Being a Disneyland lover in the big world of Disney is a scary thing. I love my cozy historic park with all its firsts and quaint atmosphere. The large open spaces can be daunting, I feel so small and yet so consumed! There are differences. Big ones and small ones. Some I liked. Some not so much. Being there only a week basically meant running a marathon and still not being able to get to the finish line. However, I saw a lot and would like to share with you my first real experience on the east coast side of things….
We started out early early EARLY on the 18th and boarded our flight with my good friend South West…
We only had one stop in Vegas for an hour so I took my oppurnity to see the sights….from a window.
The flight was pretty good! I read My Sister’s Keeper and that kept my fully consumed during my 6 hour flight. My poor neighbor caught me crying on several occasions but I digress!
Did I mention that we were going to Universal as well? No? Well let me fill you in!!!
Our first two days were to be at Universal and then Disney for the next four. So after we landed we went to the City Walk and ate at the Nascar Grill. Its was good food but I’m not sure if I am saying that cause it was or I was just tried of salted plane peanuts.
My hubby and nephew….can you tell who’s excited and who’s sleepy??
We didn’t spend much time in city walk because we were wiped out from our flight and wanted to ready for Universal the next day. City Walk is a lot like downtown Disney in California because it is between two parks and has nice shops but it’s definitely more directed to teens and adults with the shops they have.
I’ll admit it. I was not excited for Universal. What can I say besides its not Disney? Yes I know tunnel vision is a terrible thing and I promise to get it looked at, I know how you all worry over my health.
We went to Islands of Adventure first because of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (aka Harry Potter land) and I was impressed. It was essentially a very large Adventureland. Really well themed!
People searching for wizards…obviously you cant see them due to the invisibility cloak! *sigh* Muggles….
“Omg omg omg…” Was basically my thought process. I’m not huge into Harry but I read the series and enjoyed all of them. However this place blew me away.
Okay now we get to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Breath taking. Awe inspiring. Oh crap did I get the wrong tattoo?
So inside Hogwarts (does anyone just think that name is so odd?) you take a tour through the castle. IT IS AMAZING. Everything is drenched in detail. You meet Dumbldore, Harry, Ron and Hermione, the sorting hat, talking portraits and the list goes on…I didn’t bother bringing my camera, I wanted to enjoy this one. The ride itself, the forbidden journey is just as amazing. I was scared for my life literally after I told myself it was all fake….it was that good. Not recommended for little ones. My nephew went on it and he’s seven he enjoyed it but I think he is desensitized from all the video games…
SIDE NOTE!!! (WE GOT STUCK!!)
We rode the Forbidden Journey three times. The third time it broke down and the work lights came on. The ride vehicles are basically like an arm from the elbow to the hand. You sit inside the “palm” and then your vehicle twists and turns like a hand would. The rooms are humongous and very open and spacey. I saw several “lost” flip flops…anyways just thought you ride geeks would like to know cause I gotcho’ back.
This is butter beer. I’ve had it before and it I love it. This however isn’t what I tried. Still tasty! But more like cream soda with extra foam.
Pumpkin Juice. $6.00 each for these beauties. Not worth it. Imagine pumpkin pie and apple juice having a baby. This is what it would taste like. (Yes I did technically make a dead baby joke…thank you for laughing!)
Overall Harry Potter land is awesome. I love that place. The rest of that park isn’t bad either, I would go again. This park is much better than Universal Studio’s but we’ll discuss that later….
Islands of Adventure Park I think is designed to get you very wet…
So they can charge you $5.00 to do this:
There was a line for this… L
We were done with the park within 4 hours thanks to our Express Pass. These babies get you to cut in line all day, basically like a fast pass however they cost $80 a day. Due to the price not many people have them making it worthwhile especially if you only got…say a day and half to enjoy the park. So we hike our to Universal Studios….
