I've always wanted to go to Disney World. I had always heard it's the happiest place on earth or that it's the place where dreams come true. It was sort of a childhood dream I had. I can remember being 5 years old watching The Little Mermaid and that's where it all started. From that time on I was hooked on Disney. It was my nitch so to say. The older I got, the more I started to understand what Disney actually stood for. It's so hard to describe to people. It's like you can't understand the magic of Disney until you have experienced it for yourself.
Months prior to our trip, one night Cory and I were talking about how we've never really been on vacation together since we started dating. Cory then decided that since I had always wanted to go to Disney World then that's where we should go. We planned for July and he was going to pay for our entire trip and call it my birthday present since mine is July 28th. Our trip was booked July 23-27, 2008. From then on, I started counting down the days. It seemed like it took forever to get here, and when it finally did, it was all over way too soon.
I had never flown before and Cory booked plane tickets so that was an experience in itself. I went through 4 phases of flying being as I had flown four times total for our trip. We left Nashville and flew to Atlanta, GA, switched planes, and flew to Orlando. Upon leaving, we left Orlando, flew to Atlanta, GA, then back to Nashville. 1st phase of flying consisted of us finally boarding the plane, my hands tightly gripping the arm rests and taking long deep breaths. I kept hearing a loud noise and I started to become uneasy. Cory was like "Tiffini, relax, they are just loading the luggage." We got ready for take off and my stomach was in my throat. I hated the take off part. After finally making it into the air I refused to look out the window. Cory was all like wow or whoa we're in the clouds... I was saying how much I want to be on the ground now... We reached our peak at 88,000 feet at 510 miles per hour. (Gulp) We reached the Atlanta airport and we had 45 minutes to spare... I don't know if you've ever been to the Atlanta airport or not but that is the most confusing place ever! It took us the whole 45 minutes just to find our gate in which doing so came within 2 minutes of us missing our flight! However, we made it. This plane was huge! You could watch cable tv on the seat in front of you. NNIICCEE! I was still nervous and a little uncomfortable with flying and then a girl sitting next to me gave me the latest issue of Cosmo to read which kept me occupied and I didn't notice much. Before I knew it we were landing in Orlando. Yay! I was so excited! Disney's Magical Express was there to pick us up and take us to our hotel. We stayed in Disney's resort, the All-Star Movies resort. It was great!
We stayed in the Mighty Ducks portion of the hotel.Our first night there and what to do??? Visit the Magic Kingdom. We rode the monorail which took us to a resort called The Contemporary that is 15 stories tall. On the top there is a restuarant called California Grill which has the most delicious food you have ever had in your life!
After we left, we rode the monorail again to the Magic Kingdom. I had my sights set on one thing, Cinderella's castle. I'd been waiting my whole life just to be able to see it in person. One thing about Florida is that it rains... Alot. For like 30 minutes at a time. So I got an $8.00 Disney poncho first then made my way to the castle. FINALLY! After 23 years, I made it! I was excited and happy. I couldn't believe I was actually there. It felt like I was in a dream and I never wanted to wake up. The inside of the castle was a breeze way with mosiac pictures from Cinderella on the walls. There is also a restuarant in there called Cinderella's Royal Table. I was excited and told Cory to ask how we go about getting to eat there. Cory asked and the guy told us you have to make reservations 6 months in advance to eat here. I was bummed, but got over it quickly. After doing some exploring of the castle we walked around the park to check Disney World out! We went to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It was so much fun. It's a comedy club with the characters from Monsters Inc. They told jokes and had a screen and picked on people out in the crowd. It was great. Then, a character from the film was up there telling the short version story of the original film. When they started picking people out of the crowd, they would suddenly appear on the huge screen as fillers for the characters they were talking about. They said Mike had a friend... He was a big, hairy guy named Sully... And then... There he was... Cory was plastered on the screen with the name Sully under him. We died laughing it was so funny. They said make a scary face; he tried... LOL It was so much fun!
