Magic Kingdom Rides That I Appreciate More as an Adult.

I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about with this list. There are a handful of rides at Disney World that, as a kid, I would cross my arms and pout when my parents told me that we “had to” do it. Why in the world would I want to sit around and watch a show or ride a lame ride when I could be spending my time on Space Mountain, Mom? But, now as an adult, I have come to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy many of these rides that I didn’t when I was a kid.

  1. Carousel of Progress. There may be no ride I look forward to more than Carousel of Progress. For me, this has now become a MUST DO ride any time I visit Disney World. It’s old, it’s not too exciting, and it is 20 minutes that I’m sure could be spent waiting in line for something else. But, there is something about it that makes it so quintessential Disney World to me. Plus, it’s one of the only rides in Disney World that Walt had a hand in creating. For a Disney fan like me, that’s a pretty important pull.
  2. People Mover. Let’s stay in Tomorrowland here and head over to the People Mover. This ride has not changed at ALL since I was a kid. It’s a loop around Tomorrowland showing you all that there is to see in this section of the park. You even get to go through Space Mountain! I think my feelings on the People Mover changed when I was about 12 or 13 and the lights were on in Space Mountain. That’s something I would have NEVER gotten to see if it weren’t for the People Mover. And now, as an adult, there is no better place to kick your feet up and relax during your long, busy day. Plus, there’s hardly ever a line!
  3. Peter Pan. Peter Pan is always a ride that I enjoyed as a kid. However, there is something so much more nostalgic about it as an adult. Its a super short ride. It is probably not worth the amount of time that you spend waiting in line to be on and off in less than 5 minutes. BUT there’s something about it, as an adult, that is can’t miss. Even at a park full of roller coasters and fun rides, I will still go out of my way to book a Peter Pan fast pass any time that I can.
  4. Jungle Cruise. For me, Jungle Cruise is a ride that I have gone through a bit of a roller coaster with when it came to how I felt about it. As a really small kid, it was so cool! Of course, that was when I really thought all of the animals were real. Then I was a little bit of an older kid, probably between 9-13, where I thought Jungle Cruise was so lame. I knew the animals weren’t real, and I just couldn’t bring myself to have fun on the ride. Now, I laugh out loud at the jokes the Skippers make. I’m a big fan of the “dad joke” and Jungle Cruise NAILS them every time.
  5. Country Bear Jamboree. Buff, Max, and Melvin. Enough Said. But really, this show is another quintessential Disney World must-see for me. Plus, the Country Bears are frequently out around Fronierland. How embarrassing would that be if you DIDN’T know who they were when they came up to take a picture with you?

Magic Kingdom has so many regular “must-do” rides and so many of my personal “must-do” rides that it’s hard to spend anything less than a day and a half at the park. If I’m not there for that long, it really feels like I didn’t get a chance to do all that I wanted to at Magic Kingdom. Are there any rides that YOU have come to appreciate more as an adult that I left off this list? Let me know!

Theme Park Backpack: What to Bring

I can’t go a day in a theme park without my trust backpack behind me. I’ve said this in previous blogs, but it really amazes me that my family used to travel to theme parks when I was a kid with just fanny packs. I think in our later years, my mom graduated to a drawstring bag, but still! How is it that at 24, I needed a full size backpack for just myself and my mom managed a family of 4 in a fanny pack? Maybe the times have changed. I honestly don’t know. But, what I do know, is what you have in your backpack or bag on your theme park days is really important. I’m not going to mention the obvious things here. Of course you need your wallet, your phone, your magic band, etc. This list is some of your not so obvious, must-haves.

