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Mickey and Me: A “Magical” Disney Experience

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Written by Kelli Furgason.

To set the scene, you must realize that I spent several years trying to convince my husband that he would enjoy a trip to Walt Disney World. He was of the mind frame that many adults share “Disney is a place for kids”. After a ton of work, finding frequent flyer tickets and a cheap package, he agreed to a week vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Upon arrival, we checked into our room at the All-Star Music Resort. This is one of the Value resort on Disney property. As with all of the Value resorts, there were tons of kids running around but we were never really bothered by it. The room had 2 double beds and was decorated in a musical theme; my favorites were the larger than life guitars!

Our first park visit was to Epcot. Here we enjoyed The World Showcase and Future World. One of our favorite rides was the Test Track. This ride takes you through a car testing facility and then to complete the adventure you board your test car for a thrilling spin around the track. We loved it so much we rode it over and over again. We also enjoyed walking through the World Showcase. Where else can you experience Great Britain , Japan , Norway , France and other countries all in one day! Our lunch at “Garden Grill”, a revolving family style restaurant, gave us a wonderful opportunity to meet Mickey and his friends! The restaurant truly revolves, very slowly, and let’s guests experience thunderstorms, sandstorms, prairies and rain forests. We also enjoyed the “Tapestry of Dreams” parade, which was fantastic! Our day here was completed with “Illuminations” a wonderful laser light show that should not be missed!

Day two was Animal Kingdom. This was my first visit to the park and it was incredible. The Tree of Life is truly an amazing site. You walk in the park and your mouth drops, the shear size and beauty is unbelievable. Keep a close eye out, some of those “trees” may be alive! The animals were great and we really enjoyed Kilimanjaro Safari, the ride through the park that affords wonderful views of the animals. Oh and don’t forget to ride the Kali River Rapids, a sure fire way to get wet during those hot summer days!

Next was our visit to MGM Studios. This visit, unfortunately, ended quickly with a visit to First Aid and a trip back to the hotel! While in one of the exhibits, a fellow visitor to the park backed his electric scooter right onto my foot and parked there. Needles to say, I was in quite a bit of pain so we made out way to First Aid, where they were wonderful to me. They gave me pain meds, an ice pack and offered to help me get someplace to have x-rays. I passed on the x-rays, and went back to the hotel for a rest. We did return for dinner at the “50’s Prime Time Café” and the “Stars and Motorcars” Parade.

Our final day at the Parks was spent at the Magic Kingdom . I can not say enough about this experience! It truly is “magical”! We rode every ride, even Dumbo the Flying Elephant. We may have looked a little odd with no kids on these rides, but we loved every minute of it! One of my favorite rides, The Carousel of Progress was closed for refurbishment, but that didn’t darken our day. On of my favorite things was the “Share a Dream Come True” parade, which featured all of my favorite Disney Characters. We stayed for the fireworks show (in the rain) and had a fantastic anniversary! Our night was completed by our Anniversary dinner at Victoria and Albert’s.

Victoria and Albert’s is located in the Grand Floridian Resort. It is a very nice restaurant and I highly recommend everyone try it at least once. It is on the pricey side, but worth every penny. We dressed in our finest, my husband wearing a full dress kilt, and walked to the reception desk. They greeted us by name and took us into the restaurant and seated us near the harpist. Our menus were personalized, wishing us a happy 4 th anniversary and everything. We were always greeted by name, and everyone congratulated us on our anniversary. The meal was incredible, the service was impeccable and the harp music was magnificent. We couldn’t have enjoyed anything more.

Our last few days were spent relaxing and shopping, after all no Disney trip is complete without a few souvenirs! As we boarded our flight home, my husband was already talking about our next trip to Walt Disney World!

I have been to Disney many times and would love to help you plan your “Magical Disney Experience”.