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January 21, 2008

Our Trip to the World of the Mouse Part II: The Magic Kingdom

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Our first park was of course the Granddaddy of them all – Magic Kingdom. Having done lots of reading before the trip, we had decided to spend three days at Magic Kingdom, one at EPCOT then have a ‘free day’ to do whatever.

We got to the park early on Monday. Seeing DS’ face when he saw the castle for the first time was outstanding – he was SO excited. Shortly after arriving we began to notice: Not a whole lot of people. No lines, even on the popular rides. We zipped through Pirates of the Caribbean (decent), Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (nostalgia, but still cool), etc. Got one Fastpass for Jungle Cruise (again, nostalgia, but aging pretty well).

We ate lunch at Pecos Bill’s Cafe, which was notable only for the fact that it was the first time I’ve ever had a hamburger with absolutely no taste at all. Not even a bread taste or a bad taste. It was just, well, food-like matter. Now I understand the appeal of condiments.

DS and DH the Roller Coaster Junkies hit the Grand Thunder Railroad (loved it), then we headed over to the Haunted Mansion (also loved it). We had kind of figured that would be the day, but…it was only 1:30. So, we pressed on into Fantasyland. Went on It’s A Small World b/c secretly we’re into self-inflicted torture…I mean DS really liked it (and he did!). Got Fastpass for Peter Pan ride as this was the first really fierce line we’d seen, then moved on to Snow White (seriously lame nostalgia ride). By then DS was showing signs of fatigue. There was a kid’s play area over by Winnie the Pooh so we went there and he loved just playing for like an hour. Time to do Peter Pan, which was nostalgia but still a great ride.

Now here’s where we learned to avoid “just one more”. We had made reservations for Liberty Tree Tavern at 5:30, but it was 3:30 and DS was flagging. Do we find stuff to do, or just leave it? By now, lines were building on rides we had done already, so re-riding wasn’t an option. In the end, we decided to ditch the reservation and head back to our hotel, where we got the buffet dinner (decent) and headed to bed.

Second day started out early because we had reservations to Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast. This has an earned reputation of being the hardest reservation in Disney- must call 180 days in advance. Well, it was definitely worth it. We overestimated the time it would take to get to the park so we arrived really (like an hour) early, before the park was even open. They seated us, no problem, and we were in the nicest part of the room, by the windows. The food was surprisingly good and DS enjoyed meeting all the Princesses as long as they promised not to kiss him. Service was outstanding, and it turned out to be a nice opening to the day.

From there: Tomorrowland AKA Boy’s paradise. Roller Coaster Boy LOVED Space Mountain (5 min wait), Buzz Lightyear (5 min wait, we rode twice), Stitch’s Great Escape (10 minute wait just because it goes in groups), Space Orbiter (COLD as it was outside and the morning was chilly), and Mike’s Laught Floor (really clever, fun show). Because there were no lines, we were basically done Tomorrowland by 10:30 and headed back to FantasyLand and Mickey’s Toontown. Toontown is really for the preschool set, but he did get the first of some character shots in the fair and enjoyed himself. It was then we noticed he was starting to flag again. Having learned from day 1 above, we decided to exit shortly thereafter and head back to the hotel.

Highlights of the Magic Kingdom:

Cinderella’s Table

Tomorrowland

Nostalgia rides

Disappointments:

Pecos Bill’s cafe

Snow White Ride

No more 20,000 leagues ride 😦

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