  • Snacks: ALWAYS PACK SNACKS! You will be hungry. Probably more hungry than you are on an average day. Having snacks will prevent you from having to spend money every time you’re hungry. Now, you’ll spend money on just meals and snacks you really want to eat.
  • Sunscreen: Even in the more modest months, I would say sunscreen is a must-have. If you’re going in Florida Winter, bring a little travel size sunscreen. You definitely won’t need a full bottle, but there could always be a random day where it’s very hot and sunny. Be prepared!
  • Water Bottle: This one is a no brainer. There’s water fountains all over theme parks. Don’t be that person who spends $5 on bottled water every time you’re thirsty. Put a TON of ice in your water bottle before you leave your hotel, and continue to fill up on free water during the day.
  • Ponchos: I was totally, 100% the person saying “I won’t wear a poncho in Disney World.” Are they cute? Not really. But it’s so much more convenient than an umbrella. It’s more compact, it’s easier to walk around with, and it’s the one place in the world where you won’t be judged for wearing a poncho. Extra pro tip: buy cheap ponchos somewhere outside of Disney World. If you really want a poncho with something Disney on it, some of the stores (Target, Walmart, etc.) around Disney will have ponchos with Mickey or Minnie on them. They’re a little pricier than the standard ponchos, but they are A LOT cheaper than the ones in the parks. Or, splurge on the park ones if you want. To each their own!
  • My Must-Have Makeup: Read this blog for my must-haves and why I say so. Just out here plugging my other blogs 😉
  • Flip Flops: Again, this one is good year round just in case. We all love Splash Mountain. What do I not love about Splash? Just the thought of it getting my feet wet with gym shoes and socks on and being forced to walk like that all day. Blister city. Avoid all of that annoyance by packing a cheap pair of flip flops. Throw them on before you get in line, and you’ll be able to put on your dry shoes and socks after the ride is over.
  • Extra Socks: On that note, always pack extra socks. Even if you don’t do water rides, and you stay dry all day long. They say one of the best things for your feet is to just change your socks. Even though you didn’t do water rides, the gross truth is that your feet are still sweating and causing that moisture to be contained in your socks. Switch them out for a fresh pair once or twice. Yes, that may mean you pack 15 pairs of socks for 5 days, but it’s a lot better than having painful, blsitery feet. Take it from me.
  • Portable Charger: This is huge. Having a portable charger in the 21st century is a must. I brought 3 every day on my recent trip. Even though 90% of the time I didn’t have to use them, it was the comfort of knowing they were there if I needed them. I never had to worry about my phone dying. First World problems, I know. But that’s the reality a lot of us live in, so we may as well be prepared.
  • Plastic Baggies: This is my inner mom coming out at ya. I’m 24, but I am so Mom in Disney World it’s almost unbelievable. Plastic baggies are a must have for water rides, especially in the summer. For those of you who don’t know, they tend to turn off or lessen some of the water features on the water rides during the colder months. If you were guaranteed to get soaking wet even in the 50 degree weather, no one would want to go. Having plastic baggies for your electronics is crucial in ensuring they will also make it through the water rides. Again, there’s a chance you never even touch them, but they take up virtually no space so it doesn’t hurt to have.
  • Clothing Additions (depending on the season): This really depends on when you’re going, but I think any season could benefit. If you’re going in the dead middle of the summer when it’s the hottest, you may want to bring extra shirts. Long theme park days in the sun = sweaty. A fresh shirt could do you good. If you’re going in the winter or fall, it could be warm during the day but get cool at night. Pack a long sleeve t-shirt or a sweatshirt to save yourself from a pricey gift shop trip.
  • Deodorant: My only explanation will be a little math equation. Long days + sweating = smelly. Smelly + deodorant = not smelly anymore. You’re welcome. Math lesson, over.

I’m sure there are things on this list that I didn’t mention. Anything you think is crucial that I left off? Let me know!

My Must-Have Makeup Items to Have During a Long Theme Park Day in Disney World

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Long Disney World days can take a toll on even the toughest makeup. Luckily, it only takes a handful of products to help freshen up your look midday. Throw these items in your park bag, and you’ll be good to go from park open to park close.

1. Face Powder

This one is an easy pull. Everyone knows the feeling of their face getting oily and discolored during a long day. Pull out your face powder and give it a little brush across your face. Your face will even out and look much fresher with just a little bit of face powder TLC.

2. Bronzer

The only problem with touching up your face powder is there’s a good chance it’ll wash out any natural color in your face. The best way to bring that back? Just a little bit of bronzer. A quick swipe on the cheekbones and around the perimeter of your forehead will immediately bring that glow back to your skin.

3. Concealer

Concealer, to me, is the “just in case” item on this list. There’s a 99% chance you won’t need to use it. But, that 1% chance is worth it. I mean, think about it. You’re in the hot Florida humidity, and you’re walking around with the sun blazing down on you. There’s every chance in the world that some dirt gets into your pores and causes a midday breakout somewhere on your face. While this is totally natural and not something to be ashamed of, I know I feel better knowing I have my trusty concealer to cover anything up if needed.

