Posted: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
The work days before our vacation dragged on but we are finally here in Disney World. By we I mean me, my best friend, her sister, and her cousin. We've been having a blast and I know the real world will be calling us sooner rather than later. Before that happens, we've been taking every opportunity to make the most of our trip.Day one The drive was long, but we celebrated our arrival by heading to Downtown Disney! We did some shopping in the world's largest Disney Store and then ate dinner at T-Rex. The restaurant is like the Rainforest Cafe but with dinosaurs instead. The inside decor was split into four sections, which were themed to the ice age, meteor showers, the beginning of life in the water, and of course, the height of the dinosaur era. I am delighted to say the gluten-free experience was great too. The chef personally made sure that no wheat touched my plate and I couldn't get enough of the pasta. The Shark Water was my favorite part of the night though (sprite with coconut syrup).Day two For our first day in the parks we went to Magic Kingdom. We met some characters (including my favorite, Pluto), we shopped, and went on all the best rides. I particularly love The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now that they have added Jack Sparrow to the pirates ride, I could easily have gone on it over and over again.We stayed in the park the whole day and celebrated the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at night. The parade, which was led by the Headless Horseman and his lighted pumpkin, was a highlight of the event for us. However, the fireworks were just as good and I loved how the castle was illuminated in different ghostly shadows. At one point, they replicated the ghosts rising from the Haunted Mansion ride by having the lights fly up the castle walls. I've never celebrated Halloween at Disney (particularly in September) but I'm ready to do it again.Day three On day three we went to Epcot. We spent the first half of the day riding Spaceship Earth, Soarin', and designing our own rollercoasters. Even though I knew what was coming, the loops and spins were exhilarating, and I'll admit, even took me by surprise. For the second part of the day we toured the world showcases and made sure to take a picture in every one. Of course, I was a little more over-the-top in the England pavilion.To end the night we watched the fireworks display called IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. I've always loved watching the globe, with all it's images of the world, standout amongst a shower of fireworks. It's the perfect end to a day of exploring the nations.We still have two days left in the park and I'll definitely be blogging about those next week!
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