Saturday, August 13, 2016

Magic Kingdom Day 1, June 2016

I know not everyone is down for my touring style, but I like to do everything I can while at Disney World. This means I plan some, but leave a lot up to the current lines or more so what attractions have shorter lines.  Of course, no one enjoys standing in line, but for me that means running all over the park and this is what works for me.  I'll explain with the breakdown of our first day at Magic Kingdom for this trip.  We planned for this day by booking our 3 advance fastpasses at the 60 day mark and succeeded in acquiring Splash Mountain (9:25-10:25), Tomorrowland Speedway (11:25-12:25), and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (12:40-1:40.)  I always like to plan my fastpasses early so that I open up the opportunity to get more fastpasses earlier.  I usually try to avoid the first hour the park is open, though, since the lines are always best the first hour the park is open.  On this day, the park was open from 8-11.  I wouldn't always recommend a fastpass for the speedway, but my husband didn't know if he had ever ridden it and I refuse to stand in line for that attraction.  This is something that we will probably continue for a while, since my daughter really enjoyed it.  I will highlight the attractions to help keep track of them and breakdown our day by the hour.

To start our day, we always try to be at the bus stop, if staying on property, an hour before the park opens.  This way, you arrive at the park in time to get through bag check and security before the opening welcome show and follow the mad dash into the park.

First things first, even though I like to run around the park, I still think it's important to take a moment to breathe in the fact that you are in the most magical place on Earth and there is no better way to do this than to get your picture taken in front of Cinderella's castle.

After our picture was taken, we headed straight to Peter Pan's Flight, attraction #1.  As Patrick parked the stroller before meeting us at the start of the line, he noticed that there was hardly any wait at the Princess Fairytale Hall, so when we got off Peter Pan we hurried over to meet Anna and Elsa, characters 1 and 2.

At this point, we got in the classic It's a Small World, attraction #2.  No, this isn't a priority that needs to be done first thing in the morning, but it is a classic, the kids love it, and I definitely don't want to ever wait in line to ride it.  We also got to experience the new goodbye incorporated with the help from our magic bands.

The same goes for attraction #3, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.  There was no way we were going to walk past that carrousel one more time without taking a ride.  Ironically, she didn't even want to sit on a horse.

While leaving the caroussel, we noticed there still wasn't a line on the other side of the Princess Fairytale Hall, where we met Cinderella and Rapunzel, characters 3 and 4.

We started our 2nd hour on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, attraction #4.  By this point, we did have to wait in a short line, but there are so many interactive activities for little ones to play with that we actually were continually asking LittleCJC to move up.

Cute, right?  We then headed to a ride Patrick didn't think he had ever ridden that became a new family favorite this trip, Mad Tea Party, attraction #5.

This conveniently led us to our next meet and greet, Alice and the Mad Hatter, characters 5 & 6.

By now, we needed to cut across the park to get to splash mountain for our first fastpasses.  We passed The Haunted Mansion, attraction #6, and decided that we had enough time to get this ride in first.

It was now time for us to ride Splash Mountain, attraction #7 & 8, since littlecjc was too small for this ride, we needed to use the rider swap option.  Under the nearby train tracks, there is a nice, shaded, little play area that she took advantage of during this time.

We knew we needed to head back to the other side of the park since our next fastpass was for the speedway, so we thought we would take the Walt Disney World Railroad.  However, as soon as the train pulled up to the station and we walked through the turnstile, they announced that the train was shutting down due to inclement weather approaching. So we decided to take refuge while still moving to the other side of the park.

Therefore, we visited The Hall of Presidents, attraction #9.  We were lucky, and missed the rain all together.  A little off track, we stopped in at Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, attraction #10.  Finally reaching the destination of our next fastpass, we rode the Tomorrowland Speedway, attraction #11.

Patrick didn't think he had ever ridden this ride, and I don't think I had since I was a kid, but we now know to never sit 3 to a car again.

We spent this hour eating lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.  We usually try to avoid eating at this time, to avoid the rush, but this is what worked for us this day.

Time for our final pre-planned fastpass, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, attraction #12 & 13.  Again, we had to rider swap, so I'm counting it twice.

