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The Best Way To spend 2 Days in Orlando.

As a kid I was ALL about Nickelodeon.  I would stay up way late watching Snick and anything on it like are you afraid of the dark , All That and Double Dare. I was a DIE HARD Nick fan.  Basically what I'm trying to say is I was not a huge Disney fan. I had my favorite movies of course like Aladdin (I'd watch that on repeat and knew every word to the soundtrack)  and Beauty and the Beast but I was no where near the person who was head over heels for the vast majority for Disney.  

I know.. unpopular opinion but 90's nick is where it was at for me!

But to be honest in the back of my mind I always wanted to go to Disney World. The magic behind what they were creating always seamed to catch my attention and as a teen when I was watching things like Lizzy Mcguire and all the tween shows and movies like Halloween Town and Smart House ( because yes, I was SUPER into those). But needless to say, I never went to Disney as a kid but it was always something in the back of my mind that I wanted to do eventually. 

Well it may have taken 28 years but guess what..


If you recall a while back, I had said I wanted to make traveling a part of my normal life and I started to make moves towards that. Within the past 6 months I've been to Albuquerque, Vegas and Nashville and you bet when I got the opportunity to join my friend Sue from  From west to Midwest, I was compleatly on board! 

We started our trip out by having a great lunch at Phans, where I had my very first Pho dish and some AMAZING Ribs that you should definitely stop in and try if your in the area.  If you know me at all you know I'm NOT an adventurous eater and I stick to some main dishes but you guys I'm trying to step out of my little box of pizza and various Italian foods. 

After doing a small amount of exploring and seeing some lovely things in Orland we were off to our next stop at  Canvas Restaurant & Market.  I was so impressed with how gorgeous this place was. It sits off a lake and provides the most BEAUTIFUL Sunset views to enjoy while you're eating dinner.  

Sue  looking fab! 

Sue looking fab! 

And as you all may know.. I'm such a sucker for a sunset, so I was EXTRA excited about this view.

The next day was the big day.. DISNEY DAY!

The minute I saw Cinderella's Castle my childhood dream got checked off the list and I'll admit there was a moment that I was so excited about being there and seeing everything that I may have cried a tear of joy.  (dorky.. I know. I don't care.)

I didn't actually take that many photos while I was there oddly because there was SO MUCH to capture. I think I was just a little overwhelmed with it all.  I think my favorite part of being there was how themed things really are and I miss that aspect in amusement parks around Cincinnati that used to be theme parks... Kings Island, I'm talking to you....

We road several of the rides, mostly the ones with 45 minutes to an hour wait times. I was so impressed with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Haunted Mansion ride especially the animatronic aspects  or Heliographic ones, they looked SO REAL! I actually questioned if they were real people a couple times.

When it came time to call it a day at Disney we headed over to Planet Hollywood Observatory and had an amazing dinner and quite possibly the most EPIC milkshake I've ever had in my life.   The restaurant itself was pretty cool with memorabilia and costumes from movies throughout time displayed in little cases throughout the building.  It was kind of cool knowing that they were actually used in the movies themselves.   The building was really cool too, they had a DJ at the bottom floor who would interact with tables throughout their visit, while playing music videos on the observatory wall. At one point he played Frozen's "Let it go" and the whole place started singing the song. 

I posted on Facebook that I was about to make some terrible food choices that night but you know, terrible in a good way and I so did.  I had a burger with Mac and cheese, bacon and onion straws on it  and some amazing seasoned fries.  I also had, as stated above THE MOST EPIC MILKSHAKE EVER. They had 2 different ones to choose from and it was a hard choice but i went with the strawberry one with cake on top. It was so good and not hard to eat like I kind of thought it may be. Pro tip... you have to take it apart to make it work, thats why they give you an extra plate ;). 

So all in all my short trip to Orlando was perfect and just what I needed. I've actually already started planning out some future trips to California, Utah and Florida again. I'll be bringing my Mermaid Crown workshops to those locations.  Also, if you're in those areas and want to book a shoot with me while I'm there send me a message! I'll be sure to let you know the dates as well as add them to my Events calander. 

Have a place you think I should visit next? Let me know in the comments! 

P.s. I'm coming back for you Universal... I'm coming back!