What a great day to be living in Florida! The weather was perfect and my wife and I were headed over to the happiest place on earth – The Magic Kingdom.
We pulled into the parking lot around 9:30 and were somewhat surprised to see that it wasn’t all that full. Anyway, we choose to take the monorail (rather than the boat) from the Ticket and Transportation Center over to the Magic Kingdom. We were able to get on the very first monorail that came along, as the line wasn’t very long at all.
The lines at the bag check and turn styles weren’t very long either.
As we entered the Town Square on Main Street there were a number of Disney characters there greeting their fans. We saw Chip and Dale, Daisy Duck and Pluto.
It took us a little while to make it all the way down Main Street as Julie, my wife, wanted to look in a couple of the shops. I didn’t mind as I do enjoy looking at all the Disney merchandise that’s in the shops.
If you read my Fort Wilderness blog you know that I have visited the horse barn that is there many times. That barn houses all the horses used on Main Street and in the parades. Well, I saw a friend from the barn working today, his name is Fritz and he’s a big, beautiful horse. I was told by his Cast Member friend that he’s been pulling that trolley car in the Magic Kingdom for at least ten years.
On the Castle Forecourt Stage the Dream Along With Mickey show was being performed. Mickey and the gang sure know how to put on a show!
From there we went to see the Storytime with Belle show at the Fairytale Garden. The Fairytale Garden is located to the right of the castle. Both Julie and I loved this show. Belle does a fantastic job telling the story of Beauty and the Beast. Belle asks children from the audience to help her tell the story. The children loved this show, as did the adults. I must admit that magical moments for me come when I see the faces of the children when they watch and interact with someone like Belle. Those are truly special moments. My advice to you is when in the Magic Kingdom take the time to see Belle tell her beloved tale.
Within a short period of time we were able to do Mickey’s PhilharMagic, It’s a Small World, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. The longest wait time was 20 minutes for Pirates. All the others only had a 10-minute or less wait time.
We had lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. We hadn’t eaten there in years so it was a treat. The food was good, portions too big for our appetite and the service excellent.
Another indication that the crowds weren’t going to be very big was when we decided at the last minute to see if we could get dining reservations. We called the dining reservation number on our drive up to the Magic Kingdom. We were really surprised when the Cast Member told us we could have just about any time we wanted. That doesn’t happen very often.
When we came out of the restaurant the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party was just getting underway.
After we watched the parade we went to ride the Liberty Square Riverboat.
By this time the crowds were building but still not very bad. The wait time for Splash Mountain was only 50 minutes
While we were in Frontierland we saw both Donald Duck and Goofy greeting guests and signing autographs.
One of the other things we did was ride the Walt Disney World Railroad.
We wanted to see the Celebrate A Dream Come True parade so we found a place to sit on Main Street. While we were waiting for the parade the Dapper Dans Barber Shop Quartet stopped right in front of us to perform. At one point they added a fifth member to the group (me).
The Celebrate A Dream Come True parade is high energy and lots of fun. Don’t miss it!
There has been a lot of talk about Space Mountain being closed down for a rehab. Well, a casualty of the Space Mountain closing is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ride. Since it travels through Space Mountain that will be closed as well. The Cast Member I spoke with said it will not open until Space Mountain opens. The TTA cars are just sitting on the tracks.
Also, the stage for the Stitch stage show is nearing completion.
By 5 PM we were tired and ready to call it a day. We had a fantastic day in the Magic Kingdom but by then we were ready to head home. We did expect the crowds to be bigger than they were because we know it’s school vacation week in Massachusetts and some other Northeast states. We did feel at home seeing all those Red Sox hats and shirts.
The thought I want to leave you with is this: the next time you are in the Magic Kingdom go see Stoytime with Belle, you’ll love it!
Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”…DizneyMike