Disney World is just as fun, and just as magical, as an adult!
I am beyond happy that my work travels brought me to Disney World. I hadn’t been to Orlando since I was a 5 year old first grader. Back then I went for my dad’s work trip, so it’s kind of fitting that I return to the place where dreams come true for my own work trip 20+ years later.
I honestly didn’t remember much from my first go-round at Disney. The only thing that vividly sticks out in my memory is that I was terrified of the Tower of Terror. My entire family was going on it, and I didn’t want to miss out or act like I was scared in front of my older brothers. By the time we went through most of the turnstiles and were up close and personal with the gates to the elevator, I panicked. I started crying. My mom had to walk me all the way back out the way we came.
That was my vision of Disney World. Not only did I get the chance to redeem myself (I rode Tower of Terror TWICE!) but I got to explore three of the wonderful parks. Yes, I really was there for work. I worked in the booth of an exhibit hall all day, and got to enjoy Disney World all night! It was a blast.
Here are some highlights from my trip.
On our first night in Disney, we got to explore Epcot after-hours, thanks to the generous Disney staff and conference holders. We saw an amazing fireworks display, then walked around and hopped on some rides (no line)! My favorite was the Frozen ride. The characters seemed too real!
On the second night, we went to dinner right next to the Food and Wine Festival. I couldn’t believe we were in Disney World at the same time as this major event! While we didn’t participate, the setup was awesome and attendees couldn’t say enough about how amazing the food was. I took a snap as we were walking by – it looked like quite the party!
I loved Hollywood Studios! There’s so much to see and do, but we conquered a lot with our minimal time here. We rode about five different rides and made time for dinner here. I couldn’t believe how many Star Wars attractions were here. The Star Wars simulator ride was awesome. It’s truly taken over this park! We also got to see a Star Wars themed fireworks display at night.
As I mentioned, I rode the Tower of Terror twice on this visit! I was super proud of myself. I immediately texted my family to let them know of my latest achievement.
Last highlight, but certainly not least of the trip, was the Magic Kingdom. This park was my favorite. I mean look at that castle! It’s what I’ve been wanting to see the entire time, and we finally made it on the last night in Disney. Of course, we got ears to parade around in. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of Cinderella’s Castle. I’m such a Disney fan girl.
We also got to see fireworks on this night, too! It was like the 4th of July in October all over again. I’m not complaining. The best part of this particular fireworks display is that we got to see it from the top of the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train ride. If you can, definitely hop on a coaster while the fireworks are going off, and enjoy the ride.
So, it may seem like I didn’t work much, but I swear I did. See!
The work part of this Disney World trip went just fine and dandy too. You can never have a bad time at Disney World!
Have you visited Disney as an adult? What is your favorite part? Comment below!