We explored Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland, and then by this time it was getting dark. The Spectro Magic parade was going to start. People were lined up everywhere waiting. By this time, the Disney staff had started blocking off sections of the park so the people could not go back and forth. Cory and I had been talking about the castle and how enchanting it was and mostly how Cory was gonna figure out a way for a Disney staff member to give us a tour of the inside. They've got it set up like a hotel in there now... We lined up on Main Street USA and waited for the parade to start. Cory told me he would be right back and that he was going to get some information about the castle. I said ok and still waited. A little while later, he came and got me and said "They said we could go in." I was like WHAT?! REALLY? He led me over there to one of the Disney staff members and she let us past the gate. There was no one else around. Just us two. We walked up the little street that leads up into the castle although we did not go into the breeze way. Then, we stopped. I was standing there like ok is she coming up here or is someone else suppose to take us or what... He then dropped down to one knee. I was so excited... He was stubbling over all his words. It was so cute... And then... Cuteness took a turn. Cory said, "You know, this just isn't the right way to do this." He got back up and pulled out a ring box from his pocket and then he got back down on his knee. I was in shock and so surprised he had a ring for me. I couldn't say anything and I could hardly see from tearing up. He was holding it and told me I was the most beautiful person he had ever known, inside and out, and then he asked me to marry him. It was just then that the SpectroMagic music started to play. The only thing I could say was, "Can I put it on?" LOL. He laughed and asked, "Is that a yes?" I was like "Oh YES, YES, YES!!!" He then put it on my hand and I just hugged him! All the strangers in the park were watching us. It seemed like that moment lasted forever and I replay it in my head all the time. We then walked back down, through the gate, and into a crowd of people still waiting for the parade. We were then congratulated by people we didn't even know. How romantic!!! We watched the parade as it finally started. Disney characters everywhere all lit up, music playing, floats, it was amazing. And then, the moment I had always dreamt about was about to start and I had front row center for it. Fireworks at Cinderella's Castle. It was so beautiful. I felt just like a princess who found her prince and made all her dreams come true. I will never forget that moment and how I felt as long as I live. It was then that I discovered that Disney World really is the place where dreams come true.
Day 2... We headed off to Hollywood Studios. First ride we rode was the Twightlight Zone Hollywood Tower of Terror. I almost died on this ride. Well, not really, but it felt like it. I had seen this ride on tv so many times and I always wanted to ride. After I got on it, I wanted off of it. This was by far the scariest ride ever! The idea is that you are in the elevator that goes up 13 stories and then suddenly drops you and bounces you up and down like you are bouncing because of the elevator cables. It has windows that open up like elevator doors and you can see out in the park. I had my eyes closed like the whole time. Right when everything went pitch black I said to Cory, "I don't think I wanna do this anymore. I think I want off." He was like "It's too late now!" About that time, BOOM! There we went dropping 13 stories. It was so scary. I opened my eyes one time just so happened to be the one time the doors were open and you could see out into the park. It was so scary. Needless to say, after it was over I was glad I rode it, but one time was enough for me.
We explored Hollywood Studios, rode some more rides, seen some shows including the Lights, Motors, Action, a car stunt show which was really neat! We also saw the Indiana Jones stunt show in which Cory was picked to be a part of. Here is a video of when they first picked him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8ACS0pEofY
He would later return as an extra as they were pretending to shoot different scenes for an Indiana Jones film. He was in some sort of red dress robe thing and a turbon. LOL It was great!
Day 3... We went to the Magic Kingdom early that day. We had schedule of character greetings and here it is day 3 of our vacation and I still hadn't met the mouse that started it all, Mickey. Our schedule said he was suppose to be on Main Street at 2pm. Well we waited, and waited. Mickey stood us up! LOL. We found a Disney staff member and asked where we could meet Mickey at because our schedule said this and we never saw him. Apparently there was a misprint on the schedule. The guy told us he to wait and he would find out when and where Mickey was going to be. I stopped him before he left and told him that this was my first trip to Disney World and that I have waited my whole life to Mickey Mouse and our vacation is half way over and I still haven't found him yet and it made me sad. He was in shock. He said "Stay right here. Do not go anywhere, I wanna do something for you." So we waited................. Oh here he is! He came back and said follow me. So we did. We followed him up in the castle breeze way where he knocked on a door and a woman answered and asked what our names were. She then gave us this pass called the No Strings Attached Pass. This pass would enable us to go and meet Mickey Mouse in ToonTown and not have to wait in the long line of people waiting for the same thing. So off we went... We found his house, walked in, found a staff member and passed everyone in line. We got our own private meeting with Mickey and Minnie, took pictures and had fun. Mickey kissed me. He actually made the *muah* sound. It was wonderful. I love him! I know it sounds cheesy, but I actually started to tear up a little. This was one of the moments I had wished for when I was a little kid and now at 23 years old it finally came true.
