The Wonders of Walt Disney World | AMA Travel

The Wonders of Walt Disney World

Bev Draho, Travel Specialist Email | (403) 293-8278 

I’m just going to say it – I LOVE Disney. From my initial visit when the Magic Kingdom Park first opened, to when Epcot was just being constructed back in 1982. In fact, I have built so many memories with Disney over the years that I consider it my second home. Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida has something for everyone. Between the four theme parks, two themed water parks, golf courses, and themed resorts, there is plenty to keep you incredibly busy and entertained.

Dining

You can save some money on meals with Disney dining plans.I recommend booking a late dinner at either the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, or the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, both located in the United Kingdom pavilion, before taking in the nightly IllumiNations: Reflection of Earth fireworks show at Epcot.If you’d like to relax after a day at the parks, spend an evening in Downtown Disney. There are lots of restaurants to satisfy any food craving, along with numerous shows to keep you entertained.

Epcot

Put on your comfy shoes and get ready to pace yourself because there is so much to see and do when you visit Future World and World Showcase (this themed area represents countries from around the world, and the entertainment and cast members create a very authentic experience).Watch history come to life with Ellen’s Energy Adventure ride, where you travel back in time – don’t let a dinosaur step on you, or take a relaxing ride on Spaceship Earth and explore the history of communications, from the Stone Age to the computer age. And don’t worry, you won't be quizzed at the end.If you prefer something a little more adrenaline pumping, one of my favourite attractions is Epcot’s Test Track. Here, you can enjoy a series of tests with your car and finish off with a high-speed lap around the track.

Hollywood Studios

Do you love of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age? Then this is a Theme Park you won’t want to miss. I recommend checking out the stunt show and ending your evening with Fantasmic!, a breathtaking fireworks and water show.

Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Animal Kingdom Theme Park is one of my absolute favourites, simply because it is so realistic. I actually felt like I was in Asia when I was walking to Expedition Everest.Or take a trip to the African savanna with Kilimanjaro Safaris. You’ll definitely want to make a reservation for this ride, so don't forget your FastPass+, and plan to go on this ride in the early morning while it is cooler and the animals are moving around.

Tickets & Attractions

When choosing your park tickets, consider the Park Hopper option and the Water Parks Fun & More option. Our family loves floating down the lazy rivers to get to our water rides.While the Walt Disney World parks offer great attractions, don't forget all the fireworks and shows. Consider going on the attractions in the early morning when there are fewer guests, and going to the shows in the afternoon when it’s a little warmer, and watch the fireworks in front of Walt's statue at the end of Main Street for the best views.Magic Kingdom is the original theme park, and still has some of their most classic rides, such as Dumbo and It’s a Small World. For the thrill seeker, why not try Space Mountain, Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain. And don't forget the all new Fantasyland. This is definitely the park you won't want to miss.

Transportation

All of your transportation is taken care of while you are at the Disney Parks. There is also complimentary bus, boat and monorail transportation throughout the Parks and to Downtown Disney which is so convenient. Take Disney’s Magical Express, a complimentary airport shuttle service. All of our bags were taken care of and all we had to do was get on the bus, watch the short Disney video and enjoy the ride to our resort hotel. When we checked into our hotel room later that evening, our luggage was in our room waiting for us, no lost vacation time at all.

Accommodations

There are options for every budget type from value resorts to deluxe villas. I've stayed both on and off Walt Disney World Resort properties, and would highly recommend you experience staying right at the resort. You'll be right in the heart of the action, and can spend the day in the parks then go back to your resort for a swim and refreshments (using your refillable souvenir mug) then off to sleep or to Downtown Disney. You can also spend your mornings in the park and your afternoons at a waterpark, and then head back to the park in the evening for the fireworks.

Conclusion

Now that I have covered some of the basics, I have many more ideas and favourite things to share with you. It would be my privilege to help you plan your next Disney vacation so you can have the most magical time tailored to your needs.
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