I have not posted anything last week (sorry about that, I will resume a normal posting schedule this week) because we were at Walt Disney World. It was a last minute trip. My husband had to travel for work to Orlando, so we decided to make a vacation out it. I had to spend money for my flight tickets, WDW tickets and the hotel for the extra nights. His flight and 3 days hotel were taken care of. So here I am. I will write a detailed trip report/review of restaurants when I get back but here are some thoughts and observations that won’t fit in any post.
- There are soo many people visiting Walt Disney World. It was a costly-ish trip for the 2 of us, I can’t imagine how much it would cost for a family of 5. Not a cheap vacation!
- For a lot of people this is not the first trip (the maximum I saw was 21st trip; it was on their T-Shirts). What do people see there to go every single year spending this much money? (I am not judging or anything, just genuinely curious)
- This comment might sound anti-feminist, I am a woman and this is not to be taken that way. A lot of women were wearing skimpy clothes, a see-through lose t-shirt on top of a bikini. Shouldn’t there be a minimum dress code for a kid’s theme park? Like at least cover 10% of your body or something? While in line for one of the rides, I heard a couple of people pass comments about a particularly skimpily clad 18-20yr old in from of me, one of which was a single word…”Niiccee!”! What surprised me was the fact that she seemed to have come with her parents!
- There was a movie thing about conservation in EPCOT/Land. Timon and Pumba building a dam to construct a theme park, then Simba telling them how destructive it is to waste land like that. I found it hilarious to see that in a … theme park. My husband on the other hand found it so interesting that he slept for 12 out of the 14 minutes that the show ran.
- How can people wait for 100+ minutes to see/ride a 30 sec attraction? With Fastpass we never waited for more than 20 minutes anywhere. How come they choose to not get a Fastpass and stand in line? (I understand you can get only one Fastpass at a time, but with some planning all the FP attractions can be seen without standing in line).
- Lot of people are staying in the Disney resorts. What is the advantage of staying there vs other hotels within Disney? For example the Hilton Disney which is 1/4 of the price?
- All the cast members have been exceptionally polite and helpful.
- Why do some people never clean up after themselves? We saw a family leave Dibs boxes and Coke cups near a tree, when the trash can was within 10 ft from where they threw their garbage!!
- And finally why on earth does every single hotel have a beauty pageant? Teen beauty pageant, coed beauty pageant and we even saw one for toddlers, all of them dressed up by their parents and crying & running around…
Some titbits/trivia I learned about Walt Disney World
- There are at least 6 weddings happening in Disney every single day. They have a wedding package that costs more than $70,000! You can add the Cinderella’s glass carriage with white horses for an extra fee (I don’t want to know how much that costs).
- Next to the Department of Defense, WDW is the largest purchaser of explosives in the country.
- Mickie has over 300 dresses, Minnie has 365 pairs of shoes and Donald Duck has over 150 shirts.
- WDW Magic Kingdom’s parking lot would fit all of Disneyland ( the one in Anaheim ).
- The whole of Magic Kingdom is sitting on the second floor. The first floor or the basement floor is for cast members to change and go from one place to another.
- Walt Disney World covers 47 square miles (about the size of San Francisco). Only about 25% of that is developed, the rest is used as wilderness preserve.
- WDW is the largest single site employer in the USA, employing over 60,000 people to create the magic.
- Among those, over 5500 people work just at night cleaning, landscaping and preparing the park for the next day.
- All the sidewalks are steam cleaned every night!