Things that will take your breath away in Walt Disney World

There's one thing for sure - going to Walt Disney World is an amazing holiday, nothing beats it. One of the reasons it's such an amazing holiday is there are so many things that will take your breath away. From seeing Cinderella's Castle for the first time to watching spectacular fireworks fly above that same castle you'll be sure to leave Walt Disney World with lifelong memories.

After numerous trips you would think I'd be getting bored of the place but there's no way I could ever bore of the magic that Walt Disney World offers. If you're looking for reasons to visit here are just a few things that will take your breath away...

Meet your favourite characters

Your kids can meet Olaf or Elsa and Anna, there's Mickey Mouse and the gang, and even classic characters like Snow White - and they're all waiting for you to come and say hello!

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Storm Troopers patrol the streets in Hollywood Studios!
Be sure to look out for Storm Troopers!

In special locations all over the parks you can meet characters and there's lists of where you can find the character you most want to meet. You can even go to restaurants and have the characters come to your table - The Garden Grill is great for this, the boys got to meet Chip and Dale, Pluto, and Mickey Mouse. Seeing your teenaged son jumping up so he can have a photo with Mickey Mouse is sure to take your breath away!


Every park has an evening show and they are each spectacular in their own way. In Magic Kingdom you can see the castle morph as wonderful fireworks light up the sky all timed with music. In Hollywood Studios you simply must see Fantasmic! which is a show featuring Mickey Mouse, with lots of fireworks. And check out Epcot's firework show - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - it's an amazing show and there's limited opportunity to see it because it's changing at the end of 2019.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Fantasmic! A firework show in Hollywood Studios will take your breath away.
Lasers and water in Fantasmic!

Each of the firework shows will take your breath away and you'll be marvelling at how they manage to get such a brilliant show timed so well with the music. Oh, and your kids will love it!

Frozen Ever After

Even if you're not a Frozen fan this gentle kids ride is sure to take your breath away. See the Frozen story played out as you float in a boat around Arundel. Watch as Elsa sends her magic around the castle and see Olaf dance as he shows you the way to go! Do not miss this.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Singing along with Elsa and Anna will leave a lump in your throat.
Don't forget to sing along with Elsa and Anna.

Avatar Flight of Passage

One of the newest additions to Animal Kingdom is Avatar Flight of Passage - an immersive, thrill ride that will take you into Pandora. You get to ride on the back of a Banshee as it flies around Pandora, you can actually feel the Banshee breathing. You will see some truly stunning scenes and when you finish the ride you will wonder how on earth it felt so real.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Pandora is a beautiful place to visit, full of colourful flowers and trees.
Look around Pandora after riding Flight of Passage, it's a beautiful place.

I have never been on a ride that felt quite so real. From feeling the Banshee's chest move as it breathed, to getting splashed in the face with the sea as the Banshee flew over high waves. Avatar Flight of Passage will take your breath away and leave you wanting more.

Hoop De Doo Musical Revue

Want a show and dinner that will keep you entertained the entire time you're eating? Head to the Wilderness Lodge Campground where you'll find Hoop De Doo Musical Revue, an entertaining musical show that will have you laughing so hard you'll find it hard to breathe. Actors dance and sing on stage while you eat your meal, occasionally including you in the show too, and I have no doubt you will laugh so hard your cheeks will ache.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Hoop De Doo Musical Revue will surely take your breath away from all the laughing!
So, so entertaining - Hoop De Doo Musical Revue is a MUST see!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This one is more for the kids but when you see the amount of candy on offer for you to just go around and pick up - it is breathtaking. While the party gets busy and you'll likely see lines for the candy you're sure to have a good time and the kids will think it's amazing. Your kids can dress up, something they encourage, and you can dress up too - something they usually don't allow. Be sure to take extra bags with you to hold all the candy you'll inevitably get when you go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Balloons, candy, and more at the Not-so-scary party!

Plaza Ice Cream Parlour

If you or your kids like ice-cream be sure to head to Plaza Ice Cream Parlour in Magic Kingdom. You'll find it at the end of the street on the corner - and be sure to bring your appetite. With such things on offer as the All-American Sundae and Mickey's Kitchen Sink Sundae (yes, it's actually in a sink!) you'll get your fill of ice-cream here.

