Good imaginary afternoon to you! Today is Imaginary Disney Day! Which is several days after pre-travel day...logic doesn't exist here.
I wake up at pretty much the crack of dawn before my alarm goes off because, although I need my beauty sleep, I still get more excited to go to Disney than a five year old. Just without the constant "are we there yet?!"...yet...
Off I trot with my awesome, extremely fashionable and not at all childish Buzz Lightyear backpack to monorail over to the North terminal. I get through security in record time because in Imaginary Land I can skip queues like I'm a VIP.
Because there's no concept of time in an airport and I'm in lockdown and can't have one, I go to Wagamama for breakfast. If they're serving it, I'm having it! This is also not the first time I have had a chicken katsu curry for breakfast in an airport and I stand by my decision.
I chow down on my katsu and head over to Smith's to pick up some snacks because plane food still sucks in Imaginary Land. The usual go to is multiple packets of crisps, something chocolate, something gummy sweet and two drinks. The drinks are pointless because it's not like I can't get free drinks on the plane, but hydration is key!
The gate is called and I make my way, knowing exactly where I am going and not second guessing myself every 40 steps. I get on the plane with no fuss, and thank you Imagination Land for making my plane depart on time.
So, I am sat in premium economy up in the bubble because I have done it once and never want to sit in economy ever again. I wave goodbye to the airport as we taxi out to the runway - something I can say with pride I do even in real life.
The flight goes really quickly and I watch a thousand and five films like always, but spend the last 30 mins or so staring out the window watching the world go by. We won't discuss the plane food.
The line at immigration is long because not even Imagination Land can get rid of that problem. I get on the monorail (the second official ride of the trip) and mentally say hello to Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer. I track down the Magical Express and wave "hello" to the Orlando fountain as I go by. I'm a waver, can you tell?
I get to the Magical Express, which is a Cruise Line bus, mentally tell myself to remember to book a cruise one day, and hop on. Before we leave for the resort, I grab the last of the wifi from the airport to tell the world that I am indeed in Disney (almost). I recite the video spiel in my head so I don't look too much of a loon and instantly start telling people to have a magical day at every opportunity. I am that type of person.
Hello there, pal!
I get to Port Orleans Riverside, the only resort I have enough pictures of, and check in. I head over to my room to refresh and de-plane myself. As soon as I get into my room, I put Walt Disney World Today on and have a little boogie to the music. This is tradition!
I have a little stroll around the river and head towards the quick service to go pick up my refillable mug. This is the point where I start to take a million pictures because I think one day they might come in handy when I plan an imaginary vacation like a crazy person. I mentally battle over whether to have coke or have hot chocolate, make the decision to have both and settle at a table.
It's dark by the time I finish looking around, grab a snack and have a nosey in the store. It's late, I have been awake for too many hours and I have a busy day tomorrow, so it's time to head to bed.
See you next time for an action packed day in the parks.
We are just over a week into lockdown and I am approximately 48 hours away from completely losing the plot. Because of this, I decided to do a little mini series documenting my imaginary Disney vacation, including photos from my 2018 trip and all the things I wish I could be doing other than sitting on my sofa binge watching Hannah Montana on Disney+. Yes, all 98 episodes of it.
So, without further ado, here is pre-travel day!
I've got my case packed, complete with years old Mickey sticker, Monsters University Spirit Jersey and large Buzz Lightyear backpack. No trip to Disney is complete without copious amounts of additional Disney to wear. You always want everything to scream "YES, I AM GOING TO DISNEY".
Bright suns, everyone!
Back in August 2019 (yes, I am late to the game), I visited Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge for the first time. In that moment I was super excited that I had seen it before it had opened in Florida and I bragged about it for ages. In the middle of that bragging, I never made my post about it...whoops. Now that we are all in quarantine and I have nothing better to do, I am going to write my post!
Skipper Canteen is one of the uniquely themed table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom, located just inside Adventureland. The prices are pretty reasonable at around $15-$35 per person plus sales tax at both lunch and dinner. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Skipper Canteen is one Table Service Credit.
I was really excited to see Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland. It reminded me of the old section that was replaced by Storybook Circus in Disney World with Mickey and Minnie's houses. The area is tucked at the back of Disneyland near Small World and has this awesome moving sign above the entrance.
Cars Land is most likely the most photographed part of California Adventure. Cars Land had three attractions, multiple eating locations and a mountain ton of photo opportunities. It was by far my favourite land in both parks. Beware, I have a lot of photos!
Pixar Pier is the reimagining of Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure park. It is home to multiple attractions, including World of Colour on the lake during the evenings.
Hollywood Land in Disney's California Adventure is the Hollywood Studios-esque part of the park. It is home to several attractions and is just off Buena Vista Street.
The Rose and Crown Dining Room is a Table Service restaurant in the UK Pavilion in Epcot. The restaurant is themed to a traditional British pub and has both indoor and outdoor seating and fantastic viewing locations for the fireworks. Rose and Crown serves traditional British food and also has a separate bar area.
Walt Disney World has two Rainforest Cafe locations; one at Animal Kingdom and one at Disney Springs. My favourite location is by far the Animal Kingdom location. It fits in perfectly with the theming of Animal Kingdom, and it also has its own secret entrance into the park!