As 2016 came to a close, my family and I spent a week in Orlando, Florida visiting The Walt Disney World Resort. It was one of the most memorable vacations that I've had in a long time. We visited three of the four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.
When you think of Walt Disney World, one of the first things that come to mind are the characters, attractions, and live shows. All of these add to the magic of Disney, however, what amazed me the most was the beauty found in even the minute details of each park.
From the moment you arrive at Magic Kingdom, either by train or ferry, you feel as if you are entering a world of wonder and enchantment. Animal Kingdom is the epitome of escapism. The Kilimanjaro Safari, simulates an open-sided safari ride through the savanna of East Africa, and the fictional villages of Africa and Asia are filled with wonderful surprises at every turn. The World Showcase was the highlight of Epcot for me. You can easily spend hours exploring the eleven pavilions, each themed and dedicated to a specific country.
"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together." - Roy O. Disney, October 25, 1971
"Welcome to a kingdom of animals... real, ancient and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze and the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn." - Michael D. Eisner, Aprill 22, 1998
"To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.
Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney's creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.
May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere." - E. Cardon Walker, October 24, 1982