What to do in Disney World if you are a 20-year-old who didn’t grow up in the culture of Cinderella, Bella, Snow White, Mulan and who has an old soul? I had wondered about that question the whole time I prepared for the trip to Florida with my two friends who insisted on spending at least 1 week in Orlando to explore all the theme parks there. But in the end, I didn’t regret any minute there, in the magical land that placed me back in an innocent and carefree time.
1. Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is not only about fairy tales, princesses, movie-themed rides and unreal characters. From time to time, you will find a little gem – a corner with a pretty fountain, a bridge that no one pays attention to, a little bird perching on a pole against the blue sky – that makes you jump in happiness.
Magic Kingdom is also about the most beautiful fireworks. I was there on Dec 31, and was lucky enough to see the 360 degree fireworks to celebrate new year. Make sure to dress warm. Although the temperature can reach above 20 degrees during the day, it drops significantly at night, and the thousands of people pushing each other around the Cinderella castle won’t make you feel any warmer.
EPCOT was my favorite. For a girl who loves travel and foreign culture, what else could be more appealing than prototypes of 11 countries? Standing in front of the most prominent cultural and architectural symbols in the world reinforced my passion in exploring as many lands as possible, taking in the beauty of this planet.
3. Hollywood Studios
If you like movies, that’s great, you’ll love this park. If you’re not so much of a movie watcher, or if you’ve just started recently and have no idea where “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” comes from, then here’s how you can pass one day at Hollywood studios:
Do this backlot tour. You don’t need to be a movie geek to enjoy a little show of exciting special effects.
Same applies to this Lights, motors, action show. Basically a stunt show set in Southern France, it features quite a number of chase sequences, tricks, fire and cool vehicles.
Stand here and feel overwhelmed by (or reminded of) the insanely steep streets of San Francisco.
Experiment with the lights and camera at Streets of America at night time.
4. Animal Kingdom
It’s basically a zoo…
with fake Himalayas that are good enough for a dreamy soul to pretend she is in Nepal…
with this safari that totally resembles the real one in Africa that I have seen on TV…
and this rain forest that makes you feel like you’re in a middle of the South America continent
All the different scenery and climates make you forget you’re still in Kissimmee, Florida, and once you realize that you have not travelled all the way from the Himalayas in Asia to Africa and to the Amazon, but you have just walked around a park created for kids and families, you will feel amazed and appreciate what you are experiencing much more.
This great lake behind our hotel in the sunset.