Who Says You're Too Old For Fairy Tales?

My Trip to the Most Magical Place in America

In the summer of 2010, I went to Disney World. This was only my second time going and as corny as it sounds, it was much more magical than the first.

Though I lived in Orlando for several years, I hardly ever went to any of its amusement parks. Before this time, I only went to Disney in 2000. I was ten years old at the time.

Let's just say that I didn't remember too much about the first trip except for a few rollercoasters and coming back home with hives.

But from this trip, I felt like everyone who worked at Disney was dedicated to create a special experience for everyone who went there.

One of my best friends from Fort Lauderdale, Ashlei McGhee, would always tell me of the numerous times she and her family and friends would take the trip.

In fact, another friend of hers, Etienne Ramos, worked for Disney and ended up giving her some tickets he had left over. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to go. It was one I will never regret.

Of course, you see pictures of what the Magic Castle looks like, but to be there during the night when all the fireworks go off is truly an experience in itself.

On another note, when I go back to Ocoee to visit my family for the Fourth of July, we go to a family friend's home.

The friend happens to live very close to Disney, so we can watch the fireworks from the parking lot of his neighborhood. Now, that is a show to see.

Here are pictures of me and my friends near the Magic Castle and in China (at least the Epcot version).

From left to right: Shaneece Dixon (me), Ashlei
McGhee and Maegan Byington Diaz on our way
to see the Magic Castle.
Clockwise: Etienne Ramos, Ashlei McGhee and
me in "China."

I promise that you will not see nicer firework displays than those shown at Disney. It's a show that everyone has to see in their lifetime. They are absolutely, irrevocably beautiful.

We also went with two other friends, Jose Diaz and Maegan Byington, who were visiting Florida from Israel.

It was my first time meeting them and I felt quite honored that they wanted to share the special news of their engagement with us.

I loved going into the Epcot Center and walking through the sections that were designed to look like different countries.

In fact, when we went to "France," someone was selling crepes. To me, they looked like very small and very thin pancakes with chocolate syrup.

Whenever I heard of crepes, I always thought of these really sweet, French delicacies. But to each his (or her) own. Personally, I didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be, but I'll try my luck in the real France.

Here I am sitting by a pond when we went to
visit "Japan."

This is all of us standing outside of the Epcot.

Clockwise: Maegan Byington Diaz, Jose Diaz,
Ashlei McGhee and me.

Inside was the coolest thing. There were small individual screens that were plastered all over the walls.

Then the lights would dim, and a video came on.

As you turned to look at each wall, you could see the Great Wall all around you. In that moment, it felt like we were in China ourselves.

When we went to Japan, we decided to browse in some of the little gift shops they had there.

Interestingly enough, they had a whole bunch of Japanese merchandise, including anime books and Pokemon cards.

I felt as though we could've been in those stores for hours, but there was so much to see.

However, we did end up eating sushi there. We sat by this beautiful pond that was surrounded by lush, green trees and ducks.

It was incredibly tranquil and I was happy to be a part of it.