Library gateway to Disney World —November 8, 2013
“I’m going to Disney World!!!” These are famous words that Super bowl fans and children alike love to hear. I’ve been fortunate enough to have just returned from my fourth visit to the “Happiest place on Earth.” Every time I go, it seems more magical than the last. Here at the library, we have several books to help you plan for your trip, whether it’s your first time there or a repeat customer. These books are fantastic! They’ll help you find the best deal for booking, detailed summaries of all the parks and rides, and many more amazing tips. Some of the books we have include popular guides from Fromer’s, Birnbaum, Hassle free, and the Everything guide. However these guides are missing a few key tips that only somebody who’s been there can provide. Lucky for you, that’s what I’m here for!
Make a Shirt It sounds silly, but make matching shirts for you and your party to wear on your Magic Kingdom day. It’s fun to see all of the shirts that people have and are wearing to celebrate whatever their heart desires. Search online and you will see some different ideas, but even just wearing matching shirts in general will be fun. Plus, it’s a lot easier to find your party in the massive crowds.
Buy a silly hat Inside the magical world of Disney, hats are amazing. Along with the shirt, it helps put you in the spirit. If you get the simple Mickey Ears, you can even get your name embroidered on the back! They have Mickey ears for just about every character you can imagine, and now they have Mouse ear headbands for girls who want to look more fashionable. Yes, I know you will never wear them again once you get home…but it’s vacation and have some fun! Just make sure to buy it on the first day so you can wear it the whole vacation.
Talk to Strangers I know, it goes against everything you’ve been taught growing up…but you meet the most interesting people at Disneyworld. I don’t mean talk to everybody and give out any personal information, that’s still a big no-no, but when waiting in line, strike up a conversation and learn something you didn’t know before. This last trip I met a family from Minnesota who already has snow back home, a family from Texas who got their trip for free because of a mix-up with the cruise line, and a lady from Norway who had a cool accent, and loved my hat.
Don’t count out the Cheesy stuff Yes, there’s all the mountain rides that are really exciting and the fun rides like Pirates and Haunted Mansion…but don’t forget about the ones most people gloss over, they have some real value. I’m talking about the Hall of Presidents, the Carousel of Progress, the Country Bears and the Enchanted Tiki Room. The animatronics aren’t the best, but these are the rides that bring out the spirit of Walt Disney. These rides are originals, and have been around for almost half a century. Think about how different the world was then compared to now, maybe I’m a bit nostalgic…but I feel there’s real merit in the spirit of days past.
If there is anything that you take away from my advice today, it’s this last one. Have fun, and act like a kid. Disneyworld is like Neverland, you never have to grow up when your there. I’ve seen grown men with Mickey Hats smiling bigger than their 3 year olds standing next to them. Don’t fight it, just smile and enjoy it.