Thursday, September 19, 2019

Day 3616 - Disney or bust - how to do Disney World in two days

The BIG five ohhh birthday festival has begun.

Now if we were in Anaheim I could say you could do Disneyland in two days easily.  But over in Disney World Florida with Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood studios, water parks and Disney Springs, it's not quite as straight forward.

But we can sleep when we're dead right?  So might as well give ourselves a good ol' crack at it.


After travelling for 16 hours from Canberra to LA (via Melbourne), hanging out in LA for a day, then taking the red eye to Orlando, it is safe to say were were pretty damn tired once we finally got to the east coast. I think we managed around 6 hours sleep in 34 hours on arrival to our Disney World resort.

An extra early check in at the hotel could have given us an opportunity to catch up on a few Zzzzzs.  But there is no rest for the wicked.  No time to rest our heads on a pillow. With a dawn arrival we quickly showered and headed straight to the Happiest Place on Earth.

How to do Disney World in Two Days

After carefully reading the opening and closing times of each park and determining which parks meant the most to us, we planned out attack.

Firstly, no water parks on this trip.  We could do that anywhere.  So that one was crossed off the list.

Secondly, because we've done Disneyland before, we identified our favourite rides to ensure we factored them in.

Thirdly, we looked at the weather and determined which parks had the most shade and/or water splash rides for good cooling in near 40 degree C heat.

Day One

Hollywood Disney

We started with Hollywood Studios to ensure we go to the brand new Star Wars section (Millennium Falcon) early as we knew those lines would get longer as the day went on.  Then it was off to Toy Story Land, our favourite Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror, Rock 'n Rollercoaster and Star Tour with a whole lot more in between. Including the Indiana Jones show were I may have fallen asleep.

Tell Indiana I have his hat


After getting back to the hotel at 4pm, and despite the overwhelming need for sleep, T and I took on board the "sleep when I'm dead" mentality and caught the bus to Epcot where we walked at power walk speed around the many countries, leaving the boys at home to give into their pillows.  Our favourites at Epcot were Mexico, Morocco and Italy.  We also managed to catch Smash Mouth live as part of that day's festivities.

Happy Independence Day Mexico

Disney Springs

Four hours later, still fighting the urge to crash, we then caught the bus to Disney Springs (ie Downtown Disney) to meet the boys for dinner and check out the shops.  Can I just say at this point I wished that I was (a) wearing a fitbit and (b) not wearing fashion thongs as I am sure we'd walked at least 25 kms and my feet were blistered, rubbed and the cankles were throbbing.  Now in bare feet I took on my inner hippy as we investigated the Disney shopping and eating precinct.

On the boat ride back to our hotel at the Port Orleans French Quarter it's possible I fell asleep.  Needless to say after 50 hours of no bed, I was pretty happy to hit that mattress.

Day Two 

Magic Kingdom

Given we were staying on site at Disney World and had the fancy wrist bands which acted as our credit card, door key, Disney tickets and more, we had early bird entry into Magic Kingdom to get ahead of the queues.  So we hightailed it to more of our faves including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear , Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, the tea cups, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, the Seven Dwarfs rollercoaster  and The Little Mermaid.

Animal Kingdom

In 38 degree heat we then made our way to Animal Kingdom where I may or may not have again missed an entire attraction due to sleep.  Given we can do zoos anywhere, we paid less attention to the animals and more to the rides.  The most important for us being "Pandora" to immerse ourselves in the world of Avatar.

With more aching cancles and another 20 odd kms added to our fitness schedule, we headed back to the hotel to eat in and crash.

Job done.  Disney World in two days.

Then we slept like the dead.

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  1. I've been loving your pics and Instastories. Keep 'em coming! Here's to being fabulous at fifty...and beyond.

  2. Happy Happy birthday! What a wonderful way to spend it!

  3. Happy, Happy Birthday and such an amazing way to celebrate!

    SSG xxx

  4. Not exactly knowing when it is your 50th but definitely knowing you are making the most of the What a time. And wow, I was tired reading it, let alone doing this. Making memories is exhausting but oh so much fun.

    Denyse x

  5. What a fabulous way to kick of the Festival of 50! Have a fabulous time! xo #TeamLovinLife

  6. Happy birthday celebration, Leanne! Here's to being fit and fabulous at 50 and beyond. #lovin'lifelinky

  7. So exciting and it looks like you're having a ball. Hopefully now you're at a resort by a pool you can rest a bit. (I've heard old ladies your age need their rest! #heehee)

    I hope you continue to have a wonderful time and it's a great escape! xxx

  8. Disney has never been on my radar (it's a long way from Australia!) , but it certainly looks like lots of fun, and I have friends who have loved it. Have a great week, and thank you for the link up.

  9. Such a cool time. Very nice. Thanks for sharing them with us.


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