As soon as the magic bands were scanned, we were able to get on the My Magic Experience app and get our next fastpasses, Jungle Cruise at 1:20-2:20.  So, off to Adventureland.  The fastpass line was backed up when we arrived, but it was still better than standby as it moved much faster.  Littlecjc fell asleep on the way and snoozed while we waited in line, but decided she couldn't sleep through the ride waking up as soon as we sat down in the boat.

Before we made it through the line we moved into this next hour, bringing us to attraction #14, Jungle Cruise

 Again, while waiting in line, we snagged our next fastpasses, number 5, for Pirates of the Caribbean at 3:05-4:05.  Since we had a little time before we could use them, we decided to ride The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, attraction #15.  

We also decided to get out of the sun for a bit and take advantage of killing time next to one of the most popular Magic Kingdom snacks, the Dole Whip.  We had it in a float, yum!

After our yummy snack, littlecjc decided she needed to walk through the Swiss Family Treehouse, attraction #16

 Once we made it back to ground level, we made our way to Pirates of the Caribbean, attraction #17.  Again, we searched for our next fastpass as soon as we scanned our magic bands.  Heads up, if you don't make a selection quickly here, you'll have to wait until you leave the attraction as you will most likely loose connection in the building.  We decided on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin for 5:10-6:10.  After our adventure with the pirates, littlecjc talked Mamaw into a repeat ride, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, attraction #18.  

Here is the problem with not doing this sooner.  I have no idea what I'm missing, but I'm guessing we did something else here as it does not take an hour to walk back to Fantasyland which is the next time stamp I had in helping remember our day.  Therefore, the only thing I can say for certain that we did during this hour is Philharmagic, attraction #19.  

While walking towards Tomorrowland, we ran into a few characters that we decided we would take the time to meet.  Fairy Godmother, character 7, who was hanging out on the back side of the castle.

Walking just a little further past the Fairy Godmother, littlecjc noticed the princess in the Fairytale Garden, so we then met Merida, character 8.  

Merida's line didn't move very quickly, which is a trade off sometimes for great interactions.  However, we then needed to move quickly to Tomorrowland and our 6th fastpass at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, attraction #20.  

If you are familiar with this ride, you will notice that Littlecjc added a new challenge by controlling our spin joystick.  While waiting in line, we again looked to see if any fastpasses were still available that would help us get more in today.  We ended up with an Ariel meet and greet at 6:10-7:10.

After defeating Zurg, we stayed in Tomorrowland to ride one of my favorite rides, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, attraction #21.  

I think Littlecjc is a fan too, as she made everyone ride with their hand's up.  We couldn't leave Tomorrowland without visiting with character 9, Buzz Lightyear.

Yes, we're moving back to Fantasyland, but it was then time for our 7th fastpass, Ariel, character 10.

At this point, we needed to eat Dinner.  My in-laws are a little more picky than the rest of us and we were wearing down, so we opted to eat at Cosmic Ray's again since we were close.  While eating dinner, we looked at the app debating if we needed to try to get a fastpass for anything else.  We decided on a meet and greet with Tinkerbell at 7:50-8:50.

After dinner, we found a great area in front of the castle where we could watch the evening festivities.  We left the in-laws here since they decided they would rather stay seated here than see Tinkerbell, so they saved some space for us while we headed to the front of the park to use our 8th and final fastpass to meet character 11, Tinkerbell.  

When we left Pixie Hollow, we headed back to the castle and the grandparents where we had a little popcorn snack and ran around on the new hub while waiting for the parade to start.

We watched the Main Street Electrical Parade and then stayed put until the projections started for Celebrate the Magic at 9:45.

We of course watched the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at the top of the hour.  Since we had a very successful, but busy day, we decided to just leave with the masses this evening and not try to get in to that last ride before the park closes.

In case you lost track, here are our totals for the day: we rode 21 rides, using 8 fastpasses, met 11 characters (without any dining I might add,) saw 1 parade, and Celebrate the Magic and Wishes.  This was a great start to our trip, and Littlecjc was asleep before we made it back to the hotel.

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