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I’m one of those people who spends HOURS pouring over my vacation plans – comparing books and websites to find out which days might be best to visit which parks, etc. Because of that, it seems like we NEVER visit Magic Kingdom on our first day. I have read countless answers to questions regarding peoples’ first day park of choice, and it’s almost always the Magic Kingdom. On this past trip, it worked out that we would visit Magic Kingdom on our first full park day. I have to admit, it did seem natural! It’s always so special walking under the archway and seeing Main Street (with Cinderella Castle looming in the distance). I just feel like I’m home again.
Even with Disney busing, we made it to the park in time for the opening (yay!)
Our first stop inside the park . . . Town Square Theater to meet Mickey Mouse. Did you know he talks now?! (Our shirts for this first day were inspired by an idea I found on Pinterest. Each one of us had a different character from the Fab Five.)
With the new Magic Bands and the whole My Disney Experience, we were able to secure FastPasses ahead of time (called FastPass+). I had read lots of mixed reviews on this service before our trip; but, I gotta say, we loved it! It saved us from having to run to our favorite attraction upon entering any given park. We knew ahead of time when we’d need to be where for a certain ride. It was awesome and made our trip much less stressful and more spontaneous. Kudos, Disney! I like the changes!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was our first stop for the morning. On our way to Frontierland, we made a pit stop in Adventureland to check out the Jingle Cruise. We had a fabulous skipper who made the ride quite fun. From there, we headed over to the New Fantasyland to check it out for the very first time. We had a FastPass for Enchanted Tales with Belle (11:35-12:35). We decided to get in line for Be Our Guest for an early lunch. I’m so glad we did! (But, more on that in a future post.) Enchanted Tales with Belle was so adorable! Children in the audience are chosen to play key parts in the story. Ian was selected to play the part of Belle’s father, Maurice.
Our last FastPass of the day was for Dumbo. Now, I have a confession to make: in all my many trips to the Magic Kingdom, I have never before ridden Dumbo. I know, I know, I ought to be ashamed, right?! Well, the lines were always SO long! Now, with the new “dueling Dumbos” and the FastPass+ system, riding Dumbo was easy! On our way to Storybook Circus, we stopped to ride the new Little Mermaid ride and meet Ariel.
As much as I was hesitant about the removal of Toontown, I have to admit that I really like the changes that Disney has made with that area of the park. We enjoyed the Circus Tent gift shop (if you’re a pin trader, you have to check out the unique pin “board” in there!) and meeting the fun characters.
Next on the agenda . . . heading over to Tomorrowland for a spin on one of my favorites – the TTA. Of course, Ian wanted to visit his pal Buzz Lightyear too. Later we decided to get in line to meet Pooh & Tigger. We were excited when they came back from a break because they brought Rabbit with them! He was only out for about 15 minutes and we were the last family who had opportunity to meet him! Lucky day!
We had dinner reservations at Chef Mickey’s that 7:55 that evening. (There was a Christmas Party going on that evening, so we needed to be out of the park by 7 anyway.) But, before heading out of the park for the evening, we had to snap a picture (or two or three) of the castle.
It was a great first day! Stop back tomorrow to hear about our first day at Epcot.
If you missed yesterday’s report, you can find it here: