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When You Wish Upon a Disney Vacation…Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, Rueben and I joined friends on a Disney Cruise! We also went to Disney World, which I hadn’t been to since I was 5. Needless to say, I was pretty excited.

In Part 1 of 2, I’ll share pictures from Disney World, and in Part 2 (coming soon), I’ll share my experience being on the cruise!

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IMG_1860I love this Minnie-van!
IMG_2076The view from our hotel room
IMG_2077The very cool pool area

We got into Orlando late on our first night, and went immediately from our hotel, Coronado Springs Resort, to Epcot so we could have dinner at delicious Teppan Edo. We got to walk through half of the park, and it was so beautiful!

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I loved seeing how amazing the countries in the park (Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, the United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico) were represented, plus we were there during the Flower and Garden Festival so there were many gorgeous living sculptures (topiaries) around the park.

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The next morning we woke up early to get to Animal Kingdom when it opened so we didn’t have to wait in a long line for the spectacular Avatar ride. We had to wait in line for maybe an hour, but there was SO much beauty to see that time flew by!

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After the Avatar ride, we took a safari ride and saw some gorgeous animals in the park. Of course, I loved it. It’s pretty impressive the amount of land and animals Epcot has.

IMG_1891hippos napping underwater!
IMG_1894Ankole cattle
IMG_1901wildebeest
IMG_1903giraffes
IMG_1907elephant and Baobab tree
IMG_1910lotsa flamingoes
IMG_1912sleepy lion
IMG_1914Expedition Everest in the background
IMG_1916beautifully carved Tree of Life

After we got back from our Disney Cruise (and rested), we went to the most magical of all, Magic Kingdom. The first time I went to Disney World, I was about 5. Cinderella is my favorite Disney movie so the first time I saw her castle, I took off running towards it because I was so excited! It’s still as spectacular all these years later.

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IMG_2118Finally a group picture!

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We got to the park late, just in time for the spectacular fireworks display (and in time to avoid the blazing sun)! The fireworks were so awesome, and it kinda blew my mind that they show movie clips on Cinderella’s castle itself! It looks like the actual castle is lighting up instead of just having images projected on it.

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There is so much that we didn’t get to see, that I know we’ll be back to Disney World, and maybe even Disneyland, sometime soon. What is your favorite park and ride?

All photos taken with my iPhone XS.

 

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