I’m joined by Peter from Householdmoneysaving this week with his thoughts and memories of visiting Disney parks
When was your first visit to a Disney park? Which one?
My girlfriend (now wife) and I made our first ever visit to Orlando back in 2002. We had tickets for all the parks, but randomly decided on Magic Kingdom. Just travelling on the monorail to get there seemed like a ride in itself.
How many times have you been to Disney parks?
We have been four times in total to the parks in Orlando and once to Paris
What is your favourite Disney park and why?
Magic Kingdom. I love that feeling you get when you walk down Main Street and the view of the castle is amazing. We’re not really thrill-seekers when it comes to rides and find that Magic Kingdom has the biggest choice of rides for us
Is there a memory that stands out in your mind from a Disney trip?
Our last trip in 2017. It was the first Disney holiday with children and it was amazing to see the look in their eyes as we walked around the parks. One evening, we went to watch the Fantasmic Fireworks at Hollywood Studios and my children didn’t stop smiling. My 4-year-old had always been scared of fireworks and was wearing ear-muffs, but she enjoyed it so much, she took them off half way through. They all fell asleep in the car on the way back to our villa, which they haven’t done for a long time.
If money was no object which Disney hotel would you like to stay in and why?
To be honest, I would always book a villa. As much as I love Disney, I think it’s good to be able to take a break. I like that villas are always quieter and you can have your own pool. Plus, that 15-20 minute drive to the park in the morning always adds to the anticipation.
What was your favourite food eaten on a Disney holiday?
The Golden Oak Outpost at Magic Kingdom. They do the best chicken nuggets. I’m not really a nugget fan, but the kids had some from there one day and I was hooked. It’s not cheap and it cost us almost $60, but I thought they were worth every penny. It’s not often that I go back to the same place to eat on holiday either.
What is your favourite ride / attraction and why?
This might sound odd as I said earlier that we weren’t thrill-seekers, but it has to be Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom, Orlando. Although it’s fast, there aren’t any massive drops and it’s also very dark so you don’t always know what’s going on. Last year was the first time we didn’t get to go on the ride though, as we knew our children wouldn’t like it. We don’t like Space Mountain in Paris though as that turns you upside-down, which is something we don’t enjoy!
What is your favourite show at Disney and why?
This is a tough one as there are a lot of good shows. If I had to choose though, it would be the Indian Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios. First of all, it’s shaded and one of the few outside places in Orlando that’s under 25 degrees! I love all the Indiana Jones films (well, apart from the last one) and this show is packed with similar action. The set changes several times too and the whole family really enjoyed it.
Who is your favourite Disney character and why?
I’m not actually a big fan of Disney films. I would probably opt for a Star Wars character, as that franchise is now owned by Disney. Failing that, I would opt for Winnie the Pooh. He is my wife’s favourite character and I was an extra for the Christopher Robin movie.
If you had one tip for a first time visitor to a Disney park what would it be?
Take your time. Although you’ll want to cram in as much as you can, the heat and the queues can really tire you out. Try to choose a couple of rides or shows per day that you would like to see and play everything else by ear for the remainder.
Thanks Peter for sharing your memories of visiting Disney.