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Thursday, 20 March 2014

TRAVEL: DISNEY DIARY/MY 21ST BIRTHDAY

Hello lovelies!
I apologise for such a long wait but I have been very busy with my final few months of University, but I have finally put together my Disney photo diary for you all to enjoy! (Hooray!)
As some of you may have heard, last summer I went to DisneyWorld Florida for my 21st birthday, it was honestly the most amazing experience/holiday of my life! I did so much over there and made some amazing memories. I really hope you enjoy this post as this is by far my most favourite Blog post ever and I really hope you enjoy all the photographs :D At the end of the photographs I have explained what I did throughout the variety of places I went to, so hope you enjoy reading! <3

            














Animal Kingdom: I visited the Tree of Life, The Festival of the Lion King show, was Goofin’ around with Goofy and Pluto as well as Mickey & Minnie mouse and conquered my fear of Winnie the Pooh haha! (inside joke). I also conquered my first rollercoaster of the holiday, Everest and went on a jungle safari where the giraffes came right upto the vehicle.
Epcot: Meeting as many Disney characters as possible: Belle, Aurora, Chip & Dale, Snow White and Alice, all of which I got signatures in my autograph book. I went for lunch in “Italy” which was delicious and explored the futuristic rides and exploring different countries and the cultures within them.
Disney Hollywood Studios: So many rides to go on, I loved the Rockin’ Rollercoaster, had lunch at Pizza Planet, failed to get Phineas & Ferb to sign my book due to the rain (boo!) watched the Indiana Jones show and the car stunt show, both were awesome!
Mall at Millenia: A cheeky shopping trip. I had my heart completely set on Victoria’s Secret as there isn’t one near where I live so I made the most of it and bought some gorgeous things to bring home with me.
Downtown Disney: Mainly visited for evening meals, lots of souvenir shops, awesome fake volcano outside of the Rainforest Café that went off, Planet Hollywood, my favourite part was Splitsville bowling alley, it was so much fun and on a night you could have a cheeky beverage at the bar where there was a man playing live acoustic music. The day after my 21st I had my first legal American drink here at this small margarita bar which was delicious!
SeaWorld: I began the day with a ride on the Manta which was awesome, was hoping to have a go on Kraken but it rained so it got closed off, nightmare! I also got to pet some Stingrays and then went to watch the dolphin show, followed by Shamoo show, had food at the Village Inn diner and my favourite part of the day had to be the petting/feeding the dolphins at dolphin cove. Awww!
Universal Studios: This side was where the likes of The Simpsons were and Despicable Me. I also got to see one of the parades too which was cute. I had lunch at Hardrock Cafe followed by a quick trip to the NBA store. It was here where I had such a panic. I went on the Rip It Rock It roller coaster which was awesome for the fact you could choose what song you wanted to have playing as you went round, I chose ZZ Top's Gimme All Your Lovin' however when I went round I could feel the harness feeling like it was going to spring open as I was going round and for someone like me who was just getting used to roller coasters, I found this horrifying to the point where I came off the ride hyperventilating, it was horrible! Let that be a warning to everyone to take extra care when getting fastened in on rides. That is actually why I had a fear of roller coasters in the first place, as I feared I'd fall out from a large height. Luckily I was okay in the end and soldiered on!
Islands of Adventure: It was very Marvel and comic books based which I loved and also Jurassic Park. I had spent all of this time upto this day going on lots of roller coasters to psyche myself up for the big one aka The Hulk ride. As many of you may not know but I had quite a fear of them, note the word "had" as I feel I came back from this holiday having overcome that fear and found a lot of them to be enjoyable bar one (read previous paragraph). Anyway when I first walked into the park I headed straight to the Hulk as I knew if I didn't go on it then and there then I would never do it and I went on it and thoroughly enjoyed it! After feeling very victorious and even though I'm not a mega fan of him, I headed over to see Hazza P (Harry Potter World) and tackle the Dragons, I did the blue ride first and then came straight off that and onto the red one, feeling dangerous ;) and then I had lunch at Hardrock Cafe. The final image was when I came off the Pop Eye ride soaking wet, I hadn't been to Florida since I was about 8 years old and one of my fondest memories was myself and all my family on going on that Pop Eye ride dozens of times and being absolutely soaked so I had to go on it for the sheer sentimentality of it.
Magic Kingdom/ My Birthday: As I was away on holiday without the family I had brought all my birthday cards with me so on the day I opened them all and my family rang me throughout the day to wish me happy birthday which was cute. I had lunch at Gaston's tavern where the lady let me have my drink for free as it was my birthday, throughout the day I overheard little kids going "look mammy, it's that girl's birthday". If you've never been to Disney on your birthday you can basically pick up a badge as you walk in and a cast member writes your name on and as you walk around fellow cast members and randoms wished me happy birthday, I even had some random old guy sing to me which was brilliant! It made up for the fact my family were not around to share the day with. I met Ariel and got her to write in my autograph book "Happy 21st Birthday, love and fishes, Ariel" my life was made. I also got to ride on Prince Charming's carousel, The Little Mermaid ride was amazing, all the mechanical pieces showing the key parts of the film was fantastic! Again I revisited some rides that I remember when I was a kid, the first being "It's a small world" which I remember going on as a kid hundreds of times with my Mam and my Gran, just hearing the song made me feel really emotional and nostalgic of all the fond memories and lastly Splash Mountain which I remember going on with my family and my Gran sitting on the driest seat as she thought she wouldn't get wet and we all came off the ride pretty dry however my Gran was drenched, bless her it was hilarious!On the evening of my birthday, I had one final birthday present and that was a birthday dinner inside the Disney Castle!!! It was honestly the most amazing experience ever! You go in and get a photo with Cinderella, then wait for your name to be called out: "Princess Kate!" and ascend the staircase to this huge room, I ended up getting my table moved to the window so I was able to watch the firework display from the window which was magical! The food was delicious and the waitress that was assigned to me was lovely and sang happy birthday to me when she brought my desert out. We even got some souvenirs from our visit which was a fairy wand with "Cinderella's Royal table" on it, a sword and a copy of the photo with Cinderella from the beginning. Also whilst waiting for our meal Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty came around to get photos and sign autographs. It was the most amazing birthday experience of my life, such a perfect way to spend my 21st!