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | Ice Cream for everyone - and there's enough for everyone too!
It might not look it, but this was more than enough for four of us!

For the first time in 2018 we visited the ice-cream parlour and we weren't disappointed, in fact despite only having two sundaes to share between the four of us we still couldn't finish them!

Things That Will Take Your Breath Away In Walt Disney World | There are so many amazing things to see, here's just a few of them you'll love.

It would take forever to list all the ways Walt Disney World will take your breath away, but these are just a few of them.

What would you most look forward to seeing?

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How to beat Blue Monday and bring a little light into your life

Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year, apparently - is next week, and in preparation I decided to put together a few ways you can beat Blue Monday and bring a little light into your life. This time of year, when it's still dark when you get out of bed and the sun is setting before 5pm, it can be easy to let the short days get to you. Add to that the colder weather and being back at work after a long break, and it's easy to see why there's a 'Blue Monday', but if you know me at all you know I like to look on the bright side of life. I like to see the positives...

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Search for the light and you'll find it - it's everywhere.

It may be dark outside but that doesn't mean there isn't light somewhere.

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. 

Desiderius Erasmus

Wear bright colours

One of the ways I make myself feel better during the winter months is to wear brighter colours. White, yellow, orange, anything that will make you smile and think of brighter days. Yellow always makes me smile, it makes me think of summer and spending days outdoors.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Wearing bright colours can really make you feel happier - I always reach for the colours in the winter!
Me, wearing my favourite dress - although in the winter I'd probably have a cardigan too!

With no colour anywhere outside (unless you count grey!) bringing colour into your wardrobe will help you feel better. You might not be seeing lots of colourful flowers around but you can be the flower and bring bright colours into your day.

Treat yourself

Treating yourself to a fancy coffee when you're feeling down is a good way to pick yourself up. You're back at work, the weather is awful, but at least you can get a good coffee and enjoy a few minutes peace while you drink it.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Getting a moment of peace to drink your favourite coffee can make everything seem better.

For me, nothing beats drinking my favourite coffee (Nescafe Gingerbread Latte) first thing in a morning while the kids are still in bed and I've got the house to myself. The house is quiet and I can sit and enjoy the coffee without having to get up and make breakfast for everyone - even if it's still dark outside that coffee makes my morning seem bright.

Meet friends

One thing is for sure, friends are a brilliant way of picking yourself up if you're feeling down. Meeting friends for coffee, taking the kids to your local play centre and letting them go crazy, it's a great way to get smiling again and enjoy a little time out of the house. Friends are brilliant at getting you smiling, and it will make you feel good to chat.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Friends are people who can brighten your day in an instant!
Getting together with the girls will make you smile straight away!

I always enjoy meeting friends for coffee, and while we don't do it nearly often enough it's always an enjoyable time to be sitting chatting. You get to moan about the kids, you get to offload all the things that have been annoying you, as well as listening to their gripes - and you both feel brighter because of it. Having someone you can moan to, or laugh with, makes beating Blue Monday easy!

Favourite movies

When it's dark outside and there's no reason to be enjoying the outdoors one of the best things you can do is to watch your favourite movies. Grab a bucket of popcorn, your favourite blanket, and settle down to watch your favourites. Comedies always work well, get yourself laughing and you'll feel so much better. There don't seem to be many comedy movies but there's a few that we always enjoy, like Hot Fuzz, 50 First Dates, and Austin Powers.


At a time when it being dark in a morning can get you down why not look out for the bright side - like being able to watch the sunrise. A few weeks ago I caught the most beautiful sunrise I've seen in months, the sky was lit up with orange and red hues and and I had a moment's peace where I could just look out and watch the sun rise. It was truly a lovely few minutes and I was so thankful that I got it.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Sunrise is so beautiful - take a moment to enjoy it.

Sometimes it's not always possible to see the sunrise, cloudy days and frosty mornings can make it difficult. However, look out for the clear mornings - the ones where the sun lights up the sky in an array of colours - and just take a moment to enjoy it.

