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DISNEY MOMENTS: EPCOT | 2016

By on January 1, 2017

Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone stayed safe and enjoyed ringing in the new year with people you love! I will have a recap of 2016 up on the blog on Tuesday so look out for that! But today, I have a recap of our day at Epcot a month ago! (Read about our day at the Magic Kingdom!

I know it’s been a couple weeks since the trip but honestly. Finals happened, Christmas happened, just busy life happened. And that’s okay because I have had fun looking back on these pictures (even though it was literally a month ago) and I miss Disney even more! Let’s get on to more Disney Moments in Epcot, shall we?!

We arrived at the gates bright and early, right when they opened. Right when we walked in, Daisy had just walked up so we just took a quick picture with her! It was actually kind of chilly in the morning and I have NEVER been cold in Florida.

Immediately after this we rode Spaceship Earth (the big golf ball) because there was absolutely no wait. We basically were the only people on the ride, which was so cool. I remember riding this as a kid and not really getting it. Actually I felt quite bored. But as an adult and with my best friend, it was actually so cool! One of my favorite parts of the day!

Just like Magic Kingdom, Epcot was decked out for Christmas too. I loved the huge tree, especially the tree topper. The first ride we did was Mission Space, which was one of my favorites when I was little. It was exactly how I remembered it and so so fun. (Just an FYI, it’s not for the faint of heart so LISTEN to all the health warnings they give you at least 500 times before the actual ride.)

We rode the Finding Nemo Ride and Disney Moment: It was soooooo much fun. Both of us love Finding Nemo and genuinely had so much fun on the ride. Then walking around the aquarium, we walked up to this huge tank and couldn’t see anything. We were trying to figure out what animal was in it when a dolphin swam right past my face! I was so surprised and happy y’all. I love dolphins, they are one of my absolute faaaaaaavorite animals ever. Do you have that favorite animal that you often forget is your favorite? But then when you see it, you’re so amazed and in awe and excited that it brings tears to your eyes? No, just me?? Well that’s dolphins for me. Her name was Kyper and she was beautiful!! We also saw some turtles (Abby’s favorite) and manatees! It was so cool, we probably could have stayed in their for hours. We came to Disney and were amazed by sea animals, the irony.

Disney Moment: The Disney worker offered to take our picture and this was where I started to suspect Disney (well Epcot) must have a deal with Nikon or have something against Canon (which is what I use). He offered to take our picture but when he saw my camera he (jokingly) said, Nooo I can’t use a Canon! We were kind of confused but he laughed and said he was kidding!

I also noticed a lot of signs posted around the park for “Nikon Photo Spots”.

We traveled over to England for a bit and I got so excited! We saw this gorgeous heron which surprised a girl in the courtyard when it flew away, it was quite hilarious. We saw a sign that said Mary Poppins was going to be there in like five minutes so we stayed. She was so sweet, talked to me about the color pink (My favorite) and how it reminded her of a chalk drawing Bert did just the other day! She was the best!

By this time, we didn’t really have any fast passes to use so we were on our own time. We kept walking through the countries, just taking it all in. I loved walking around to the other countries and seeing the difference in all of them!

Abby spotted Belle down by the water in France and we literally ran to her. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite princess movie (soooo excited for the new one in March!) and meeting her was number one on our (my) list for the day!! She even said au revoir to me as we left!

Next up we hit Morocco! It was amazing with the smells, the food, the colors, the music, everything! It was really cool to walk through! We also heard this dad and his kids beating on the drums and they were so good that I didn’t even realize at first it was a track being played!

 

By this time, we were starting to get pretty hungry. If you didn’t know, Epcot has 10 (I think) different countries around the lagoon. If you don’t know, I’m obsessed with Italy. One day, I’m going to travel there. But for now, I’m just learning Italian in school and visiting via Disney World. Let me tell you. I got so giddy just walking in! I felt like I had been transported! We ate at Via Napoli. Abby got spaghetti and meatballs (a classic, can’t go wrong, was very tasty). I got the Chicken Parmesan. IT WAS THE BEST I HAD EVER TASTED. Abby ate half of it because as you can see it was huge. We also both ate some of the spaghetti. And our waitress was so nice! All of the waitstaff was from Italy and she was from this little town on the island of Sardegna. She told us about it and that not very many people have heard of it. It’s a beautiful island and I was so happy that she told us about it!

