Once we disembarked in Port Canaveral, we received a warm welcome from my cousin and his partner, who showed us around Orlando a little.
They had some other guests at their house, so they spoiled us even further by reserving us a room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. For those who have not been there, it is a resort themed on the music of the different decades, from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Apart from the music, it also features the popular trends of each of those decades.
Probably the most memorable is the bowling pin shaped swimming pool in the middle of the resort.
After checking into the resort, we headed over to the Hollywood Studios theme park, in time to see the street parade. In the picture below is my favourite ride, the Hollywood Tower Hotel. We then headed over to Magic Kingdom to enjoy some of the rides and see the fireworks show the evening.
When you wish upon a star
Hollywood Tower Hotel
Magic Kingdom Castle
Unfortunately we only had the one night to spend in Orlando, as our trip continued the next day, and we did not get to see half of the things there is to see. After a quick brunch in Celebration, my cousin took us to the airport.
We drove past the welcome sign to Walt Disney World Resort one more time, and I was sad that we had to leave so soon. As the welcome sign promises, it was the place where dreams really do come true, and one day, my ultimate dream will come true when I see this sign again as a Disney Cast Member.
In my last post I mentioned how something deep inside me was triggered during that first two cruises on a Disney Cruise Line ship.
This post is aimed at just telling you a bit more about that first overseas vacation I had, and how the Disney effect took a hold of me even more.
After completing the two back-to-back cruises on the Disney Wonder, I spent a weekend with my cousin and his partner in New York, and then spent about another week in Orlando visiting all the Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Centre.
During my time at each Disney park, that little thing that was triggered inside me was just strengthened time after time. That “magic” that has been awoken inside me started to grow. Everywhere you went, whether on the ship or in the parks, the crew/cast/staff members were always friendly, always going the extra mile, and always acting in a professional manner.
There were always those little things to look out for which made it Disney. Those things that go unnoticed to the pre-occupied, the non-observant or someone with little attention to detail. But, if you train your eye, and concentrate, everywhere you go there is something to remind you of where you were.
I still didn’t realise, after visiting each Disney park, and after spending a week on the ship, that something inside of me has changed. Something that would only be fully awakened several years later.