Upbeat music

Nothing beats playing some upbeat music and dancing around your lounge to bring a little light into your day. There's something special about music, the right tune can have you smiling in no time - think about the song that was played when you and your husband got married and I bet you smile. Think about a song you used to dance around to in the Nightclubs when you were young and you'll smile - maybe even laugh when you remember some of the antics you got up to!

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Dance like no one is watching!

Music plays such an important role in our lives, we use it to entertain ourselves but lots of tunes end up holding special memories for us. One of mine is The Final Countdown by Europe - this is the song the Hubby decided to play in the car when I was in labour, about to give birth to LP,  and we were on our way to the hospital! It makes me laugh every time I hear it because despite me being stressed about the birth the Hubby did his best to make me laugh - and it worked.

So put on some tunes and jump about in your lounge - you'll feel brilliant!

Say hello

If you head out of your house why not say hello to someone? You have no idea what other people are going through and a simple "hello" could make them feel good, and in turn make you feel good. It's always nice to greet people and it is often accompanied with a smile, which we all know is contagious.

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart. 

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Open your heart and chat to people and you might find a friend for life, or you could make a difference to someone going through tough times.


As well as saying hello to people, smile! Like I said, a smile is contagious and people can't help smiling back when you flash them your pearly whites. A smile can spread quickly and before you know it you're feeling brighter even though it's pouring rain outside and you're stuck at the bus stop.

Take a moment

If none of the above helps here's one thing I force myself to do when I'm feeling dark. Go somewhere you can get a quiet moment and think about all you have. Family, friends, and love, think about the love that spreads out from you to your family and then comes back. Take a moment to appreciate all you have and you're sure to smile.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Bring A Little Light Into Your Life | Use these tips to make your Blue Monday a little brighter.

Blue Monday may be the most depressing day of the year but that doesn't mean you have to let the darkness in. Think about all the good things in your life, bring colour into your wardrobe, and play your favourite tunes and you'll seen be letting a little light into your life.

How do you let a little light into your life?

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And if you want to learn to be kinder to yourself, to give yourself time to have a coffee - and get an activity book for your kids - I'm here to help!

Post Comment Love 11th - 13th January

Happy New Year! Post Comment Love, and Stephanie and me, are back after our break and are hoping you've got some great posts in store for us.

How was your Christmas and New Year? I've had a brilliant break, and actually had a few ideas which I hope to make a reality soon, but the break was wonderful. I purposely stepped away from my computer - I haven't touched in 2 weeks! It was good to just step away and do the things that aren't "work", like playing games, opening the boys' new gifts, and spending time together as a family.

Post Comment Love 11th - 13th January | Is your 2019 looking bright?

We had a good few days when we didn't need to do anything at all and it was SO good. Not having to go to a supermarket or visit anyone was so nice and the boys enjoyed not having to go out because it meant they could play Fortnite the whole time!

But now it's back to normal, the boys are back at school and I'm back in my room every day tapping away on the keyboard. I have plans and you may see one or two changes here at Morgan's Milieu, but know I'll still be here telling you to grab that hot coffee while you can!

Bring on 2019 - I'm ready for it!

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Blogger Showcase Gabrielle from The Opinionated One Blog

Who are you?

My name is Gabrielle and I am a 25-year-old health, beauty, religion, and lifestyle blogger from North Carolina. I am married to my best friend Jonathan and we currently have a cat named Rum Tum (named after the mischievous cat from Cats the Musical.

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How did you discover blogs/blogging?

Writing has always been a great outlet for me. I was a journalist for a year and a half before I became a PR associate. Both of my jobs call for writing, but its nothing compared to writing about things I have experienced or things I love. A blog was the first thing that came to mind when I wanted to share my experience and opinions.

Why did you start blogging?

Blogging was a great way to relieve stress and communicate my thoughts with words, videos, and photos. I started blogging to share my opinions (hence the name of my blog), but it has evolved into writing about things I think other people would find useful or interesting.

What do you find most challenging?

