Lives in Lake Orion, Michigan
Since Oct 2011
25-34 year old female
World Traveler, Photographer, Foodie, Wanderer, Girlfriend, Dog Mom.
Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
Performances, Disney Parks & Activities
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
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Disney Parks & Activities, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Water Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
When you think of Disney World, Magic Kingdom is the first place that comes to mind, and is definitely a must do! The Magic Kingdom has rides, shopping, restaurants, and attractions to dazzle people of all ages. Showcasing Cinderella's castle at the center of the park, the lands are set up similar to that of a hubcap design, with the castle in the middle. The lands include Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, the newly renovated Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, as well as Main Street. Each land is uniquely themed and seamlessly blend from one to another. Must See Attractions: - Splash Mountain - Space Mountain - Big Thunder Mountain - The Haunted Mansion - Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin - The Seven Dwarf's Mine Ride - It's A Small World - Mickey's Philhar Magic
Be Our Guest is by far the most magical, and enchanting dining experience you could have in The Magic Kingdom. Traveling deep into the Beast's Castle from Disney's Beauty And The Beast, you're immersed in a world of delicious food, and beautiful scenery. The food here is a French / American fusion and doesn't disappoint. Be Our Guest is included in the Dining Plan and it's best to come at lunch time, because reservations are booked very quickly. It's definitely a must see, and while you're here, as the song suggests, "Try the gray stuff, it's delicious!" Indeed it is.
Other than Be Our Guest, my favorite restaurant in The Magic Kingdom would have to be The Liberty Tree Tavern. Located in Liberty Square, it takes you right back into colonial America, in a quaint...not so little cottage. What I like about Liberty Tree is the fact that it's an all you can eat buffet right at your table. They bring out several courses, and all kinds of delicious food. It's like Thanksgiving any time of the year with their Turkey, sides, and dessert dishes they serve. I highly recommend making reservations in advance, as they get quite busy.
Wishes is a must see and is preformed nightly in The Magic Kingdom. It's their nighttime spectacular and truly is magic. Beautiful fireworks are set to music and audio from the main man himself, Giminy Cricket. See Tinker Bell soar over Mainstreet, and watch as the fireworks light up the sky, and astounding images are projected onto Cinderella's Castle. It's a beautiful thing to watch and is perfect for people of all ages.
Probably my personal favorite park at Disney World, Animal Kingdom. There's nothing quite like waking up at the crack of dawn, hopping on a bus and being transported to a cool, misty land that seems hundreds of miles away from home. Being in Animal Kingdom is truly like visiting a continent far, far away. I know what you may be thinking... "It's just a fancy zoo." No...no it's so, so much more. Similar to the layout of The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom has The Tree of Life at the center of the land. Surrounding it are lands that include Africa, Asia, Dinoland USA, and what will soon be an Avatar themed land. When you step into Africa, you feel like you're really in Africa. Disney had the land built as authentically as possible, even hiring Harambe Roof Thatchers to come in and construct the buildings. Not only do they have tons of animal exhibits, they have thrilling attractions, and great shows to see as well. Must See Attractions: - Expedition Everest - Kali River Rapids - Kilimanjaro Safaris - Finding Nemo, The Musical - Festival Of The Lion King
Probably the best, and definitely the most unique restaurant in Animal Kingdom is The Tusker House. A Charter Dining Buffet featuring Traditional African cuisine, as well as some more familiar favorites. They have a huge variety of a lot of foods you've probably never tried before, let alone heard of. And best of all its a Character Dining experience. Meet Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, and Daisy while you enjoy your meal. I highly recommend making reservations in advance, as they book up quickly.
Epcot. The "Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow" as Walt named it. Epcot is definitely a must see, and is an awesome mash-up of a future world, and the world as we know it now, all around the world. Literally. Epcot is split into two major lands. Future World and The World Showcase. Future World is pretty awesome, and it has some of the best attractions in Disney World, like Test Track and Soarin' (which are both must do's) But I have to say, the World Showcase takes the cake in this park. The World Showcase is made up of multiple countries around the world surrounding a giant lagoon in the middle. The World Showcase includes Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, China, The United States, Africa, Mexico, Italy, Morocco, and Norway. Each one of the countries is brilliantly realistic and a proud representation of that country. Everything is exact right down to the last detail. If you're in England, all of the workers (Cast Members) there are from England. If you're in Japan, all of the cast members are Japanese etc. My favorite part of the World Showcase is the food. In each country they have restaurants, cafe's, etc. That represent the given cuisine of that country. The very best time to go to The World Showcase is during the annual Food And Wine Festival held from around Mid September to Mid- November. Each Country has multiple food truck style stands featuring select dishes from the given country. And at only a couple dollars per dish, with plentiful servings, it's more than worth your money. Not to mention...Wine. So much wine. There are plenty of things to do in Epcot for children as well. Many of the countries have "Kid-Cot" stops where kids can do crafts from that country etc. As well as character experiences. All of the world showcase is very vibrant and exciting, as is future world. Must See Attractions: - Soarin' - Test Track - Mission Space
As I stated in the Epcot section of the guide, the World Showcase is connected to Future World and is made up of countries including Canada, England, France, Japan, China, Germany, The United States, Norway, Africa, , Italy, Morocco, and Mexico. Each of the countries has their own signature dining experiences. If you plan to dine at any of these locations I highly suggest making reservations as they book up quickly. Some of my favorite places to explore in The World Showcase include Japan, China, Mexico, and Morocco. In my opinion Morocco is the most culturally and architecturally accurate. Disney asked the King of Morocco to send in his personal architects to construct the buildings in the showcase, and they turned out beautifully. You feel as though you're deep in a Moroccan Marketplace, with all the sights and sounds, and smells. It's quite the experience. Although I personally love the Morocco pavilion, all of the World Showcase is beautiful, and vibrant. All worth seeing.
