Saturday, February 21, 2015

Magic Kingdom {Vacay Day 4}

Greetings from the frozen tundra that my little corner of the world has turned into!  I'm ready for those first warm days of spring before the bugs and pollen take over.

Anyway,  I thought I'd try to continue on with our Vacation recap.  As I mentioned at the end of the last post, I spent the better part of the third day at Urgent Care watching HGTV and begging for an antibiotic.   We spent the rest of the day resting and relaxing.

But on Day 4 we were back in action at the Magic Kingdom.  I only bought 2 day park tickets and had planned to do one day at Epcot and one day at the Magic Kingdom.  But the Magic Kingdom was so crowded on the first day we were there I felt like our time would be better spent back at the Magic Kingdom again.

We hit the right side of the park first...Buzz Lightyear was up first...we take our alien shooting seriously...
 
And then we needed a popsicle break...and Avery had a meltdown.
She doesn't handle it very well if you don't do exactly what she wants to do when she wants to do it.

But a shoulder ride seemed to get her back under control...


We rode the Carousel of Progress...this was Chad and the girls' first time and my first time in about 25 years.  I was surprised that they actually enjoyed it!  I even caught Avery singing the theme song the other day out of the blue..."it's a great big beautiful tomorrow..."


Then we took a ride on the people mover...this is probably as close as McKenna will ever get to Space Mountain.
Since we were going to be there all day I wanted something good for lunch.  I checked the My Disney Experience App on my phone and made a reservation at Tony's Town Square Restaurant for the four of us.  It is a full service restaurant that is modeled after the Italian restaurant from Lady and the Tramp. 

The reviews are mixed about it on TripAdvisor but we thought the food was good and the service was great.  I had the spaghetti and meatballs...I mean, at the restaurant from Lady and the Tramp...how could I not?
This picture cracks me up.  Not sure exactly what was happening at that moment but it was probably something like..."Daddy, I want to come back to the Magic Kingdom every weekend..."
 
Tony's is not a character dining experience but we had a good time and enjoyed sitting down and resting for a while.


When we left Tony's Mary Poppins was right outside so we hopped in line and met her and Mr. Penguin.

We headed toward the left side of the park and hit up Aladdin's Magic Carpet...

Climbed through the Swiss Family Robinson's Tree house...

And sailed on the Jungle Cruise (still decorated for Christmas)...

While we were waiting to meet Woody and Jessie, McKenna made her first ever pin trade.  Santa brought each of the girls a starter set with a lanyard and pins to trade.  We forgot to bring them to the park on the first day in the Magic Kingdom so she was excited to finally trade.


After we met Woody, we got in line to ride the train around to the other side of the park.  When we were about to board the train, Avery announced that she wanted the pin she had traded back.  We were too close to getting on the train to get back out of line (not to mention Chad had to fold the stroller up and carry it up all those stairs just to get it up there).  So we told her we would look for another one...still haven't found one...but maybe next time.  I felt pretty bad about it after I couldn't find another pin like the one she had.  I guess she may have been a little too small to really understand the whole pin trading concept.  But McKenna was happy with her trade and Avery has only mentioned the pin she lost once since we've been back home.

We had Fastpasses for Enchanted Tales with Belle again.  This time McKenna was Maurice and Avery was a saucer.



And we used our last Fastpass of the day to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairy Tale Hall...because a trip to the Magic Kingdom just isn't complete if you don't meet Cinderella.


We picked up a few snacks at the Confectionary on the way out and headed back to the house!  It was a long but fun day in the Magic Kingdom!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Magic Kingdom {Vacay Day 2}

We kicked off the second day of our vacation at the Magic Kingdom.  You can read about the first day at Universal Islands of Adventure here.  And just in case you are not familiar...Magic Kingdom is a Disney park and Islands of Adventure is not.  They are owned by different companies and multi-day tickets are not interchangeable between the two parks.
 

So my plan was to be at the Magic Kingdom at "Rope Drop" and see the characters come in on the train and do their little song and dance and rush to meet Anna and Elsa first thing since I could not get a Fastpass+ to meet them.  Well...you know how those plans go.  We were a little slow in leaving the house and it took us longer to get there than we thought and missed rope drop.  Even when we got to the Magic Kingdom at 9:20 (it opened at 9am) the line to meet Anna and Elsa was already over an hour and half long.  So we scrapped that idea.  We went ahead and got our autograph books though.
The cast member in the shop where we bought the autograph books gave both girls pixie dust.  It must have been the real deal because both girls still had glitter in their hair 4 days later after multiple baths and trips to the swimming pool.
 
And just for the record books I was 24 weeks pregnant with baby #3 during this trip.  (This is probably the only picture of me you will see as I'm normally the one behind the camera.)
 
