My Disney Parks Bucket List

My Disney Parks Bucket List
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I want to be THAT person to say they have been to all Disney parks in the world. There I said it. It’s certainly becoming a mission and a half to do! However, all things take time and I can’t wait to explore them all. As expected, I’ve got a pretty hefty Disney Parks bucket list that I’d like to tick off. Having done a few trips to Disneyland Paris and 2 trips to Walt Disney World in Florida so far, I want to broaden my travels. Sometimes visiting the same place can become saturated and boring. And I don’t want that when it comes to the Disney parks. So let me tell you my Disney Parks bucket list…

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Disneyland Park, California

This one is quite simply down to the fact that it is the ORIGINAL park and the one Walt himself walked down. As a Disney enthusiast, I want to explore the park that Walt built. Pretty much want to walk in his footsteps. Now, don’t get me wrong, the castle isn’t as iconic as say, Florida’s or Shanghai’s. But I think it adds that classic effect to the park. Sometimes you don’t need a big, fancy castle to make a Disney park good. Plus, I want to see all the differences between here and Florida’s 4 ‘kingdoms’. Especially now we’ve got the addition of Galaxy’s Edge! Fingers crossed I might be able to get a California trip booked in the next year or so. Watch this space!

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Tokyo DisneySea

This park looks bloody stunning. I mean, I know Disney go all-out with the theming of their parks and attractions but DisneySea is on another level in my opinion, and I haven’t even visited the park yet! Tower of Terror looks stunning and nothing like any of the other Tower of Terror rides – considering it’s meant to be creepy and a defunct like hotel style, this doesn’t give off that impression at all. And then there’s the number of dark rides that have some of the best collection of animatronics going – I know I’m bad for watching POVs but I can’t help it. I am in awe of this place and is very much one Disney park I NEED to visit, soon!

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Hong Kong Disneyland

MYSTIC MANOR. Need I say anything else? Okay, there’s a bit more that is drawing me in to visiting Hong Kong Disneyland other than this singular ride. Come on, you just cannot deny that this is a true bucket list ride to tick off and I don’t think I have met anyone who isn’t fascinated or completely engrossed by the beauty and magic of Mystic Manor. From the videos and vlogs I have followed on YouTube, the park as a whole looks pretty and colourful – especially when you watch the parades and all the seasonal changes through the park. It has all your usual culprits of Disney classic rides including It’s a Small World, Hyperspace Mountain, Mad Hatter Tea Cups etc. I for one, can’t wait to venture out to visit the Far East parks.

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Shanghai Disneyland

Let’s just take a small moment to appreciate the beauty and wonder of THAT castle. I remember the first time the concept art appeared for Shanghai Disneyland’s castle. Yes, I had my reservations about it. I didn’t want to like it yet once it was fully built, I don’t think photos do it justice. It’s easy for me to imagine myself spending a good few minutes staring at the castle when I first visit the park.

So what else is making me want to visit Shanghai Disney? There’s TRON Lightcycle coaster (Yes, I know there will be a version in Magic Kingdom opening in 2021!) and Pirates of the Caribbean – did you not see that massive pirate ship?? Shanghai has gone for big, spectacle style rides. I am aware that some reviews of the park in general aren’t great but if I can go at least once in my lifetime then it will be worth it!

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Disney’s California Adventure

Finally, we are back full circle to the US and Disney’s California Adventure. Whilst this might not be your true, typical Disney park – I feel like this reminds me of the WDS of Disneyland California – however there’s plenty here to draw me in to the park. Why? There’s a decent collection of rides and attractions that I would like to experience including Incredicoaster, Radiator Springs Racers, watch Worlds of Colour, Guardians of the Galaxy – Yes, I will always have a soft spot for Tower of Terror and gutted I won’t ever get to ride the original but I’ve heard good things about this so I’m keen to try it out – and so many more. Plus I just want to get that iconic photo of the lake with Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Incredicoaster.

One day, I will aim to get myself to all the Disney Parks on my bucket list. A lot of planning will be required in order for me to get there, but it’s doable. I’m a traveller that wants to see the world so for me, this is the perfect way to visit even more countries and explore more of the world.

