I’ll be posting lots of write-ups and photos from my Christmas trip to Disney World over the coming months, trying to pretend it’s not all over for a little bit longer. Sigh. You can now follow me on Bloglovin’, which is nice.
Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was originally conceived by Walt Disney as a concept of urban living, but when he passed away the powers that be decided that realising Walt’s vision without him leading it was too risky, so it became a park based around the future, innovation and learning.
Best rides at Epcot
Epcot is the most un-Disney of all the Disney World parks and has a few stand-out headliner rides with a number of smaller-scale attractions and interesting shows. It feels less like a theme park and more like the most badass fun science & history park ever.
Following on from my most favourite rides at Magic Kingdom, we continue on to Hollywood Studios. Probably my joint-favourite park (with Animal Kingdom) and ranks way higher in the “oh my god I’m going to die on this ride that was awesome let’s do that again” stakes than any other park.
Best rides at Hollywood Studios
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
I’m never happier than when I’m screaming my way round one of the thrill-rides at Disney World and love that the rides are more than just that – the experience of exploring a fantasy, telling a story and sharing that thrill with people you know (and don’t know!) around you that goes way beyond just any other theme park ride. I also hold the noddy-rides (Dumbos, Flying Carpets, TriceraTop Spin) dear to my heart and will watch every stage show going, so absolutely nothing is off-limits. EXCEPT MISSION SPACE: ORANGE. Once and never again. Never, ever again. More on that later. First up, Magic Kingdom!
Best rides at Magic Kingdom
The rolling buffet of Christmas is losing momentum and we find ourselves winging it on leftovers for the next few days. I ate all the food and drank all the drinks and I really need to get to work on the yoga DVD I got for Christmas.
Here are my foodie highlights from the past week.
So how was Disney? It’s the question I’ve been asked every day and won’t tire of answering. It was the absolutely ruddy bloody best, look at all this!
What do all awesome Christmas films have in common? Jingly bells? Check. Happy endings? Check. Snowfall at a really poignant moment of self-realisation? Check.
It should come as no surprise to know that I am an 80s child with the films that have made the cut in this list. There are some classics missing, I know, but they just aren’t brightly coloured or sickly sweet enough to really hit the spot for me. Maybe when I’m old and take joy in bleak stuff, sorry classics, but that time is not now. Onwards, with the list!
In the run-up to Christmas I lovelovelove watching a Christmas film on a Saturday afternoon each weekend. Christmas movies cover all moods of film-watching. Feeling blue? Elf will never fail to cheer me up (I will happily watch that any time of year). Need to see stuff getting blown up? Die Hard is the one for you. Want to be 10 years old again? Home Alone! Remember when films in the 80s were all about gunge? Bright green gunge? Hello Gremlins!
These are my favourite Christmas movies, and I’ve made some posters to celebrate their status as my essential Christmas Movie Club films.
1. Gremlins (1984)
I’ll be the first to admit that writing my Christmas cards not yet two weeks into November may be a little premature, but my upcoming two week hol to walt freakin’ disney world has meant all Christmas activities are happening sooner (yay!) rather than later (boo), including writing cards, buying gifts and decking out the house – okay we’re not quite at action stations for decorating the tree yet, but we shall be week Saturday!