Magic Kingdom, Day 3
If you’ve ever been to Magic Kingdom, then you know there are a TON of things to do there and you could really spend two days exploring. We arrived early on Sunday and spent all day there so we decided to go later in the day on Tuesday so we could spend the evening enjoying the night shows. We hung out at the pool and ate lunch in the room before heading to Magic Kingdom and ended up eating dinner at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. They have sandwiches, burgers, and chicken, as well as a condiment bar. It was decent food, but very over-priced, of course. Here are the things we got to do:
Pirates of the Caribbean: We had Fastpasses for this ride, which was a good thing, because there was a long line for it. It was one of our favorites and I remember thinking that the “people” in the ride looked so real. I had read somewhere that sometimes Johnny Depp likes to hang out in the ride and pose as himself, but unfortunately, I don’t think we saw him.
Magic Carpets of Aladdin: This is basically the same ride as Dumbo except the camels spit water and we occasionally got hit. It was really hot the day we were there, so I didn’t mind it too much.
Enchanted Tiki Room: We hadn’t planned on doing this until later but there was a show starting shortly after we got off the carpet ride, so we just joined in. It was about 20 minutes I could have done without. There were lots of talking birds but we didn’t really care for it all that much.
Tinkerbell: I happened to check the app and noticed that there was very little wait to meet Tinkerbell at one point, so we headed that way and got to meet her within minutes. Anya really loved meeting her and she was super talkative. Felix was still not sure about her.
Tomorrowland Speedway: We had Fastpasses for this, mostly because it was one of the things Anya really wanted to do. We knew the kids were able to ride but we didn’t think Anya would be able to drive, but she was tall enough. She had been talking about riding with me for months but was really excited that she actually got to drive with me. She even got a little “driver’s license.”
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: This was a really cute show. If you text them a joke, there is a possibility they might use it in the show, so keep that in mind if you go. Ours didn’t get used but it was still fun listening to the other jokes.
Space Mountain: We ended up getting Fastpasses for this later in the day. I would have loved to ride this with Eric but we didn’t have anyone to stay with the kids at the time, so we ended up taking turns going. It was still fun and one of the better rides at Disney World.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: This is basically like a video game while on a ride. You get to shoot at things as you go through the ride, but it was actually pretty fun. I rode with Felix, but he didn’t really know what was going on, so he mostly sat and watched. We had Fastpasses for this ride as well. I would recommend Fastpasses for it, because there was a pretty long line.
Daisy and Minnie: We met Daisy at the Tusker House breakfast but hadn’t met Minnie so we decided to meet her (and Daisy again) because the lines weren’t long. Anya was very confused as to why Minnie didn’t talk, and kept saying she “could at least say hi!”
Astro Orbiter: We had planned to ride this one but saw that it was pretty much the same as the Dumbo and the Aladdin ride so we opted to skip it.
Main Street Electrical Parade: This was completely different from the afternoon parade, and it was every bit as good. The kids loved it. At one point, Mickey came riding in on a train and Felix was freaking out, he was so excited. It doesn’t get any better than Mickey Mouse on a train for my little guy!
Light Show and Fireworks: These shows happen one right after the other. As soon as the electrical parade was over, we headed to the front of the castle and got to see the light show followed by the fireworks. It really is magical. At one point, Tinkerbell “flies” across the sky, which was really cool, because she basically ziplines through the air from the top of the castle.
At the end of the night, we headed for the monorail. Be prepared for lots of people heading the same direction if you decide to do the same. It was so crazy that they re-routed people through the stores. Unfortunately once we got all the way to the monorail, we found out that something was wrong with it so we had to re-route ourselves all the way to the ferry. Anya fell asleep on the way but somehow Felix stayed awake for much of the ride and was pretty much the only kid awake.
Fortunately, he fell asleep before we got home and we were able to throw them both in bed. What a great end to a great day!