As Walt Disney once said, “laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”. I am a huge Disney fan and at 22 years old, my dream came true and I got to visit Disney! We didn’t have much time in Florida so we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and they were both so much fun! However the parks are so big that there was no way we could do everything over two days but we made the best of it and we’re saving up for another trip in two year’s time!
It didn’t matter that we didn’t have much time though, as the most important thing for me was getting to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse which I did!
I love how the characters are so friendly and give you hugs and that you can be a big kid and it not matter at all! I also met Daisy Duck and Pluto, with Pluto getting me to dance with him, such a funny moment.
Meeting the characters was probably my most favourite part. Ibwoyld have loved to have met more but the waiting time and lines are often very long, even if they’re just out and about in the park, and I didn’t want to miss out on walking around the whole of the parks so I figured I’d do that next time. My favourite rides were both in Epcot – Frozen Ever After and Test track, both had small drops (I’m not into big rides at all), with Frozen Ever After getting you ever so slightly sprayed with water and Test Track travelling really quite fast and being really good fun.
Pros of Magic Kingdom:
- The Disney Castle, of course.
- The different areas, e.g. Fantasy Land (My fave), Advernture Land, Tomorrowland etc. Each one is so perfectly designed and so much fun to just wander around them. There is so so much to see!
- The firework show in the evening, featuring some of the best Disney songs and illuminations on the castle- so memorable!
- The parades on Main Street. They’re so much fun and make you so happy! If it’s your first time at Disney you get a badge which says you’re a first time visitor, and as a result the organisers put me in a front row spot to watch one of them so that was excellent.
- The many gift stores! If you want some souvenirs, fear not, as they are everywhere! Make sure you pick up some mouse ears from one of these stores! 🙂
Pros of Epcot:
- You can explore the world! Epcot is designed almost like the number ‘8’, with one half filled in and the other with a lake in the middle. When you walk around the lake, you walk through different areas decorated as different countries. For example, you can walk through China and see Mulan, drink Chinese tea buy beautiful Chinese souvenirs. You can walk through Germany and get yourself some bratwurst while you wait to see Snow White, you can go to France, eat French cuisine and meet Belle, or head to the United Kingdom for fish and chips, grab a beer in the pub and catch up with Mary Poppins. There are many locations to enjoy.
- The fireworks on the lake. At 9pm the lake comes alive, with the fireworks, lights, fountains, music and lasers providing a spectacular show.
- The variety. As described on Disney’s Epcot website, at Epcot you can “travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space.. and beyond!” It’s just so captivating and means that every part of park you visit is different and very well themed.
- It’s really different to Magic Kingdom. As you can tell by both lists, there are similarities. However, the parks have even more differences, which makes it worth going to both as the experiences are so unique, so don’t overlook Epcot!
Cons of both:
(I figured I’d do this list as both parks as both have the same cons in my humble opinion)
- Money money money. As can be expected, as it’s Disney, things are very expensive! It’s so worth it of course, but if you’ve got a big family you’ve probably spent an absolutely fortune on tickets alone, so if you’re all eating together be prepared to spend a lot. Some places were around $50-80 a person, with the snacks being pretty expensive too, a cookie designed as Mickey was $15. I did go in peak season so bare that in mind, but we were prepared and ate a huge breakfast before going in so that we could skip lunch and only pay for one meal which we kept quite light. Next time I might take some of my own food too. Of course if you’ve got the money, the food looked excellent so do enjoy! Not complaining at all as it’s to be expected as it’s Disney, but just advice if anyone’s wondering. You do get a guide on the maps that you can pick up at the entrances which do give an example of places and their price ranges.
- Fastpass. You get three free fastpasses with your standard ticket which is excellent, except make sure you go straight to the fastpass station and choose which rides you want first. Don’t do what I did at Magic Kingdom, which was decide to look around everything first and then choose which rides to go on as it takes so long to walk around everything and then many fastpasses for the popular rides had gone. At Epcot I got in the park at 11pm and luckily we got fastpasses for Test Track but some, including Frozen Ever After, had already gone. You have to select a time to use your fastpass too, and you have to stick to that time too.
- It’s Florida, so be prepared. It’s very hot and humid which means thunderstorms develop quickly. It’s was super hot at Magic Kingdom then suddenly the storm started, cue a run to the store for a poncho and many rides being temporarily stopped.
- Time goes too fast! Literally there is so much to see and do, so bare that in mind
Overall I had the most magical wonderful time ever! It really is like a dream come true to visit Disney, I generally cried a little when I first arrived. I’m so thankful to have been able to have gone, but I certainly didn’t have enough time there! And I want to see all thenother parks too! Fingers crossed for my savings account 🙂
Have you ever been to Disney? Did you have the best time ever? Or are you a Disney fanatic like me? Let me know in the comments!
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