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It’s Magic Kingdom day! After a lazy start, it felt like we’d wasted half the day after going for a run, relaxing at the pool and getting breakfast in the Caribbean Beach food court. We were raring to go as we caught the bus to our favourite place in the entire world. There’s something about walking around the corner onto Main Street U.S.A. that is so incredibly magical every time.

We spent the rest of the day soaking up the atmosphere, going on loads of rides and eating at the Liberty Tree Tavern, which was delicious. Read on for the highlights and my tips.

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Oh, to be a student. Long deadlines, two lectures a week and freedom to plan your own time. I didn’t realise how good I’d got it when I was studying in Sheffield. Now that I’ve entered the world of work, with a 40-hour contract and a 45 minute commute, I dream of those lazy days. To try and relive the glory, I went back to my university city for the weekend with the girls that I lived with for all three of my years in the city. It was fleeting, but we had a lot of fun.

Rather aptly, we spent most of the time in my friend’s bedroom watching TV. Does it get more university-style than that?

When we were convinced to leave the comfort of her house, we headed to some of our favourite haunts.

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The day had finally arrived! I really enjoyed our stay at Universal and I was surprised by how much I loved our hotel, Cabana Bay. All good things come to an end, though, and this one led to something even better: Disney World.

After a morning finishing off at Islands of Adventure, we got an Uber over to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and started the second half of the holiday. Watch the vlog and then come back for my top tips and behind-the-scenes.

 

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I can’t quite believe that Faraway Lisa Mae has existed for an entire year. It’s been over 365 days since I sat at home, bored on a week off work, and decided that I needed a new outlet for my thoughts and for my writing.

This isn’t the first blog that I made, but it has been the most successful by a country mile. Around 115 blog posts and 28,000 page views later, and Faraway Lisa Mae is still going strong. It may not be the same as it was when it started out, but that’s all worked out for the best. This blog has evolved as I have. I hope it continues to do so long, long into the future.

Here’s to the next 12 months.

First, though, it’s time to take a look back at some of the lessons that I’ve learned. Some may be relevant to you, others won’t be, but I hope you can take something useful from it.

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What a mad morning! We were raring to go at 8am, only to discover that Islands of Adventure didn’t actually open until 9am. At least the sister theme park opened an hour earlier, so we could power-walk over for an hour of fun before our morning properly began. We managed to get on every ride we wanted before we even stopped for lunch. Yes, we were two sisters on a mission.

Watch our exploits in today’s vlog and then read on for my tips and tricks.

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