A Dream Come True: My Disney Experience in Orlando, Florida

Welcome to the happiest place on earth, where dreams come true. My Walt Disney experience in Orlando, Florida is one I will not be forgetting for a very long time. It is high up there as one of my most memorable travel experiences yet and you will understand my sentiments as you read along.

A Dream Come True: My Disney Experience in Orlando, Florida

I grew up watching a lot of movies and reading a lot of books. I was quite the bookie! I will marvel at all these interesting places and just think to myself that that was my only chance of seeing them.

I am not sure why I had those limiting thoughts as my parents are avid travelers themselves, so that should have made me see the possibilities, but I still had them. Silly little me.

One place that always tickled my fancy was Walt Disney World. It just seemed so colorful and magical and I couldn’t help but be in awe of it. Cinderella’s castle, fairy tale endings were stuff dreams were made of. Only thing, they were stuck in my dreams.

Whatever you can dream, you can achieve

Fast forward to twenty something years later and 21 countries visited, (Who would have thought? Definitely not my 10-year-old self) I was finally getting my Disney experience. Oh, this thing called life! Whatever you can dream, you can definitely achieve.

I am excited to share my experience at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It did live up to the hype and was totally worth the wait.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

As soon as you step into Walt Disney World, you already see why it is called the happiest place on earth. Everyone is bubbly and friendly, it feels like you are on a different side of the planet. The positive energy is so contagious, I was in an excellent mood the entire time. From electric street performances, to little children in their shiny little costumes, the atmosphere was absolutely vibrant.

Main Street Trolley Performance

WELCOME TO MAGIC KINGDOM

Walt Disney World resort has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. For this trip, I chose Magic Kingdom which was an excellent choice. To be quite honest, the major attraction for me was the massive Cinderella Castle. It looked so beautiful in photos and even more so in person. I felt like a real life princess.

The Cinderella Castle
Photo By @PhotoByKoya

Stunning castle

THERE’S MORE MAGIC IN MAGIC KINGDOM

There’s more to Magic Kingdom besides the Cinderella Castle, you have got to believe me. There are epic rides, great street perfomances and an electric atmosphere. Magic Kingdom is full of detail, if you walk too fast, you’ll miss it.

It is divided into three parts: Frontierland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland. I think Adventureland was my favorite as it had so much nature infused into it.

You can enter Magic Kingdom through monorail or ferryboat but ferryboat was a good option because we all love boat cruises.
The fairyboat entrance

THE NATURE-FILLED ADVENTURELAND

Adventureland takes a very cultural setting. When you walk in, you can hear all of the pirates ‘arrring” and birds chirping. Pretty epic if you ask me. With every step you take, It feels like you are journeying into exotic places, natural wonders and so much delight. There are several nature themed rides there but I particularly enjoyed the Jungle Cruise and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

So much detail here. Loved it.

All that detail
This gave me Bali temple vibes.
Jungle Cruise

THE OLD WILD-WEST of FRONTIERLAND

Follow the strums of the banjo music and the smell of the smoked turkey legs and it will lead you to the old-time wild west of Frontierland.

Frontierland was another stunner! It is probably the most picture-esque place in Disney World and arguably has the best roller coasters.

Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain are the most popular rides in Frontierland. I went on the Big Thunder Mountain ride and it was amazing. I opted out of the Splash Mountain ride as it is water-themed and I wasn’t down for getting wet but I still highly recommend it.

FAST FORWARD TO THE FUTURE IN TOMORROWLAND

Tomorrowland was the place where I found to be the least interesting. To be fair, I didn’t spend a lot of time there to really catch on to it. However, I got to do the Space Mountain ride and it was really cool. It has a very space-age vibe to it,  almost like you are being transported into the future. Oh wait, that is why it called Tommowland. Guys, guys,  I just caught an epiphany writing this. *grins*

DISNEY’S HAPPILY EVER AFTER FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Capped the day off by seeing the Happily Ever After fireworks show. Truly saved the best for last here as this was the highlight of my entire disney experience. Some experiences cannot be put to words and this was one of them. The fireworks show is a combination of light, music and of course, fireworks and I have never seen anything so magical. Honestly, these pictures does it no justice.

The cinderella castle took on several colours, the sound system was incredible and the entire production was done to perfection. It was truly excellent and that really is what Walt Disney, the CEO of Disney is all about. I think his story is really inspiring. You can read a short one here.

Some experiences cannot be put to words, and this was one of them.

DREAM ON, DREAMER!

