Remember a couple weeks ago when I was soaking up sunshine in Florida and stuffing my face with a bunch of food? Remember how I promised a recap of my Disney World trip? Well, it’s finally here! Bijan and I had a blast during our final spring break trip as undergrads by embracing our inner children, getting very little sleep, and finding as many opportunities as possible to take photos.
Sometimes Bigger isn’t Always Better
You don’t need a larger group to have a memorable trip. Plenty of my friends travelled in larger groups, but I opted to join one friend for this week long adventure. Bijan and I attend uni in two different states, so we don’t see each other as frequently as I do my other friends. Which means this trip had more than one purpose: acting like children and catching up in person. I cannot be certain if we had another person with us, our bonding experience would have been similar.
Additionally, it was much easier take to plan our days are just the two of us. When you’re traveling you want everyone to have a great time. That is why you decided to take the trip after all. Unfortunately the more people you have, the more likely it is someone will be disappointed about missing out on doing something they wanted to for the benefit of a friend. If you’re type of person who does not want to make these compromises (*whispers* me ), you might be better off traveling with just one person.
It’s Tempting to Forget a Budget
It will be very tempting to want to swipe your card in order to get all the merch or eat everything you see in sight. Let me tell you, I was so tempted to swipe now and worry later, but we must remember financial wellness can’t be abandoned completely for festivities. A couple things you can do is only pay with cash. Full disclosure, I tried this on Day 1 at Epcot and lost over $80, so if you are like me and not good with cash, you might want to bypass this option.
Another way is to only carry your debt with and treat it like cash. What I wound up doing that unfortunate event was ,using one debit card and my credit card with the lowest limit. Knowing in the back of my mind I didn’t have an unlimited amount kept me from having a sad looking bank account in the near future.
Bringing Your Camera is Never a Bad Idea
If you happen to have a DSLR like me and Bijan, your safari ride will be even more exciting. I swear zoom makes everything better for trips like this! I was a bit skeptical at first, it’s a $700 camera, and I’m getting on rides that flip upside down and just bumping into people throughout the day, but it held up well. If I’m being honest, my 40mm lens offered better quality pictures than Disney’s. Gotta love team Canon!
Let’s not forget, you’re at the happiest place on Earth! People will be more than willing to take your picture for you on your phone or your camera. However, if you’re like us and want to visit characters or princesses, take your camera with you. Disney will charge you $169 for the Disney PhotoPass which gives you access to the photos they take of you at the various spots and on rides. If you just want pictures of you with characters, a cast member will take your photo with your personal camera. That way you can cut out the middle man and still get good quality photos like these!
You’re Never too Old to Play at Disney
As fun as it was to walk around Epcot drinking and eating as an adult, I loved reverting back to childhood as at the Magic Kingdom. That is where I went to Cinderella’s Castle to finally meet Princess Tiana !
To add to my childlike behaviour, I stood in line for 40 minutes read the Winne the Pooh story. Roaming through The Hundred Acre Hood is where truly unleashed my inner child. I found some adorable little children to help out while we waited, unfortunately the groundhog had got back to hiding. But the enclosure was nothing but interactive play as we went through the line. As I get ready to graduate and lose the bubble college as created for me, it can be scary to think about what’s next. But remembering to play, to just live in the moment without a care of your surroundings, is a beautiful thing.
Never Forget People are Kind
As after I stopped playing with the babies and completed the Hundred Acre Wood ride, Bijan and I were all geared up to meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Well, it turned out the lined closed 2 minutes after we got off our ride, despite a cast member telling us otherwise.
Being the clever person she is, Bijan suggested I ask a family already in line to join them. The worst they could say was not. scoping the line, I found a cute little brown family and pled my case. I’m not sure if it was the sadness in my voice or the spirit of the day, but this kind family let me join them.It was a simple and kind gesture, but it was the highlight of my day.
It served as a reminder, at the end of the day, people are truly good and humanity prevails!
Until Next Time,