Magic Kingdom day. The big one. The problem with this park was that every day of the week Magic Kingdom opened an hour early for people staying in the park. Since we had chosen not to(both a good and bad decision which I will get into later), we were going to have a great disadvantage with this one no matter what day we went. We chose the other parks mostly to avoid these early entry days. We decided to go on this day because we had a planned rest day the next day and we figured this would be the latest we would stay at any park.
The day didn't start well. My son decided once again that he was just too tired to walk, and I carried him to the ferry(you know, the ferry that you can take to get to the park entrance instead of the monorail). About half-way down the dock I felt something in my back go 'snick'. It hurt a whole bunch. My son had to walk after that. Once we got into the park, we lost about a half hour while folks used the john, got lost, got separated, and finally got back together again. There were no smiles until we took a photo in front of the castle. A picture is worth a thousand lies.
We finally got going and made it into Tomorrowland
. Despite the crowd, it appeared that most of the rides weren't being used yet. We hopped on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
, a ride I actually enjoy a lot. We grabbed fast-passes for Space Mountain
, and headed up to Mickey's Toontown
We got a photo with Mickey, had one fit. Jumped on the The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre farm, and headed to Fantasyland
. In Fantasyland, we rode the Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Cinderella's Golden Carrousel. Then we went to small world
. We then headed back to ride Space Mountain. Adults rode this while kids rode the Tommorowland Transit Authority
. The kids then caught a show in the pavilion. After this we all went to the carousel of progress
. Then we ate lunch.
We caught the live show in front of the castle.
. The day was wearing on at this point, and the kids were tiring out. We got fast-passes for the Jungle Cruise
, and went to wait in line for Pirates of the Caribbean
. After pirates we took the Cruise, then caught the god-awful Enchanted Tiki Room show(no waiting, cause it sucks). From there it was up into Frontierland
, where we all got separated in the crowds. After a couple of phone conversations, we managed to reassemble and move across to Tom Sawyer's island. After an hour or so of rambling around, we got off the island and headed back towards Fantasy land(No one seemed to care about the shows in Frontierland
or Liberty Square
, and the Haunted Mansion
, Splash Mountain
, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
were all backed up like a Stuckey's Toilet). We decided to get some eats and figure out how to finish the day.
It was decided that another trip to toontown was required so that some more pictures could be taken and also so that we could ride the train. After about an hour, all of this was accomplished and we resolved to leave, but foolishly decided to walk to the font entrance instead of taking the train. We got caught by the parade, and had to watch that, and decided since we had stayed that late we might as well catch the fireworks. We watched these from the front of the park, and viewed the last of them from the line to the monorail.
Approximate time at park: 14 and 1/2 hours (7:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.)
Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin
Mickey's Country House(photos)
The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Cinderella's Golden Carousel
it's a small world
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Carousel of Progress
Play in front of Castle(I forget the name of it)
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Enchanted Tiki Room(Fie upon thee, Fie!)
Tom Sawyer Island
Minnie's Country House (More Photos)
Walt Disney World Railroad
Donald's Boat(while waiting for others to finish photos).
Viewed part of parade.
Tomorrow: The Day Off.