Alright, I'll knock it off- my news isn't that big (it doesn't eat 60 eggs every morning)... but I'm still pretty darn excited!
In just a matter of days, I will be a the holder of a brand-spanking-new Walt Disney World Annual Pass! That's right- after nineteen years of residence in the Sunshine State, I am finally investing in that magical ticket to unlimited enchantment... well, for a year anyway! At long last, I won't have to fret over allotting funds for my next ticket or choosing just one park for a whole day (hint: it's Magic Kingdom; it will always be Magic Kingdom)! No more will shows and hidden gems be passed up in lieu of "must-do"s! I can sample the exotic cuisine of Epcot's World Showcase, explore the jungle trails at Animal Kingdom, make my own adventures on Tom Sawyer's Island, and (for the first time EVER) walk down Hollywood Boulevard and stand under that glorious Sorcerer Mickey hat! I feel like I've been opened up to a whole new world (wink, wink).
Considering the vastness that is Walt Disney World, an awful lot of very special opportunities await me in the year to come. Some of my goals are incredibly simple (taking in the scenery or experiencing attractions that I've previously pushed to the wayside); others will help to realize life-long dreams (special dining experiences, memory-making, and the like). Inspired by this post on WDW for Grown Ups, I decided to compile the five experiences that I just can't wait to accomplish!
1. Savor my first taste of School Bread at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion, Epcot)
(Updated to include my own photo... yay!)
My first (and only) visit to Epcot was made with my high school's traveling Cabaret troupe. In other words, I was subject to the schedules, whims, and whines of twenty-some other teenagers with varying degrees of Disney-love. As a result, the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase was tragically overlooked- no Maelstrom, no vikings, and (most unfortunately) no School Bread! To be honest, this sweet treat flew under my radar until a few months ago; now I've been able to think of little else! I cannot wait for the moment when that soft, custard-y roll passes through my lips and I finally know just what the big deal is!2. See the Trifecta of nighttime spectaculars: Wishes, IllumiNations, and Fantasmic!
I am a self-proclaimed fireworks junkie; a day in the parks doesn't feel quite complete if I haven't watched brilliant flares light the night sky... so how is it that I've only seen Disney's pixie-dusted pyrotechnics above Cinderella Castle?! Don't get me wrong, now- I've YouTube'd the heck out of Fantasmic (one does what one must when she's at school 600 miles away), but nothing could possibly compare to experiencing these sparkling spectacles firsthand! I can't wait to scout out prime viewing spots and finally feel the magic of these famous fireworks shows!3. Celebrate the Holiday Season
There are two things in life that I love with an unparalleled passion: Disney and Christmas. When those two are combined, the explosion of Becca-happiness cannot be stopped! I've been fortunate enough to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party in the past (remind me to share those stories sometime!), and nothing beats browsing Christmas decor at the resorts, but I have yet to explore all of the yuletide cheer that abounds in the most magical place on Earth! Come December, I'll be running around like a kid in a candy(cane) shop, belting out carols, and basking in the spirit of the season!4. Explore the Resorts
As I mentioned earlier, I've done my fair share of resort-hopping (usually around the holidays). I love to stroll around the grounds of the Deluxe Resorts and take in the exquisite theming (also: fantasize about staying in them). I feel that with a pass, the resorts are much more accessible, particularly because passholder parking is free, and while an overnight stay in the Contemporary might still be a bit out of my price range, it's no longer out of the question to take my mom to Captain Cook's at the Polynesian for her first taste of Dole Whip!5. Take a Trip on the Walt Disney World Railroad
Believe it or not, I've never taken a ride on Magic Kingdom's railway. Even though this less-than-thrilling attraction has fallen to the wayside on many a previous trip, I am determined to take the time out on my next excursion to sit back and enjoy the scenery from the bench of a Walt Disney World steam engine.My first WDW jaunt as a passholder will be next week, and I'll be vlogging each of my park days until I return to school in mid-August! The videos will be posted here and on the Princesses and Pixie Dust YouTube channel (going live very soon!); keep an eye out on Twitter and Instagram for updates!
What are your Disney must-dos? Sound off in the comments below- I'd love to expand my list! :)
Love and pixie dust,