Walking into the gates, they are packed full of people. There are park maps on either side of the entrance, which seems rather small for getting in this insane number of people. But it doesn’t matter, we know what awaits us. And for the lucky ones that don’t yet know what lies in store, the excitement is palpable. After crossing into the other side, the world opens to us. Now I see why there are two small entrances – it gives all guests the opportunity to breathe in the magic before feeling pushed by the crowd. In front of me lies Main Street, U.S.A, the happiest place on Earth. I look ahead at the castle, which appears to be glowing in the distance despite it being morning and the sun is high and beautiful in the perfect blue sky. Before the castle lie numerous shops, all of which will invite me in and I will gladly join. Emporium is the most fabulous, with souvenirs and treats for everyone. The road may lead to the castle but in front of me, the road is in a circle, with a brick oval in the middle; the perfect place to meet your favourite character and take a dozen pictures. That will wait until later. Right now we are on a mission – Splash Mountain in Frontierland. I quickly get my bearings and head in that direction, relying on memory to know which way to go. There is no going back for a map now. The kids are ahead of me, as overcharged with excitement as I am. As we turn away from the castle, the crowd starts to dissipate and we feel like we own the park. Venturing into Frontierland, the landscape changes to a Frontier town and we see Donald Duck to the right with no one there with him. This is our chance! We stop to see Donald and get a few amazing photos that we will cherish for years to come. After we leave our favourite Duck, we head to the Splash Mountain entrance. Walking through the tunnels, we can only imagine how many people wait in these lines. We quickly get to the front of the line and see happy cast members ready to get us onto a boat. Only a couple families are ahead of us. We get our own boat! Hopping in, we eagerly await the music and fun that awaits us on our favourite ride. Today is my favourite day! As the boat sets off, we are reminded to stay in our seats. We know not to get out after being stuck in Indiana Jones once before – those vehicles are a lot higher up than they appear. We travel through dark tunnels, illuminated by dancing and singing creatures before heading up the top. The big drop! Will we make it? The vultures don’t think so.