Whether you fancy reliving your childhood, creating lifelong memories with your own offspring, or simply experiencing a bit of magic, then there’s only one destination for you – Walt Disney World! With Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot all filled with fairy tales, music, parades and adrenalin rides, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida isn’t called the most magical place on earth for no reason!
The plane journey from the UAE may take longer than your average staycation, but once you catch that first glimpse of Mickey Mouse, your jetlag will be a distant memory. The daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade down Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, accompanied by all the songs you know and love, is a Disney institution that can’t be missed, and there’s an authentic African safari experience waiting at Animal Kingdom. Rollercoasters such as Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are guaranteed to get your windpipes working and movie buffs can go behind the scenes of iconic film sets at Hollywood Studios.
WHERE TO STAY: Feeling like a princess goes hand in hand with a Disney adventure, so stay at the Victorian-style Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where you’ll bemade to feel every inch the star of the show. The rose-smelling lobby boasts its own orchestra, which plays every night while chocolates are left on your pillow. The hotel has its own monorail station, so you’re literally just a stop away from Disney World’s main park, Magic Kingdom.
Rooms start from Dhs1,899 per night, excluding taxes, +407 824 3000, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
APPROX FLIGHT TIME & COST:
16 hours, Dhs5,400 (Emirates fly to Orlando via New York)