4. Mascara

This is probably just a personal preference. Mascara is one of the most important parts of my makeup routine. It takes me from looking like I just rolled out of bed to looking like I’m ready to take on the day. And no matter what I try, no mascara looks as good at 2:00 pm as it did at 8:30 am when I just finished my makeup. As my mascara fades throughout the day, it’s nice to give my lashes a quick coating to make my eyes pop.

5. Chapstick

This is an absolute no brainer. Everyone needs a good chapstick in reach at any moment. I don’t think I’d be able to survive a full day without chapstick, let alone a full Disney World park day. For any of you who prefer to have a little color on your lips, opt for a tinted chapstick. Kill two birds with one stone!

Everyone is different when it comes to their makeup preferences. Some of you may opt for no makeup, and some of you (like me) do your makeup every single day. These 5 items are the ones I find myself grabbing the most during a long, busy day in Disney World to keep me looking and feeling picture perfect. You never know what Disney World celebrities you may see and want to snap a pic with!

My Top 5 Disney World Rides for Grown Ups

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This blog is going to be exclusively about your standard “grown up” rides in Disney World. As you may know from previous blogs of mine, I really don’t believe that any rides are exclusively from grown ups nor do I believe that any rides are exclusively for kids (unless height restrictions come into play.) However, there are rides that are “typically” more popular amongst older crowds. Below, I’m going to run through my top 5 “Disney World Rides for Grown Ups.”

5. Dinosaur

Dinosaur is not for the faint of heart. Every aspect of this ride makes it a great “grow up” ride. It’s absolutely pitch black once you enter the dinosaur age. You can’t see where you’re going and you can’t see where you’ve been. There is always something about not being able to see what’s going to happen next that makes a ride a little bit more thrilling. You are also driving through the time where dinosaurs ruled the world. From personal experience, I can tell you that I was absolutely TERRIFIED of this ride when I was a kid. Now, that’s coming from a kid who was afraid to cross a bridge over water in a thunderstorm because I though I was going to die of electrocution, but that’s a story for another time. The dinosaur animatronics are about 50x less scary when you grow up. Heck, I was smiling at the dinosaur in one of the photo pass pictures on dinosaur on my last trip. Lastly, not only are you moving on a track, but your jeep is jerking you around. Multiple forms of movement on a ride definitely increases the thrill-o-meter. If you add all of this up, this is a great #5 grown-up ride.

4. Expedition Everest

I don’t want to pretend with you guys. The first time I ever rode Expedition Everest I was about 11 years old. The roller coaster aspect? Piece of cake! I had a blast. The “yeti gets in my face and I think I’m going to get my head eaten off” part? Yeah, 11 year-old me was less a fan of that. Nowadays, I’m trying to shake his hand. Honestly, he’s a legend. I would be HONORED to shake his hand. And the roller coster track is a really great one. As someone who hadn’t ridden the ride in years, it was easy to forget how steep and fast that big drop out of the mountain was. That drop alone qualifies this ride as one hell of a grown-up ride if you ask me.

3. Tower of Terror

This ride makes it on my list for so many reasons. You have a thrill, you have a creep theme. You have a show that most kids probably know nothing about. Mix those three things up in a bowl and you have my #3 grown-up ride. There is always something about “creepy” themed rides in Disney World that automatically qualify it as a grown-up ride. Even for the kids who LOVE it, most of them probably walked through the queue line a little bit worried their very first time. This is also a high intensity thrill ride. I mean, you’re being pulled up and down and elevatory shaft at high speeds. And the theming of the ride is “Twilight Zone.” I don’t want to act like I’m some aficionado on “Twilight Zone,” but at least I know what it is! There’s probably a lot of younger kids who get to the pre show and have to turn and ask “what’s the Twilight Zone?” That, in itself, qualifies this to be a grown-up ride.

2. Flight of Passage

Flight of Passage is an incredible ride. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it except that eventually I had to get off of it, and that made me sad. I know that any kid who is tall enough is waiting in line and riding this ride with their family. If this ride were themed any other way, it would not make this list. The fact that this ride is themed based on the movie “Avatar” is the exact reason it made it. Avatar was an INCREDIBLE movie. And, unfortunately, a lot of kids probably haven’t seen it. It’s a really long movie. But it happened to come out in theaters in the prime of my life. I was 14 years old and going to movies was the cool thing to do on the weekend Avatar was hyped BIG TIME, so I went to see it in theaters. I have seen it a handful of times since then, and I can honestly say my experience on Flight of Passage was shaped by the fact that I knew and understood the story of Avatar. I can’t imagine that 7+ year-olds are going out of their way to watch Avatar before riding flight of passage. Do you have to? Of course not! But, the fact that many people my age and older had the chance to watch the movie before experiencing Flight of Passage really helped me bump it to my #2 grown-up ride.

