At 22, my first ever Disney encounter was to take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 starting bright and early at 7am to get ready for a 7:45am departure. My girlfriend, her 2 sisters and her eldest sister’s boyfriend and I were Magic Kingdom bound very early in the morning because we had a dining reservation at Be Our Guest!
You can say that this is really where the magic started. Having finished our breakfast (and boy were we full), we went into the park and decided to start queueing for the 7 dwarf mine train ride which you can hardly ever get a Fast Pass for. I was amazed that there was a queue at this point when the park hadn’t even opened (it was about 8:50 at this point) but my girlfriend was very confident that we’d be on the ride within 5 minutes! And lo and behold, we were on the ride in no time whatsoever – within 5 mins. I have to say, it was such a fun ride! It had some decent drops but it was so so well done. There was a point in the ride where you go through the mines and it slows down for you to say hi to dopey and the other 6 dwarfs singing ‘hi ho it’s off to work I go’ which was brilliant! By the time we got off it was a 70 minute wait so Be Our Guest was really worth it for that.
Throughout the day we went on various rides such as the Barnstormer, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and got to meet characters (there may or may not have been unconfirmed sightings of flirting with Minnie but I maintain it was all her!) and we had hours and hours of fun before the parade and the show in front of the castle. The parade was around 3pm and it was great to see the characters up close! My girlfriend even got a selfie with Dale (at least I think it’s Dale). We proceeded to have dinner and then did one or two more rides before the illumination and fireworks show which marked the end of a 13 hour day – one incredible experience I’ll never forget and what I’ve mentioned doesn’t even cover it all and don’t even think it does the park justice.
Fast forward to Friday of that week and I was lucky enough to have a second opportunity to try out another Disney park but this time it would be Epcot. Like the Magic Kingdom, it’s got an iconic feature – the giant golf ball. We got there in good time on the Friday but didn’t need to be up as early this time. We all decided to fast pass this really fun ride called Test Track where you go in, design the car of your dreams based on factors such as speed, efficiency etc. and then get to jump into a prototype of that car where it gets put to the test! It’s so much fun when you get in and great to see how your car did compared to other people. You just have to do this ride! I believe after this we went to go and queue to see Mickey and friends which was great, Goofy is such a cheeky guy and having met him twice by this point I think he was my favourite character to meet cause you could never quite predict what he was going to do.
Continuing along our walk around the lake, we passed Norway which had the Frozen ride. We had heard a lot about the frozen ride (mainly about the long queue times) and thought we’d have a go at getting on it. However, the ride shut down all of a sudden at about 1pm with no sign of re-opening so we thought that our opportunity to go on it was gone! Thankfully though, we happened to be walking past it again when we noticed that it had suddenly re-opened again. We gathered everyone and raced to get onto the ride with hardly any wait. It was such a fantastic ride and really was a little hidden gem. We honestly didn’t think it would be anything special but it was very good. Olaf, Sven, Elsa and more made an appearance either singing or talking and we all loved every minute of it. Once we got off it we continued round the lake enjoying some Italian gelato and then headed home before returning later for the fireworks. The fireworks were great despite the long dragged out start and my overall experience at Epcot was amazing.