Sunday, 27 September 2015

TRAVEL: Arriving in Orlando & Magic Kingdom

Years ago,  my Dad began planning a spectacular family holiday for us. And on September the 2nd, that holiday finally came around! Myself, my boyfriend, my sister and my Dad set off early Wednesday morning to Gatwick airport to begin our very long journey to Orlando.

It was honestly the most exhausting days I've ever been through including a flight delay, very hot weather and lots of forms of transports. Anyway, finally we got to our house in the evening time and man, was it worth the wait! We had decided to hire a house instead of stay in a hotel so we were able to get more of the American experience and I'm so glad we did. Admittedly it was a very big house with seven bedrooms, but because we were only going to be using three of those bedrooms, the price was actually discounted for us. The kitchen was typically American with a massive fridge which we filled with food from a local grocery store (which was a lot of fun, I can tell you!) and there was even a games room with pool table and air hockey though we were so busy outside of the house this didn't really get a look in!

A highlight had to be our private pool which was certainly welcome in heat of up to 35 degrees. It was so nice to be able to dip in whenever we wanted to, especially when the stars were out as it was set in a transparent sort of box so we could enjoy the view whilst relaxing. All the bedrooms were large and spacious and some were even themed. One of the bedrooms was painted with wonderful Disney murals from the likes of Peter Pan and Snow White which would have been such a great little sanctuary for little ones. 

Our first day was spent in Magic Kingdom which - however old you might be - was mind-blowing. It's so intricate and everything is so thought out so well from the buildings to the staff who stay in character so well. The castle itself is certainly a favourite and usually the first place everyone heads to as soon as they enter the park. It's definitely exactly the sort of castle I wanted to live in when I dreamed of being a Princess when I was younger! Everything really does feel so magical, there is so much to absorb and see around you. Every where you turn there are shops to buy merchandise in and little themed cafes and restaurants serving lots of yummy food. I can't imagine how it must feel to be a child in the place as even at twenty two there were lots of things that even I wanted!

We tried to get on as many rides as we could and there's a great variation from fast paced roller coasters to a little more laid back experiences which was perfect for us as we are a family of people who prefer different sorts of rides! We all joined in with the throngs of people lining the streets to watch the parade which runs every day as it made its way through the park with bursts of Disney music you couldn't help but sing along to, it was such a lovely atmosphere and the costumes the parade disney characters wear are so realistic. I'm actually really pleased with the photos I managed to get and it wasn't even with my best camera!


Apologies for this photo heavy post, I got a bit snap happy! This post will be part of a series of my American adventure so there will plenty more to come! Have you been to Orlando? Where would you like to visit in America?

Emily x



  1. Gorgeous photographs, incredible that your house there has Disney murals in
    Have a fabulous time!

  2. Such lovely photos - it all looks amazing, I'm so jealous I'd love to go one day!

    Lucy |

  3. I hate flight delays especially if it is a long journey. Family holidays are always fun. That house look great, typical American house :) These photos are great. I haven't been to USA yet however there are many places I want to visit starting from NY and Cali :) xx

  4. I am happy you made it safely to Florida! Have a wonderful time here. The pool is a definite fantastic addition to the trip! XO, Ellese

  5. Sounds like a magical trip! I can imagine staying in a house would be more fun than a hotel too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  6. Emily - the photos you took are amazing!!! It must have been awesome to finally go on that family trip - that house looked gorgeous! Night-time swims under the stars are the best (And that disney-themed room!!!). I can't wait to see more of the American Adventure posts, especially since I have yet to travelled to the U.S. :)


  7. I love love love Disney World! Its my home away from home! It looks like you had a blast!

    Love Always,

  8. This looks so much fun.
    Love your travel adventure!

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  9. What an amazing experience! I went to Disney when I was about 15 and it was absolutely're right - you're never too old for the magic of Disney! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

  10. How dreamy is this!!!! Love it!

  11. This wasn't at all snap-heavy, don't worry - besides, I adore Orlando, so keep those images coming! How lovely of your dad to have been planning this trip for so long. Good decision staying in a house too, I can imagine that would have added to the quality family time spent together :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  12. Oh, what fun! The place where you lived sounds absolutely incredible! And a private pool! Envious! Don't worry about it being photo-heavy; it isn't, and even if it is, I love it!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  13. This is such a lovely, feel good post hun... I would love to go back there. The more snaps the better, too :)


  14. Beautiful photos, and that house, wow! I would love to go to Orlando, a little Disney themed trip, with fairytale castles haha, you can never get enough disney! ;)

    Filippa ⎮

  15. Ah, I'm so desperate to go back to Florida! Your photos are lovely and that house sounds fab. I'd definitely want to stay in a house/villa next time I head to the States.

    Rachael at

  16. Gorgeous shots!! I went to Disney World in June with my boyfriend and his family and it was a great time!

    xx Chelsea

  17. How smart is it to rent a house instead of hotel? I've never been to US but we do plan to visit Disney World when our little one is older and I'll suggest to rent a home too. Sounds much better than hotel and as you said, a true American experience.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  18. Amazing photos! I would love the visit one day!

    Anika |

  19. Those photos look amazing. Your so lucky! I'd love to go there X

  20. So cool that you rented a home to get more of an American experience. I haven't been to Disneyworld in over 25 years. I bet you had a blast! Are you going to visit Harry Potter world too?

    xx Yasmin

  21. Aww I'm so jealous of this, I went to Disneyworld when I was younger and have always wanted to go back! May go to the one in Japan when I'm there on my year abroad! x

  22. Fantastic photos! What a great trip!


  23. That pool looks SO inviting! I'd love to have something like that in the future. I don't think anyone is too old for Magic Kingdom, the last time I went was probably close to 10 years ago and I'd love to go back - I think it'd be more enjoyable when I'm not a kid!

    becky ♡ star violet

  24. It sounds like a wonderful trip, even if the journey wasn't the best! I'd love to visit Orlando and Disney! my sister has been twice, but I've never been. One day! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  25. Girl don't apologize for sharing photos, share some more! I love Disney so, so much so the more the better haha. So glad you had a great time :)

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  26. I miss disney~~~ thanks for sharing!! I sooooo love that place. Xoxo

  27. wow, I visited the one in HK. So glad u enjoyed with ur family.
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  28. Loved this post, you always brighten up my evenings! Xx

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  29. Amazing pictures, I'd love to visit one day!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  30. This looks like a whole lot of fun. You're making me ache for a vacation right now :)

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  31. Staying in a house in Orlando would be a great idea, especially because going to theme parks all day (although awesome) is pretty exhausting and you can't really relax at a hotel when you've just got a bed and a TV and there's nowhere to just chill out, especially if you're with a few people. Anyway, it sounds like you had an amazing time and I can't wait to hear what you thought of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! :)

    jessica -

  32. I'm going next year and I'm so excited I can't wait for the full Disney experience!


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