In my opinion, probably one of the best restaurants in the World Showcase, Le Cellier is a top of the line steak house with delicious food and an awesome atmosphere. Nestled in an underground cavern near the Canada Pavilion, it's a unique dining experience that, best of all, is part of the dining plan! Reservations are highly recommended, as Le Cellier is one of the most popular dining locations in the World Showcase.
This. This is one of Epcots hidden gems, tucked away near the Norwar Pavilion you'll find Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. They have tons and tons of goodies here, most of which can be redeemed as snacks on the dining plan. All of the desserts and snacks I've tried here are delicious, but the "School Bread" is by far the most delicious thing I've had there. It's like a giant, over stuffed custard donut covered in roasted coconut. Oh my, is it every delicious.
By far the most incredible fireworks display in all of Disney World, Illuminations is a must do. It can be seen from all around the world showcase since it takes place in the middle of the lagoon. A giant globe made up of hundreds of mini screens is pulled out into the middle of the water on a giant float, loaded with beautiful fireworks. The globe itself is incredible, then mixed with audio, music, fountains and fireworks, it's quite an incredible experience! Illuminations is performed nightly at Epcot, and is the perfect way to end your day at the park.
Hollywood Studios, formerly MGM Studios, is just like traveling back in time to old time Hollywood! It's a beautiful park that puts you right into your favorite movies. Featuring a Pixar Place area, as well as an area devoted to Star Wars, they have something here for all ages. There are a lot of great Thrill rides, including the only ride in Disney to include inversions, Aerosmith's Rockin' Rollercoaster, there are also a lot of great shows to watch as well, like Beauty And The Beast, Muppet-Vision 3D, Lights Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Not only is there attractions but there's Shopping. Lots of Shopping. There's fun activities for all ages, however, the park is much smaller than it's sister parks in Disney. It can easily be seen in one day, or perhaps a little less. Must See Attractions: - Aerosmith's Rockin' Rollercoaster - Tower Of Terror - Toy Story Mania - Beauty And The Beast Live - Star Tours
In my opinion, the best buffet in all of Disney World, Hollywood and Vine offers a wide selection of American favorites, as well as some more unfamiliar choices. They also have quite a selection of swanky looking desserts. Hollywood and vine is included in the dining plan, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I highly recommend making a reservation, as they're usually quite busy.
Created after the original Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood California, this place is just as tasty. Known for their Cobb Salad (which is out of this world good), their dishes are artfully decorated and taste just as good as they look. And best of all, it's part of the dining plan.
By far my favorite show in all of Disney World, Fantasmic! is a must see. Nestled far away from the other attractions, you take a long walk way up to the theater where Fantasmic! is performed. Bleacher style seating surrounds a large mountain range in the middle of a small lagoon. Fantasmic! has tons of characters in the show, as well as amazing visual effects projected into fine fountain mists in the middle of the lagoon. Follow Mickey on an adventure to defeat evil and save imagination! With impressive fireworks, pyro effects, fountains, floats, vibrant light effects and even a fire breathing dragon, Fantasmic! Is not to be missed.
Looking for a nice way to unwind after a long day at the parks? Downtown Disney is the place to be. With tons of shopping, restaurants and nightlife, Downtown Disney is great for all ages, but especially nice for the grown ups. Downtown Disney has plenty of Disney themed stores / restaurants, but also feature some other retail and dining favorites, such as Planet Hollywood, Wet Seal, Starbucks, Rainforest Cafe, Harley Davidson, AMC theaters, Lego Land, etc. On most nights, most of Downtown Disney is open until 2am, which is great for the nights you're not quite ready to turn in when the parks close.
The largest Disney store in all of Disney World is the World Of Disney. When you walk in they offer you a map the store is so large. Located right in the heart of Downtown Disney it has everything you could ever hope to find for souvenirs. They have everything here. Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing, Children's Clothing, Toys, Silverware, Collectibles, Jewelry, Luggage, Purses, Stuffed Animals, Princess Apparel, China, Picture Frames, Candy, Mickey Mouse shaped Pasta. Everything! Definitely a must see, this place is huge and awesome.
One of the two water parks in Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon is themed like a tropical paradise that looks like, well, it went through a hurricane. Soak Up the sun and enjoy a variety of water slides, wave pools, and other aquatic attractions until your heart's content! One of my favorite things here is the Scuba Diving. Grab some scuba gear and hop into a giant salt water pool filled with tropical fish of all kinds. Definitely a unique experience at no extra cost. Although there are no sit down restaurants at Typhoon Lagoon, they have several quick service stands that accept the meal plan. They also have lockers available to store your belongings while you're out having fun!
The "story" behind Blizzard beach is that there was a freak snow storm on a beautiful florida beach, and a crazy gator decided to turn it into a ski resort, and well, being Florida, the weather warmed up and his brand new resort starts to melt! Blizzard Beach has attractions for all ages but what it's best known for is the giant, nearly vertical, completely outrageous drop known as Summit Plummit nestled atop Mount Gushmore. Take an authentic ski lift up the mountain if you dare and fly down the giant ski slope for a thrilling trip indeed. Other than Summit Plummit, they also have several other slides, including a family style tube slope seating up to six people. Take a trip to Blizzard beach to enjoy a day of fun in the sun.