A FanTESStic Trip

I love Disney: the animated movies, the live action movies, the theme parks, EVERYTHING. So when I went home for Christmas 2016, I scrolled

through pictures of Disney World decorated for the holidays. When my mom came into the room, I asked her if she wanted to drive to the airport that’s about a mile from our house and hop on a plane to Orlando so she could take me to Disney World. She, of course, questioned what had spurred such sudden spontaneity. I showed her the images and said that seeing Disney World during the holidays was on my bucket list. She said, “Well, we can’t go this year, but how about next year?”

Long story short, my family takes a vacation once every couple years and my mom thought it was time to travel again. My brother and Dad agreed to spend a couple days in Orlando and then a couple days in St. Pete. My brother’s only request was that we spend one of our Orlando days at Universal Studios.

My love of Disney World and my need to make the most of my time there is nothing new. The first time my family went, I was six years old. Our flight had gotten delayed, so we got to Florida later than expected. My brother and I were asleep by the time we left the airport, but my parents didn’t get to bed until after midnight. At 6 o’clock the next morning, they were shaken awake by me saying “I’m not having any fun yet.”

I was ready to maintain a similar schedule this trip, with even more intense days now that my brother and I could handle more walking. My family was incredibly tolerant of marching all over the parks, but my 17-year-old brother refused to get up before 8:00.

While I love running around the parks from dawn til dusk, that kind of schedule is not for everyone. Most people tend to search for a couple can’t-miss attractions to make the days less draining. Oh My Disney has tons of posts about things to do in the parks during every time of year, but here are some of my favorite things from my family’s most recent trip:

Top 5 Foods:

  1. Cheshire Cat Tails from the Cheshire Café at Magic Kingdom
  2. Olaf Sundae from Hollywood Scoops at Hollywood Studios
  3. Troll Horn from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Epcot
  4. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom
  5. Berry Cream Puff from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Epcot

Top 5 Rides:

  1. Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios
  2. Soarin’ at Epcot
  3. Toy Story Mania! at Hollywood Studios
  4. Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom
  5. Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom

Top 5 Performances/Entertainment:

  1. Holiday Projections at Hollywood Studios
  2. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Hollywood Studios
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot
  4. Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios
  5. Cinderella’s Castle Lighting Ceremony at Magic Kingdom
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Hello! I'm a movie-loving ice cream fanatic who dreams of making content that connects with people across generations, from the young to the young at heart.


  1. Tony Allard
    May 1, 2018

    Nice post. I loved the top fives!

  2. Gerald Tetzlaff
    May 1, 2018

    Never been but definitely seems like I should go now! Great read!

  3. Janice Friend
    May 2, 2018

    Now, I want to go back to Disney!!

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