We said we weren’t going to do it this year, but we did. We went to Disney! Orlando is quickly becoming our second home. We just can’t stay away! This year we went with one large purpose: to see the newly created Pandora – The World of Avatar. A replica of James Cameron’s 2010 Oscar award winning movie, Avatar. Yes, we planned a whole Disney trip with this one goal in mind. But on our way there, we had a few mini adventures. First stop, Universal Studios for Butter Beer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A trip to Orlando is not complete without some good ol’ fashioned Butter Beer running through your system. After a day in Universal, we rested up and got up bright and early for the horse races. That is, a race to be first in line for the Flight of Passage ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Little did we know, that was EVERYONE’s master plan. Luckily the line went by quickly as we walked through the astounding world the Disney Imagineers had created. Every single nook and cranny was filled with such detail to perfectly recreate the World of Pandora many people witnessed only through a screen in 2010. After a mind blowing experience on the Flight of Passage ride we indulged in the nectar of Pandora (a tart rainbow slushy with passion fruit beads on top), it was deliciously refreshing. After a leisure walk around the park and a few other activities, we went back to our resort for the obligatory mid-day nap. If y’all have never been to Disney World before, here’s one piece of advice: mid day naps are necessary and will make your Disney trip a million times more enjoyable. After our nap, we went back for a second run at the Flight of Passage ride (yes, it was THAT good), and boy it did NOT disappoint. We spent a little more time at the park and headed back to the resort to freshen up and head to the Magic Kingdom for the Light Show and dinner in Cinderella’s castle. Once we arrived in the most Magical Park of all, we took the obligatory castle pictures, grabbed a candy apple (a necessary light show snack), and I finally caved this year and bought Mini Mouse Ears! We quickly grabbed front row seats smack dab in front of Cinderella’s castle, and awaited the main event. After witnessing Magic Kingdoms newest light show in 13 years, we made a run for it to the castle to catch our reservations for dinner. We were greeted as Prince Alex and Princess Risa and escorted to an awaiting Cinderella. She thanked us for accompanying her to dinner, and we were seated at our royal table where we enjoyed a three-course meal. During our meal, we were greeted by Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, and Aurora; who all stayed very true to their on-screen likenesses and never once broke character. Once we finished our meal and said our goodbyes, we headed back to the Animal Kingdom for the extra magic hours for resort guests. And yes, to ride the Flight of Passage ride one last time! After another mind blowing experience in Pandoras Flight of Passage, we had spent 19 hours in Disney and were ready to head home at 2:00 am. Needless to say, we needed a day of rest – FAST! Our last day there, we slept in, enjoyed our resort pool, shopped around the Disney Springs shopping center, and had an evening dinner at our resorts finest restaurant. It was a most calming and romantic ending to the quickest paced Disney trip we have taken so far. After several years of visiting Disney with our families, and together as husband and wife, the magic never ends! We’ve accepted that we are just a pair of Disney fanatics, and we can’t wait to do it again next year! This time, with the force on our side.
(Hint, hint: The unveiling of the World of Star Wars)
And here are the Disney official pictures 🙂