Thursday, March 28, 2013

Disney: Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom was by far my favorite of the 3 parks (Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Epcot). The fall/Halloween decorations were still out and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. 

We made our way to main street and there it was. Cinderella's Castle.

We also happened to arrive just in time for the Celebrate It parade.

When the parade was over we made our way to Tomorrowland and "rode" the Carousel of Progress. This isn't so much a ride, but a moving theater that shows the progress of one family across different times in history. Both J and I remember this from when we were little.

After the little history lesson we rode Stitch's Great Escape, which was a little bit of a let down and then  hoped over to one of Ben's favorite's, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

And look who happened to be waiting just outside the ride. Ben almost couldn't control himself.

The classic Mad Tea Party tea-cups were a must after a quick family picture by the castle.

On the way to grab some lunch we stumbled upon a sword fight between Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
By the time the show was over, everyone was feeling a little tired so we grabbed some lunch and rode the train around the entire park while we relaxed. The train is an additional cost, but not much and so worth it if you are feeling tired.

Later that afternoon we rode Dumbo, It's a Small World, and The Haunted Mansion. I thought the Haunted Mansion might be too scary for Ben but he ended up loving it and we rode it twice. During this time we also grabbed fast passes for Peter Pan's Flight.
It's a Small World does not have Fast Passes and this was probably the longest ride we waited for. I think it ended up being around a 30-45 minute wait, but you can't go to Disney and not ride this classic.

As the sun started to set we rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This was the first BIG roller coaster Ben had ever ridden and he did great. He was a little scared at first, but he managed to do it, have fun, and not cry:) J and I both really liked this ride as well and got fast passes to go again. The fast passes weren't good until after 10:00 so it looked like a night time roller coaster ride for us!

After riding Peter Pan's flight we claimed our spots on Main Street for the Electrical Parade. Make sure to get a spot early as all the good space gets taken up quickly!

After the parade we went and grabbed dinner at a restaurant and waited for the fireworks show to begin. We got seats outside at a restaurant right by the castle. Unfortunately, just as we got our food, the show started and we realized we couldn't see hardly any of the fireworks:( It was still neat to see the castle lit up to music and change colors.

Even though it was late, we were all ready to ride some more rides! We rode The Barnstormer and then headed to use our fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

Next to BTMR is Splash Mountain and we noticed there was no wait. We were hesitant about going on it since we'd heard and seen people walk away soaked. We took our chances, jumped in line, and we were so glad we did. We sat in the middle of the car and got just a little splash. The most excitement on the ride happened as the ride was coming to an end. They ended up having to shut it down due to an unruly rider who wouldn't sit down. 

By the time the ride was over we had shut the park down and Magic Kingdom was closing for the night. The minute Ben climbed in the stroller he was out.

Magic Kingdom was a full, long day, but one of the best days ever.
Monday, March 25, 2013

Disney: Chef Mickeys

For those of you going to Disney World I highly recommend you make a reservation at Chef Mickey's restaurant. It's located in the Contemporary Hotel and to avoid a long wait you can make reservations but do so early as they book up fast. We had a reservation and still ended up waiting about 15min.

After leaving Hollywood Studios, we hopped on the Disney coach to the Contemporary Hotel. We arrived at the hotel a little early so we played a few games at the arcade located in the hotel and then took a ride on the monorail.

The monorail is free to ride and connects several of the hotels and theme parks. To make a complete circle on the monorail takes about 20 minutes.

Chef Mickey's is on the priceier side and the food is served buffet style but there is a wide variety to choose from.  Our bill was over $100 for the 3 of us, but you are guaranteed to meet all the main characters, get their autographs and pictures, and the best part is you don't have to try to find them throughout the theme parks. We thought that only made Chef Mickey's worth the cost!

Magic Kingdom is coming up next!