Magic happens

I just got back from five incredible days at Walt Disney World with my Disney pal Melinda, and once again, we had an absolutely wonderful time! As usual, we were amazingly lucky with our timing, and so many things just "worked out" better than expected. My mom says I have a "Disney star" watching over me to reward my sincere fandom, and even though I do a lot of planning before I go, I'm beginning to think it's true! We literally experienced every attraction we planned to see, plus a few more as a bonus! There were far too many amazing things to mention here all at once, but here's a few of the highlights.

Magic Kingdom: The new themed area on Main Street to meet Mickey is great, and when I saw Mickey and Minnie were there together, I was totally holding back the tears! The new graveyard themed queue of the Haunted Mansion is frightfully fun (not to mention the new interactive hitchhiking ghosts), and even though we had a bit of rain in the middle of the day, it cleared up before the Main Street Electrical Parade (with revamped and new floats) at night. The most magical event of all was lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table (inside the castle), which is one of the most difficult restaurants to book. I lucked into a reservation since the windows were supposed to be covered for refurbishing, but when we walked in, they were totally open to bright sunlit views of Fantasyland. Not only that, but we even got a window table!

Epcot: The Flower and Garden Festival really added a whole new dimension to the park with so many beautiful topiaries and displays to discover! We also got to experience the Sum of all Thrills, a new "industrial arm" attraction that lets you design your own thrill ride and experience it - difficult to describe, but awesome!

Animal Kingdom: Besides riding everything and seeing the big shows, we got to encounter DeVine (an exotic plant performer who blends into the jungle) up close, and follow the parade through most of the park!

Hollywood Studios: This is the big one! Thanks to constant updates from StarToursLive, we were able to ride the brand new re-imagined Star Tours attraction during a special preview, before the official opening on May 20th! It was just too good to be true, since we got to ride it three times and experience several of the random planets and events (there are 54 combinations you can experience). Plus, we somehow hit the Fantasmic jackpot again and got to view the show from the third row! It was so cool seeing the character floats go by on the water directly in front of us!

View photos: Walt Disney World 2011
Watch video: Walt Disney World Highlights