Two days into our two week stay at Disney World Florida and we have been going non-stop. Our first visit was to the Magic Kingdom which is the original Disney theme park, first built in the original Disneyland in California. We jumped on our favorite attractions including The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. We will go back and catch two of the roller coaster rides, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. We noticed the theme park was slightly smaller than one in California missing rides like Indiana Jones. More than likely because there is so much more in the other Theme Parks located here in Disney World, Florida. The park is still incredibly crowded due to lingering holiday vacationers, especially from Italy. Seems like 50 percent of the visitors are speaking Italian. Interesting.
Next we did a quick tour of Epcot. Really only a walk through. Need to go back many more times and really see the park. Epcot includes sanitized versions of countries around the world. There are 11 countries surrounding a large lagoon with live shows (loved the Chinese acrobats). Our favorite ride is located in Epcot—“Soarin”. You fly over all the special sights and locations in California—includes scents of the pine trees, ocean, and orange groves. We’ll be back to visit more and enjoy the fireworks show staged over the lagoon. (Pictures from the Disney website—too distracted to take pictures!)
Next, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Somehow we need to get to the Disney Speed Park—the Joe Gibb’s Nascar race team including Kyle Bush, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Loggiano are practicing. The Daytona 500 is next month in Daytona Beach not too far from here!