Friday, March 23, 2012

Walt Disney World (Feb. 2012)

What can I really say... Walt Disney World is truly the happiest place on earth.

You can completely disconnect from "real life" and revert back to your childhood.  There are quotes by Walt Disney posted in random places throughout the parks, the one that really stuck out to me and describes how I feel when in Disney World is the following one.

"I don't want the public to see the world they live in while they're in the Park. I want them to feel they're in another world." -- Walt Disney

That's exactly how you feel... from the moment the Disney bus picks you up at the airport, you never see the world outside of Disney until you arrive back at the airport.  For someone like me, that takes trips like this specifically to escape reality, that's HUGE!

The staff (or Cast Members as they're referred to) is always greeting you with big smiles and warm personalities.

Another nice thing they do throughout all the Disney Parks is, they have photographers all over the place so you can get well framed photos of you and your group without having to do the old "self-shot."  You get a card that they scan so you can find all your pics, from the trip, in one place.

One of the more nerve wracking parts of the trip was dealing with my ticket situation.  I had purchased a 3-Day Park Hopper for my girlfriend, through Expedia.  So I wasn't too worried about that one.  But I had three days left on a 5-Day Hopper Pass from the last time I was at Disney, which was 1993.  I was told that there was NO expiration date on it.  So I was hoping I'd be able to save some cash by just using it with no problem.  Walked up to the Will Call window at the Magic Kingdom and handed the guy my Expedia print out... he said, "No problem."  I then handed him my old 5-Day Super Duper Pass from 1993 and asked what I needed to do to use the remaining three days on it...  he said, "No problem, I'll just transfer this on to a new Park Hopper."  The sigh of relief I let out felt SO GOOD!  Everything worked out and once I stepped through the turnstile for the first time I was officially able to completely relax for the rest of the trip.

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