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

I’m sure you knew this was coming. There was no way Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was going to be left off this list. To be honest, I didn’t really know this was my #1 choice until I started writing this blog. Everything together makes this my absolute FAVORITE grown-up ride. Fast start, upside down, darkness, and a soundtrack of Aerosmith. This is one of the most, if not the most, intense thrills in all of Disney World. It’s the only roller coaster in Disney World to go upside down, and it is one of the fastest rides on property. And if that’s not enough to qualify as a grown-up ride, you get the sound of Aerosmith in your ears. Similar to my thought on F.O.P I think it’s so important that I know and enjoy a lot of Aerosmith music. This ride is cool no matter if you know the music or not. But, being able to sing along and enjoy some music you love and have listened to since you were a young kid is an awesome addition to an awesome ride.

Disney World has done a lot to make a name for itself and ensure that it is not a theme park full of rides for little kids only. Upping the speed, thrill, and theming of rides has really lead to a lot of options for adults to enjoy. Disney World has a way with making people of all ages enjoy their parks, and these 5 rides are a big reason why.

Magic Kindgom

We finally did it! We have come to our 4th and final Disney World theme park overview! Magic Kingdom is the center stone of Disney World. When I think of Disney World, I think of coming up on Cinderella Castle through Main Street U.S.A. My tagline for this blog is “A Disney World Guide For Young Adults & Kid at Heart.” Magic Kingdom is definitely one park that every young adult needs to embrace their inner child.

Most of my overview blogs have been about what young adults can enjoy in the theme parks. Thrill rides, alcoholic beverages, dining, and more. I’m going to be honest with you, though. My best advice to young adults at Magic Kingdom is to ditch the whole “mature” thing. Take a whirl on Winnie the Pooh and dance along with the Brier Patch crew on Splash Mountain. Be a kid again, because that’s the absolute most fun you will have at Magic Kingdom. You’ve now spent time at 3 other parks riding the thrills and being an adult in Disney World. It’s time to set your inner kid free!

That being said, don’t think that thrill rides DON’T exist in Magic Kingdom. The mountain rides will never disappoint. Splash Mountain brings you the joy of some catchy music, awesome animatronics, and 6 different drops. Splash Mountain is my idea of the pinnacle Disney World ride. It has everything that a young adult & kid at heart, like me, can enjoy. Big Thunder Mountain can be a heck of a thrill if you can snag a back row. You’ll be whipped around an get the feeling of coming out of your seat. Space Mountain is a classic. Even though this ride is one of the slowest coasters in Disney World, being surrounded my darkness really makes it feel like you’re zipping through space. Lastly, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest coaster to arrive at Disney World. I know it’s not technically a “mountain,” but it basically falls into the same category. With mine carts that swing back and forth during the ride, this is definitely considered a thrill ride.

No matter what, the best park about visiting the Magic Kingdom as a young adult is getting to embrace being a kid again, and I promise you there are plenty of rides and attractions for just that. Take a ride on Dumbo and soar high in the sky. Take a quick trip to Neverland on Peter Pan. And, of course, don’t forget the classic Disney World staple of It’s a Small World. Magic Kingdom has a way with making you embrace all that it means to be a kid at heart. Even as a 24 year old, who loves a good thrill ride and an adult beverage, my boyfriend and I easily spent our most time of our recent trip at Magic Kingdom. Yet, still, it feels like we could’ve spent days more there if we had the chance.

Magic Kingdom is a no shame, judgement free zone. You can be whatever age and still enjoy everything that it has to offer.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is all in the name. At this theme park, we get to explore the wonders animals from all walks of life. Here, there are 6 unique lands to visit during your trip; Africa, Asia, Dinoland U.S.A, Pandora, Discovery Island, and The Oasis. Each of these lands boasts its own unique attractions, dining, entertainment, and sights to see.

