My last week in Orlando has proved one thing: you´re never too old to visit great amusement parks. As Walt Disney once said: “Laugher is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”.
“Laugher is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever!”
– Walt Disney
Disney´s Magic Kingdom
Every child dreams to visit Disney´s Magic Kingdom. But don´t you think there is a child inside each one of us?
No need to say I´ve grown up with Disney movies, magic, princes and princesses. However, I thought after reaching my 20´s this part of my life will be long gone. [lol] Now I realize it´ll probably never be gone. And in 50 years from now or so I´d still be watching “Beauty and the Beast” with my grandkids for the hundredth time. Cause you´re never too old for a Disney movie.
Therefore, visiting Disney´s Magic Kingdom with my younger sister (both Disney obsessed all childhood) was a big deal. We did´t get a chance to visit any Disney amusement parks as little kids, but we´ve probably had even more fun being all grown ups there this week. It was a magical experience: recommended for all ages.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Way too many revealing for one simple post about my week in Orlando.[lol] But since the very first moment I took into my hands the Harry Potter book, I could´t stop till I´ve read them all. I remember being about school age and my mom would hide the book from me so I would do my homework. When she would leave home, I´d turn it all upside down, find the book, read as much as I could possibly manage, store it back to the “hidden spot” and then do my homework.[lol] This is how you learn about the effective time management.
So, of corse, I loved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. It´s unbelievable how real seem all the book stories in this place. The famous Butter Bear is a must try. By and large, the whole experience was like a real life fairytale.
Highlights&Tips from Orlando parks
- If traveling without a car, choose a hotel with a shuttle service ( all Disney Theme Parks are connected, so once you get to one of them – you can move around easily).
- Start your visit to The Magic Kingdom with a free FastPass+, you can select 3 attractions without a queue, but do it as early as you can, the places are limited. If buying your tickets via internet – do your FastPass+ selection immediately. Some rides have very long wait time – like for ex. “Dwarfs Mine Train”, so do them first.
- For the Magic Kingdom Restaurants book in advance.
- when in Universal Studios, go immediately to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and do both “The Escape from Gringots” and “The Forbidden Journey at Hogwarts Castle” rides (after taking Hogwarts express to the Island of Adventure). These two rides are the coolest, but have incredible wait lines. If you do them first thing in the morning – you will save so much time. And you can walk around the area of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” later and make the most of your visit in general. Paying extra for the FastPass at Universal makes no sense to me, cause it doesn’t work for the Harry Potter World and this is where you have problems with queues. The rest of rides are ok and the lines goes fast, of course, slower on weekends, but anyway fast enough.