Photo of Sardegna// source

After we met Anna and Elsa in Norway, we knew that Alice was going to be in England so we headed back that way. We were a little bit early and there was a live band playing so we just sat down and listened for a little bit. The band was called British Revolution and they played quite a few good oldies, all of which I knew! They weren’t really bad either. The sun was starting to set and it was really such a Disney Moment. I sat there looking at every one all around me, dancing, having a great time, without a care in the world. Everyone there was so happy. Good vibes everywhere. There was this beautiful family near us with two little girls. The girls just danced their hearts out, their mom and dad were so happy, and it was such a Disney moment. I loved it.

Alice in Wonderland was one of my faaaaaavorite cartoons growing up. I watched it endlessly. I was really really reaaaaally excited to meet her! I was pleasantly surprised when i walked up and she talked EXACTLY like the cartoon! Her voice, how much, and how quickly she talked! It was incredible! Definitely one of my favorite moments of the day!

We had a fastpass to meet Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie which was super fun! This was when I finally figured out that Epcot really did have something against Canon because the guy who took our pictures with Mickey asked me “Are you guys pirates?” and we both looked at each other like what?! Did he actually say pirates?! So Abby said “Pirates?” and He said “Well because you guys are using a Canon” to which we rolled our eyes and laughed at.

We kinda just sat around until our fastpass for Soarin’, which was another one I had never been on before! It was SO COOL. It was full of Disney magic and also a Disney Moment in itself. It was amazing. We were getting hungry again and it had gotten a lot more crowded than it was earlier. We ended up eating cheeseburgers in America (which were delicious) and then we went to find seats for the fireworks. We were really tired and after the sun set it got cold.

(I am aware of the terrible quality of those last photos, I apologize)

The fireworks were really cool! It was so amazing to be there with Abby. I am so thankful and grateful to have been able to go on this trip with her and Heather, Jack, and Mckenzie! It was so much fun and way too short. I know I will remember it forever and we will have plenty more trips just as amazing in the future!

Also, check out my video of meeting Baymax on Instagram! The link is in the sidebar!

If you stayed this long, I congratulate you. Thank you! What is your favorite Disney park? or better yet, what is your favorite trip you have ever been on! Please let me know in the comments!

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

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DISNEY MOMENTS | 2016

By on December 12, 2016

Disney Moments. You don’t know until it happens. In a Disney Moment, you are overcome with joy. There is happiness, love, and goodness on everyone’s faces. You wish you could snapshot that instant that you realize its happening. Sometimes you catch it in a photograph but it’s never the same as in the moment, much like many other moments in life. You want to remember that exact moment, how it felt, how it looked, and even how it smelled sometimes.

I’m going to share with you many of my Disney moments from my trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

The place where dreams truly do come true. I could honestly go on and on and ON about my affection for Walt Disney. Maybe I’ll do a post on it sometime in the future! But I know why you’re here, you wanna see pictures!! And boy oh boy do I have pictures. We woke up at the crack of dawn to be there when the gates open! I honestly felt like I was back in my eight year old body riding the monorail for the first time. Wonder, anticipation, excitement, and pure joy in my eyes, my hands, my feet. There is nothing like it!

It took less than 10 minutes for Disney Moment number one. We walked right in, we got our Minnie ears and to our surprise, Minnie was right in front of the Christmas tree (which is the Christmas tree dreams are made of honestly)! Also, while we were in line, the trolley came by with dancers who were singing Christmas songs right in front of the train station! Everyone was so happy, it was a beautiful day, I was with my best friend celebrating her birthday and our friends Heather and Jack with their daughter McKenzie, who all had never been before. It made tears swell in my eyes because I was just so happy to be there in that moment!

Heather, who you saw in my Universal photos, has the most adorable little girl McKenzie, who ran straight into Minnie’s arms! I’m SO happy I caught this magical moment in general but also for Heather! It reminds me of the old Disney commercials that played when I was little! THIS is a Disney Moment. McKenzie will love this picture when she grows up!

These are some of my FAVORITE photos from the trip. It was amazing! One of my favorite things about Disney World is that the characters take time with each and every member of your group. Not just the kids either! Minnie danced and played with me and Abby! We were celebrating Abby’s birthday and every character made her experience special! The worker taking pictures told us to kiss Minnie on the cheek and I’m pretty sure this is mine AND Abby’s favorite picture from the whole trip!