This park didn’t disappointment me but I wasn’t taken aback like I was at Islands of Adventure. The only real rides I enjoyed were the Simpson’s Ride, The Mummy and Men in Black…Men in Black is a lot like Buzz lightyear but wayyyy scarier monsters..err I mean aliens. The mummy is kinda like Indiana Jones at first then turns into space mountain and the Simpson’s ride is like being in the show. My favorite line ever:
“MY BOSSUMS ARE SLAPPING MY FACE”- Homer
I didn’t take a lot of picture’s of this place because I wasn’t really wowed which sucks but saved memory for better stuff later.
We went back to IA for dinner at Mythos since it was Father’s day and we were with my husband’s family. Mythos is a great place to eat. Tasted realllllllly good, and great dining room. The staff were very friendly and gave my nephew a free order of fries because they messed up on his order so why he waited he munched on those.
The pricing wasn’t outrageous either. About 10-16 a plate which I was surprised with…
After dinner we went back to the hotel and rested for our next day! The plan was to go visit Harry again in the morning and then switch hotels closer to WDW. ( I don’t recommend this…we only did because my sister in law was doing a time share thing)
*FAST FORWARD TO THE FUTURE…WHICH NOW THAT YOUR READING IS THE PAST*
That made sense right?
Anyways this was our new place…
Nice digs huh? That’s what rich people usually get on vacation…Im not saying were rich at all, this was a timeshare persuading us to be rich enough to get this place… For a party of 6 we were plenty comfy everyone got their own bed.
Now since we were on the other side of Orlando we decided to start the Disney portion of our vaction. (YAY!!) Majority vote was to head to a water park since it was around 1ish and was heckish outside…
Okay navigating around Disney World isn’t bad. So don’t be intimidated. There are signs every where. Worse comes to worse you pull up to a park gate, say your lost and they point you to the right direction.
I got the Donald ticket cause he’s sassy. :>
Alas this is all I have for water park photo’s. My camera had to sit in a lowly locker because she is not water proof. Not to worry though I retrieved her later so to her I wouldn’t be the bad guy. We were done with the water park around 6 ish and had dinner at sizzler. Just for the record, sizzler is better on the east coast.
So I am a Disney Gal and being so close to the world I was not in the least bit exhausted like everyone else. So I begged my mother in law to come with me to the magic kingdom. My Hubby decided to tag along too.
This is his “Im happy because your happy” face.
Disney World got the Win for best entrance. We decided to go aboard the ferry to the park and wow. Talk about fairy tale. Castle off into the distance. Fireworks. Gators chewing on turkey legs below. It was indeed magical.
This is me. Stoked.
As some of you might know I was recently married. Being the Disney dork I am I themed it to Beauty and the Beast Disney style…but in a classy no-Mickey-ears-to-the-reception-please kind of way. So when we walked through into the magic kingdom during the fireworks themed to “Tale as Old as Time” I got a bit choked up. As in my husband saw my face and laughed.
So I don’t know if you played dirty Disney World to get a win but gosh darn it you did.
This castle is beautiful. So elaborate and by golly if I had my glass slippers on at that moment I may have had an identity crisis but there is something that says home with the Disneyland castle so that gets the win, however, if we wanna go by who has the bigger toy, FL takes the cake.
Our first attraction was Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor which is hilarious. Its too different from the Monster Inc ride in Cali to compare so I won’t. But we did go on this two more times.
Our next hit was Stitch’s Great Escape. Now if only we could figure out how he did it so we can do the same…
Just kidding. It’s alright. We only did it once though. It’s cute and a bit thrilling when the lights go out and you hear screams but it lost some of the thrill with the chill dog sequence…if you don’t know what I’m talking about don’t ask…
Don’t get me wrong. It is enjoyable and has the Disney flare, but they made what I think what’s supposed to be scary into something way too friendly.
We toured the park basically and it is beautiful at night. Very very open like I mentioned before. WE did go on Big Thunder but it was too dark to take any real pictures so I guess you’ll have to wait until tomorrow…actually you’ll have to wait for everything else tomorrow . I hope you like everything so far and trust me there’s a lot more to come because the next morning I conquered the animal kingdom.