March 13, 2016 12 Comments


Its finally time to post my Orlando photos from the second leg of our USA trip in January. If you didn’t catch the first leg in New York you can read my New York Travel Diary Part 1 and New York Travel Diary Part 2. I’m starting with Walt Disney World Orlando and our trip to the Magic Kingdom Park and its a pretty photo heavy post especially the fireworks which are honestly my favourite thing in the whole world.

We went to Magic Kingdom on our first full day in Orlando and just purchased a one day ticket.  We’d already been to Disneyland in Tokyo together but I really wanted to visit the Orlando park with my husband. I’m lucky enough to have been to Magic Kingdom Orlando a few times but I just love it and you just can’t see the beauty that is Cinderellas castle enough I think, don’t you? It really is beautiful and my husband was convinced bigger than in Tokyo! Within minutes of being there I had snapped up a set of sparkly ears and a Minnie Mouse hoodie (partly because it was a little chilly!) and complete with my polka dot jeans I was totally in the Disney spirit.


Now my husband isn’t the biggest fan of huge rides but thats not really why you go to Magic Kingdom anyway. There are a few eg Space Mountain, Splash Mountain but Splash Mountain was closed for maintenance and after dragging my other half on Space Mountain in Tokyo and him nearly dying of a panic attack I decided better of it in Orlando. We went on Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion throughout the day. I also dragged him on The Little Mermaid too which of course he thoroughly enjoyed!! I’m not necessarily into character meeting. I queued up to have my photo with Mickey Mouse last time I came but this time I just wanted to wander, soak up the atmosphere and watch the parades and fireworks.

We caught the Festival Of Fantasy Parade which was so good. Anyone who follows me on snapchat (username bangonstyle) might have seen me dancing like a loon to the parade music. You honestly can’t be miserable at Disney can you? I especially loved the dragon from Maleficent which was stunning!


Later in the day the sun came out and it was such a lovely day. One thing that made me really happy was that there were still Christmas trees and decorations still up. Later in the evening when it got dark the whole park looked so festive it was amazing. If you read my New York posts you’ll know I’m a big fan of Christmas lights, so I was really pleased I got to glimpse what Disney might be like at Christmas. Of course the perfect end to the day was the firework display which started with Tinkerbell flying down from the castle. But first came an amazing digitally mapped projection show on the castle which was so amazing I didn’t take a single photo of it! It was celebrating Disney through the years and covered the castle in images of some of Disney’s most famous films along to music. It was brilliant. Then came the fireworks which is my favourite bit. I love fireworks and had them at my wedding too. Disney’s are always incredible and these didn’t disappoint. Although I was so busy taking photos I didn’t really watch it properly, oops.


I’d never seen the castle lit up with lights like this before. The last time I visited was over 7 years ago with my ex and his family and we didn’t stay for the fireworks (note not my choice!) But this time the castle looked amazing and again so Christmassy.

I loved Magic Kingdom.  As it was off peak (we were there early January)  it was quieter than usual and queuing times were around 20 minutes at most. I have to say though I can’t believe how much it is now for a one day ticket considering there aren’t that many rides. I suppose if your really into character meeting and/or taking kids its worth it but to take an entire family must cost a small fortune especially after food and souvenirs too.

Stay tuned for the rest of my Orlando Trip including posts covering both Universal Parks Harry Potter Diagon Alley and Hogsmede and a general Universal post too. Let me know what you’d like to see first?



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  • becky :: accooohtrements March 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I think my heart would burst if I were here! :)

    Your outfit is so cute, love the ears <3

    Becky | accoohtrements life, travel & design blog

  • steph March 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Such lovely photos and it looks gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas still. I’d love to go back at Christmas and see the lights on the castle.
    Cinderellas castle just makes me so happy :)

    It’s so expensive to go to Magic Kingdom just for one day, I don’t know how people do it who live there and fancy a day, I get why they’d get an annual pass. It’s such better value with the tickets you get over here, and although expensive it is obviously a lot cheaper than paying out for a day ticket each day you’re there.

    Also, you know I’m a Disney freak so sorry, but it’s Walt Disney World. Disneyland is in California xx

    • Debs March 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      ha ha thanks Steph! Damn I’ll have to change all my photo names booo


  • Liv March 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    These photos are so cool, I’m going to Florida in July & they’ve made me super excited! Can I ask which hotel you stayed at? There’s so many to choose from, it’s so difficult! Liv x

    • Debs March 20, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Liv, we stayed on International Drive at the Wyndham Orlando which was brilliant location but hotel not that great! Definitely recommend location!

      Debs x

  • Stephanie Canham March 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Fabulous photos. Looking forward to your Universal post as that’s my favourite park!

    • Debs March 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      thanks hunny xxx

  • Alison Sheath March 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for sharing…i am going to Disneyland Paris next month for my 30th and am so excited – will be heading straight to a shop for Minnie ears when i arrive too – has to be done. This post has given me a few ideas what to wear too x

    • Debs March 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      So glad to have helped, definitely get in there and grab your Minnie Ears!! I loved mine xx

  • Victoria Eales July 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    You must have been in Orlando around the same time as I was, we went for the marathon weekend as my brother was running in it. As you say the castle looked magical.

    Victoria x

    • Debs July 25, 2016 at 12:29 am

      It looked so pretty. Ah hope your brother enjoyed the marathon, brave man x

  • Hina March 27, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Love it and I read it so in time when I am about to fly to Disneyland this weekend! Can’t wait to be there soon ! Love your outfit ….

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