I think the most challenging thing about blogging is gauging the ever-changing readership of your blog. Someone could stumble across an ad you placed about your blog and decide to check it out, or you could have a dedicated readership that look forward to your specific niche blog posts. I always want to make sure my content is engaging and will attract as many readers as possible, but content needs are always changing!

What is your favourite topic to write about?

I have really been enjoying writing about lifestyle blogs. These include my monthly favorites, ideas for dates, and tips for other bloggers. I also really enjoy writing about my religion, Christianity, as it serves as my way of telling others about my faith without shoving it down their throats.

Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

Both! I love to use my blog to vent, have a discussion, or offer advice. It really is fun for me, especially challenging myself to do things I normally wouldn't do like tackling a difficult recipe or trying to understand runway trends. With all that being said, I do hope to monetize my blog at some point, but it is difficult. Why not get paid for what you love and have fun doing?

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love connecting with other bloggers via social media and seeing what they have to say about my content. The blogging community has been good to me, and everyone is so supportive. That would have to be my favorite thing.

Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?

I've never had the chance to attend a blogging conference, but I've attended several seminars on topics that bloggers must know, such as social media and post reach. I've enjoyed attending these and think they are worth the time and registration fees!

What are your 3 best posts?

This is my favorite because I loved cooking all of the meals and desserts to get the photos. My husband loved it too!

This is one of my favorites because I feel I was able to finally explain what I was trying to say about my anxiety. I feel like I was really raw and opinionated, not really caring if it offended people that were gestured to (no names).

I like all of my "Investigating the Mysterious" posts because it is rare that you'll see a Christian blogger talking about oddities like these. I like diving in to paranormal and murder cases to share all the information I can find in research. The Amityville series spurred my interest in horror, so I wanted to do some research and was surprised by what I uncovered.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, Dedicated, Funny

Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

I love coffee and cake. My favorite coffee would include hazelnut creamer and a dash of sugar. I love lemon cake in the summer and apple cake in the winter months!

What's your idea of a perfect night out?

Lots of fun with friends. For myself and my friend group, this normally means heading to an event like trivia night, a movie, or a comedy show!

Your perfect night in?

My perfect night in includes my bed, a good Netflix recommendation, and dinner in bed!

What would your friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?

My husband says that my best quality is my rationality. He says I take into account all points of something before I make a decision.

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Why you, and your kids, will love Walt Disney World

You're thinking of planning a family holiday and Walt Disney World is a possibility, but you're not sure if you'll enjoy it. You're an adult after all, so how could you enjoy yourself as much as your kids might. You could go to Walt Disney World but is it really worth the cost? If these are just a few of the questions you're asking yourself then this post is for you - here's why you, and your kids, will love Walt Disney World.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | From entertainment in the street to meeting your favourite characters it's full of Disney magic!
Street entertainment, rides everywhere, and amazing food - what more could you want from your next holiday?

The first thing I often hear from people who have never been to Walt Disney World is "how can you love the place so much? Isn't it just for kids?". This never fails to get me going on a rant about the most magical place on earth isn't just for the kids - it's for everyone!

You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. 

Walt Disney

Walt Disney himself believed that adults needed to enjoy themselves too. They wanted to have a wonderful time with their kids, not just pretend to have fun because their kids were. I've lost count of the number of times I've been somewhere with the kids and pretended to have fun because they thought it was brilliant. 

In Walt Disney World you don't have to pretend. 


If you've read any of my other posts you'll see me writing about magic a lot when it comes to Walt Disney World. There is no doubting the real magic you get to witness every day, from the moment you step foot on WDW property.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Finding little bits of magic all around the parks makes you smile!

The cast members are cheerful and welcoming, everyone wants you to have a memorable holiday and they will do everything in their power to make that happen. From giving you special badges to celebrate special days (like birthdays, anniversaries, first visit), to sprinkling pixie dust over your birthday plans to make it extra special.

It is difficult to describe all the ways that Walt Disney World is magical - but magical it is.

Act like a child

Without feeling like a fool there aren't many places, other than your own home, you can act like a child and feel right at home. But Walt Disney World is certainly one of those places.