Disney World was yet another reminder that dreams come true. What started out as a fascination from reading books became a total reality. As Lupita said, no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. So, whether it is in getting that high-paying job in Silicon Valley, or traveling to your dream destination, or becoming Commander-in-Chief someday- dream on, dreamer!

 

Dream on, dreamer!
Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.

Have you ever been to Disney World, or will you like to visit there someday? I’ll love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I have also documented my Disney experience in video and I will be sharing that with you soon enough. If you are not a subscriber to this awesome community, today’s a great day to subscribe.

If you want to head over to Disney, I wrote this preparatory post that can help you. Of course, you can contact me if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to help.

Photo Credit: @PhotosByKoya

There's a disney in Florida, California, Hawaii, Tokyo, Paris, HongKong and Shanghai.

Until next time,

Keep dreaming.

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Working Professional by day, Travel Blogger by night. Here, I share my personal life and travel experiences as well as helpful tips to help readers start their own travel journey. Want to talk? Contact me on info@theufuoma.com. Don't be a stranger!

26 Comments

  1. Wow! What an experience. Felt the passion from this article. You are a great writer and an all round great person. I have just lived my Disney dreams through you and I am very encouraged to keep going knowing that someday, it will come true.

    Thank you for sharing this. It has inspired me.

    1. Awww don’t make a grown girl cry, pretty please!
      Glad I inspired you in this way. I hope you get your Disney experience (and everything else you wish for, tbh!) soon enough.

      Love,
      U.

  2. I can’t believe you didn’t have Minnie ears on! lol! There’s an overwhelming amount of excitement at Disney, it seems. I’ve never been and it isn’t really on my list of places but I enjoy seeing people’s experiences and you look like you had a blast! x

    1. The excitement is unreal and not one that may be evident until you get there. It’s amazing.
      Haha, at Minnie Ears, to be honest, I wanted to get one but got too carried away.
      Yes, I had a blast.

      Thanks Afoma! Stop by again soon.

  3. I was there, and somehow this post still gave me a different perspective. It’s like reading this completed the experience for me. Never stop writing… And that photosbykoya guy… He’s good (shameless plug)

    1. Hahahaha @ shameless plug! We saw the ‘take me there’ photo, so hurry and show your face. Lol!

      Ufuoma, these pictures are so gorgeous! I can only imagine how the real experience was. Tee and I have being to the one in Paris – but we stopped by real quick and I def don’t have this experience. Not sure I had that much fascination with Disney as a kid, but it looks like a great one to experience, and so I will, once I get the chance!

      Have a fab weekend hun. Xx

      http://www.KacheeTee.com

      1. LOL at “take me there” photo.

        Thank you Kachee! Yes, yes you should definitely stop by. There are parts of Disney that are not very popular and very easy to miss. Like I said, walk too fast and you miss it. Definitely check it out soon.

        Have a great weekend too, darling! and love to Tee!

    2. Glad I gave you a different experience. And you know, sometimes when I relieve the experience while writing on the blog, it adds a little more spice to it. Especially when I look back at photos I sometimes took in a hurry. I am able to “feel” it again in a different way.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mr.O, and yes, PhotosbyKoya is the best!

  4. So much fun at Disney! Went in 2015 I can’t wait to go back now that my kids are a little older! They were too little lastvtome to stay up for fireworks

    1. Oh the fireworks were amazing, my highlight. It’s beyond words to be honest! I totally understand. Now that they are a little older, time to go mama!

  5. As a huge Disney fan who hasn’t yet had the chance to visit Disney World, this post makes me happy! Your photos are awesome, and it looks like you had such an amazing time! What a beautiful day to visit, too. I can’t wait to cross Orlando off my Disney bucket list one day soon! Great post 😀

    1. Thank you for reading, Simi. I will definitely like to check out the one in Paris. Must be a very different vibe.

  6. Oh gosh! My FAVORITE thing about Disney World is the attention to detail. It’s unbelievable. Dreams do come true huh? Your photos are stunning & i’m so happy you made + enjoyed the trip. Maybe we can do it together sometime!

    1. Thanks Tiese! And yes, we should definitely go together sometime. I’ll love to explore the new Volcano Bay. That looks like so much fun.

  7. This was PERFECT. I’ve been to Disney world lots of times however, everytime I’ve never really captured the beauty in it because I was always running around wanting to be into everything lol. Next time I go (which will be this year) I will be sure to take in every moment. Thanks for this post!!! <3

    1. Always running around and wanting to be into everything is actually taking in the moment. In this case, I took in the moment but also took some photographs. That’s the difference. Haha! Slow down next time you go and be sure to take some cool photos too!
      Thanks for reading, Anstacia! (Anastacia?)

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