Magic Kingdom #2: The final day where I could use my tickets into the parks so decided to make the most of it and revisit some of the parks so I could either go on certain rides again, try and go on ones I missed out on and also make a few purchases from the gift shops. I decided to travel in style and got the monorail to Epcot and then got the ferryboat from Epcot to Magic Kingdom, it was a lovely time of the afternoon, sailing along as the sun was setting. So pretty!
I'd never travelled like that before in Florida so I wanted to have that experience at least once. So I'm happy to have had that. I had headed over to Magic Kingdom specifically to watch the Firework display as a final Disney farewell as the last time I was at Magic Kingdom I was inside the castle so I didn't see it from the outside. It was wonderful to experience the display in those different ways. It was amazing, I took a ridiculous amount of photographs of the huge variety of fireworks and it was the perfect way to round off such an amazing holiday, experience and of course birthday! <3

124 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. This looks amazing. I might ask to go for my next bigggggg birthday. Looks like you had a great time. I really want to check out the disneyland in Hong Kong sometime. Wonderful blog you have here! www.prettynostalgia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It honestly was amazing Helena! You should definitely try and do it for your next big birthday :D I'd love to check that one out too, it looks awesome!
      And thank you very much :D xx

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  2. Wow, this looks like so much fun!
    I have been to Disneyland Paris but Florida is soooo much bigger :O

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    1. It was so much fun! :D I've never been to the Paris one, I'd love to visit it :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  3. Love this, it's so cute! Looks like you packed a lot into your visit. ♥ Also, just wanted to throw this out there: I know you're a huge disney fan and that is all my blog is about and I would love it if you would consider being a part of my next zine. I want to feature some of my favorite bloggers in their disney apparel. Let me know.

