A little bit of Disney World magic goes a long way
HOW many photos can one person take, of the Disney World castle, in four days?
Fifty, and that's the harvested amount.
My downfall was on our last night in the Magic Kingdom Park, when the castle becomes a canvas for a spectacular light and fireworks show.
In between the awes and ahs, I frantically snap away trying to capture the Disney characters and iridescent colours projected onto the castle's surface.
It was a fitting farewell to our short trip to Disney World, and I wish we had more time.
What I didn't realise when booking our trip was the enormity and number of the parks within Disney World, Florida.
Firstly there's the Magic Kingdom Park, the one with the beautiful castle.
For anyone who's been to Disneyland in California, it's has similar rides and attractions, but it's still well worth a visit.
The park is spread across six whimsical lands, including Fantasyland, which recently opened and features The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast attractions.
This excited me greatly as they are favourites of my sister and I.
Within Beauty and the Beast, is the Be Our Guest restaurant, set inside the ballroom where Belle and the Beast share a dance in the movie.
Dinner is surprisingly cheap, but it's a long wait to get inside.
Being an avid Little Mermaid fan, I had to go on EVERYTHING and dragged my husband along for the ride.
One of the most memorable experiences was when we lined up for Ariel's Grotto.
Not knowing what the attraction entailed, we reached the front of the line and the staff member measured my 188cm husband with a laugh, and said he would "just" fit.
He ushered us through the hallway to where Ariel was waiting.
I sat beside her and she complimented my purple dress, "It's my favourite colour," she said, to which I spluttered an almost incoherent reply.
What a way to start a ride!
After taking a photographic souvenir, we walked through the door to what we thought was the start of the attraction and were met with - the exit!
My husband turned to me with disgust, that was an hour-long wait he's never going to get back.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say, I promise I didn't know that's all the "ride" was (although I do love my photo).
The next day we visited Epcot, which is split into Future World and World Showcase.
Future World features technological innovations, while World Showcase is a cultural experience of 11 countries - Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.
Next was Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The eight "mini parks" were based on blockbuster movies and TV shows, including the Toy Story ride.
Lastly, we visited Disney's Animal Kingdom Park - the largest animal theme park in the world.
Home to more than 1700 animals across 250 species, the park reflects Walt Disney's dedication to conservation.
* The writer travelled at her own expense.
How much does it cost?
- Magic Kingdom Park day pass $89 (ages 3-9) and $95 (ages 10).
- EPCOT, or Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, or Disney's Hollywood Studios day pass $84 (ages 3-9) and $90 (ages 10+).
- Multi-day tickets (two to 10 days) for one of the four theme parks per day, starting from $172 (ages 3-9) and $184 (ages 10+).
- For more information about ticket prices and Disney Resorts, visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com.