Back in April, I visited Orlando on a personal trip for my 21st birthday.
Of course, we spent the whole 10 days doing the theme parks there. I am fortunate enough to have been taken to Florida many times when I was younger by my parents so I have experienced most of what Florida has to offer, but my friend had never been to a Disney park. EVER. Not even Paris!
The parks themselves at Florida really are a world of their own, and you can't just go for a day. It requires planning beforehand, and organisation whilst you're there.
My top tip for you guys is to not stay in the WDW resort. Its mega expensive, and also more practical to either rent a villa or stay in a hotel nearby. If you are staying for 2+ weeks, then hire a villa. You will be spending at least some time there, so your accommodation will matter more to you. But if you're going for less than 2 weeks, stay in a cheap hotel. Trust me, you will be so busy that you'll pretty much be leaving the door every day at 7am, and not getting back until 11/11:30pm. So it's literally just a place to sleep.
Kissimmee is an ideal location to stay. The part where we stayed was a 5 minute drive down a straight road, and then we were on WDW property. It's also really close to Disney Springs (hands up if you remember when it was called Downtown Disney?!), the Orlando Premium Outlets, Hooters (don't judge, the 3 mile island hot wings are INSANE), and about 30 mins from Universal.
For me personally, I think that the Disney parks are in a complete league of their own. Universal just simply doesn't compare - and I'm also not a huge fan of VR rides. Saying that though, Universal Studios Hollywood is a really incredible experience, and it's totally different. I'm really interested in media/filmmaking/tv production etc (I studied it for 3 years at uni), so to be able to do a backlot tour there is just phenomenal. You can see the set of Desperate Housewives, The Grinch, King Kong etc. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is also OUT OF THIS WORLD for film and tv geeks like me. I was lucky enough to see the PLL set when it was still up, but there's still the Friends set, Gilmore Girls, Ellen DeGeneres show etc.
Anyway, back to Florida... My favourite ride at Universal is The Mummy, mainly because it's one of the only non-VR rides (BUT its just a really incredible ride anyway!) But I just think the level of detail that goes into everything at WDW is on another level. My favourite rides have always been Big Thunder Mountain, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean (with a new addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Expedition Everest! These two were not there last time I went). These are the rides I'll run to first, and then keep repeating.
I feel like the pictures speak for themselves when it comes to Disney, so I'll leave most of the writing at that. But if you scroll down to near the bottom, you'll see some pictures about dining inside Cinderella's Castle, some information about it, and how you can book it.
Oh yeah, and there's also a pic of me looking terrified on the Tower of Terror. But don't worry, I make this face every time I go on it.
If you have any Qs about anything Florida/Orlando/Parks related, I'm always happy to answer!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Xo
Couldn't not include this. LOL
This pic was taken from inside Cinderella's Castle, at the restaurant called "Cinderella's Royal Table".
You can eat here at any time of day for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but you must book prior to your trip if you want to do this. (I'm talking MONTHS in advance.)
The idea is you get to eat really INCREDIBLE food (like, seriously good breakfast), but mingle with the princesses at the same time. When you first enter the castle, you join a short line to meet Cinderella. Once you have done this, you head upstairs to the banquet hall, where you'll be seated for your meal. Whilst you are eating, the princesses will come round to your table one by one. You'll know when they're coming as you'll hear the trumpet sound.
If there is just two of you, the best table to get is the one directly by the window. I was lucky enough to get that table, but I think you can also request it in advance.
The breakfast costs about £100 per person and can be booked here.
I did this on the morning of my 21st birthday, so it's a lovely unforgettable experience to mark a special occasion.