I feel like this two days thing is becoming a little travel series, and that is something that I cannot keep up with. (How I wish I could.)
We flew from JFK at 8am and arrived in Orlando at 10am. With flying from America we didn’t have to go through customs again, so we managed to get through the airport rather quickly. It didn’t take long for us to arrive at our hotel, which was the Disney Bay Lake Tower.
As we arrived early our room wasn’t ready yet, so we handed our cases in and went to look around. We ended up going to the Disney Contemporary Resort to get some dinner. (Or lunch, depending on what you call it) Whilst trying to find somewhere to eat, we stumbled upon a few shops, so had a quick look along the way. We ended up eating in The Wave, which was delicious.
After dinner we had a slow walk back, deciding that we’d buy from the hotel shops if we didn’t buy anything in the parks. We checked on the room, but it still wasn’t ready so we hired a Minnie Cab, to take us to Disney Springs. The Minnie Cabs are like Uber, but the car is bright red with polka dots and that is not an exaggeration.
We didn’t have too much time to spare, so we listed where we wanted to go, and made sure we went there. I managed to get a Sprinkles Cupcake from the ATM machine, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I didn’t get a picture of the actual cake, but I got birthday cake flavour.
After getting the cupcake, was Sephora… and well… I’ll just leave you with the haul. We then headed to the Disney store where we were about an hour. That might be an exaggeration, but only slightly. It felt like we were in there for ages, as it’s so big! I got a new pair of ears, a pen, loads of food and a cook book. Which I don’t think makes for the most exciting haul.
The discussion then came back to food. We didn’t know how to balance having tea with seeing the Magic Kingdom fireworks. I wasn’t really that hungry, but others were, so we headed for somewhere to eat. We were going to go to the Boathouse, but decided it would be a waste if we couldn’t face a big meal. So we carried on walking until we ended up at Splitsville. We sat outside, even though it was blowing a gale and decided on getting pizza, chicken and chips to share.
By the time we finished our food, we knew we had to head back to the hotel. We hired another Minnie Cab to take us back, so we could get ready to see the fireworks. Only problem is, our cases hadn’t been brought up to the room. We thought it was cold at Disney Springs, so we were waiting for our coats.
When the cases were finally brought up, we got our coats and left. Despite going the wrong way on the monorail, we got to Magic Kingdom with about ten minutes to spare. Unfortunately for us it was packed. We ended up way back behind a building, and couldn’t see much. Hence why there’s no pictures of the fireworks from then.
After that we had a little look in the shops, before heading back to the hotel to go to bed.
My 21st Birthday!
We got up early, as we had four parks to fit into one day. As it was my birthday, Paul was nice enough to pay for a VIP tour for us. Which is how we fitted everything in, as it had been planned down to a T.
Apparently our tour guide had phoned in sick in the morning, so we had a last minute replacement, of Randy. He was absolutely amazing, and totally made the trip for us. I got a Birthday Badge, and was surprised by the family with a custom t-shirt.
We started the day in Animal Kingdom, with the most popular ride. Avatar Flight of Passage. I will admit that I haven’t seen Avatar, as sitting down for three hours to watch a film isn’t appealing to me. The ride however was brilliant, it’s clear to see why it’s the most popular. We then did: Dinosaur, Expedition Everest and River Navi. River Navi was my least favourite, but I can imagine an Avatar fan loving it. We also stopped for breakfast, which I surprisingly loved.
After Animal Kingdom was Epcot. One day I would love to properly explore Epcot, but today was not that day. We stopped to do: Test Track, Mission Space and Soarin. After the three rides we headed back to the car to go over to Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom is by far my favourite park, so this is the one I was most excited for. We started with the ride: Space Mountain. It got to around Dinner time, so we headed to Tony’s Town Square. The meal wasn’t great. I mean it was good, but I thought the quality would be a little higher. If that makes sense.
It was then we met up with mum, as she doesn’t like rides, there was no point in her coming so early. We then headed out, with Randy telling us to follow him. Now this might sound really strange, but my brother and I don’t like people dressed up. I love Disney, but the characters terrify me. I have no idea, it’s just a fear that my brother and I have.
We ended up going to the Princess Fairytale Hall. I know a lot of people would consider this a dream, but I was terrified. We met Rapunzel and Tiana, and it was probably one of the most awkward experiences of my life.
After this we did a few more rides, before heading over to Hollywood Studios to finish the day. We watched the Beauty and The Beast, and sat on the front row which was amazing. It was a really great show, and definitely worth a watch. We then did some rides including Star Wars and Rock and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which is one of my favourites.
We ended our time in Hollywood Studios with watching Fantasmic. It is by far my favourite fireworks show, and an amazing watch.
After the show we quickly got out and practically ran to the car, so we could make it to Epcot on time. We had a reservation for the Rose and Crown which is a ‘British’ Pub, where we sat outside to watch the fireworks. Initially I wasn’t impressed with the menu, but really enjoyed what I had.
I had Pie to start and the NY Strip Steak for the main. I wasn’t planning on having anything else, but as the fireworks ended I went to the toilet and when I came back a Pudding had appeared. They had also written on a drinks menu too.
If you can reserve a table outside to watch the fireworks I’d really recommend it. You get a great view, and the food is good too.
After that we had a slow walk to the monorail to get back to the hotel. It’s fair to say we were all shattered.
It was another early start, as we had to get from our hotel in Orlando to the Cruise Terminal. We ended up watching Boss Baby in the car, as it was on when we got in, and we couldn’t turn it over. It passed the time anyway.
I’m going to leave this here, as from then we were on our way to the cruise. I’ve not published these photos on Instagram, as I wanted a break from holiday photos.
That is it! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my visit, and inspires you for things to do.
Thank you for reading!