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Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Posted On December 2, 2014| 1 Reply

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom….

Magic Kingdom

When you think of Disney, this is probably the park that comes to mind. It screams Disney! We have been to the MK many times. Jeremy and I went three times before we had kids! Our itineraries have changed as the kids have gotten older, but it is still our favorite park. I could not image a trip to Orlando without it. Depending on the ages of your little ones, you could easily spend three days here. This last trip for us included one evening visit for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (see separate post) and one full day. Well, I say ‘full day’, but in reality we were only there for 8 1/2 hours. (Last year we clocked a 14 hour MK day!)

Our prep for the MK started the evening before at Downtown Disney. We had dinner, shopped in the world’s largest WDW Store, satisfied our sweet tooth at Ghiradelli and watched our Natalie be transformed into a Minnie Halloween Princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Last year we made the mistake of visiting the BBB inside the Magic Kingdom and it stole 2 hours of our ‘park time’. Mama Disney wised up this year and hit the boutique at Downtown Disney….spent about 40 minutes and rest assured that the elaborate princess hair lasts for DAYS with nightly shellacking. Here’s a peek at Natalie’s transformation:

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Downtown Disney Downtown Disney

 

Downtown Disney

Now, back to the Magic Kingdom…..

Magic Kingdom

My family has this park memorized and we have figured out how to maximize our time. We arrived at the front gates at 7:30am, were admitted into the park at 7:45am and mind you, the park did not open until 9am…..like I said, we kind of have Disney down to a science!

Our day began with eggs and waffles in Cinderella’s Castle. Noah was complaining about eating breakfast with the princesses, but he was quick to leave his seat for a pic with Aurora!

Cinderella's Royal Table

‘Doc’ Dad snuggled up with Snow White. I loved this shirt and thank goodness my husband is on-board with the Disney themed shirts!

Cinderella's Royal Table

Ariel swam by for a visit with Natalie. They chatted about whosits and whatsits galore!

Cinderella's Royal Table

We watched the parade from our favorite spot in Adventureland. Hint, get to your spot early and enjoy a snack (I recommend the chocolate covered rice krispie treats) while you wait. Don’t plan on standing on a bench, you will be told to get down. The afternoon parade starts in Adventureland, so watching it there means you can get a jump start on more attractions while everyone else is waiting for the parade to end.

Of course, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain were ridden a couple of times each. Now that I think about it, that’s a lot of mountains! Princess Natalie and I missed out on Splash Mountain this year….she didn’t want to mess up her up-do! Smart princess!

Space Mountain, Magic Kingdom

Look carefully and you can see my knees. No one likes to ride roller coasters with me….apparently I am a screamer. Who knew?

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We climbed the Swiss Family Treehouse, dodged the alligators on the Jungle Cruise and waved to Captain Jack on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. My crazy family spun themselves silly on the teacups at the Mad Tea Party while I waited in line for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (it’s even better in the daylight!).

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom

Later we soared through the air with Dumbo. What is it about this ride that I love so much? Disney added a play area while you wait….my ‘big’ kids played for a good 20 minutes!

Dumbo, Magic Kingdom

And we never forget to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer, just for fun! I remember Noah’s first ride on The Barnstormer 6 years ago……and I love that he still finds it fun, even though he would prefer to be twisting upside down and plunging down steep hills! They waited for the front seat and somehow Jeremy and I squeezed into the seat behind them. I don’t remember the seats being this small last year! Hmmmm……

Front seat for Goofy's Barnstormer!

Front seat for Goofy’s Barnstormer!

Sadly, my little mousekateers did not want to race on the Speedway in Tomorrowland….this was the first trip we didn’t race boys vs. girls, (insert mama tears here). They also chose to skip the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Noah is still bitter with Jasmine for sneaking a smooch years ago! One day he will beg for kisses from princesses!

We dined in the castle of Belle and the Beast for lunch. Walt’s Imagineers outdid themselves on this one. No detail left out. We were very impressed. Worth the wait. The food was deeeelish! And seeing the rose was pretty cool.

Belle's Castle, Magic Kingdom

Belle's Castle, Magic Kingdom

Don’t we all look happy? Truth be told, we had just threatened the kids to smile and look happy in spite of the sun burning their eyes! Should have brought those sunglasses kids!

The kids had seen and done everything they wanted to by 4:30pm and a thunderstorm was on the radar, so we hopped back on the monorail (the wrong monorail…but we got a longer ride and an escort to the correct one by a very nice cast member!), grabbed dinner at Chef Mickey and watched the fireworks from our balcony!

Chef MickeyThis is one of our very favorite places to dine with the characters. All of our favorites stop by to visit and we get to dance!

