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If you missed our Day 1 Trip Report, you can find it here. We woke up bright and early Thursday morning, and ready to head to the Magic Kingdom!
I need my coffee in the morning, but have found that the pods for the in-room coffee pots are much stronger than I like. So, I packed my own Vietnam coffee packets. I made my morning coffee and stepped out onto our (standard view) balcony to enjoy my coffee, only to be met with this:
While I know that Disney had nothing to do with the hot air balloons, they just added to the magic that is Disney. It was such a peaceful coffee-drinking view!
Our friend Sherri drove over to AKL to meet us, and we set off for the bus stop together to enjoy our day! Our first stop at the Magic Kingdom is always to visit Mickey – it just doesn’t seem like a Disney trip if we don’t reconnect with our old friend. Normally, the lines aren’t very long first thing in the morning; but Mickey must have been having some issues that morning and despite the short wait time listed, I’m pretty sure we stood in line for about 45 minutes. It’s worth it though!
There is nothing like that first glance at the castle! Even though we’ve seen it so many times, we never take it for granted. It’s SO beautiful!
We had a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but Suzanne needed breakfast and, after that long wait time, we didn’t make it in time. Our next FastPass was for Suzanne’s must-do, the Haunted Mansion. Our ride was stopped for awhile, so I took the opportunity to snap a picture of Madam Leota in the crystal ball.
We had secured FastPasses for lunch at Be Our Guest. Ashley and I had eaten there before, but we were anxious to Suzanne and Sherri to try it. (I’ll share our thoughts in an upcoming Favorite Food Friday post.) Afterwards, we spent some time in New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus.
One of our favorite places to shop at the Magic Kingdom is Big Top Souvenirs. One of the Cast Members caught sight of Ashley’s birthday pin and asked her some questions, such as a favorite color and if she prefers white or dark chocolate. Then, she asked a Cast Member behind the treat counter if she could make us all a special dipped marshmallow in honor of the special occasion.
I gave her a Cast Member Thank You note and she said that totally made her day. I hope she know she made ours too. (Confession: I don’t like marshmallows, white chocolate, or sugar sprinkles. I gave my treat to Ashley!) I just love how the Disney Cast Members go out of their way to make people feel so special. I can even see if they had made a special treat for Ashley – but to make them for each one of us was extra special. I love Disney!
While we were there, we had to stop and visit with Goofy and Donald too.
Next, it was off to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!
We spent the afternoon strolling the park and riding some of our other favorite rides. . . Pirates, Jungle (Jingle) Cruise, Buzz Lightyear, TTA People Mover, etc. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Carousel of Progress (a favorite of ours), it was closed for the day!
We had tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and we did stay for a few hours. But, quite frankly, it was a long day and we were all pooped out ; so we decided to head back to the room around 9 or so. (We had just attended the party last year with the kids, so I didn’t feel too guilty!)
Nothing like Cinderella’s Castle at night, though, is there?
Next week, I’ll be sharing about Day 3 – Hollywood Studios. Hope you’ll stop back!