Monday, October 26, 2015

Disney World: Part 4: Magic Kingdom. . . again!

Our goal was to arrive when the park opened around 8am, before the crowds got super heavy. We didn't quite make it, but didn't do too bad. Here we are on the ferry again.

This is some of what we were looking at.

We visited Town Hall Mickey right away as the line was much shorter than it would get later on.

We met three Mickeys on this trip, but this was the only one who talked!  The kids were a little shy at first and our video went out a little during this time, but here is a little of their visit with Mickey Mouse!
Mickey Mouse




Goofy guy!

And another one!

The kids in their ears.  We've been officially "Disnified".




Mickey's Philharmagic.  Awesome 3-D show.

Space Mountain!

This was Curtis's favorite ride.

It was about lunch time by this point.  We picked up some lunch in Tomorrowland and then went back to our resort for some rest/pool time before our night back at the Magic Kingdom.

Here's a little video of their dance party by the pool.

After a few hours, it was back to the park for our dinner reservation.

Pin trading with a cast member.  Bella got some neat new pins.

Dinner at the Crystal Palace.  We met Winnie-the-Pooh characters!  Graydon is holding his beloved Stitch, one of his Disney purchases.

First came Eeyore.


Piglet was adorable.


Winnie the Pooh!


The wonderful thing about Tigger is that Tigger's a wonderful thing!


Each of our character meals had a parade through the restaurant.  These were fun.
Crystal Palace

Bella and I were the biggest fans of the castle.

Our last fast pass of this day was the Seven Dwarves Mine Train.  I loved the rides that were a mixture of story and thrill.  This was definitely one of those.

Look at Bella!  Her facial expressions in all of these ride photos are priceless!



This video was a fun surprise to find in our photo package.

Once that ride was over, it was time to make our way over to the Electrical Parade to find our spots for that and the fireworks over the castle.

We thought we found a good spot, but were then told to move.  Found another spot.  Told to move again.  This happened over and over as the night was very crowded.  Andy found a cast member who said he didn't know why it was so busy but to come back for the second parade as it was much less crowded.

With most people at the parade, lines for other attractions were much shorter.  We decided to split up, boys and girls, and meet up again at the Bridge to Tomorrowland to find our spot for the fireworks.

Bella and I went to Fantasyland to meet some princesses like Cinderella.


And Rapunzel!


While we were waiting on the bridge for the boys, we took another castle photo.  Why not?

Meanwhile, the boys were in Tomorrowland on the Buzz Lightyear ride.



When their ride was over, they were unable to meet us on the bridge as it was getting too close to the fireworks show and it was blocked off.  Bella and I were in a perfect spot, but I really wanted all of us to watch the show together.  So, Bella and I ventured out to meet our guys.  Only, we were unable to get a good spot and ended up watching 'Celebrate the Magic' and the fireworks from Tomorrowland, which only gave us a side view.  The fireworks weren't centered over the castle and we could barely hear the music.  Huge disappointment for me as this was to be my ultimate Disney World moment.  I couldn't help it and I just started crying.

Once the fireworks show ended, the crowds diminished quite a bit.  We still had a few hours left in the park since that evening was Extended Magic Hours for guests staying at a Disney resort.  We walked through Tomorrowland as the crowds thinned, discussing what we wanted to do before the Electrical Parade.  And then I heard an announcement that 'Celebrate the Magic' would begin in 15 minutes!  It wouldn't include a fireworks finale, but I would get to see the light show on the castle.  We made our way back to the castle and were centered right in front of it.  As we parked the stroller, someone tapped me on the shoulder.  I let out a huge annoyed sigh (totally involuntary and I feel bad that I did it) thinking that it was another Disney employee telling us to move.  It was actually a girl from China (I think) who was just asking me to take a photo of her and her friends.  I felt so bad for my reaction and gladly took their photo.

While waiting for the show, there was a Photo Pass person around, so of course, I wanted another picture.  (I was starting to feel a little better by now).

Then the show started.  And I cried again.  Happy tears this time.  It's so beautiful.  Here's a tiny glimpse.
Celebrate the Magic


And then the parade began.  The boys were now asleep in the stroller, but Bella, Andy, and I were able to enjoy it.


We tried to wake the boys up after the parade to see the Monsters Inc. Laugh Room.  Graydon woke for a little of it as he sat in my lap.  Curtis was just crying, so Andy took him out and put him back in the stroller.  After the show, Graydon went back into the stroller and fell asleep again.  This gave Bella the ability to choose whatever she wanted to do.  She and Andy went on the Tomorrowland Speedway and then we ventured back to Fantasyland.

Rapunzel's kingdom at night.

She and I went on the Voyage of the Little Mermaid and then met Ariel.


This extra time at the park was definitely another highlight for us.  The crowds had disappeared, which allowed us to walk a little slower and take everything in.

We explored more around the Beast's castle and noticed a beautiful reflection in the water near Cinderella's castle.

I stopped in a Christmas shop that I hadn't even noticed during the busy-ness of the day and bought a Christmas ornament to remember our visit.

And then it was time to leave.  So sad.  These pumpkins left us a little message as we said goodbye to the Magic Kingdom.

We didn't get back to the resort that night until 2pm! Needless to say, we slept in the next day before heading off to Hollywood Studios.

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