Thursday, June 6, 2013

Disney World Vacation: Day 3

On Sunday night I fell asleep around 8:45 p.m. and didn't wake up until 7:45 a.m. the next morning.  I needed every minute of that 11 hour night's sleep and felt like a new person on Monday!

Magic Kingdom didn't open until 9 a.m. so that gave us a little extra time to sleep, and this time the bus arrived right away so we got there right as the park was opening.

The app sent us straight to Tomorrow Land to get some of the big ticket rides done before it was too crowded.  We basically walked right onto Space Mountain, Tomorrow Land Speedway (their version of Autopia), Buzz Light Year and Stich's Great Escape.  Whew!

We were also super excited because MK still has the People Mover which was Donny's favorite ride as a kid.

One of the things I was most excited about for MK was New Fantasy Land! It's recently been renovated with TWO new castles! (Ariel's castle and Beast's castle)
Beast's castle is home to the "Be Our Guest Restaurant" - and it's been getting amazing reviews.  In fact, when I booked our trip 2 months in advance - it was already too late to get a dinner reservation.  But thanks to our handy Disney World App, we knew that if we got in line for lunch before it opened, we could still get a table and enjoy the restaurant without a horrifically long wait.  So after conquering Tomorrow Land, we got in line at about 10:15 a.m.  There were already a couple hundred people in line ahead of us (I'm telling you - this restaurant is amazing) for the 10:30 a.m. opening time.
It actually worked out well though because we were seated in the ballroom and eating lunch by 11 which is a more acceptable time to eat strawberry cream cheese cupcakes and chocolate creme puffs, right?

Some of my other favorite for the day were Aladdin's Flying Carpets... (not sure why, it just made me laugh), seeing Tangled's area in New Fantasy Land, riding the People Mover 3 times, the Hall of Presidents (seriously cool - they have anomatronics for every single president and they move and look real and it was insane! We actually saw it twice because it was so trippy), and overall just how stunning and huge everything is.
I was too enthralled to think about photos during the show, so I found this one here (the website also has a video of it - you should check it out)
As we were planning our trip, I heard a fun little story about Walt Disney.  Apparently, he really regretted not buying more land in Anaheim as things quickly built up around the park.  He decided that for Disney World, he wasn't going to let that happen.  But he knew that if land owners found out that he was interested in purchasing land in Florida - they would jack up the prices.  So pretty secretly, he sent different employees under all different company names to purchase the acres and acres they needed for WDW. Eventually the people in Florida caught on, and sure enough, the prices tripled over night, but he still managed to purchase about 40 square miles for WDW!  Which means that everything is super spread out and they still have tons of room to grow and expand. And with the tropical Florida weather, everything was super lush and green. It was gorgeous!

Also thanks to the app's advice, the park was pretty empty on Monday, so we barely waited in any lines and were able to do everything we wanted at least once.  I think by the end of the night we had managed to see/do almost 30 attractions!

It's hard to keep track of the order of things, and unfortunately, my phone died part way through the day, but here are a few more photos:

Cinderella's evil step-mother and step-sisters were signing autographs!

We saw someone propose in front of the castle! I'll admit it - I totally teared up. (I also pretended to take a picture of Donny so I could actually get a picture of them)
We had an amazing day at the Magic Kingdom and I would love to go back and see everything all again! I think that of the four Disney World parks we attended, MK was my fave!

Stay tuned for Parts 4, 5 & 6! Whew!

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