Magic Kingdom is huge! The whole thing started off walking down Main Street USA from which you get a fantastic view of the iconic Cinderella’s Castle. And from there, it just kept getting better and better. We somehow managed to see a lot of it… not quite everything, but a whole lot. The park wasn’t that busy, so, in combination with Fastpasses, we didn’t have to do a whole lot of waiting. I wanted to see everything – soak up every detail and become part of it. This being my first real theme park experience makes it even moreso overwhlming. The little details are what makes Disney so spectacular, and Magic Kingdom is no exception to that rule.
If you’re going clockwise, Adventureland is the first main area. The Jungle Cruise was neat – animatronics is a big part of this place, and this is my first glimpse at this dying style of storytelling. The Tiki Room was a bit confusing because I wasn’t paying attention to the story as much as I was admiring the detail of the room, but Iago did a great spin on the Friend Like Me song. The pirates show a great show too – tons of detail.
Here’s where all the excitement is! Here, we made good use of Fastpasses and did two rides while waiting in line for one. First up was Splash Mountain. Now, if you know me, I’m not one for water – showering is as wet as i usually get, and not one for rollercoasters – I need to be dragged kicking and screaming on even the simplest SuperEx rollercoaster (ok, not the simplest. I’ll do the kiddie one no problem). And here I am, in line for a water rollercoaster that drops 16m (50+ feet, about 5 stories)… with a character theme that I don’t even know! But with much anxiety and some arm twisting from Cat, I go. And it wasn’t bad! It was good preparation for the next ride.
Big Thunder Railroad. I was scared until I actually did it. After that, I wouldn’t have minded going again. Maybe roller coasters are meant for more than computer sim games?
There isn’t much here unless you’re big on US presidents. And Haunted Mansions. Haunter Mansion was really clever. I was more impressed with some of the effects tahn the actual ride itself. They made a movie about this?
This area is the tamer part of town. It’s also where I experienced my first 3D show – Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Very clever. And silly Donald. The Dumbo elephants were nice as well – how come I could easily do these when I was younger, but am apprehansive about the heights now? Mad Tea Party was awesome. I love anything spinney. I can do spinney all day!
Mickey’s Toontown Fair
My first real character meeting! Cinderella. Belle. Sleeping Beauty. Minnie. MICKEY! The princesses were awesome. Part of what makes s them so great is watching them with kids. I threw out a couple of good questions, but to see what they say. I asked Cindy the question that has been plaguing me for over a year: why doesn’t her slipper disappear when the magic is reversed at Midnight? If you wanna know what she said, you’ll have to ask me. And meeting Mickey and Minnie was so totally awesome! Even though I’m a big Disney nut, these guys weren’t really on my radar, until this day. Now I can’t get enough of them! Fantastic! I also explored their houses.
This is the alst segment of the Magic Kingdom. Space Mountain was closed, but I did drive on the speedway. The car in front of me wasn’t too great on the road, so I went slower than I probably could have. This little girl overtook me half way through and was so excited! I tried to catch up, but couldn’t
The Buzz Lightyear Spin ride reminded me of laser tag with targets, and not other people. It built my excitement for Toy Story Mania. Stitch’s attraction was neat, but kinda disappointed. He burped once, fowl!
Pin Trading is absolutely cool! I made one kid’s day by trading him my Bolt pin for sme random Pirates pin. Later that day, I ran into him and his brother again, and the brother traded me a cooler Pirates pin for his brother’s old one. I also made a woman’s day with my spinney Ursala pin. It was her first trade and was ecstatic! Trading with the Cast is easy, it’s with the guests where its more interesting. This one little girl came up to me and asked to see my pins. Her mother was surprised by this and quickly told her that I didn’t work at the park, which made her scared and run away. So, I went up to her and started talking, and showing her the pins I had, but she was too shy after the fact. Too adorable!
After getting back, we ended up watching some Nemo on the beach thanks to an inflatable screen they set up on some nights, and having smores around a campfire. Yes, my resort had an outdoor movie theatre and a campfire. Beach. Volleyball net. Hammocks. Hot tub. Pool. Even a nighttime light parade on the water!