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    1. Thank you Loreal, I tried to do as much as possible. Oh wow that sounds really fun, I'd love to! :D thanks for much for asking me xx

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  4. It sounds like you had the most perfect 21st birthday ever Kate, like beyond perfect! I'm just craving Disney right now, and your post has made me want to be there even more! It looks like you really did have the time of your life, thanks for sharing your snaps and adventures! x

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    1. I really did thank you Holl! Haha apologies for all the cravings :p xx

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  5. thanks doll
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  6. Aaw, I remember have an amazing time there too :) There's so many things to see and do! Definitely my favourite ever holiday! xxx

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    1. It's fab isn't it Carly :D I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did :) xx

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  7. I've only been to the paris disneyland but I had an amazing time! You look great in the photos too :)
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    1. Oh have you? I'd love to check that one out too :D and thank you Marissa :D xx

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  8. Lucky you! And happy belated birthday! We haven't been to Disney land before, but it is definitely on our bucket list

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I had a great birthday! you definitely need to go! xx

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  9. Definitely would love to visit Disneyworld, I've been to Disneyland twice and L O V E D it.

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    1. You need to Steph! You'd love it :D xx

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  10. I am so insanely jealous! This looks so amazing, I must go to America one day!

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    1. It was amazing Meg, you really need to go :D xx

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  11. looks like you had an amazing time, i've been once but absolutely ages ago so would love to go back now! i loved meeting all the characters and collecting autographs :D x

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    1. I was the same before I went this time.Meeting the characters was so much fun :D xx

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  12. Nice blog! (:

    Do you wanna follow each other on GFC? Let me know! (:
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  13. oh my gosh!! love these pictures:)) disneyworld must be so awesome! oh, and belated: happy birthday:) you must have had an amazing birthday there hihi. love the picture with arielle<3
    lots of love xx

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    1. Aw thank you Nee, it was awesome! and thanks for the birthday wishes, I had a great time :D xx

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  14. So many great pictures ! :))
    This pictures are cool and your blog is amazing, too !

    Let's follow each other?
    Let me know <3

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    1. Aww thank you Marieke :D I'll check yours out :)
      xx

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    1. You should go Charlotte! it's awesome :D
      xx

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  16. *sighs* this post is life. disney world feels so much like home ♥ i loved traveling through your pics! i'm sure you had a great bday :)
    Much love, Lottie xx
    *ps. you look super cute in the pics*
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    1. Aww thank you, I'm really glad you've enjoyed them!
      What a lovely comment, thanks for much Lottie :D
      xx

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  17. Wow. Lovely photo's. I'm so jealous, I wanna go so bad :)

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  18. This place is amazing :)
    Do you want to follow each other, let me know on my blog?!

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    1. Thank you :) I'll check your blog out now xx

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    1. Thank you, it's the best isn't it :D xx

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    1. Thank you, it's the best isn't it :D xx

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  21. How EXCITING! I'm going to Disneyland Paris this year and reading this has made me even more excited! I've been to universal studios and it's such a great place! Glad to see you've had such an amazing time!
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    1. Ooh that'll be fun! I hope you have a great time :D and thanks Eden, I had a lovely time :D
      xx

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  22. Looks like to much fun here. I really wanna see Disney Land for myself though. Thanks for sharing these photos & I love, love your fringe!

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    1. You should definitely go when you get the chance :D and aww thank you :) xx

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  23. Amazing post! Makes me wanna fly there! ;) You look great too!
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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed my post :) xx

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  24. These pictures are so pretty!!!
    You had such a wonderful time there, I guess… You have a pretty blog! I'm following you on Bloglovin', Instagram…
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    1. Thank you Novella, I really appreciate it :D xx

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  25. Looove Disneyland! I'm sure you had a great time!

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    1. I had a great time :D thank you and thanks for the comment :) xx

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    1. It was amazing Amy, you'll have to visit it :D xx

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  27. nice pics :)i like your hair

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  28. I wish I could go to disneyland too. You look great and looks like you've had a lot of fun. WIsh to check out my blog and maybe follow each other?

