Monday, July 6, 2015

Disney Day 3: Magic Kingdom

On our final day of Disney we headed to The Magic Kingdom.  We knew it was going to be a long, hot, fun day, and that it was!  When we started planning this trip, I read a few blogs and searched Pinterest for tips and tricks, and honestly, I just became overwhelmed!  I wanted us to make the most of every minute, but I also wanted us to enjoy ourselves and not feel like we were constantly on a clock.  So, we decided to just enjoy the moment and do what we could in the time that we had.

From my reading, I knew that Fantasyland was the first to tackle and I also knew that it was best to arrive at the park early to beat some of the crowd.  We did both of those things!  We also set up a few Fast Passes to use during the day and that helped a lot! 

When we entered the park, we noticed that there was only a 10 minute wait to see Tinkerbell so the girls and I hopped in line immediately.  We didn't realize it was a private meet and greet.  The girls LOVED it!! 
After we left seeing Tinkerbell, we decided to hop in the other line in the building to meet Mickey Mouse.  We were told that this was also a private meet and greet and the wait was only about 20 minutes long so I called Mickey and had him bring Ace to join us.  I am so glad that I did because Mickey would have been disappointed if he would have missed this special treat...  We were escorted into a room to have pictures with "the real, talking Mickey Mouse!"  He greeted us, asked us about our trip so far, and told us a few characters to make sure we went to see. It was so cool.  I think the look on Lydia's face sums it up!

After all of that excitement, the girls decided to scope out the map and plan their course of action.  While we were waiting, we saw Mary Poppins come out for pictures and autographs so we hopped in her line. It was pretty neat because we were like the second or third family in line and before she met with the girls she decided they should take the line back out of the sun a bit, so she grabbed Lydia's hand and they led the way to the new location.  

The rest of the day consisted of riding as many rides as we could.  We all loved the Barnstormer, Dumbo, and It's A Small World.  Mackaylan drove me around the racetrack and that was a hoot!! Let's just say that I am glad we have a few years before she gets behind the wheel of a car! LOL

By mid-morning, the girls were happy to be able to cool off at the Splash Pad (and this Mama was too!)

That afternoon when it was time to feed Ace, we made our way to the Baby Care Center, and the rest of the family went to find a cool place to take a rest.  By the time we got back to them, Lydia and Mackaylan had taken a short nap! That wasn't planned, but definitely made for a more enjoyable afternoon! :) 

We were also at a great location to purchase an ice cream and enjoy the afternoon parade!  Lydia loved it and waved at every character that passed by!

Later that afternoon, we visited with Ariel (Mackaylan's favorite character), rode the train around the park, and enjoyed lots of other rides! 

By the end of the day, we were all hot and exhausted, but we couldn't leave before the Light Parade.  We opted to watch it near the front of the park so that we could beat the crowd and catch the first ferry back across to the entrance.  That was a smart move on our part! :) 


As you can see, we had a great time and made lots of memories, and, I believe,  that's just what summertime is for! 


Sherry said...

This is exactly how I love to do Disney. I love the art of the fast pass for less line waiting time, but I hate all the necessity of planning out every last minute. Thankfully, we were able to do Magic Kingdom in two days since we did the Park Hopper, but I think you did a lot in a day although I know it was a very full day. Looks like awesome memories were made, and that's what it is all about. It really does feel magical, doesn't it?

Tracy said...

Looks like you all had such a great time! I love all of your pictures with the characters. We've never been to Disney, but I think your way of doing it would be mine. I don't know if I'd want to plan every move before we went.

The Price Family! said...

LOVE this! We loved Disney, but man its so overwhelming trying to read through all the posts, blogs, and ext to plan. We had fast passes but did not schedule every detail down to the second.