I remember walking into Magic Kingdom for the first time and I teared up - I couldn't believe I was looking at Cinderella's Castle - I was actually there! I've skipped through the parks, shrieked when I spotted Belle walking through France in Epcot, and laughed so hard I needed to pee. The freedom you feel in Walt Disney World is liberating and there is absolutely no reason you should feel self-conscious. Every single person in the place is happy to be there and enjoying every moment - and so should you.

Your kids are watching you

Have you ever enjoyed yourself so much that you totally forget where you are and simply enjoy the time with your kids?

In Walt Disney World you really do get to enjoy yourself, and your kids get to see that. They see you smiling and laughing, every day, for a few weeks. They see you get excited about characters, they see you giggling, they see you let go of day-to-day stresses and just be.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Take time out to chill and enjoy the time off...
Take time out to chill in Blizzard Beach!

It's a wonderful thing for your kids to see and they will enjoy themselves all the more because they know you're loving it too.

Meeting the stars

Obviously meeting Mickey Mouse is going to be top of your list - or at least it should be! - but there are so many characters you have the chance to say hello to and maybe even hug!

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known. 

Walt Disney 

Olaf is a new visitor to Hollywood Studios, you'll find Snow White in Germany in Epcot, and if you're a fan of Cinderella (like me) you can meet her inside her Castle!

Some characters stand in special places around the parks, others visit various restaurants throughout the parks, and some even have houses for you to visit. If I listed the characters we've met on holiday I'd be here all day but needless to say it's a big list.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Meet your favourite characters - wherever you like!
I *may* have giggled like a little girl when I got to hug Minnie Mouse!

My favourite is Mickey, he's always happy to see you and always has some special interaction that will help you remember it forever. The boys had a great time during summer 2018 when they met Mickey and they were wearing their pins - Mickey pointed out himself on their lanyards and gave them a big thumbs up and a hug! They loved it - even BP who is 14!

Amazing food

The food you'll find in and around Walt Disney World is epic. The choices are vast and you may even have trouble choosing but there's one thing for sure - there's enough choices that you wouldn't need to eat the same thing twice!

From fancy sit down restaurants like California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort, to meals with entertainment like at Hoop De Doo Musical Revue, you're sure to have a wonderful time when you're eating.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | The food is EPIC!
Chips and lobster roll anyone?

And it's not just the sit down restaurants that are awesome. We love stopping by Yak n Yeti, where you can get some really tasty fried rice or noodles, epic burgers can be found at the Starlight Cafe, and if you're after something a little different you could visit during the Food and Wine Festival.

Oh, and don't forget to try the amazing snacks throughout the parks!

Rides as far as the eye can see

There will not be a day goes by when you don't go on rides at least once when on holiday in Walt Disney World. More likely though is that you'll spend your entire days going from one ride to another - but be sure to book your Fastpass+ to beat the hours-long lines. You can find mellow rides like Carousel of Progress and It's a Small World to thrilling, scream-inducing rides like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or Flight of Passage.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Rides as far as the eye can see!
One of my boys' favourite rides - the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

You can plan your days around rides, going from one to another, or you can walk around and hop on rides when the mood takes you. But one thing is for sure - you'll have a fabulous time!

Limitless entertainment

Not only does Walt Disney World have amazing food, characters you saw on the TV when you were a kid, and rides around every corner, but the entertainment available is brilliant and there's so much of it!

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Entertainment around every corner, all over the place!
The Dapper Dans sing for a few people in the street, and further down Main Street you'll find the Casey's Corner pianist!

There's shows in the parks like Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Hollywood Studios, and Up! A Great Bird Adventure Show in Animal Kingdom, games and fun around the hotel pool run by Cast members, and even night time shows like Ohana or Mickey's Backyard Barbecue.

I have no doubt you'll be entertained wherever you go.

Why You, And Your Kids, Will Love Walt Disney World | Not sure WDW is for you? Here's just a few reasons you will LOVE it!

So there you have it, lots of reasons you and your kids will love Walt Disney World - what are you waiting for?

What would you most look forward to during a trip to Walt Disney World?

If this intrigued you but you'd still like to read more about WDW check out How to make your trip to Walt Disney World more magical, and if you're thinking of booking do look at Things to know before visiting Walt Disney World.

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