The Happiest Place on Earth

We just got back from a weekend trip to Disney World, and though I’m tired (and my shins hurt!), we had a good time. My son, in particular, had so much fun that this morning, as soon as we woke up, asked, “Where are we going to today?” When we reminded him we had to head back home, his response was, “No! I want to live here!”

Sometimes, I wish we could live there, too. As corny as it sounds, whenever I step into one of the four parks, I almost believe that magic does, indeed, happen. I feel like a kid again, going on the rides, seeing the shows, viewing the fireworks and watching the parades. I love taking pictures with the characters and reaching down into that hidden child. Of course, my body doesn’t always make that easy for me, but even with the aches and discomforts, I enjoy it there.

This trip, we only went to two parks: Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (which is a fantabulous –yes, I’m making up words here– trick-or-treating event where kids and grown-ups rock costumes and get a slightly less-crowded time at the park) and Epcot. For Mickey’s Halloween Party, the three of us dressed up as superheroes. My son as Captain America, my hubby as Wolverine, and I as Iron Woman. I’m pretty much a Halloween dork, and I love dressing up, even now. This event is probably one of my favorite’s from Disney.

Out of the parks, Epcot is probably our favorite. The intellectuals in us love all the learning that takes place, and we love “traveling” through the World Showcase. Our trip coincided with the Food & Wine Festival, and I think a marathon of some sort, so the park was packed. As we walked through the countries, we were swept by the sea of people who covered the side walks. There was no way back or forward that didn’t mean weaving through crowds, holding on so we wouldn’t get separated.

My son was now officially tall enough to ride some of the “cool” rides, and I got him on Splash Mountain and Soarin (at the respective parks). He was jumping up and down, giggling, and saying “I love this ride!” before even getting on it. He didn’t like the drop in Splash Mountain, but loved the flying in Soarin.

Here are some pictures we took.

Harvesting Cranberries in Epcot

Harvesting Cranberries in Epcot

Epcot's Spaceship Earth

Epcot's Spaceship Earth

Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

Nemo & Friends

The Living Seas: Nemo's Friends

Nemo & Friends

The Living Seas: Dori and Marlin

Spaceship Earth Across the Lake

Spaceship Earth Across the Lake

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Magic Kingdom Decked out in Halloween

Smiling Pumpkin Mickey

Smiling Pumpkin Mickey

Mickey's Halloween Party

Mickey's Halloween Party

Boo to You Parade

Boo to You Parade

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