to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We went as a family when I was five and again when I was 12. Honestly, I haven’t thought much about it since then, but once Chris mentioned a trip to visit with one of his childhood friends who lives in the area I got excited at the thought of going back!
We did absolutely nothing to prepare for the trip to Disney and bought our passes a week prior to our visit. It was a strange feeling to do zero planning especially since Disney is notorious for being overwhelming and a lot to plan. However, we were visiting with locals who have season passes and knew we were in good hands with them.
Can I just say that it was SO NICE to go with the flow and tag along with them at the park. I didn’t have to look at a map or wonder where something was because they had it covered. I was able to truly enjoy myself and the day without any stress of logistics. Josh, Peter & Dani- thank you so much for this gift!
Our ONE SINGLE DAY at Disney started at 8am when we left the house and drove to Epcot. We knew we were going to spend the whole day at Disney and wanted to park at Epcot since we were planning to watch the light show there at the end of the day. We made it to Epcot in record time, parked up close and were walking through the park before 8:45am. Our hosts mentioned that the park felt EMPTY and that it felt eerily similar to the days following 9/11 when folks weren’t traveling. I guess that’s what a category 5 hurricane does to Disney’s guest attendance.
We walked through Epcot (everything was closed), straight to the boat which took us to Hollywood Studios. We had a plan and that plan was to see Star Wars land! We spent about six hours going in the shops, drinking blue milk, hanging with the storm troopers and waiting in line for the Millenium Falcon ride (the only ride at the moment, the second ride opens in December), and eating on theme food! It was really cool to see Chris SO happy and the attention to detail was astounding. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen any of the Star Wars movies, but it didn’t matter because I was able to appreciate how cool the attraction is.
Once we felt like we had seen and done it all (and left with some fun purchases), we walked to Toy Story Land which is connected to the Star Wars attraction. This was my favorite part of our Disney day since TS is one of my favorites. We rode a ride, took photos of all the details and felt like we truly were little toys!
We walked the twenty minute walk from Hollywood Studios to Epcot to experience their Food & Wine Festival and definitely worked up an appetite (and sweat)! We wandered from France to Germany to Italy and China trying location specific dishes and drinks. My favorite was definitely the dumplings from China, but I was also very happy to find Dole Whip in Canada!
We ended the evening with a couple rides in Epcot and then their fabulous light show before starting the trek to the car. We were all exhausted and knew we had to be up in six short hours for our flight home. Our one day in Disney was packed to the gills and I feel like we truly got our money’s worth. We owe a lot of that to our sweet friends who handled everything and got us from point A to point B without any fuss or issues. We will definitely be back, but it may not be for a few years and hopefully it’s with little ones in tow!