Disney World - Fun at Any Age!

We're Going to Disney!

"Mom, we're taking Luca to Disney World as a surprise for his birthday, do you want to come?" That is the most ridiculous question my daughter ever asked me. I said yes before she even asked. What a thrill! My husband and I were going to Disney with my daughter, her husband and son as well as my son, his wife and daughter. That's one six year old and one two year old. Imagine! We had been to Disney once twenty-five years ago when my youngest was thirteen. (That's the son with the two year old daughter.)

Fortunately for us, my daughter made all of the arrangements from the flight to meals and photographs! All we had to do was pay for our portion. I couldn't wait. I was so excited I couldn't even sleep on the plane.

Where We Stayed

I counted thirty-one Disney Resort Hotels. They range in price from Ninety-two dollars a night to five hundred and twenty-five a night. We stayed at the Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, a mid-priced hotel. There's also a Port Orleans - French Quarter.

Disney does everything right! Every employee is courteous, helpful, and down right friendly. Our rooms were ready and waiting. Each hotel holds to a theme as did ours. A lovely, sprawling Riverside Hotel. Every amenity is at your fingertips, from food to pool.

Port Orleans - Riverside Hotel

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A working wheelWelcoming towelsThis little piece of furniture housed a single bed, sort of in the style of a murphy bed.One of the queen sized beds in our room.Bathroom sinksThe water slide in one of the pools.A walk along the "river".A view of the restaurant/gift shop area.
A working wheel
A working wheel
Welcoming towels
Welcoming towels
This little piece of furniture housed a single bed, sort of in the style of a murphy bed.
This little piece of furniture housed a single bed, sort of in the style of a murphy bed.
One of the queen sized beds in our room.
One of the queen sized beds in our room.
Bathroom sinks
Bathroom sinks
The water slide in one of the pools.
The water slide in one of the pools.
A walk along the "river".
A walk along the "river".
A view of the restaurant/gift shop area.
A view of the restaurant/gift shop area.

Visiting Epcot

If anyone tells you that you can see Epcot in one day, they're wrong. We only had one day and we missed so much. We weren't disappointed but we would have liked to see more.

My grandson's very favorite thing in all of Disney was "The Journey Into Imagination With Figment". There is a nice slow ride with Figment, the little purple dragon as your guide along with Dr. Channing (Eric Idle) as you learn about the five senses. When the ride ends you are in an interactive play area that the children really loved!

"The Seas with Nemo & Friends" was a real treat as well. Seeing Nemo and his friends appear in real fish tanks while riding on a "clamobile"! All in a lovely slow paced ride including real sea creatures as you make your way to the 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium. When the ride ends you can walk around the aquarium looking at the live fish of all sizes.

My kids went on the ride "Soarin" but we decided to sit that one out. We did go on The Great Movie Ride. It was fun to see Tarzan and Indiana Jones as well as Bogie and Bacall and more!

Photos at Epcot

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Playing digital hockey.The outside of Nemo's exhibit.Here's Dorie superimposed in the aquarium.My granddaughter looking into the aquarium.I clown fish, resting.One of  the "fish" statues.Who wouldn't want to sit in a shark's mouth?Presidents Hall.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs grown and trimmed.Band at the German Restaurant.Buzz and Woody made of Legos!An Irish dancer at a great Irish Pub in Downtown Disney.
Playing digital hockey.
Playing digital hockey.
The outside of Nemo's exhibit.
The outside of Nemo's exhibit.
Here's Dorie superimposed in the aquarium.
Here's Dorie superimposed in the aquarium.
My granddaughter looking into the aquarium.
My granddaughter looking into the aquarium.
I clown fish, resting.
I clown fish, resting.
One of  the "fish" statues.
One of the "fish" statues.
Who wouldn't want to sit in a shark's mouth?
Who wouldn't want to sit in a shark's mouth?
Presidents Hall.
Presidents Hall.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs grown and trimmed.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs grown and trimmed.
Band at the German Restaurant.
Band at the German Restaurant.
Buzz and Woody made of Legos!
Buzz and Woody made of Legos!
An Irish dancer at a great Irish Pub in Downtown Disney.
An Irish dancer at a great Irish Pub in Downtown Disney.
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Pluto and GoofyChip or Dale?
Pluto and Goofy
Pluto and Goofy
Chip or Dale?
Chip or Dale?

Topiaries

I realize not everyone will be as taken with the topiaries as I was but you have to be amazed at how beautifully they're maintained. The flowers, gardens, arrangements, are all amazing. No matter where you look there are bursts of color. The problem is there is so much to photograph you don't know where to start or stop. Of course with a six year old headed one way and a two year old headed another, you sometimes miss photos you might have taken or find ones you have taken are a bit out of focus!

