Hey Guys..........Flew back home early this morning from Orlando. I thought I'd give a trip report a go. My first one on here so don't expect too much. I'll try to upload some pics at some point too, probably some time next week.
*Please also bare in mind this was my first time in Florida since 1996 (17 years ago to be exact) so as you will expect A LOT has changed since I last visited.
Anyway......here goes nothing.
DAY 1 - Magic Kingdom
We didn't really want to do Magic Kingdom on our first full day due to jet lag mainly but as we were meeting up with friends who live in Florida with small kids, it was the park everyone wanted to do, so we happily accepted and went along.
We arrived at around 10 ish and we weren't too surprised to see how busy it was. It was absolutely rammed as was expected. We knew we were in for some lengthy wait times but we were excited all the same. Most importantly the sun was shining so we were happy. The park hadn't changed all that much from my memory 17 years ago in fairness. Of course there were some new rides and others that had been updated slighly but on the whole it wasn't all that different. The new fantasyland area is a nice addition and was popular amongst the young kids of our friends. The seven dwarf ride coming in 2014 also looks absolutely stunning. Shame we were a year too early for that one.
My only minor gripe (one in which I was already aware of) was the Alien Encounter ride being replaced by the monstrosity known as Stitch's Great Escape. AE was one of my favourite attractions from my first visit to florida back in the 90's. I'd have loved another experience of it but I knew it wasn't there any longer anyway so it wasn't an unexpected blow.
We just about fought off our jet lag to hang around for the parade and fireworks. A great end to a great day. I'm not really a "Disney guy" in all honesty but I dare anyone to go there and not have a great time. It would be very difficult.
Crowd Levels: A solid 8 or 9. It was very busy.
Staff: Are they even human? Incredibly polite and helpful. Don't know how on earth they keep it up. 10/10.
Ride Count: About 10 or so. We managed one ride each on the three "mountain" attractions due to long wait times and we also did most of the other major / iconic rides in the park.
Fav Ride: Splash Mountain. Stunning ride.
Day 2 - Busch Gardens to follow soon.........