Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Around (Walt's) World in 3 Days: Magic Kingdom

Even as an adult, this park is nothing short of magical. By utilizing a Fastpass and our handy-dandy My Disney Experience app, we were able to ride everything in Tomorrowland and a good chunk of what's in Fantasyland before lunch. (New Fantasyland looks spectacular). We had planned on eating at Be Our Guest, but so many people had reservations that they weren't accepting walk-ins. We ate at Pinocchio's Village Haus instead, where the pizza is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Wolfgang Puck's. The crust is like cardboard and forgot trying to separate the slices with the flimsy plastic knives there.

  • "the Mountains" (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder), 
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (packs a surprisingly nice punch for what's essentially a kiddie coaster, but get Fastpass to avoid the lengthy waits) 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (drink up, me hearties, yo-ho)
  • Haunted Mansion (best haunted house ride ever)
  • Dumbo (I shouldn't have to explain why)
  • Meet Gaston at his tavern. Even if you don't want to get your picture taken with him, it's a riot just to watch him interact with people. I wore a Beauty & the Beast tank top with Belle and Beast on it; Gaston kept purposely standing in front of the design. He said, "Belle isn't married; she's just dog-sitting. He likes to put on a tuxedo and walk on his hind legs. He thinks he's people!" Haha :D 
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (Full disclosure: I have never seen any of the Toy Story movies in my life. Still, I wish my boyfriend and I had gotten on a second time so we could get higher scores.)
  • Mad Tea Party (Sure, tea cup rides are everywhere, but how many have the Dormouse in the teapot?)
  • Enchanted Tales With Belle (A cute show worth seeing whether you have kids or not)
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (The animatronics aren't Disney's best. But who cares? No big deal. It's Ariel)
  • Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial (The day we were there, Jack was, looks wise and vocally, a dead ringer for Johnny Depp. The kids plucked from the audience to be junior pirates were adorable).
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Some may write it off as a carbon copy of Dumbo. Unlike the elephants, the carpets can move in a gentle, wavelike motion as well as up and down via backseat controls. If you're with a special someone, take a romantic ride after dark).

  • Do NOT take little kids on Stitch's Great Escape. A young girl in a Frozen princess dress cried hysterically through the whole ride/show. I didn't find it particularly pleasant either.
  • If you have Extra Magic Hours privileges, use them, especially if you visit at an "off" time of year. After the 11 PM parade, there was practically nobody in the park. We were able to walk onto almost everything with no wait.
  • Try a LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern. The website describes it as "frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with a mango/passion fruit foam." This concoction sounds absolutely disgusting on paper, but trust me, it tastes like liquid happiness. The tavern's cinnamon rolls are equally good (and big enough to share. Literally the size of my head).
  • Casey's Corner has the best hot dogs at Disney World. I especially like that you can get sliced apples as a side with the combo meal, because I don't particularly like fries.
  • Don't let the constantly long lines at Peter Pan's Flight fool you. The ride isn't much to write home about. The elaborate line maze through the Darlings' home will raise your expectations unreasonably. One of my boyfriend's favorite movies as a kid was Peter Pan and he was quite disappointed.
  • Explore the courtyard of Cinderella Castle. There are some very nice fountains and statues.
  • If you're eligible for handicapped seating for the nightly fireworks display, get there at least 45 minutes early. A cast member told us 30 minutes prior would be enough. While getting dinner on Main Street, my boyfriend and I got trapped by the mob watching the 9:00 parade and couldn't get around them. The handicapped seating area was already full by the time we get there.
  • The speed of the conveyor belt where you board rides such as Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear can be adjusted if you are handicapped. Just ask the attendant when you get to the front of the line.
  • Use caution on It's A Small World if you're in a walking boot. It was the one and only time I almost fell getting on a ride.
  • Finally, have you ever wondered what it's like to be on an acid trip but don't want to take illegal drugs? Then wander over to the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland. It's truly, deeply bizarre. It's also air-conditioned and there's never a line.

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