In March all of my dreams came true! My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to go to Disney World for our honeymoon. For the record, Disney World is my absolute favorite place on Earth. I am a huge Disney nerd, so the trip was like spending a week in paradise. We took a train all the way from New York to Florida, which was an adventure in and of itself. We both love trains, and it was my first experience actually riding on one. The trip took about a day (I slept most of the way), and then we finally arrived at the resort we would be staying at in Orlando.
Sheraton Vistana Resort
The resort included a shuttle to and from all the Disney parks, which we definitely took advantage of. The first park we visited was Magic Kingdom, the stereotypical “Disney” park, complete with giant castle. Our favorite parts of the park where Gaston’s Tavern (a rustic eatery inspired by the charming villain from Beauty and the Beast), and the Wonderland area (of course).
Mickey and Minnie Floating in
My husband thoroughly enjoying one of Gaston’s Tavern’s famous pork shanks.
Just having a little rest in Gaston’s giant throne. No big deal.
I got to ride my favorite Disney World ride, The Mad Tea Party, and then eat at my favorite cat’s cafe!
We even spotted some familiar faces signing autographs nearby!
Next up was Epcot! Honestly, we never wanted to leave Epcot. We would have been perfectly happy to move in permanently, and sample all of the amazing international cuisine on a daily basis. The park itself was gorgeous, filled with replica cultural buildings, all built around a sparkling lake.
An ornate arch in “China”
Aztec temple in “Mexico”
Candy display in the Japanese gift shop!!
Our favorite “country” had to be Morocco. We ate there two out of five days, and were left hungry for more! Morocco was so colorful and luxurious, I just wanted to touch everything!
Just look at this mouthwatering cuisine!
My non-meat eater friendly plate!
Shawarma that my husband gulped down
Brought to you by Spice Road Table!
Another delectable food item came from the streets of Japan! It’s pink, sweet, completely addictive, and it’s called Frushi!
It’s sushi, made from fruit! I know, right??
We did briefly visit Disney’s Hollywood studios, but it just wasn’t for us. The park is lovely, with a classic Hollywood theme, and lots of documentaries and live shows to watch, we just prefer the more active parks. One of our favorite rides is located in Hollywood Studios however, The Tower of Terror, and we got to see a stunning Beauty and the Beast live show, so it was all worth it.
Last, but certainly not least, is Animal Kingdom! Now, we had been told by numerous people not to bother visiting this park. They said it was boring, we wouldn’t like it, etc. They were very, very wrong, and we never should have listened! We saved this park for the last day of our trip, figuring we would just pop in quick, and leave. Once we were there however, we wished we would have visited every day! This park has amazing food that easily rivals Epcot, tons of interactive exhibits, Bollywood dancing, and even a safari.
We loved the safari so much that we wanted to do it twice, however we ran out of time…. We saw giraffes, and elephants, and even flamingos, oh my!
There were also rhinos, lions, hippos, crocodiles, okapi, and pelicans spotted. My favorite creatures spotted in Animal Kingdom (not on the safari), were these adorable bats!
I didn’t want to leave them! They were so cute, and kept stretching their wings, and flapping around!
Well, I could talk about Disney World forever and a day, so I’m going to wrap things up here. Disney World really has something for everyone, not just fans of the animation or characters. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who enjoys great food, animals, history, nature, or just having fun! I can’t wait to go back to Disney World some day, if I had the unlimited funds, I’d live there! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope I inspired you to take your next family trip to sunny Orlando Florida!