Disney World and Universal: Looking for Mickey and Harry Potter
I have realized that there has been a trend in my travel destinations with my friends in the past couple of years when I became old enough to travel without my parents. There was a bus tour we took to Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal – which I had been on with my family. There was the Western Caribbean cruise – which I had been on with my family. There was this trip to Orlando, Florida – which I had been on twice before with my family. I’m starting to wonder if it’s because somehow I feel better having been to the place before. Or if it’s because I was too young the first time I went and need to create new memories that I can actually remember.
Nevertheless, when Jess suggested that we go to Disney World and Universal’s Islands of Adventure during reading week in February 2011, I was up for it. It was out of the blue and it became something of a grad trip for Jess, Mish, and Kwan Ho. I was on a mission, or a sort-of mission. I wanted to take photos with as many characters as possible. Yes, I realize how childish I can be. But we should all be allowed to indulge in our inner child, especially on a trip to Walt Disney World.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Honestly? We were ready to skip the rest of Islands of Adventure. But as you needed to get tickets to enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we had time to kill. Honestly, aside from Magic Kingdom, this was my favourite part of the trip.
It was a really great trip to say the least. I would go back again, for the fourth time. But I have told myself that I wouldn’t. Not until I visit the rest of the Disney theme parks. I managed to go to Disneyland Paris last year as well (see Paris travel diary). Now I still want to go to Disneyland Resort in Los Angeles and Tokyo Disneyland. Also, Shanghai Disney Resort is scheduled to open in 2016. It basically means that I probably won’t return to Walt Disney World until I’m much older. Perhaps my next trip there would be with my own family. Maybe. Unless I can’t resist another trip to Orlando, if only to return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
And on a final note, a list of characters I took a photo with.
Animal Kingdom: Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Lilo, Stitch, Pocahontas, Minnie, Mickey, Goofy.
Magic Kingdom: Peter Pan, Stitch.
Hollywood Studios: none.
Epcot: Marie (Aristocats), Aurora, Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Alice, Mulan, Donald Duck.
Universal’s Islands of Adventures: The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Cyclops.
Final count without Universal characters: 22. Final count with Universal: 28.