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    1. You definitely should go :D Aww thank you! I'll check it out now :) xx

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  29. That looks like so much fun! A lot of the seniors in my grade are gone there right now for senior trip :)

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    1. It was great fun Ashley! And omg no way! that would be an amazing school trip! We never had anything like that at my school xx

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  30. It looks like you had a great time.



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  31. Looks like you had so much fun! The dolphin pictures are amazing!
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    1. It was amazing Connie, I really enjoyed it :D xx

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  32. So lovely! Thankyou for your comments on my blog :) xxx
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    1. Thank you Adora and you are welcome :D xx

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  33. great photos!
    i can't wait to go to disneyland one day
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  34. You are so lucky! I would love to touch the dolphins!

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    Kisses!

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  35. These are the besssst pics ever!! LOVin' your Disney Birthday! we have celebrated ours in Disneyland 2x and had the best time ever too!!!
    kisses
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    1. Aww thank you very much Girls! I would love to go to Disneyland as well at some point, glad you enjoyed it when you went :) xx

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  36. So lucky !! I'd love to go there !! All your outfit are great !
    xx

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    1. Aww thank you Alienor :D you should definitely go sometime :) xx

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  41. You're so lucky! You looked stunning in those pictures as well

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    1. Aww thank you very much Bethany :D xx

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  42. You did so many fun things!!! Lucky!

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  43. Very nice pics! Cool place!

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  44. I haven't been to Disney in years, but I would love to go back someday for sure! Your pictures just make me want to hop on the next plane and hug Mickey Mouse!

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    1. Haha thanks Teffy, you should do it XD xx

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  45. Omg I'm so jealous! I want to go to there....lol

    Thank you so much for your lovely, lovely comments on my blog :) xx

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    1. Haha you should its amazing! And you're welcome, you have a great blog :D xx

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  46. That was quite the trip! I love all the photos - I live in Orlando right now for school, so I've been to all those places too :)

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    1. Awww thank you! and wow that's really cool :D xx

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  47. Happy belated 21st :) these photos look amazing and so fun! look like you had an incredible time <3

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    1. Thank you very much Jenny :D I had an amazing time! xx

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  48. You lucky ducky!!!

    What a fantastic way to celebrate your 21st, something you will ALWAYS remember : )

    And I love that you got the classic Minnie ears... Standard! I got a pair when I went to Disney Land last year, and I bet you're doing the same as I did... Wearing them round the house now?! : )

    Lovely photos and happy birthday!!

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    1. Yeah it was an amazing experience Gemma :D
      Hahaha it is like the right thing to do when you're there! I may occasionally sport them around the house ;)
      Thank you very much for this lovely comment!

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  49. Aw Disneyland!! It's always fun there. Like they say, happiest place on earth! Love how you spent your birthday there!

    PS: Love the outfits you were--- great inspiration for what to wear in theme parks!!

    ♥♥♥

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    1. It is amazing isn't it! Yeah it was the best :D
      Oh thank you I'm glad you find them inspiring XD
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  50. I want to do the exact same thing for my 21st!! But since my birthdays in September I think more of a late celebration the following Summer.. But I love your pics & I laughed at your one with Ariel. Shes my ultimate fav and 'm going to get my picture and her autograph too haha x

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    1. Omg really?! Ha that is fantastic Gillian :D I'm glad you liked this post :D it was great meeting her :) If you end up going and do a post about it please send me the link, I'd love to see :D xx

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  51. Disney looks amazing! it brings back memories from when I went! Your photos are great too and I love your style!
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    Em x

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    1. Hi Em! I'm glad it brings back some memories for you :D Thank you very much, you are so sweet :D
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  52. What a magical journey! I'll never stop wishing for a visit there. I might be mature (to not say old) in age but inside of me there's still that little girl I used to be! <3

    XO, Melissa

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    1. Aww thank you Melissa, I really hope you get your wish and visit there soon :D
      never too old for Disney ;)
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  53. This is lovely! I spent my 21st birthday at Disneyland Paris x

    xoxo, Anna
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    1. Thank you Anna :D and aww fab! hope you had a fab time :D xx

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