The Animal Kingdom

I have to admit one of my favorite animals is the Gorilla! So heading to the Animal Kingdom was an added thrill for me because I knew there were gorillas. Here again is Disney's authenticity and attention to detail. The "ride" is a truck just like the ones you see in Africa! You ride through the jungle where all of the animals roam free. One after another animal in their natural habitat. Of course many of them sleep during the day to avoid the heat. Hmm, imagine what they do in Africa?

Remember the gorillas I mentioned? They don't roam free, well their habitat is but they are behind a thick glass so you can see them up close and personal but still be safe. Their habitat is full of tall grasses, shade trees, rocks, shrubs, waterfalls, etc., all the same as their natural environment. Standing, gorillas can be six feet tall. I didn't know all males are called silverbacks due to the gray hair they develop on their backs as they mature, I thought it was a certain type of gorilla. Thank you for that one Disney.

Unfortunately we missed the Maharajah Jungle Trek, a tour that includes bats, birds, tigers, and more.

There is also a bird exhibit you can walk through to see the birds first hand.

The Animal Kingdom

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The back of a "truck" for your tour.Hills made by termites.Reaching for the good leaves.Traveling together.FlamingosA lion sleeping on a high perch to remain safe while he sleeps.Amazing horns.One of the birds we met on our visit.Another bird high on his perchHe was eating what looked like romaine lettuce!Massive!  Six times the strength of a man.A grazing herd.Notice the large horns of this well hidden animal?
The back of a "truck" for your tour.
The back of a "truck" for your tour.
Hills made by termites.
Hills made by termites.
Reaching for the good leaves.
Reaching for the good leaves.
Traveling together.
Traveling together.
Flamingos
Flamingos
A lion sleeping on a high perch to remain safe while he sleeps.
A lion sleeping on a high perch to remain safe while he sleeps.
Amazing horns.
Amazing horns.
One of the birds we met on our visit.
One of the birds we met on our visit.
Another bird high on his perch
Another bird high on his perch
He was eating what looked like romaine lettuce!
He was eating what looked like romaine lettuce!
Massive!  Six times the strength of a man.
Massive! Six times the strength of a man.
A grazing herd.
A grazing herd.
Notice the large horns of this well hidden animal?
Notice the large horns of this well hidden animal?

More of Disney World

Did I whet your appetite yet? I didn't even scratch the surface. The only way to appreciate Disney is to visit, whether its three days or three weeks. You'll never regret it no matter how old or how young you are.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

So Much to See

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Dolls in a window.Dinner with Donald.Dinner with Pluto.Dinner with Mickey.Dinner with Minnie.Fireworks at Epcot.Mt. Everest.Fountain at Epcot.Lunch with Doc McStuffins.NYC Hollywood backdrop.Big Hero 6 - BaymaxOne of Mickie's costumes.Indiana Jones in action.Tomorrowland Breakfast with Tigger.Breakfast with Piglet.Pirates of the Caribbean.End of the nighttime parade.Fireworks over the castle.Wonders of Disney - a spectacular light show on Cinderella's Castle.
Dolls in a window.
Dolls in a window.
Dinner with Donald.
Dinner with Donald.
Dinner with Pluto.
Dinner with Pluto.
Dinner with Mickey.
Dinner with Mickey.
Dinner with Minnie.
Dinner with Minnie.
Fireworks at Epcot.
Fireworks at Epcot.
Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest.
Fountain at Epcot.
Fountain at Epcot.
Lunch with Doc McStuffins.
Lunch with Doc McStuffins.
NYC Hollywood backdrop.
NYC Hollywood backdrop.
Big Hero 6 - Baymax
Big Hero 6 - Baymax
One of Mickie's costumes.
One of Mickie's costumes.
Indiana Jones in action.
Indiana Jones in action.
Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
Breakfast with Tigger.
Breakfast with Tigger.
Breakfast with Piglet.
Breakfast with Piglet.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
End of the nighttime parade.
End of the nighttime parade.
Fireworks over the castle.
Fireworks over the castle.
Wonders of Disney - a spectacular light show on Cinderella's Castle.
Wonders of Disney - a spectacular light show on Cinderella's Castle.

Walt, Roy, and W. Haydon Burns

Walt Disney (left) with his brother Roy (right) and the then governor of Florida W. Haydon Burns (center) on November 15, 1965, publicly announcing the creation of Disney World.
Walt Disney (left) with his brother Roy (right) and the then governor of Florida W. Haydon Burns (center) on November 15, 1965, publicly announcing the creation of Disney World. | Source

Statistics About Disney World

We all know Disney World is the most magical place on earth, well, at least most of us do. Who doesn't love Mickey Mouse or Dopey or Cinderella to name just a few. There's so much more to Disney World! Did you know 250,000 guests visit Disney World every day! Disney World also employs more than 60,000 people making it the biggest single-site employer in the United States.

