Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Disney World

Disney World offers people of all ages so many opportunities. 

You can travel the world at Epcot. 

See mexico,



and the United Kingdom. (Where they totally had an entire shelf dedicated to the Harry Potter!)

You can jet into space, see the future, explore the old frontier and fantasy at Magic Kingdom. And let me tell you, no one does story rides like Disney. The imagineers know how to capture the essence of classic Disney stories and retell them with music, visuals and the occasional voice over. Phillar Magic is an awesome 3D show featuring the hilarious Donald Duck and showcasing some of Disney's best songs.Magic Kingdom is also home to one of my three favorite Disney attractions - Space Mountain. 

You can go on the Rock 'n' Roller coaster featuring Aerosmith at Hollywood Studios - an excellent ride (one of my top three at all Disney parks). 

You can also see the infamous stone table from Narnia. (That's Ramona, also she's representing her (wishful) Ravenclaw pride if you note the lanyard around her neck. She REALLY wishes she wasn't a Hufflepuff!)
You can watch animators create before your very eyes or participate in your very own drawing lesson. 

Hollywood studios also features Fantasmic every Thursday  night. This isn't a show I'd miss, if your in the area. A brilliant usage of water and video projection, actors, music and fireworks. Seriously, awesome. 
And I'd say the other 8000 people in the stands agreed with me - if the cheering was anything to go by. 

Also, they set the entire lake on fire. I knew then they were after my (pyromaniac) heart.
Animal Kingdom, though, is my favorite park. You can see baby gorillas (clinging to their mothers), baby elephants (rampaging around the watering hole with a branch wrapped in their trunk), baby warthogs (annoying their mother, I think, with their frolicking) and baby giraffes:
Animal Kingdom is home to the third of my three favorite rides - Expedition Everest where an encounter with the ancient Yeti will send your troop backwards down a rickety coaster!

If that isn't enough, you can watch gorgeous birds perform and swoop over your head (one nearly nicked Ramona's ear), you can explore ancient ruins in Asia and go on an African safari. Throughout your adventures you'll encounter numerous species, here's a SMALL sample:

and Lions (who have a striking resemblance to my pretty kitty....okay just kidding, but she's got presence too.)

All in all, Disney World was Fantasmic! (haha, get it?.... Okay, I know that was lame could be kind and give me points for effort.)

After leaving, I have a vicious desire to watch all my favorite Disney movies. As soon as I get settled in at school you know what'll be occupying my free time (after I catch up on reading Mockingjay, Clockwork Angel and Paranormalcy, of course!).

Have any of you been to either Disney Land or Disney World? What was your favorite park? Favorite rides? Best or Worst experience?

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  1. Hey Meilissa. I came over here from Jen's blog and am now your newest follower.

    Nice to meet ya!

  2. I'm in Disney Heaven!!! Ahhh!!! This is amazing! I love the little shout-outs for Harry Potter you're giving... making us wait for the good stuff, I see how you are...

    PS I gave you a small shout-out on my blog today!!

  3. This trip just looks amazing! It looks like you have such an awesome time. Thanks for sharing the pics with us!

  4. Do you really want me to answer all that, it will be longer than your post! :D Oh how I just went down memory lane with all those photos.
    I worked at Fantasmic AND Rockin' Roller Coaster and Hotel Tower of Terror!!! Mostly Fantasmic though which of course is so flipping unbelievable. The water screens and fire and boat ride (with steamboat Mickey)and fireworks and dragons then Sorcerer Mickey!
    For me it's a toss up between Epcot and the Studios. I loved walking the nations: Seeing the Beatles then going to Oktoberfest and having cheesecake in France then watching the drummer peeps in Japan and then having some great Mexi food before heading off to Norway to watch Illuminations.
    Sigh. In love!
    Disney is really the most magical spot on the planet and Im so glad you had a great time and weeeee! I get to go next month!
    And no, in no way were you presumptuous about Zellie. She is/was a ray of sunshine and I'm so glad you got the chance to know her ;)
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane this morning m'dear it was awesome and needed! <3333 U! Told you it was long and I didn't even scratch the surface. yikes!

  5. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that we are reading the EXACT same books right now...of course we are right? =D

  6. i really want to take my kids there someday! :)
    but holy mamajamma, is there a lot of stuff there!

  7. Oh I want to go!!! I've been to Universal Studios, which was a lot of fun, but I know I'd love Animal Kingdom!

  8. We just went for the first time this year (before HP exhibit-bummer)! Too much to cover so back next year! You're right, It WAS awesome!

  9. I LOVE DISNEY WORLD!!! I went there for my first time when I was 20! My best friend's family is part of the Disney Vacation Club (her mom goes about 4 times a year- no joke!) and they know all the best rides and things to do. It was an awesome experience! I loved Animal Kingdom, too. I can't even pick a favorite ride! There were so many great ones. My favorite experience was having breakfast with the Pooh characters. And Tigger (my favorite!) chose ME to give a present to! I was wearing orange so he was excited that we matched. :) So fun! I can't wait to go back again some day.

  10. I love Disney World, although I confess it's been much too long since I've been back. I've always had a soft spot for Epcot...but the Star Wars ride in MGM is pretty amazing too!

  11. Link-hopped over from Jen's blog. Never been to Disneyworld, though that's totally on my list of Things I MUST Do! I'm lucky enough to live like less than an hour away from Disneyland though, so I feel you on the magic. I grew up on Disney and going to Disneyland, so I love-love-love it. Fantasmic is an awesome, awesome show, and totally agree, Space Mountain rules!

    This is kind of jumping the gun, but so jealous you went to the Harry Potter park!

  12. supercool awesomeness!

    We love love love Disneyworld and Epcot and Animal Kingdom... looks like you had a blast~ :o)

  13. Oh man, now I want to go to Disneyworld -- never been, but I. So. Want. To. Go.

  14. I'm at Disney World at least once a month. I've been to Disneyland about 10 summer vacations in a row when I was a kid. :)

    My list of favs would take up your whole blog page. So glad you had a great time. You should have emailed me. We could have met up!

  15. ...And I barely got out of Lethbridge for a weekend all summer! I'll just live vicariously through your post;0)


  16. Welcome back! I loveeeee Disney World! I just missed the Harry Potter opening by one month earlier this year. Actually - I think I missed the soft opening by one week!

    I can't wait for the rest of your pictures!

    You're making me want to go back nowwwww!

  17. Those are wonderful pics... thx for sharing them, you have some talent there, I would say.

  18. ha, I love all your pictures! (and captions. + 100 points for effort AND awesomeness)

    I've been to Disneyland but I was only 8 so I don't remember much (except Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean). I'll take your word for it that it's awesome, though!

  19. I love Disney - I've been several times! Epcot is just like walking around the world - fantastic.

  20. We go every year...we LOVE Disney. If your imagination can't dream there, you're dead.

    I still haven't done Universal...we never leave Disney. Every year we swear we will...but just never want to once we're there.

    BUT, now there's HP next year we will finally break out of Diz, and hit Universal. Just because of HPW. Cant wait!

    I'm so glad you had fun! :)

  21. You are the queen of awesomeness just for posting this! Okay, I'm a big kid at heart, but I've never been to Disney and we have a hugely fantastically amazing adventure planned for Nov-Dec this year!! Over my 40th birthday! Okay, yeah, I'm waaay too old to be this excited. But there you go... kid at heart. Thanks for posting, and I can't wait to see what else you have to share. :)


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