Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Happiest Place on Earth

Well I'm back from the happiest place on earth. Leaving Florida was very difficult, especially because I returned to below freezing temperatures in Albany (ugh!). I had so much fun with my friends and the trip was a complete success. We were so spoiled going in November because the weather was beautiful and there were no lines! No joke, we waited 30 minutes for the new Escape from Gringotts ride at Harry Potter World and 30 minutes for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train in Magic Kingdom and those were the only two occasions we waited longer than 20 minutes to board anything. I could never go back to Disney during the summer or during school breaks after this because the off season is the way to go! 
We visited four different parks while we were there: Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It was a very exhausting trip because we were on our feet for hours on end but there were so many instance where I forgot about my aching feet because I was having so much fun frolicking through the parks. Disney definitely brings out the child in me, and we rode so many rides and saw many awesome shows. Since I went there for my birthday weekend, Disney gave me a Happy Birthday pin to wear around, and throughout the day park employees would wish me a happy birthday. I even got a free dessert when we ate dinner in Japan. Disney really made me feel like a Disney princess with all the nice gestures. 
It was so amazing to make lifelong memories with my girlfriends. Now I'm already looking forward to our next girls trip (maybe somewhere a little more relaxing!). 

Warning! Picture heavy post below:

Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure
The new Diagon Alley addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was AMAZING! If you're a fan of the books or the movies you will love this place, there is so much to see and do. 

We got to ride the Hogwarts Express into Hogsmead and make our way to Hogwarts.

The castle is huge and the ride inside is so much fun. It makes you feel like you're riding on a broom through all the important places in the book.

The Gringotts dragon breathes fire.


Hollywood Studios:
I was obsessed with all the holiday decorations at Disney World. It was surreal to be in shorts and tank tops while listening to Christmas carols.

My favorite ride on the trip was Toy Story Mania, it's combines an interactive video game with a moving ride, so much fun!

Second favorite ride was the Tower of Terror, the perfect amount of thrill for me. 

We went to the Osborne Festival of Lights in Hollywood Studios which is two full streets of houses COVERED in Christmas lights. They even have fake snow falling from the sky, it's absolutely breathtaking.

Magic Kingdom:

Magic Kingdom Selfie with Walt and Mickey

The fireworks were spectacular


I got the most amazing gelato in Epcot's Italy... I could eat it everyday.

Our last dinner was at Epcot's Japan. We had a table that overlooked the water and enjoyed a delicious dinner. 



  1. Ah! I love all of your photos!! My family and I are *fingers crossed* planning on going to Florida in February!! I'll have to go find some of that gelato over at the Italian Pavilion :)

  2. Such a great post and photos!!! SO glad you had such a great time and great weather and NO lines!! The off season is the best!
    curly hair & high heels
    Dane //

  3. This looks and sounds like so much fun! One of my friends actually works at Disney!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  4. what a fabulous trip!!! how perfect that there were no lines...MAJOR PLUS!

  5. Your trip looks so amazing!! So jealous! And glad to hear you had weather too! Makes me wanna plan a trip to Disney ASAP!

    xo, carli
    Puppies and Polka Dots

  6. It looks like you had so a fun trip! I really want to go to the Harry Potter one!


  7. So much fun! Glad you had such a magical birthday week!


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