Chef Mickey

Noah dancing! Try to ignore the crazy-dressed tourists in the background! UGH!

Chef Mickey

I love this picture! Photographed by Natalie….no hard feelings Jeremy, at least she got part of your face in the shot!

Chef Mickey

Pluto!

Chef Mickey

Natalie seriously wants to BE Minnie Mouse!

Our trip ended the next  morning. We packed up the autograph books, bags of souvenirs and watched the castle fade away behind us. No doubt in our minds that “We’ll see ya real soon”, Mickey and friends!

Live Creatively,

mamaSig

 

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Disney World: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Posted On November 14, 2014| 1 Reply

A Boo to you, Happy Halloween! It’s really not so scary!

This is one of our favorite Disney things to do. It is a night at the Magic Kingdom with special parades, castle shows, trick-or-treating and the best fireworks you will ever see. It is a separate ticket, so check for dates and plan accordingly. Worth. Every. Cent. Check it out here.

It was raining on our night for the Halloween Party so we broke out the Disney ponchos, hats and umbrellas and went with smiles on our faces. It had never rained on us before, so we figured it was our turn.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Did I mention it was raining? I meant pouring! We were soaked before we made it to Space Mountian, but we were still smiling! There is no whining in Disney! We spent the first rain-soaked hour in Tomorrowland enjoying several rides on Space Mountain, the People Mover and Stitch’s Great Escape (not a fan).

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

I love Nat’s face!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

We walked over to Liberty Square to find Tiana and paused to check out the castle…

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Tiana was so happy to see us. Remember, the rain doesn’t bother her….she was a frog for a while! Ribbit, ribbit!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Tiana & Natalie

It wouldn’t be a proper Disney Halloween without a visit to the Haunted Mansion…. this was Natalie’s first time in the mansion. It is a bit creepy at night, but she liked it! No photography is allowed inside, so you will have to check it out for yourself! Here’s a few from the outside:

 

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We were most excited about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this year. We saw it being built last year and had read all the rave reviews before going. So, we grabbed a few hotdogs and got in line to wait. The wait said 45 minutes, but it ended up only being about 25. Disney went all out on this ride. The line leads you through the mine where you can play a gemstone video game and spin giant barrels of treasure to reveal hidden pictures on the ceiling. NICE! My post on the Magic Kingdom has photos…it was too dark (and rainy) during this visit.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Look at our faces, you can tell this is a fun ride!

Snow White brought us good luck, by the time we exited the Mine Train the rain had stopped! Off went our ponchos and down came the umbrellas. Now if only we had brought a change of socks!

We never leave Magic Kingdom without riding “it’s a small world”. We like to torture the kids and get that song stuck in their heads for hours. And we always call my dad and put the phone on speaker so he can sing along!

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Taking advantage of the short lines, we also rode Peter Pan’s Flight, Winnie the Pooh and Mad Tea Party.

The fireworks show, ‘Happy Hallowishes’ goes off at 9:30. It is beyond amazing. It’s loud, bright, bold and set to the tunes of some of our favorite villain songs! This year we watched from behind the castle (in Fantasyland) and it was great. It seemed like we could reach out and touch the bursts. Of course, watching from Main Street is always a good choice as well.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

During this party is one of the best times to meet your favorite characters. There are less people and the lines are not too bad. Before Natalie and I sought out Elsa and Anna and while the boys went back to speed through a few more rides on Space Mountain we did a little shopping for our very own Olaf and a new sweater…..Frozen style!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

My mini Elsa!

Elsa was first. She was very glamorous, but not very over-the-top Disney….I guess that’s why she’s the Ice Queen.

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Next up was Rapunzel. She was chatting about Flynn and Natalie asked her about her hair. She was very personable.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Cinderella was there too! She is always so ‘spot on’. She made Natalie use her manners and reminded me to have her home by midnight!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Finally, we made it to Anna. Man, was she great! She talked so fast. She noticed Natalie’s Olaf and was cracking jokes about him. She asked if we had seen Kristoff in the park and had Natalie mesmerized. Well done casting department. She is the reason Natalie decided to be Anna for trick-or-treat!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

Here’s a look at the boys riding Space Mountain for the 226th time:

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

We met up with the boys near the castle to watch Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade. We opted for the second parade because it is less crowded. Before we found the boys, Natalie posed in front of her favorite castle…..

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

We found Jeremy and Noah and enjoyed the parade. It is an awesome parade. All of the villains join in the fun as well as the gravediggers from the mansion. The song is catchy and I will bet several Disney Dollars (yes, they exist) that you will be singing it days after the party!

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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Disney does Halloween well. Next year the kids think we should dress up. I guess my Disney Halloween shirts are not cutting it anymore. We will see……

Live Creatively,

mamaSig

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