It’s funny that I do not recall playing with princess dolls growing up. I did have one, just one, that I never really got to play with because I was afraid to break her and I was certain there is never going to be any replacement, ever. She wasn’t even a princess, just a regular doll except she has what I thought as a kid as the most mesmerizing blue eyes in the whole word. I suppose now when I look back, we simply couldn’t afford those pricey and fancy dolls.

I do remember vividly, however, loving Mickey and Minnie Mouse so passionately. Again, we couldn’t afford those but my Mom’s sister lives in Chiba, Japan, and her husband used to work at Disney. We occasionally receive Disney merchandises as gifts. One of those is a Mickey Mouse pencil, the story of which will be in a separate post about Disneyland Tokyo.

What I love the most about Disney Magic Kingdom is how they strategically set up the castle. Cinderella’s iconic castle is what immediately greets everyone coming through their magical gates and the feeling hit straight to your heart, where your childhood dreams are kept all these years. There is no Disney castle that will not impress you. Disney Florida is not an exemption. Disney characters were singing and dancing when we arrived. I never got to see Mickey and Minnie perform on stage, even in Disney Tokyo so vertically challenged people like me had to battle a crowd just to see a glimpse.

We couldn’t afford princess dolls growing up, but here I am enjoying Disneyland itself. Sniff.

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Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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The Swiss Family Tree House at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Jack Sparrow of Pirates of Caribbean at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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The Splash Mountain Ride at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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The Harper’s Mill at Tom Sawyer Island at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Tangled theme area at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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The Beauty and the Beast Castle as Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Princess Ariel and Prince Eric of Little Mermaid at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Cinderella’s crystal glass shoes / slippers at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Fairy Godmother working her magic pixie dust at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

 

What separates our Disney Magic Kingdom Florida experience from Disneyland Tokyo is our  chance to meet and greet Disney characters. It was first and foremost my idea but my husband gladly backed me up. We met Gaston of Beauty and the Beast, Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story, and friends Pooh and Tigger. I wasn’t too broken-hearted not meeting any Disney princess.

Note that we competed with kids in all those queue. :)

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Meeting Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Meeting Winnie the Pooh and Tigger at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

 

I have read blogs in the past about Disneyland hacks. One of these hacks talks about what footwear to use when visiting Disneyland. Sure, girls would want to look like a princess but I would say wear whatever works for you, be it shoes, sandals, boots, or flipflops. Wear what you are most comfortable especially if you plan to do the rides, maybe crystal glass shoes as you please although not highly recommended. I wore my sneakers because it is what I am most comfortable wearing for an amusement park we plan to spend an entire day until evening at. It worked perfectly for me because we were able to stay to watch the “A Frozen Holiday Wish” castle lighting show without crying over blisters or ultra worn out legs.  We saw Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff and of course Olaf live on stage! The castle was also specially lit up to resemble Queen Elsa’s castle in the movie Frozen, complete with her iconic ice stairs.

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The lit up Frozen themed castle for the “Frozen Holiday Wish” at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Frozen themed castle for the Frozen Holiday Wish at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Frozen Themed Castle for the Frozen Holiday Wish at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Cinderella’s castle lit up in Frozen Theme during the Frozen Holiday Wish at Walt Disney in Orlando, Florida.
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Queen Elsa, Princess Ana, Kristoff and Olaf at their Frozen themed castle during the Frozen Holiday Wish at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

 

At this point, I am fully convinced I love Disney. Staying a little late at the the park and see the lights out for the entire Magic Kingdom was an entirely different experience. It was also nearing Christmas (November 19) and the lights truly added to that holiday and magical feeling.

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Walt Disney Magic Kingdom at night in Orlando, Florida.
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The carousel ride at night at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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Cinderella’s castle lit up at night at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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The festive lights at night at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

 

We couldn’t afford princess dolls growing up, but here I am enjoying Disneyland itself. Sniff.

It was sad to see my Disney Magic Kingdom day to end. More pixie dusts please.

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Fairy Godmother signs at Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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