Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Walt Disney World Trip 2016- Day 5 and 6- Magic Kingdom!

Day 5 was Wednesday, March 2nd and it was our "early" day at Magic Kingdom

We had an 8 A.M. reservation for breakfast at the Crystal Palace with Winnie Pooh and Friends. To get there that early from Fort Wilderness we had to take a boat from the beach to the Contemporary Resort and then walk over to Magic Kingdom (we had done a dry run the night before). When we got there we were basically the first people in line and got some good pictures of the castle without other people around. 

We were actually the first people called into breakfast. 

It was a buffet with lots of options, so Brian and I got custom omelets, bacon, fruit and smoked salmon with capers, and Jack got a mickey pancake, bacon, strawberries and cheese. We got to meet all the Winnie the Pooh characters- Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger.

 After breakfast we headed over to the Little Mermaid ride with no wait, then to the Winnie the Pooh ride with no wait, It's a Small World with no wait, and Peter Pan to use our Fast Pass. It had started sprinkling so we decided to go to the show- Mickey's Philharmagic- it was actually really good. 

When we came out it was pouring, but we had our ponchos and the stroller was covered and we had fast passes to go to, so we went for it. Our shoes got soaked, but we made it to Big Splash Mountain just as the sun came out. We kept our ponchos on because we knew we were going to get wet again, and we did, but the ride was still pretty fun. We had time before our next fast pass window, so we went to Pirates of the Caribbean, another indoor boat ride with tons of animatronics. Our next fast pass was for Big Thunder Mountain, which is a train-themed roller coaster. Jack loved it. 

It was still to early to eat lunch, so we went to the Haunted Mansion and then over to the Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise was the only ride we had to wait for- maybe 20-30 minutes. To be honest, I didn't like waiting, but the ride was still good- lots of animatronics and stuff to look at. 

Then it was time to eat lunch. We went to Pecos Bills Cafe with Mexican nachos and salads and an all you can eat toppings bar (even guac!). It was ok. It would have been better with a margarita :) We were going to watch the afternoon parade from our lunch spot, but we still had an hour to go so we headed to the Swiss Family Robinson walk-through tree house. It was really neat and no people and really well decorated. 

After the tree house, there was still 30 minutes before the parade and it looked like it was going to storm; we had to take a boat back, so we decided to postpone the afternoon parade for tomorrow and headed out. We took the boat straight from Magic Kingdom back to the Fort Wilderness. Easy peasy. It rained a little bit on our way back. We got back to the camper and Brian and Jack played the Wii and I prepped dinner, and breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. We ate dinner and then went for our nightly golf cart ride. We ended up at the Trading Post where I bought a fancy blanket for the camper, four Disney hot wheels for Jack and a special throw blanket/bag combo. Back to the camper we went for TV and relaxing before bed.

Day 6 was Thursday, March 3rd and was our "late" day at Magic Kingdom

I had scored us dinner reservations at Be Our Guest restaurant, so we decided to arrive at the park later in the day and stay late for the fireworks. We got to sleep in, drive around the Fort a little bit and eat lunch at the camper. After lunch we caught the boat to MK from the Fort and arrived around 1 PM. The entrance is a little more crowded later in the day.

We shopped for a little bit then headed to Tomorrowland for Monsters,Inc., an audience interactive show. It was ok, but they singled people out in the audience, and I would have been mortified if they had chosen me, so we won't be doing that one again. Then we had our first fast pass- Space Mountain.

It ended up being Jack and I's favorite ride of the day. Dad didn't get to enjoy it as much because he was busy worrying about Jack freaking out, so I snagged us another fast pass for another day. After that we went to Main Street to watch the mid-day Festival of Fantasy parade. We had to wait 30 minutes before we saw the parade, but as per Disney norm, it was worth it. The floats are so detailed. 

After that, we did our next fast pass- the Tomorrowland Speedway. It's a ride exactly like the old cars at Worlds of Fun, except with race cars. It was very outdated and the steering didn't work at all and the people in front of us were very slow. It was probably the worst ride by far that we did. Next was the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover- a slow moving, 10 minute ride above Tomorrowland that goes though Space Mountain. We actually enjoyed it.

Then we did the Carousel of Progress- a moving theater with animatronics. Another ride that we all enjoyed. After that it was time for dinner at Be Our Guest. We got a table in the ballroom next to the windows that showed a snowy scene outside. Brian ate the shrimp and scallops and I had the rack of lamb. Both were delicious. I gave Brian my polenta and it went perfectly with his shrimp broth. And a bottle of wine of course. The only place in the Magic Kingdom that sells alcohol. 

After dinner was our last fast pass for the day- the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. Jack loved the ride and even put his hands up, but it's definitely for kids and didn't last long enough. I wouldn't want to wait for it without a fast pass.

Next it was time to get a spot for the Electric Light Parade. People line up early for parades, but we got a decent spot on Main Street. Brian and Jack kept the spot and I went looking for a fast pass kiosk to see if I could snag one last fast pass for the day for Space Mountain, but they were all gone. I went back and the parade started- it was awesome. Lots of floats, lots of light. 

After the parade, we zoomed over to get in line for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, and luckily with it being so late, we only had a 5 minute wait. 

After the ride it was perfect timing for the fireworks.We caught a spot on the bridge to the right of Cinderella's Castle, which isn't the most perfect view, but none of us cared to be in the middle of the mass of people. After the fireworks, the standby line for Space Mountain was still 30 minutes, so we left. Tons of people all leaving Magic Kingdom at the same time is annoying, but there is a boat directly to the Fort, so we only had to wait about 10 minutes for one. We came back to the camper to relax and get ready for bed. Our last official planned park day is tomorrow- EPCOT.

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