Monday, October 29, 2007

The Magic Kingdom

Saturday morning we woke up very excited, ate breakfast in the room and got ready to go. I was so excited to finally be able to take my kids to the Magic Kingdom, and Dean had only been once when he was fourteen. We went outside to discover it was pouring rain! Our first purchase of the trip was to buy ponchos in the hotel store. But, we were troopers and The Magic Kingdom was waiting…Here we are on the monorail:

Even Mickey had an umbrella!

I had envisioned our first glimpse of the castle against pristine blue skies. Not to be…
Fortunately, it didn’t rain long. First stop --- Tomorrowland! We rode Buzz Lightyear,

the people mover, and Space Mountain. Roan loved Buzz but passed on Space Mountain. Alyssa was nervous about it but went anyway and loved it! She went twice! Kai of course loves all things rollercoaster. Dean was happy to finally go on Space Mountain because when he was fourteen his mom wouldn't let him go! (hehe)We went to Mickey’s Toontown Fair and the kids got their faces painted.

We also rode Goofy’s barnstormer, and the kids rode the Mad Hatter’s teacup ride. Dean and I did not. After that we were already ready for lunch!

Now is the time to talk about the dining plan. This was so cool and well worth it. It is pre-purchased, then for the whole stay, we each get one counter-service meal (ie: fast food), one table service meal (ie: nice sit-down restaurant) and one snack each day. For every counter service meal we each get an entrée, a drink, and a dessert. For every table service meal we each get an appetizer, entrée, drink, and dessert. Every day! By the end of the week we could hardly keep up with all the food, we were stuffed, and even the kids started turning down dessert! It was awesome, I highly recommend it. For our first lunch at the Magic Kingdom we had rotisserie chicken/barbequed ribs with green beans and mashed potatoes followed by chocolate cake. This was the counter service meal. I rest my case.

Next we went to fantasyland where the kids rode the Winnie-the-Pooh ride followed by the carousel. We watched Mickey’s Philharmagic and then went on It’s a Small World. No, we did not ride Dumbo. Any questions? We were so glad to past that stage! (although we did rent a stroller a couple times in the evening due to Roan falling asleep.)

Onward to Frontierland. Unfortunately Thundermountain Railroad was closed but would open later in the week, we’ll be back. We rode Splash mountain, looked in some shops, watched the Presidents Hall of Fame and took a ride on the Steamboat.

Yeah, we even got one or two pictures of me in there! In Adventureland we rode Pirates of the Carribean (of course), went to the Tiki Room (eh…) and rode Aladdin’s Magic Carpet. Here's another pic of the castle from afar:

There's even a bit of blue sky! We looked in some more shops, bought some stuff, then we went back to Frontier land to have dinner at the Liberty Tavern (Table service) where we had roast pork, turkey and beef with green beans, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese with apple cobbler ala’ mode. Yum! During dinner Roan fell asleep. It was so cute! Some of the characters had been wandering around and he was wanting to meet Minnie Mouse but she didn’t come by until after he fell asleep, but we got the picture anyway!

After dinner we hightailed it back to the castle for the fireworks, then claimed a spot on Main Street for the Spectromagic Parade (naturally, we visited the candy store while waiting). After the parade we briefly went back to Tomorrowland for the Carousel of Progress and one more bout with Buzz Lightyear, then we finally made our exit at midnight. The kids even got to ride up front of monorail with the driver. In bed by 1am. Next, MGM Studios!

Roan Quote: "Mommy, the Magic Kingdom's getting wet!"

1 comment:

Dean said...

A day to remember.

The best thing about the trip (and this first day in particular) was sharing it with the family.

The Magic Kingdom certainly rules for depth of Kid-friendly rides and activities.

It was easy to have a good time becuase well, it was Disney, and becuase Angie dd such a stellar job of organizing the trip. I felt like I could just roll with what the day gave. This made it easy to focus on making individual moments count. It's easy to be "cool, engaged dad" when all the details are covered.

And I finally got to go on Space Mountain (long story).

Thanks Angie!


- Dean