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Winter Break: How I met Mickey Mouse & visited Hogwarts

For the last week of winter break, I got to go on vacation with my family to Orlando, Florida. That being said, I am incredibly
sad that break officially ends tomorrow. Since they say pictures speak louder than words, I am going to show you all my break through pictures  (especially since I brought my new Canon camera with me!) We stayed at a Disney hotel and although it was freezing the first few days, I could not think of a better way to end my break. As you can see in this first picture, Florida had gorgeous sunsets!

The first we visited Magic Kingdom in Disney World. It was especially awesome to visit Magic Kingdom now, since they were all decorated for Christmas time. We got to go on the Snow White and Peter Pan ride I haven’t been on in ages. 

As you can see in this picture, I got to meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie! I don’t think I’ve ever actually gotten to meet either of them, so even though I’m 20, I was pretty happy here.

Since you have to be under 5ft 2inches to be Mickey or Minnie, someday I want to use my shortness to my advantage and be one of these two. Being paid to be under a certain height? Yes please!

The next day I went to Hollywood Studios by myself. My family wanted to relax but since I have no idea when I’m going to Disney World next, I figured I might as well go to a park alone. Even though it was lonely at times waiting in long lines alone, I had a blast! This first picture is from a tram ride where they show you how they do special effects in movies. It was awesome learning how they make it look like everything is on fire. 
One of my favorite parts of Hollywood Studios is the Tower of Terror. Even though I had to wait in line for over an hour, it was well worth it. I used to love to watch the Disney Movie “Tower of Terror,” so going on this ride was one of my favorite parts of the day. 
Two other parts of my day that I absolutely loved was eating lunch at Pizza Planet and seeing the light show in Hollywood Studios’ downtown. They even had snow! It sure beat any of the light displays I had seen at home. 
The last full day we were in Orlando, we went to Universal Studios. Two words – Harry Potter. Seeing my favorite childhood books come to life was indescribable. I got to drink butterbeer, ate lunch at The Three Broomsticks and rode a dragon.
During the day, we also went to some other parts of the park. We ended up in Jurassic Park and in the front row for the wettest ride I have ever been on. We should have known that people were wearing rain ponchos for a reason. We also went to Seuss Land, which was pretty sweet. Who doesn’t like it when they feel they’ve entered into their childhood books? Overall, I had a fantastic break going to concerts, being with family, shopping with my sister, going to Build-a-Bear for the first time, seeing old friends, getting a circus waffle maker, bringing in 2011 with some awesome people, and visiting Orlando. Hope every had an awesome start to the new year! I can already tell that 2012 is going to be great!

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