Disney Moment: I remember while taking these pictures an overwhelming joy. I was in Disney with my BEST FRIEND for her first time! You can clearly see the happiness pouring out of this photo.

Disney Moment: Walt Disney is one of my favorite people in history (ever since I did a book report on his biography in the 4th grade)  and seeing this stature, almost made me emotional again! It’s so incredible how one man dreamed of all of this and it became so much bigger than he ever anticipated!

My mom’s favorite is Winnie the Pooh so I was happy to see Pooh and Tigger!

And of course we had to ride The Haunted Mansion! Cue the next…

Disney Moment: Immediately after The Haunted Mansion, Abby heard music and saw floats (it was kind of a blur) and Heather, Abby, and I sprinted to the street to see the parade! We instantly turned into 5 year olds, trying to find the best spot, running, laughing, waving to our favorite characters!

DOUBLE Disney Moment: All five of us rode Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Abby and I in the front, Heather, Jack, and McKenzie in the back. The front has a switch that controls the up and down of the carpet. If you don’t know, there is a camel figure that spits out water and if you’re not careful, you could put your carpet directly in front of it! Well Abby controlled the switch and accidentally put us in front of it twice! I just remember us laughing our heads off uncontrollably because it got all over Jack and Abby! I looked down and saw the lady in the booth, who helped us to out carpet, looking up at everyone and at us with the biggest smile on her face! It was such a happy moment.

Right after that, we got in line to meet Aladdin and Jasmine. Abby had been talking about this moment all day. Aladdin is her favorite movie and this was all she wanted to do! Watching Aladdin and Jasmine interact with everyone was so cool but I was just so happy for Abby when it was her turn! Look at her cheesing! Its the cutest picture ever! (Also, Aladdin has that crooked smile down pat!)

Meeting Tiana was probably my favorite character of the day! She was so welcoming, so easy to talk to, and just so fun!

Disney World is magical. I really think it’s like a whole other world. It feels like you’ve stepped into a world where time doesn’t really exist. Everyone is so happy there. It’s the place where you can ask strangers to take your picture, no matter how strange, and it’s totally fine! It’s not weird to be a child even if you are wayyyy past that. It’s acceptable to sing loudly, to run to a parade, or cry happy tears over your favorite characters.

 

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney

 

Have you ever been to Disney? What’s your favorite Disney moment?!

 

xoxo Ariana

 

 

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Random Rambles

By on March 13, 2016

Random

Hello everybody! I know I know, it’s been quite awhile since I have posted. There are no excuses other than I got really bogged down with school work and kind of in a funk. BUT! There is hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel because I’m back! So this post is gonna kinda update y’all on what I have been up to, new things, and things I’ve been liking. Basically, exactly what the title of this post says. Rambling about random things.

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  1. I got new glasses! I’ve needed new glasses for awhile and I’ve been browsing and saving up. I finally just bit the bullet and bought some! (I’m a true penny pincher) I did an adult thing! I bought them all, completely by myself!! Even got a warranty! I’m so proud of myself. I think they’re pretty cute!
  2. Pelican’s Snoballs had their grand reopening for the spring and summer. They moved down the road from where they were to an old ice cream shop with more space, more parking, and it’s right beside the park! (which is also close to my house yay!) I’ve already been twice. Two days in a row. I see a lot of my money disappearing this summer.
  3. School has been ridiculous. I’ve been working like crazy. But it also makes me feel good. I’m also planning a trip with my best friend and that makes me super happy!!
  4. Suddenly, the weather has gone from cold to seventy five degrees. But hey! I’m not complaining! I love this warm weather and I hope it stays.
  5. Since it is now possible to have two Instagram accounts, I think I might start one for the blog. Not sure yet, but maybe.
  6. My dad taught me how to shoot yesterday and I was actually pretty good for a first timer. I had a great day with my dad and saw some old family. It was fun!
  7. It seems that EVERYBODY I know is in Florida/Disney World right now. (I’m exaggerating of course but seriously so many people that I know). Florida is my second home and I’m missing it, craving it more than ever right now. I guess I have spring fever or something, I don’t know. Bring on summer vacation!
  8. On that note, I will leave you with this miraculous, magical, Disney princess mashup done by the lovely Evynne Hollens! I love watching her videos, and her husband Peter Hollens. They are such gifted people!

What have you guys been up too?

P. S. Isn’t she amazing?!

xoxo Ariana

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