Disney and Universal- A Sweet Sixteen

Disney and Universal- A Sweet Sixteen

By Ally Kampel

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The quote on Disney World’s website, “Fairytale dreams come true for children of all ages at Disney World,” perfectly explains the feelings of every person that goes to Disney World.

On July 12, 2013, I turned sixteen and received a big surprise.  I was invited to go to Disney World with my aunt.  The flight to Florida seemed to take years and I was bursting with anticipation.  When we arrived at the Disney hotel, I was overwhelmed with the bright colors and Disney posters covering the walls.  It was amazing and all my expectations were coming true.  Only having four days to spend in the magical world of Disney, we had many things to do and not a lot of time to do it.  So at 8:00 a.m., my aunt and I took a Disney bus, filled with anxious and excited families to Magic Kingdom.  The energy that runs through the park is unbelievable.  There were so many little princesses and princes running around with their families trying to figure out what fun activity to take part in next.

Fortunately, finding things to do was never a problem.  There are four different parks in Disney World, which are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Luckily, I was able to explore all of them except Epcot. Personally, Magic Kingdom was my favorite of the three parks I visited.  Magic Kingdom is full of fun princess rides and a giant castle in the middle of the park.  There are quaint places to shop and eat with some sort of Disney theme.  It was so cute to see groups of young children run up to their favorite Disney character to talk to them and give them hugs.  Hollywood Studios was also very fun.  It was full of movie rides and movie themed restaurants. If you are a classic movie lover, I recommend going there.  The last park I went to was Animal Kingdom.  The main attraction is the Tree of Life, which is a giant tree with a carving of every animal into it.  Animal Kingdom is like a giant zoo with African safaris and many animals from all over the world.   Overall, my trip to Disney was truly one of the best experiences of my life, and it made me feel like a kid again for just a couple of days.

The fun did not end at Disney; I also got to experience Universal Studios.  This is another theme park with modern day super heroes, Dr. Seuss world, and my personal favorite, Hogwarts, from Harry Potter.   The superhero and Dr. Seuss parts of Universal were full of exciting rides and colorful characters that I enjoyed very much, but I spent most of my time in Hogwarts.  Yes, it sounds odd saying I spent my day in Hogwarts, but if there are any other Harry Potter fans out there, this is a dream come true.  It looks just like Hogwarts in the movies, with little cottages with snow on the tops and tilted chimneys. They have tours though the school and the pictures on the walls talk just like in the movies.  I also saw replicas of all the main characters’ wands.  Being a big Harry Potter fan this was an experience of a lifetime and one I will never forget.

I returned home with many stories to share, and many memories made.  Going to Disney and Universal was the best vacation I have ever been on and definitely the best birthday present I have ever received.  This is the most fun I have ever had in four days, and a trip I will never forget.

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