Disney World: Magic Kingdom (Day 1)
Upon arriving in Orlando, we stopped by a Walmart to pick up milk and a few other important things, like Disney hats for the kids.
We ended up going to the suite to settle in and headed to the pool before ordering pizza from the hotel pizzeria. We tried to get in a little early with the kids because we spent our first full day in Orlando at Magic Kingdom. We got up early and drove to the Transportation Center where we took the monorail to the entrance of the park. We were there early and saw the rope drop show, which was really cute. The train pulls in and there are several characters on it, including Anna and Elsa, and they dance and sing. The kids were super excited about it.
Before leaving, we had created itineraries using Touring Plans. I knew we would not be able to follow it exactly, but it was helpful in giving us a good idea of the order of events. We had the Touring Plans app and the My Disney Experience app and both were really useful in looking up wait times. We planned to tackle Frontierland and Fantasyland and leave the rest for another day.
As soon as the gates opened, we walked (speed-walking, actually) straight back to see Anna and Elsa. Even though we went straight there, we still waited 35 to 40 minutes. If you want to meet Anna and Elsa and have any chance at all to get a Fastpass, take it! Anya was so excited and talked to both of them with no problem at all.
Felix, on the other hand, was a little nervous, but he did ok.
We rode a lot of rides that day:
Peter Pan (Fastpass): This was one of Anya’s favorites.
Dumbo: We just walked onto this one because we did it right after meeting Anna and Elsa.
Haunted Mansion (Fastpass): We were worried Anya would be scared, but she actually liked it.
Barnstormer (Fastpass): This one was super short. I didn’t mind it but Anya didn’t like it very much.
Mad Tea Party: This wasn’t Eric’s favorite because he doesn’t like rides that spin, but it was fun and Anya had been looking forward to this one.
Philharmagic: This was an awesome show! You wear 3D glasses during it. Felix kept reaching out in front of him and trying to grab things.
Under the Sea: Just a cute little ride.
Enchanted Tales with Belle: This was really fun. The kids get parts in a little show (Anya was a chair) and they rehearse it. Then, Belle comes in and they re-enact it with Belle. Afterwards, all the kids get their picture taken with Belle. It was interactive and something different.
Carousel: Just a plain old carousel, but the kids liked it and there was very little wait.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Eric and I rode this on our own and had our picture taken afterwards.
It’s a Small World: This ride was closing a few days later, so we tried to fit it in. We ended up getting a Fastpass for it later in the day and I’m glad we did. I know people make fun of the song and all, but it was cool to see dolls from around the world. We really are all the same at the end of the day.
We didn’t get to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or The Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train. It always had a long line and is another ride that you should use a Fastpass for, if you can.
In the afternoon, we found a spot in Frontierland to watch the parade. I usually don’t care much for parades, but this one was really good, and the kids loved it.
We also met Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (Too!). Felix was still a little unsure, but he got kind of close to them.
Things We Learned:
1. Disney really just has 2 or 3 kinds of rides: the “Dumbo” ride that just spins in circles and you can control whether you go up or down and/or tilt, the ride that just takes you through scenes from the story, and there are a few different rides and attractions thrown in the mix.
2. Don’t get 2 ice creams at the same time. Eric’s dad did this and they were almost melted before he even got them to us. Don’t get me wrong. They were really good, but didn’t last long in the hot sun.
3. Except for the really popular rides and attractions (Anna and Elsa, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, etc.), you can walk onto a lot of the rides if you get there first thing in the morning. After an hour or two, though, things start getting crowded. If I did it again, I wouldn’t get any Fastpasses for the first hour and a half of the day, unless they were for those popular rides or attractions.
We left around 5 or 5:30 and went back to our suite. We had a relaxing night and made spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread in our suite. We were tired, but it was a successful day.