When Walt Disney opened Disneyland he loved it and wanted to expand, but he hadn't bought enough land so he couldn't. When he bought the land for Disney World he wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. He kept buying up land to make sure he'd have plenty. Disney World consists of 25,000 acres!

Did you know there are 300 different outfits for Mickey Mouse and 200 for Minnie? That's a lot of wardrobe changes. There are 350 chefs, and 25,000 rooms in Disney World.

There are four separate parks at Disney World; the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Ticket Options

One Day Ticket: Magic Kingdom Park $105 for adults, $99 children 3 to 5

One Day Ticket: Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios: $97 for adults, $91 children 3 to 5

Best options is multi-day tickets.

Four day ticket is $305 for adults and $285 children 3 to 5

Five day ticket $315 adults and $295 children 3 to 5.

A Park Hopper Option allows you to visit all four parks within one day, cost $64 per ticket.

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USA Today, Facts About Disney World in Florida - traveltips.usatoday.com/disney-worl-florida-2108.html

Facts About Disney World in Florida - USA Today - traveltips.usatoday.com> Disney Travel > Walt Disney World Florida

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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

I've never been. I even visited relative in Los Angeles when I was a kid and didn't make it to Disneyland. Sigh! What a sad childhood I had. :) Not really, but it was fun reading about your adventure.


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Suzie HQ 19 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

I would be like you and not need asking twice! I went to Disneyland in Anaheim about 28 years ago with my family. We had 3 days in LA and one day was spent at Walts' magical place. Your trip sounds amazing and the hotel right up my street! So good to hear you enjoyed this special trip with the different generations, a wonderful memory to treasure.


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mckbirdbks 19 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

That sounds like one amazing trip. I feel like I have been there thanks to you sharing all the wonderful pictures.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

love Disney world... everytime I go its always like the first time.. great share and great fun...:)


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

I never went as a child Bill. There was no Disney World back then, but I did watch my girlfriend board a plane to go to Disneyland!

It was an amazing trip Suzie and the hotel just lovely. I think I could've just spent the day at the hotel!

Glad you enjoyed my pictures Mike. I certainly couldn't share them all but tried to gather a few that would represent the great trip we had.

Every time you go Frank? Now I'm jealous! Glad you enjoyed my visit.


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

I'm glad you liked your visit Mary. I've only been there a couple of times and I live just outside Orlando. Your photos are fabulous - something to keep in the memory books for sure.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Mary!


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bdegiulio 19 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It's been a few years since we've been but I do see a trip there with the grandkids in the not too distant future. It really is a magical place. Great job and love the photos.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Sha I think I started smiling when the plane landed and only stopped when we packed our bags. It was wonderful. I hope I've convinced someone to visit.

Oh Bill, do go with the grandkids you'll love it. Seeing it through their eyes is priceless!


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

I love DisneyWorld!!! I have taken my children and grandchildren many times. When those of us who live in Florida began to hear humors about Disney planning all this in the middle of the state where there was NOTHING, we laughed a little, and thought he was very foolish. Well, the joke was on us, right??

My youngest daughter got a job at Disney one year when she attended college in Orlando. She played Bashful (one of the seven dwarfs) . We were so proud of her.

Disney World is a great place!

Voted this UP, and shared.


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schoolgirlforreal 19 months ago from USA

Awesome pictures, thank you for sharing, I'd love to go with some of my nieces and nephews


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

Hi, Mary. I'm a great fan of Disney World and everything Disney, too. Your fascinating recitation made me want to go visit again and SOON! Thanks for sharing the details of your visit - voted up.


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manatita44 19 months ago from london

Thank you for sharing, Mary. The price is good to know too. You deserve a commission. Anyway, I would have felt really proud going out with my kids and their children, so I'm sure you did, and enjoyed it too.

We have similar places just outside of London but nowhere near famous as Disney Land and Disney World. A great Pioneer, your Walt. God bless him.

Loving Hub and God bless you and yours. Peace.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Mary I had a cousin who was a retired NY City cop who moved to FLA and got a job as a security guard at Disney. Such a large employer. If I lived in FLA I'd be visiting more often for sure. Thanks for the votes and share.

schoolgirlforreal I'm sure you'd love it and so would your nieces and nephews!

Drbj thanks f or the vote up! Its such a great place, you really can't say enough about it.

Yes Manatita, Walt was certainly a pioneer and a visionary. I so enjoyed watching my grandchildren and the joy they got from their visit. Blessings to you and yours as well dear friend.


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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

Oh, Mary, thank you for taking us along on your trip to Disney World! Your excitement right from the start really makes one want to really go too. All of your photos are great and looks like all had a great time. I can understand about it taking more than one day for sure.

