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?