travel: video shoot, orlando days two + three

27 hours.

That's about how much time we spent at Disney World over two days, filming at all four parks plus Disney Springs.

It was a whirlwind. I don't know how Disney's Broadcast Productions team does it regularly, but it was not easy working those long hours with so little sleep (the team we worked with had just spent all weekend covering the Disney Marathon). By dinner time the first day, I think we were all a little delirious, ha! We powered through it, though, and we left with a unique Disney parks experience.

We began our first day meeting Ana and Elsa and Mickey Mouse, riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and watching the sun rise over Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom. It was pretty cool to experience the park before it opened, when only the maintenance crews were around.

After the Magic Kingdom, we headed over to Animal Kingdom. There, we were entertained by the Festival of the Lion King show (worthwhile if you visit) and thrilled by Expedition Everest. 

Epcot was the final park and stop of the first day, where we posed in front of Spaceship Earth, raced on the test track and were awed by the Illuminations fireworks show. 

The next morning, we met Chewbacca and Darth Vader, played with light sabers, watched future Jedi in training and survived the Twilight Zone's free fall.

Finally, we made it to our final film location, Disney Springs. Shopping, lunch and amphicars filled our afternoon. Fortunately, our crew was so quick to film that we were able to wrap a couple of hours ahead of schedule, which gave us much needed time to rest before another early morning. Overall, the experience was exciting, exhausting, exhilarating--and it worth it. 

Mallory BrooksComment