The moment I’ve waited for since I was a little girl had arrived, we were going to the Magic Kingdom. I was so excited to walk down Main Street USA and finally see the castle I’ve wanted to see for years.
We drove to the park and just seeing the ‘Welcome to Walt Disney World’ sign on the highway nearly bought me to tears. We parked and got the monorail to the Magic Kingdom – again something I’d dreamed of doing! We finally entered, and I was in awe of everything I could see, we turned the corner, and there it was; Cinderella’s castle.
The castle was so beautiful, and I just couldn’t believe that I was there. Since coming home, Barney has said that this is his favourite moment of our whole Orlando trip, seeing me see the castle for the first time – I didn’t want to take me eyes off of it. The first thing we did was have our photo professionally taken in front of the castle – I needed this memory.
We spent our first day here doing all the rides in Fantasyland and Frontierland. My favourites from Fantasyland were The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarves Mine Train. These rides were so cute and nostalgic; I loved every minute. Frontierland had a few thrill-seekers; the best being Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Splash Mountain was so fun, and I’d happily spend all day going on this ride while Big Thunder Mountain offered beautiful views of the park.
Today was also the day we got to meet the main guys; Mickey and Minnie Mouse. We luckily got some fast passes for this, and it was incredible actually to meet them, we both turned into children asking them for hugs, and we were literally beaming from ear to ear. Meeting them was so special and is something I’ll never forget!
We ended our first day here by having dinner at Be Our Guest restaurant. Anyone that knows me knows that Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie; I had a Belle dress when I was younger and just wanted to be a part of this film. Days before we flew to Orlando, someone cancelled their dinner reservation meaning I swooped in and took it, and I’m so glad I did. Dining in Beast’s castle, in the ballroom no less was so beautiful. It really felt as though I was there and getting to meet the Beast … that was the icing on the cake!
On Day Two, again we got there for park opening and made our way around Adventureland and Tomorrowland. For me the best ride in Adventureland is hands down Pirates of the Caribbean – this is a classic and just so much fun. I had ridden this ride before in Disneyland Paris, but it has obviously been updated in Walt Disney World since then. My mouth was open the whole way round the water ride because I just couldn’t believe the animatronics and how good it was!
Tomorrowland definitely had a few fun rides; Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Raider Spin and Speedway being my favourites. Space Mountain is an indoor dark high-speed rollercoaster and again one I could go on all day. I love Toy Story so knew I would love Buzz Lightyear’s Space Raider Spin but to beat Zurg ourselves was a fantastic feeling! Speedway was definitely a ride for Barney; we got to sit in cool cars and drive around a track – what more could he ask for!?
We took a quick trip around Liberty Square and the amazing Haunted Mansion ride. Barney used to be very scared of this one when he was little, but I’m proud to say he made it round this time!
We took a break from the rides to meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. I’ll never forget this moment as when I hugged Winnie; he said I smelt like honey and wouldn’t let go of my hand. Barney and I both grew up on Winnie the Pooh, so it felt like we were meeting our heroes as silly as that sounds!
We finished our Magic Kingdom experience by watching the firework show Happily Ever After. Emotions got the better of me during this, and I blubbed like a baby all the way through. I just couldn’t believe I was here with the love of my life; it was just so magical.
Have you ever been?