Destination: Disney World, USA
Mode of Transport: Laughter
Chris Farley was a comedic genius. In my view, he singlehandedly got Saturday Night Live through some dismal years. There were times he’d save an otherwise mundane skit with his physical prowess. He’d throw his large frame around the set, gesticulating like a madman or a drunk with sweat pouring down his red, bloated face. All this just to bring laughter. To make us happy. He always succeeded in this and for my money the best in his era.
Disney World as our Vacation Destination
Bailey, 9 years of age, asked us to consider Disney World as our vacation destination that year. We have skirted the issue for years and never considered it as an option. On that year, we would acquiesce. We were off to the “happiest place on earth”.
A kid from Illinois’ version of the Versailles.
Disney (land) World is an abundant landscape that could have only been dreamt up by either an American or Louis the XIV, XV, XVI (pick one). It was everything we expected it to be. Hot, overcrowded, expensive. We loved it. We loved it for the obvious reason, it made our daughter happy. Moreover, we loved it because, in some way, it is simply a kid from Illinois’ version of The Versailles. It is a manifestation of the American Dream.
It’s Only A Paper Moon
A small flat bottom boat pulled up on the artificial dock, on the artificial waterway. Once the three of us were seated, the vehicle pulled out and immediately brought us into a glitter-filled, papier mache, world. I am automatically reminded of my father, singing along with Nat King Cole’s “It’s Only A Paper Moon”.
”It is only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea, but it wouldn’t be made believe if you believe in me”.
Dreaming about destinations we have been, and yet to go
The cruise took us through, what was once thought to be, far-off locations: The British Isles, Scandinavia, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Asia, South America, etc., etc. Lots of been there, done that moments. Even more “haven’t been there yet” moments. Lots of smiles and laughter from tourists, in spite of themselves, brought out by the hundreds of dimple-faced puppets reenacting moments that stereotype presupposes. As childish as the ride was, all three of us were brought to dream about destinations we have been, and yet to go.
It’s a Small World After All
I can’t help but think that this amusement park ride, on a fake cruise boat, on a fake ocean, was actually the impetus that led us to our upcoming trip around the real world. Why not make the dream a reality? It’s a Small World After All.
During the ride, I heard lots of laughter from the boat ahead. I couldn’t wait to see what it was about. The boat took a left into the British Isles, and there he was, the English Beefeater, with a drunken, dreamy look on his red, somewhat bloated face. Looking at him made me laugh. He made me happy. Just like Chris Farley.
It would be great if you shared this happy story with your friends. Have you been to Disney? Let us know in the comments your experiences and tips.
Short Guide to Disney World
We used our Delta miles for round trip multi-destination tickets from LaGuardia to Orlando and then Tampa to LaGuardia (we went to Clearwater Florida for 11 days after our Disney World trip) so it was “free” but if you were to book it today, it would be anywhere between $300 – $500.
Where to Stay and eat at Disney:
We decided to book our whole trip via disneyvacations.com because Andrew and I were both working full time and had no time to figure out the best way to visit Disney. I recommend you to sign up to receive the free DVD and in it, you’ll be prompted to visit their vacation site to book your travel.
All in all, we spent $2710 for 3 nights, 4 days for the 3 of us. Which includes our hotel stay at the Contemporary Hotel, our Magic Bus from Orlando Airport, all meals and our special dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Here is a thorough list from the DisneyTrippers.com, of the best and worst restaurants in Disney World Restaurants!
For busy people, this package was so well worth the money. First thing is we were given 3 Magic Bands for each of us delivered to our home address. Once we received them, we were given instructions to load our information and credit card details so we can connect it to our stay.
Let me just tell you how fantastic these bands were. When we landed in Orlando, we didn’t have to pick up our bags, we went straight to the Magic Bus and showed them our bands. They welcomed us to our magic chariot and the bags were magically transported to our room without us having to do anything, just show them the Magic Band. The Band was also our keys to our room at the Contemporary Hotel.
Then our FastPass was attached to the band so we never had to stay on long lines. They were also attached to our credit cards so we don’t have to bring bags or wallets anywhere. We just kept them all in our hotel safe. I know, it’s a ploy to spend more money but hey, we’ve never felt more free to roam without any worries. If you want a magical time, GET the MagicBand.
I have to be honest, the food was NOT good and is why Andrew never talked about any dishes. However, it was very convenient. We really wanted to maximize our time in the parks so we just dealt with the food issues. I had salads the whole time, which were awful but it was better than an awful burger. At least I didn’t have to feel heavy in the heat. We did have to pay for our alcohol because the package only includes soft drinks and water.
We also loved staying at the Contemporary Hotel because it was walking distance to the Magic Kingdom, which is where Bailey wanted to spend most of her time. The pool there was fantastic.
If it’s your first time going, I highly recommend staying at the Contemporary Hotel or anywhere in the Park because it just make your life easier for you and your whole family will truly have a magical time. You won’t have to deal with real life for 4 days, like parking and driving. Can you imagine at midnight leaving the park and getting into your car and having to drive to another hotel? OR having to deal with your luggage?
Hope you make it to Disney one day and when you do, let us know your experience. IF you’ve already been there, let us know some of your tips, we’d love to know them. I wish you a Magical Life!
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