Nostalgia (definition): a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past
From two Ancient Greek words (my degree, I’m obsessed!) – “nostos” (νοστος) meaning a return home, and “algos” (ἀλγος) meaning pain. Essentially homesickness. And don’t we Disney addicts always feel that way when we’re not in Disney? A wistful sense of longing to be back in the place we love?
Our next Disney day in WDW May 2017 was Epcot. Epcot is a hugely nostalgic park for me as it’s one that I remember the most from when I went for the first time when I was 6. It’s funny how children’s memories work because you’d think that Magic Kingdom would be the one I’d remember most, being the most child-friendly and oh-so-Disney-magic-esque, but it’s actually the magic fairy lights in the ground, Ellen’s dinosaurs and the giant ball of Spaceship Earth (that I thought was just “Epcot” when I was little) that stick in my mind. While I could never choose a favourite park, I have to admit that Epcot is the first one that comes to mind, before I start arguing with myself!
We’re actually jumping backwards a day here with Hollywood Studios, as Magic Kingdom was our second day, but I wanted to share it first for a couple of reasons:
- I had created the video for Magic Kingdom I wanted to share first because Magic Kingdom is just the epitome of Disney.
- Hollywood Studios was a little bit, less say, diminished this year.
I’m finally getting round to sharing my Disney photos and videos! The last thing I mentioned about Disney was that sadly my grandparents, uncle, aunt and cousins couldn’t come with us. In the end, it was just my family plus Ben and our family friends, Peter and Christine, who managed to make the trip to Florida. We definitely missed the ones who couldn’t be there, but we still had a lot of fun. So much fun in fact that I have far too many photos and videos to share!
Disney is the best place on earth – I think we can all agree on that, right? But it can be really quite expensive, especially if you’re travelling from abroad to visit and have had to book flights, accommodation and get food for all the family too. Then throw in the park tickets on top of that, along with all the merchandise the kids are wanting – you can see why it’s the holiday of a lifetime for many families!
But if you play your cards right, you can have a lot of extra fun on your Disney holiday without splashing all the extra cash. All the below are available to any Disney guest for free – have fun!