Animal Kingdom is the largest of the 4 Disney World theme parks. When there’s a full size Savannah inside a theme park, that can happen! There’s just so much to do at Animal Kingdom. If you’re into thrill rides, take your turn at Expedition Everest or Dinosaur. The newest thrill attraction is Avatar: Flight of Passage in Pandora. I had the joy of taking my first ever ride on Flight of Passage recently in Animal Kingdom. When I say that it is one of the best rides I have ever been on in my life, I really mean it. There is nothing I have ridden before that is quite like it. If you ever get a chance to visit Disney World, put Flight of Passage on the top of your “Disney World Bucket List.” I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Trust me when I say that eventually (inevitably) your feet will hurt when you take laps around this huge theme park. When that time comes, take a trip on Kilimanjaro Safari. You’ll get up close and personal with all of the animals on this safari tour. Dinoland U.S.A is also a great area to find rides and activities to really express that inner “kid at heart”. In Disney World, there is no shame in acting like you’re a kid again.

My very favorite ride at Animal Kingdom is best fit for those of you who aren’t afraid to get wet. Kali River Rapids is a great time on a hot day (or even on a mild day for those of us from cold climates!) River rapids are always a good time, and it constantly keeps you on your toes as you wait who ends up being the ones to get absolutely SOAKED. For me, Kali River Rapids is a nostalgic ride. I can vividly remember heading to Animal Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours as a kid with my cousins. It was about 10:55 PM with an 11:00 PM closing time. That’s not going to stop us! Me and my cousins hopped in our raft, poncho-less, and had the best time. Sadly, Kali River Rapids was closed for this most recent trip. But, that just means I HAVE to go back, right? 😉

This doesn’t even touch the surface of all that there is to do at Animal Kingdom. But, these are just overview blogs! As time goes on, I plan to delve deeper and deeper into each park and all of the amazing theming, attractions, potential expansions, and much more. If you’re interested at all in more of my Disney World blogs, go ahead and follow me! I absolutely love talking Disney World, and I look forward to giving my followers great content.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

To start off our Disney World theme park overview, we are going to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here, you will find some of the Disney World properties biggest and best (in my humble opinion) thrill rides AND one of the best theme lands on the entire property. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are two of Disney World’s best thrill rides. If you ask me, Tower of Terror is actually one of my top 3 favorite rides. There’s something about the Twilight Zone theming paired together with a unique drop style ride that makes the perfect mix of Disney magic and adrenaline boosting thrill.

I also mentioned that there’s one of the best themed lands here in Hollywood Studios. New to the park July 2018, you can find yourself as one of the toys in Andy’s backyard in Toy Story Land. Here, you will find some incredible, family friendly rides. But don’t let the term “family friendly” fool you. As a 24 year old, there is nothing quite like competing with your friends or significant other in Toy Story Mania and (maybe) making a little bit of fun out of it with a bet!

You will also find the lands own unique, counter-service restaurant. For those of you who don’t know, counter-service is Disney’s version of a “fast food.” You head to one of the many cashiers, give them your order, and you pick it up at the window behind them. In Toy Story Land, you can find the counter-service location at Woody’s Lunchbox. With many options that remind you of a standard lunchbox meal, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Not to mention, us young adults (21+) can enjoy a beer or a Grown Up Lemonade. For me, I paired my grilled cheese sandwich with an Angry Orchard. That’s basically just like apple juice, right?

Coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a brand new land. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will fully immerse you into the Star Wars world. Disney’s Hollywood Studios location of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in Fall of this year. We don’t yet have an official opening date, but I can assure you I will let you know as soon as we have that information!

There’s more to do that just attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are various shows, shopping locations, and dining options all throughout the park. The best part about the Disney World parks is that there is so much to do! You can go back year after year and have a completely different experience each time by simply trying out a new show or eating lunch at a new location.

Lastly, and most importantly to me, it’s crucial that each Disney fan, young to old, visit “Walk Disney Presents” back near the entrance to Toy Story Land. Walt Disney Presents is a nice, walk through museum of all things Walk Disney. You will see personal artifacts from Walt’s life as well as full scale models of different park concepts that came to his head. It’s fascinating to see concept art of what Walt dreamed up for Disney. Without Walt, none of this would be possible, and I wouldn’t be able to blog about all things Disney World. We all owe it to Walt to step into “Walt Disney Presents” and learn more about is legacy.