Long before my husband and I had children, we lived in Tampa, Florida. I did make it to Disney World once at night with a friend of mine to see a bunch of concerts actually LOL. It was great fun, but of course did not get to see all of the magic of Disney World. My husband was away out of the country for the Air Force, so my best friend from work went with me. Then we moved away to Texas and now back to our home state.

I would love to go now with my grown children and grandchildren! It is wonderful to be children at heart and still believe the world is magical.

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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Faith I certainly hope you get to go with your grandchildren like I did, it was not just fun, it was a joy to watch the grandchildren having fun! To tell you the truth, I wouldn't mind going again on my own to see the things young children aren't interested in! Thanks for the votes and shares. Hugs on this lovely Saturday morning.


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torrilynn 19 months ago

I've absolutely loved the idea of going to Disney World as a child. Sadly, I never got the chance to go when I was younger. I do thank you for the hub though and the information on the hotel prices and the animal kingdom. Voted up.


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Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I enjoyed your tour of Disney world – I’ve never visited, but your hub is the next best thing to being there. I, too, like the Silverbacks. They can be quite shy, but very aggressive when it comes to guarding their turf. And I would have loooved "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" . Thank you, Mary, for sharing this fun and interesting adventure.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Torrilyn you are most welcome. I hope the information I've provided helps you get to Disney. You don't have to be a child or have a child with you to go, its magical at any age!

Genna the Silverbacks and the Nemo exhibition were fabulous! I could go back and do those two things over and over. You are so welcome! Have a great Sunday dear friend.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til....This is a fabulous way to let your readers "feel" Disney world. It's also an irresistible pull! I went once with Daughter-in-law and 2 boys!

It's quite a dream land and fantasy celebration! The kids were in heaven.....and that's the best part.

What I love about this fun-tirp you've taken me on Ti, is that I'm no where near as exhausted as I was then !!!! Oh, poor grandma! LOL

UP+++ tweeted & pinned. Peace GF, Paula


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

I can imagine you were on the move with two boys! Grandma's aren't built for running no matter how hard we try ;)

Glad you enjoyed re-visiting Disney with me!

Thanks for the votes and shares GF. Have a great week.


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sgbrown 18 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

We took our daughter when she was about 8, I think. We had as much fun as she did! I would love to go back again and take our 3 year old granddaughter. One of my favorite things was the Animal Kingdom too!


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

SG, Disney is so much fun, but twice as much with a grandchild! Hope you get back with your 3 yr. old granddaughter!


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Akriti Mattu 18 months ago from Shimla, India

Cool post


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Akriti.


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aviannovice 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I haven't been in ages, but I'd sure love to go again, as I had the time of my life.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

I know Deb, isn't it great?


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas

It's been years since I went to Disney World. Have been their twice and to Disney Land once. Much preferred Disney World because it's so much more spacious. Think it's been 30 or more since I was there. My husband and I loved the exhibit/ride called 'It's a Small World,' best of all. We toured Epcot which was still in progress.

We stayed at a motel about 45 minutes away and that saved a lot, but I think it would be very convenient to stay at Disney World. We were there over Christmas and it was great, all decorated up, special Christmas additions to the Electric Light Parade (do they still have that?), and they were open until 2 AM every night.

Christmas Eve day was great because it wasn't very crowded. Most people apparently stayed home to prepare for the next day and the Christmas Day at Disney World more than made up for the day before in crowds.

Several trips are usually in order if you can manage them because even a week wouldn't be long enough to see and do everything. It probably would have been 30 years ago, but Disney World has expanded so much since then.

Bet you and your family had a great time. Your photos are great and I'm sure you have more in your family album.

I pinned the clown fish resting in the lavender anemone -- or whatever it is, to my 'Purple 5' board. I have several color boards that have everything under the sun in the stated color and they're my most popular boards. My purple boards are THEE most popular, so hopefully you'll get some traffic from there.

Lots of good information here. I see their ticket prices are very different. We bought 2 adult 3-day tickets for $80 a piece.

I love Disney World. To me it's a place where you can take Grandma, your newborn, and everyone in between, and all have a wonderful time. Excellent article!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Yes AuFait they do still have the electric light parade and people start lining up for it two hours before it starts! We didn't really run into too many crowds, I think the parade and fireworks were the most crowded.

Yes, I do have many more photos, how can you not?

Thanks for the great pin. I'll have to check out your purple board.

I do appreciate your comment, votes and shares. Hope you have a great day.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Absolutely 110% agree..I have been to DW more times than I can count and have stayed at so many places...each place was superb...the service is always the best.

Our favorite stay has been at the Animal KIngdom Lodge where we could step out and see giraffe and zebra et al up close and personal.

Epcot really is a place that you need more than a day and is a place you can return to time and time again and enjoy it...so glad you at least got one day.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon....ps

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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York Author

Patricia, I'm green! I'm so glad you got to spend so much time there. Maybe I'll get one more trip there before it's over. Thanks for the shares.

Hugs.

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