Disney World, Orlando, FL

Disney World was a good time! We really enjoyed watching Kylee as we strolled through the theme parks. We camped at Fort Wilderness inside the park. It was a tight squeeze getting backed into our site, but no damage was done. At $100/night I was expecting a little more, but it was nice being parked literally right at the bus stop so that we could get up and go quickly each morning. I just couldn’t wait to stand in long lines all day! Really, it wasn’t too bad. Okay, yes it was.

Disney Corp. is a masterful marketing organization. I couldn’t help but feel a bit like a sucker consumer in Disney. I realize it is geared towards a child’s enjoyment…but it’s geared towards a parents wallet, so I believe some criticism should be allowed.  The “rides” were waaaaaaay outdated. I mean, come on, “It’s a Small World”?!?! That lame ride has been in operation since 1734. Then there was the college kids operating the rides like the Animal Kingdom safari that I just wanted to punch due to their sarcastic canned humor that was clearly written for their own amusement to keep themselves from going insane from repeating the same sarcastic canned humor. Nevertheless, Kylee was blissfully unaware of the commercialism. It was all a magic fairy tale to her…which makes it worth every penny. Well, most of the pennies.

I felt the food was mediocre, too. The World Showcase at Epcot was a cool concept…but I have had better Japanese food at the local sushi joint in Dover, DE than they had in “Japan, Orlando”. We bought the meal plan with our tickets and quickly realized that they were making out like fat bandits given that 75% of the restaurants are buffet-style. I am not fan of all-you-can-eat-and-sneeze-on buffet restaurants. It feels a little too trough-y to me. The chefs do a fantastic job of looking legit with their tall hats, french accents, and big smiles–but, they can’t possibly be that happy to be serving food this way after graduating from the International Culinary Institute.

On a positive note, I was extremely impressed with the ability of the Disney staff to be consistently and apparently genuinely happy to be working there. I mean, they really make you feel like a special guest. And to think, they do this 7 days a week, 365 days a year, year after year after year. The characters were the highlight for Kylee. She had breakfast with her favorite princesses–the highlight of the week for her. If I had to work there, I would no-doubt resort to coming up with some canned sarcastic humor bit. Hat-tip to their hospitality indeed.

In the end, it was a great vacation for us all. Kylee is still at that age where Disney World is a very magical place. At one point during the fireworks I  was holding her up and she said to me with a hug, “Daddy this is where dreams come from. You know what my dream was? You, Daddy”. Heart. Melt.

After Disney, we headed off to Clermont, FL about 30 min up the road for a Families on the Road (FOTR) rally. Details to come on that. Oh, and I did not forget I promised to blog about my hillbilly motormount for our new inflatable kayaks.

Here are some highlights from Disney…

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5 responses to “Disney World, Orlando, FL

  1. Kylee was right that is where dreams are made.

    Our daughter felt the same about the rides, but those rides are there so that there is something for all age groups. Even some of their higher end rides would not compete with parks such as Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, because it is really not about he rides it’s about the Magic of the Imagination.
    In other words when you go to a park such as Disney you have to go there looking at it through the eyes of a child (The wallet of an adult) and you make Kylee’s experience even more memorable.
    Any time we have brought our grandchildren they have enjoyed themselves much more then when they went with their parents.

    • Oh, Kylee loved all the rides…even “it’s a small world”. In fact we did that twice for her. As far as she knows, Disney was the best time ever.

      By the way, growing up in Michigan, we frequented Cedar Point! Had my first terrifying roller coaster experience as a kid there on the Blue Streak.

  2. When we went many, many years ago we didn’t get the meal plan, just too expensive. Our kids were in the hot dog phase so that was easy on the wallet. However one of the best meals we had was at Epcot at an English pub, our waiter was from Ireland. We had such a nice conversation with him. I had a Shepherds pie with lamb that was to die for. It hit the spot on a cool night as we dinned down by the lake. Hubby and girls had the fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. We got more out of Epcot than Disney World, our youngest was 4 at the time (now 28). She still has fond memories of that trip.

  3. I know some people who come down in the winter and work at WDW. They seemed to enjoy some of the jobs. But it is hard on the feet. Don’t know what it pays but it isn’t enough for me Glad your daughter enjoyed it. I think it is more for the kids.

  4. Disney is just another amazing, loving , wondering, fun moment to think about in the mind. With tons of fun activities for the whole family, the characters are kind, the food is great, and the value might not be as good but is still good enough. You can experience a million, and spot many hidden mickeys.The imagination put into this wonderful place would be enough to make someone unhappy to be the happiest person in the world. There are always things to do…from fireworks, festivals, and parades to exciting rides and characters to meet and take pictures with. No one will ever get tired by seeing the wonders of Disney’s world. Who thought that one man’s dream could become this…?

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