18 new things to do on my US trip! A brand new bucket list!

I have been keeping this a bit of a secret but it is now time for me to reveal that in just 13 days I will be jetting off to the US for a trip like no other. This time I will be visiting four locations in the space of just two weeks with friends from work.

The trip will start off with seven days in Orlando visiting the Walt Disney World resort and Universal Orlando, of course. Then, it is off to Las Vegas for 2 days. After that, it will be time to visit San Francisco for the first time for 2 days. Finally, we'll round off the trip with a visit to Los Angeles and of course - Disneyland.

Even though I have visited two out of four places on this trip, I've got a whole lot of new experiences that I want to see. Herein begin my new 2015 US trip bucket list.

Orlando:
1. See the new Festival of Fantasy parade
2. Visit a proper water park - we'll be visiting Wet n Wild!
3. Ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
4. Meet Talking Mickey at Town Square
5. See the progress at Disney Springs
6. Buy a Disney Dollar
7. Stay at Cabana Bay Beach resort at Universal Orlando
8. Experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley
9. Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott's
10. Ride the Hogwarts Express
11. Go to Ollivander's and experience it!

Plus: I'll be able to get a look at the construction of the Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the new Rivers of Light show. Plus, I can re-watch Festival of the Lion King in its new theatre, and see the newly designed hub at Magic Kingdom. King Kong's construction at Universal will also be worth a look.

Las Vegas:
12. Here everything is new - from the strip to the hotels, and the Bellagio fountains to the New York rollercoaster.

San Francisco:
13. This may just be the most exciting part of the trip - I am hugely excited to be spending two days in what seems to be a beautiful city, and I am sure I will want to come back. I am not sure yet if I'll be doing a guided tour of the city or not. From the hilled streets to the cable cars, and the golden gate bridge to chinatown, there is a lot to take in. Plus, I've got a friend to visit who is living over there at the moment.

Los Angeles:
14. Take a proper look around Los Angeles and Hollywood by car
15. See the 60th anniversary at Disneyland - this means the new World of Color, the new Paint the Night nighttime parade and the new Disneyland Forever fireworks! I am so excited to see this! Especially the new parade!
16. Experience the unique Halloween versions of these Disneyland rides - Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday.
17. Ride the HD-upgraded version of Soarin' at DCA
18. Ride Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland for the first time with its new projection effects! Plus, see the new effects on Matterhorn Bobsleds, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan's Flight.

With less than two weeks to go, I'm all set and this break just couldn't come soon enough!
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About Giovanni Costa

Radio journalist, newspaper editor, travel writier, tour guide and Disney Cast Member. These are just some of the things Gio has done in the past few years. He loves visiting new destintions, trying new food and wants you to come along for the ride!
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