Remember that restuarant I mentioned earlier? Cinderella's Royal Table? 6 months in advance reservations to eat there? Well, I had another surprise in store for me. Turns out, Cory did have reservations there! I was so excited! We finally got there and went inside the castle. We didn't know this, but if you eat there you get free portraits made with Cinderella and they bring them to you while you are eating. They called Holland party of 2 and we walked past a knight down a red carpet and there Cinderella was. Upon entering the park, you can stop at Guest Reservations and they will give you these little pins to wear. We both had one that said 1st time Visitors and one that had a picture of Cinderella and the Prince that said "Just Engaged." We wore them the entire time of our trip. Cinderella saw them and asked to see my ring then asked how he proposed. She was exclaiming how romantic it was. Then she decided a pose for us to do in honor of our engagement at Disney.
Ok so anyways. We made our way up the stairs and into the restuarant. We had a beautiful window seat. The food there was soooo good!!! The surprises were endless... Our waitress saw our pins and asked if we were there to celebrate our engagement. We told her no we got engaged last night. She was oh wow and was really excited. She asked how and we told her. She was really happy for us. A little bit late she came back to our table with a box. She said in honor of your engagement I would like to give you a present from us here at Cinderella's Royal Table. She handed me the box and I opened it. Inside were 2 glass champaign flutes that said Cinderella's Royal Table on them. She said maybe you can use them in your wedding. I was so excited. She then gave us a certificate. It had Princess Tiffini and Prince Cory written on it with some little saying on it like "No matter how many miles separate us you will always remember your special moment here at Disney World." She informed us that all the Disney Princesses would be coming out soon and to be sure to get them to sign our certificate. We did just that, and got our pictures made! While eating they brought us our picture with Cinderella. It came in a folder and once opened it has a picture on one side of the castle and on the other and 8 x 10 portrait of our picture and 4 4 x 7's to share with people! How cool right?! Disney sure knows how to make someone feel special!
It was Friday and we were staying at one of the Disney resorts. What does that mean you ask? It means we're special! LOL. Friday night the Magic Kingdom was open until 2 in the morning and we closed down that park! We didn't have to wait in line for rides or anything. Resort guests get a special wrist band that has "extra magic hours". That is why we got to stay until 2AM. It was so much fun! We rode the Pirates of The Caribbean, Peter Pan's Flight, Aladdin's Magic Carpets, The Haunted Mansion, went through the Swiss Robinson Family Tree House, Snow Whites Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Roller Coaster, Space Mountian, and so many more... We had the time of our lives.
Days 4 and 5 are a little blurry... We were exhausted... We had been doing so much trying to fit everything there is to do in. We watched a show at Hollywood Studios called Fantasmic. If you ever go, I definitely recommend seeing it. It's like a laser light show and Fantasmic is Fantastic!
It was so neat! We really loved it!
Our trip had finally come to an end and fairytale land would soon turn back into reality. I never wanted to leave. Day 5... Packing and saying goodbye... "Now it's times to say goodbye, to all our company. M-I-C- See ya real soon K-E-Y - Why? Because we like you, M-O-U-S-E....
4 Phases of flying... Here we go again. We take Disney's Magical Express back to the Orlando airport. There was a storm and our flight got delayed by an hour which was not fun at all... We finally got to board the plane at about 8PM that night. Oh no... I hate take offs. I was a little more comfortable and the flying didn't really bother me much at all. 45 Minutes later we arrived in Atlanta, GA again, where again our flight was delayed an hour. We finally left at midnight to fly back to Nashville. Last phase of flying: I was asleep before we even took off. LOL. I woke up when we landed only because my head bounced off the window. We made it to Nashville. Disney World had already came and went and all I was left with was just a memory that will forever be embedded in heart for as long as I live. So I sign off with this in mind...........
~ DREAMS DO COME TRUE ~