1 hour and 45 minutes. That's all the time it takes for me to get from my infinitesimally small apartment to the great, big, beautiful Walt Disney World. This past November, my fiance and I decided to tag on another monthly bill and become Disney annual passholders (there really is no better way to spend our spare time or spare money). Our first trip was in December and lasted 4 nights and 3 days. We camped out at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace (review to come) and spent one day each at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. We also spent our nighttime hours wandering Disney Springs, where Nolan had to physically bar me from buying all of the shiny Moana merch I could get my hands on. It stood alone as the most incredible trip we've ever been on together, but it was Nolan's proposal that made it the most momentous time of my life. Last Saturday, we returned to our beloved second home and again, had the time of our life. We rode the PeopleMover 4 times, were the first two people of the day to journey through the dark waters of Pirates of the Caribbean, park-hopped to Epcot for the spirited Festival of the Arts, and ended our night front row center for Wishes. It was a Saturday well spent, and gave us an idea of what our future weekends will consist of: magic, magic, and MORE MAGIC. A few days later, as I posted some of my pictures on Instagram, I felt the need for a more productive and creative space to share my stories and photos--specifically to an audience as enchanted by the World of Disney as I am. It took some convincing on my part to commit to yet another seemingly empty void where maybe I'll still only be talking to myself. But a creative outlet, no matter how large, small, or interested the audience, always remains just as it is--an outlet. Kingdom Hopper will include an array of reviews, reports, tips, stories, and photos from our adventures at Walt Disney World, and will be posted weekly. I expect Nolan, my trusty sidekick, will also grace us with some of his own input--especially in areas where I lack the courage (like with unfamiliar foods). I hope my website gets readers just as pumped as I do every time we go on a trip, and allows Disney fans a space to converse, imagine, and escape.
With love and pixie dust,