Which Disney parks have you visited?

Are the ones I have featured in this blog on your bucket list?

Or are you one of the few who’s ticked off all Disney parks? 

That’s all for now!

Lottie xoxo

My Favourite Walt Disney World Rides

My Favourite Walt Disney World Rides

I was having a little look on Timehop earlier today and it was THREE YEARS AGO that I was last at Walt Disney World… That’s crazy but all those memories I will treasure forever! I am looking to return in the very near future so don’t worry, I will have a Disney trip planned soon. But it got me thinking about Walt Disney World and how many rides and attractions there are. Since I have visited Orlando twice in my life – 2002 and 2015 – I now have a good idea of my favourite rides and attractions, and thought I’d jot them down in a blog post for you. Here’s my favourite rides and attractions in WDW…

TOWER OF TERROR | HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone.”

This one is pretty much a given to be honest and don’t really understand those who do not enjoy this style of ride. It’s so fun and the anticipation of when the next drop or rise is going to happen makes this ride a firm favourite. The Cast Members are so fantastic in their acting, being the oh so creepy bellboys/bellgirls as you venture into your lift that would take you into… The Twilight Zone.

EXPEDITION EVEREST | ANIMAL KINGDOM

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For starters, simply looking at the exterior of this ride just shows how exciting it is going to be. As you journey on your speedy train through the Himalayas and ignore the warnings of a ferocious Yeti – they’re not real, right? With a lot of fast and quick turns and a surprising backwards section for the unsuspecting rider, it is an incredibly fun coaster for the whole family. Try going on Single Rider when the queues are long as you’ll be able to get on it much quicker and even do some re-rides!

SPLASH MOUNTAIN | MAGIC KINGDOM

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Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, My, oh, my, what a wonderful day, Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!

I fell in love with this ride from the moment I first rode it in 2002. As you wind through the story of Brer Rabbit in a log boat and listen to the highly addictive soundtrack, it’s easy to understand why this ride is so fun. It is also a firm favourite for those incredibly hot days in Florida where all you want is to be soaked with water – which this ride is perfect for. The one thing that fascinates me about Disney is the amount of care and maintenance for the animatronics, especially when they are mostly ‘furry’ like cuddly toys and right near water and potential splash zones. The upkeep is so good!

TEST TRACK | EPCOT

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Many people I know won’t rate Test Track highly, but it has always stuck to me as one of those rides that I’ll never forget. I love the sheer speed of the ride and the fact that you are in some ways a test dummy of your own car – the fact you can make your own car is fab. I love the different test sections at the beginning of the ride and with screens to show how each car has ranked – it’s all connected to your magic band which makes it even more fab! Seriously, it’s worth a ride and again, make use of Single Rider if the queues are long.

HAUNTED MANSION | MAGIC KINGDOM

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I have such a soft spot for Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom. Not just because it is a shady ride with Air Con, so you can cool down from the heat of the Florida sun, but it is a brilliant dark ride. It is not one to miss out when visiting Magic Kingdom. Who wouldn’t love to venture inside a spooky house and meet some fascinating ghosts, both inside and outside in the graveyard. The theming in here is truly wonderful and it starts as soon as you enter the queueline – maybe you could find the cursed engagement ring somewhere on the floor?

BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD | MAGIC KINGDOM

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I love Big Thunder Mountain, ever since I was a kid. And it truly is the wildest ride in the wilderness. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s fab. The fact the ride twists and turns through the mountain creates a real ride experience. The little airtime hills, the theming throughout the ride and station area – you feel so immersed as if you are within the desert. The great thing about Disney rides is how you forget you are in a theme park, you are taken in to the storylines and the theming. This is why Big Thunder Mountain is a real MUST DO coaster at MK.

Disney do some bloody good rides and attractions, so much so that I have too many favourites. This is just a small handful of the rides I MUST do when I visit Florida. Let me know if you want me to do park specific rides and attractions. All this Disney is just making me want to plan a full on Florida trip right now *looks at flight prices*

That’s all for now.

LOTTIE TRAVELS