Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone! I apologize for not blogging often – but I realized that today’s ALMOST the 1 (<– that one is adorable) year anniversary of this site. What a better way to enter the summer than a blog on my experiences at Disney World?
I traveled (by car) 3-4 states over all the way to Orlando in late March for spring break! I completely forgot the order but here are the places we visited:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM)
- Animal Kingdom (will be posting some pictures)
- Magic Kingdom
- Universal Studios
- Islands of Adventure!
Boom. 6 theme parks in 7 days!!
Unfortunately, most of the pictures have my family in them, so I won’t be posting many.
First, I’ll tell you about the beautiful EPCOT! This was the first park I went to, so I remember it pretty clearly.
Epcot was one of my personal favorites because it wasn’t completely overwhelming like, say, Magic Kingdom. You could stroll & walk through all the different countries of the world while trying the cuisines & watching cultural shows! It was incredibly amazing seeing all the different countries – France & Italy were all cobblestone, Japan had a beautiful rock garden and China a garden and … MULAN!
Mulan was the first face character I met. She was super friendly & even had that little strand of hair on her forehead like in the movie. She was actually one of the better face characters & always was in Mulan’s personality – she said things like, “You’ve traveled a long way to here in China.” “Oh, you’re very strong girls, aren’t you?” It was so cute! I’ll tell you – meeting your childhood Disney idol is way better than meeting a celebrity!
We missed Snow White in Germany, but we met Aladdin & Jasmine in Morocco. We came in right as they were about to leave. Aladdin was an amazing face character. I’d always been such a huge fan of Aladdin, & it was wonderful seeing them in real life.
Jasmine was kind of sour looking though, but Aladdin really lit everything up. I’m serious. He looked so gorgeous I wanted to curl up into a ball & hide – I could barely speak to him! Gdamtewtwvah!!
CONVERSATION BTWN ALADDIN, JASMINE, SISTER & I:
Aladdin: Hello, how are you guys?
Sis: We’re fine!
Aladdin: So are you two sisters?
Aladdin: Which is the older?
Sis: I am.
Me: She is.
Aladdin: Oh, but the younger’s taller, isn’t she?
Aladdin to me: Do you play volleyball?
Me: Yes, actually I do!
Aladdin: What position do you play?
Me: I-I don’t really have a position, we alternate.
Aladdin: Are you a libero?
Me: Uh .. What? Um, I don’t know what that is..? –Freaking out in mind-
Aladdin: Oh, how long have you been playing?
Me: 3 years.
Aladdin: 3 years & you don’t know what a libero is?
And then we take a picture, in which Aladdin extends & says, “Would you do me the honor of taking my arm?” By then I’m like, yes! yes, Aladdin! Yes! Take me on the magic carpet, let’s sing together & spin around!!!!!
After the picture, Aladdin says that he’ll have to come & play volleyball with my school sometime. By then I was in la la land & was on the verge of passing out.
After that dream, we met Belle & Beast in France! Beast was so awesome (he was wearing a suit) & instead of shaking his hand I hugged him. Belle was really friendly too :D I also met Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) in France. France was one of my favorite sections because of the food, which consisted of brilliant pastries & waiters serving you in dashing French accents.
The UK section was really cute – I met Mary Poppins! SHE WAS SO PROPER! Of course, she was in a poofy dress, white gloves & an umbrella. She was great, and she said things like, “Your hat is most splendid. I have an array of hats with doo-dads on them at home.” And “Fold your hands like this, it’s the proper way.” And she also said the famous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards.
Surprisingly, we also met Tigger & Pooh in the UK!
Epcot had a couple of attractions – we went on a boat ride in Norway, saw an acrobatic show in China, & viewed many exhibitions all over!
It was spectacular! Although it rained pretty much the whole time we were there, it was so much fun meeting the characters. (Unfortunately, I forgot my Cinderella autograph book from 1999 at the hotel)
I would kill to go back there again :)
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about Epcot today! Maybe this will excite some of those who haven’t been there or make someone else want to revisit.
I think I’ll have to write about the other parks later (next will be Hollywood Studios) because I don’t want to extend this post too long :) (OR comment & tell me which park you’re most anxious to hear about)
Hope you enjoyed, & if you’ve been to Epcot or any of the other parks mentioned, be sure to let me know, I’d love to hear about your experiences!!
PS: Figured out what a libero meant: The libero remains in the game at all times and is the only player not limited by rules of rotation. He usually replaces the middle blocker position when they rotate to the back row and never rotates to the front row himself. The libero is responsible for a great deal of the passing in serve receive. Often the libero will be responsible for a much greater part of the court than his teammates.
WHOO! Aladdin must have thought I was pretty darn good!! I LOVE YOU ALADDIN!!! Aladdin is completely awesome.