As someone who never visited theme parks as a child, I guess I never really understood the appeal. Whenever I thought of Disney, I pictured long lines, exasperated parents/crying children, and a never-ending circus of Mickeys and Minnies.
And I suppose that to some degree, all of that is true.
But after two days of visiting Universal, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot, lining up for nearly 20 rides and experiences, and putting my beloved Fitbit to work, I understand more than ever why people return again and again. By the end of the trip I was completely exhausted and truly blissed out. I can’t wait to return and do some of the rides I missed (though no scary roller coasters for me; after going on what apparently is considered a children’s coaster and yelling “THIS IS THE MOST TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!” I think I’m okay skipping out on lose-your-lunch experiences).
Some of my favorite moments from the weekend in no particular order:
- Food and Wine Festival at Epcot
- The smell of caramel popcorn in Germany
- Rides: ET, Men in Black, It’s a Small World, and Tea Cups
- Everything Seuss
- Fireworks and parade
- Watching kids geek out while meeting their favorite characters (literally the cutest thing ever)
- My encounter with Homer and Bart
- Dinner at Ethos Vegan
But my very favorite part of all was being able to relive my childhood. I mean, isn’t that why so many travel to this happiness mecca in the first place?
My brother and his girlfriend were excellent tour guides and we had a really great (albeit brief) time together. And now I sleep 🙂 Have you been to Disney? What were some of your favorite experiences/theme parks?