Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Trip

By Karina Quesada, Age 15, California

 

This summer my family and I went on a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in celebration of my 15th birthday. Needless to say it was definitely the trip of my life. We went for a total of eight eventful days. We left from the Ontario airport on Friday night and landed in Houston, Texas to board another plane, finally landing in Orlando around noon the next day. Since we had planned our entire trip out through Disney, we didn’t have to worry about our luggage because they would be picking it up and taking it straight to our hotel room.

Day 1: Not having anything specifically planned for that day we decided to go and walk around downtown Disney and get a feel for the weather we’d be enduring the entire week. After a couple hours of walking and sweating we thought it would be a good idea to head back to our hotel and get a goodnights rest to prepare for Day 2 of our trip.

I wanted to start my trip off with a bang, and chose Magic Kingdom to be the first park we visited. The first thing we did was go and visit Cinderella’s castle. Being an annual pass holder for the Disneyland Park here in California, seeing the different castle is definitely something I’ll remember forever. Since our hotel knew it was our first time visiting the park they gave us all “first visit” pins, and even gave me a “Happy Birthday” pin. They have a sort of tradition at Disneyland that if a worker sees you with a birthday pin, they’ll tell you happy birthday and some of them even sing to you. Having this done to me had to be one of my favorite moments of the whole trip. My favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom Park had to be Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

The next day, we went to Epcot. This park has a world showcase displaying many different countries around the world where you can go and learn about the different places and try various foods from around the world. My favorite place in the world show case was Morocco because I got to meet Princess Jasmine and Aladdin there. Another cool thing in that park was a ride called Mission Space. This ride worked like a simulator that gave you the effect of taking off on a mission in space. You sat in a row of four in a little room and were strapped in front of a “computer” with buttons that, depending on which spot you were sitting in, you had to press. It definitely had a realistic feel.

Days 4 and 5 were spent at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Hollywood Studios reminded me a lot of California Adventure, but personally wasn’t my favorite park. Due to the rain, we weren’t able to watch the famous show Fantasmic, which had been something I looked forward to a lot. Animal Kingdom was fun, however I’m not a big fan of animals, therefore the park felt kind of boring to me. Also, after four days filled with waking up early and going to sleep late, I was beyond exhausted. Something I did like in Animal Kingdom though had to be the Lion King show. The show had all the main characters from the movie on different floats in all the corners of the theatre. Everything else was played people dressed as different animals. My favorite part of the show was when six people dressed as monkeys put on an acrobatic show to the song Hakuna Matata.

Days 6 and 7 were split between the two Universal Studios parks. Being tired and sick of the heat, the only thing I really wanted to do in those parks was to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My parents let me buy a wand like those in the movies and it was the best birthday gift I could have received other than the trip itself. Since buying a wand while you’re there is a pretty popular thing, all of the wands have a sensor on the tip that if pointed to another senor and waved in a specific way can make things move around, kind of like real magic. Each wand comes with a map of where all of the sensors are in the park. One of the rides I really enjoyed in that park was the Transformers ride. The 4-D effect made everything feel so realistic. It was incredible!

It was really sad to have to leave Orlando, but after eight days of nonstop adventure and humidity, it was definitely time to go home. If I had the chance, I would definitely go back and see all the things I missed out on. I was so lucky to have been able to go on this trip and thank my parents every day for making it the vacation of my life.