Disney World Diary 2014: Day #1

Hey everyone! Today I am so very excited and delighted to bring you my 2014 Disney World Diary! Today it is currently 7.30am on my second day and I got up especially early to bring you my tales from my first day!

Just a quick run down of our journey, we flew with Monarch. I have to say, I'm not particularly impressed, but it saved us £300. Having flew with them before I knew it wasn't going to be the best journey. You get no in flight entertainment unless you happen to be situated near one of the screens that comes down (which we weren't as we had window seats). The food was OK, but you don't get nearly enough drinks so we were left very dehydrated. The service with OK with a couple of rude attendants but also some very nice ones too. Honestly though, it was worth saving the £300 off our holiday as we slept most of the flight anyway and it was pretty empty so we actually had an row each to stretch out on.

We arrived in Sanford, got our transfer to our hotel (which is Art of Animation by the way!) and then grabbed a taxi to Walmart. Walmart is sadly one of my favourite places in the world! Its so exciting to us Brits as everything is bigger and better and you Americans have so many awesome flavours. AND I didn't buy any make up, can you believe it? I filled my boots with about 100000 different types of cookie though! After that we made our way back to our resort and went straight to sleep.

My outfit of the day for Magic Kingdom consisted of Forever 21 shoes and top with New Look shorts :)
So Rose (my best friend) is experiencing Disney World for the first time, so naturally our first stop was Magic Kingdom! We got up early so we could see the rope drop, an experience which I think everyone should do. It honestly makes me cry every single time and I won't ruin any surprises by telling you what happens but Rose had a little cry too. Its just MAGICAL and then walking down main street with everyone waving as you enter Magic Kingdom, it feels you like are in some sort of dream!

We went straight to Fantasyland as we had fast passes booked for Space Mountain for 10am. We checked out the new ride, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, but decided to use our fast pass later for it and instead as it seemed everyone in the park had ran to this ride (and I don't blame them either, its amazing! We instead went on the teacups as our first ride (who doesn't enjoy the teacups?!) and then headed over to Tomorrowland. We checked out Buzz Lightyears Space Blaster (such a favourite of mine and Rose was pretty good for her first time! Then we headed to Space Mountain, which is always a lot of fun.

We had a beautiful morning checking out the Tomorrowland rides and going in shops trying on all the silly hats. At about 12pm we settled for lunch at, I bet you can guess, Cosmic Rays, my favourite quick service lunch destination in Magic Kingdom. As usual I had the rotisserie chicken with mash and veggies, but I have to say I was insanely disappointed. It was very fatty and chewy but seeing as I've had hundreds of good meals here VS one bad one I'll let them off! Rose had the pulled pork burger which she really liked and said was incredibly filling.

After Tomorrowland we headed to get a Dole Whip float, its gotta be done when in Magic Kingdom! Seriously, if you are going to Disney World - head to Aloha Isle in Adventureland and grab yourself a Dole Whip, they were featured in my Top 5 Snacks Post and they are seriously good!

We checked out the rides and shops in and around Adventureland and Frontierland before going on Splash Mountain, which rather hilariously I told Rose was a terribly frightening ride (hey I remember it being a lot more crazy than that OK!) and we ended up laughing over how tame it turned out to be. Unfortunately as we exited Splash Mountain, the heavens opened and didn't stop for the remainder of the day! With ponchos on we continued and didn't let the rain dampen our spirits. We explored the shops on Main Street but every ride we attempted was closed because of the rain sadly (that includes YOU Big Thunder Mountain!) We started to queue up for the Festival of Fantasy parade, which turned out to be cancelled due to the weather, but I really liked that Disney put on a rainy day carnival, which while short, was a sweet gesture to keep the crowds entertained. 

It also meant a huge lack of photos as I didn't wanna brave getting my camera wet. We did a couple more rides such as Haunted Mansion and then headed to Be Our Guest to see if we could get reservations for dinner. We tried for the entire time you could book advance dining reservations with no luck at all! Unfortunately they had nothing for us which made Rose very sad as she is a HUGE beauty and the beast fan. We decided on another quick service and grabbed dinner at The Harbour House. If you haven't dined here, it is a lovely little location which is always very quiet with lots of free tables. Its quite the gem! We both had battered shrimp with chips, which was delicious and something a little different from the normal burgers and sandwiches you get!

After dinner, we were both knackered, soaked and quite cold.. so decided to give Wishes and the parade a miss for another day. We both felt Roses' first experience of Wishes shouldn't be a wet miserable one, with us barely being able to look up to the sky due to the rain. So we made the journey back to Art of Animation, saving Wishes for another day. 

Wet and rainy, but still magical :)

Rose also found herself a hobby in pin collecting (which I have to say I am getting surprisingly addicted too and will probably have to get involved!) She is a big fan of the Nightmare Before Christmas so is hunting for those specific pins. She got quite a good deal, with a pack of two mystery pins and lanyard for $15. The mystery pins were pretty pants, but was amazingly able to find a Nightmare Before Christmas pin on her first trade! She then treated herself to a set of 5 mystery pins at the resort and got trading in and around the lobby, it seems pretty fun! I'm stuck on what to collect myself, but think I'm definitely gonna get involved!

So tomorrow (weather permitting) we are headed to Blizzard Beach and Downtown for some relaxing down time! Let me know if there is any posts you specifically want to see, like an Art of Animation review or anything. I'd be happy to accommodate! :)
See you tomorrow!


  1. It looks amazing Kayleigh (even in the Florida downpours)! Hehe.
    I can't wait to read more! :) I go to Florida in less than a few months now and cannot wait! Until then I can't wait to see all the fantastic photos from your trip!

    Ellis - Ellis Tuesday

  2. *dances* I love these posts of yours! Makes me want to go back even more than I already do. It doesn't make it an better that I was there just two weeks ago. The rain was inevitable, haha! It was so humid when I was there that I'm surprised it hadn't when I went. Can't wait to see more photos! Hope you're having a blast!

  3. Yay! How great that you're getting to visit again- looks like a first nice day! Cutest hotel room ever :)



  4. I can't wait for another 2 weeks' worth of posts! The room looks amazing, so much more than I expected to see from a budget category! I'm definitely pretending I'm there in spirit haha.

  5. Ahhh Kayleigh it looks like you're having an amazing time! I love the room. Can't wait to see more of these posts, they just make me so wish I was there! X

  6. Well Kayleigh. you and Rosie have arrived safe and sound and I can tell by all of your lovely photos that you are having an amazing time. I am loving the pictures and all of your posts are very entertaining. It really does look magical. A dream come true. Keep all of the pictures and instagrams coming through because I am loving everything that you are posting. Thinking of you and Rosie and eagerly waiting for more Disney news. xxx

  7. Yay! I love your Disney posts. Your outfit is so cute :) I am going to Orlando in October and I'm so psyched!

  8. Cosmic Ray's is my favourite place to eat too! We always go there. You can always get a seat, the food is yummy... What's not to like?


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