 
Both of my girls got Princess dresses from Santa.  Avery got Aurora but she decided that she didn't want to wear it to the parks and McKenna did.  I was afraid she would have a melt down when she got there and saw all the other girls in their dresses but she didn't seem to mind at all.  It wasn't worth fussing over it with her even though I would have loved some cute pictures of both of them in their dresses.

We caught back up with the rest of our crew and made use of the shorter wait times.  In my experience, the lines are the shortest right after the parks open and right before closing.  We sailed through It's A Small World.
 
And the Haunted Mansion...This was McKenna's first time riding (she's scared of her own shadow).  She really wasn't a fan but at least she gave it a try.

Leave it to Averycakes...
 
 
 
 
 We headed through Frontierland and met Chip and Dale.

The wait time on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was pretty short on the My Disney Experience app but by the time we got there it had shot up to 25 minutes.  We decided to wait anyway since we were already there. 
 
This is what waiting in line with 3 small children looks like...

 
After the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the park was really starting to get crowded.  Unknowingly, we had picked a bad day to visit the Magic Kingdom.  They even ended up keeping the park open an extra hour and adding an extra Electrical Light parade that night because attendance was so much higher than they expected for the day.

I was so glad we had these strong men with us to push the strollers.  They were a life saver to my sister (also pregnant) and me.
 
We crossed back through the park to use our Voyage of the Little Mermaid Fastpasses.

 
This ride is one of my girls' favorites!


We had planned to do quick service lunch at the Beast's Castle but they were all full when we got there.  You couldn't even wait in line...so we decided to have popsicles instead and try the Beast's Castle later on.  (They never opened the line back up though.)

 
Then it was time to use our next Fastpass for Enchanted Tales with Belle.  This is Avery's favorite. attraction. EVER.  She begs all day to go back on the "Belle ride."  This time she got to be the Beast and I got most of the show on video.  It was pretty long but here is the end when she got to dance with Belle and take a bow.  (McKenna was Mrs. Potts this time.)

video

Then the girls wanted to meet Ariel in her Grotto...so we braved the 45 minute wait.  That was pretty painful but the girls loved seeing Ariel "in her mermaid tail."
 
Prego Mama was struggling after standing in line for 45 minutes though (and we still hadn't eaten a real meal for lunch).  I found a seat while Chad and the girls caught the show in front of the Castle from a side angle.  If you really want to see the show and want a great spot you need to be there at least 30 minutes ahead of time on a busy day.


 
We had never seen the Festival of Fantasy parade and I had that on our must-do list.  They rope off 1/2 of the walk-way on both sides of Main Street for people to stake our their spot for the parade.  People start holding prime parade viewing spots up to an hour before parade time.  We got there just before the parade so all of the spots were taken but we managed to find a little niche in the store front to park the stroller and watch.  Avery watched most of the parade from Chad's shoulders and McKenna stood in the stroller and they could see it all.




I think they were both enjoying the parade...what do you think?



After the parade the park was so crowded that we decided to head back to the house for a few hours and rest.

After a rest and dinner at home we changed clothes and headed back to the Magic Kingdom.
 
We met Mickey...

 
 
How cute is Tyler's Woody outfit?  He got so much attention in the parks due to his little outfit. (It was actually a pajama set from the Disney Store Outlet.)

 
 
We also met Tinkerbelle (she's moved her house to the Main Street theatre where Mickey is)...


Making silly faces with Tinkerbelle...

 And we caught the end of the Electrical Light parade...definitely a must-do for everyone.




The wait times were finally at a decent level so we hit as many rides as we could before the park closed.  I couldn't ride the Tomorrowland Speedway so Chad did a Rider Swap with the girls.  Avery drove the first round.  When they got back the girls switched and McKenna got to drive without having to wait in line again.
 
(I watched from the Grand stand.)


By this time, it was 45 minutes until the park closed and meeting Anna and Elsa had a 45 minute wait.  I had been checking the wait time all day on my phone and that was shortest it had been.  I saw the wait get as high as 210 minutes during the day we were there.

Okay.  So I took this picture while we were standing in line waiting to meet Anna and Elsa.  Do you notice anything weird?

Where are all the children???  There were not many.  I'd estimate there were probably 8 adults for every child in line.  I don't get it.  I like Anna and Elsa...but you can bet I wouldn't have been waiting in line to meet them for 45 minutes were it not for my two little princesses who had dreamed of meeting them.


By the time we actually got through the line, the park had already been closed for 30 minutes but was still full of people.

I snapped these pictures of the back and front of the castle on our way out.


When we made it back to the entrance...two of the three children were fast asleep.

 
We had a great day but I think I pushed myself too hard.  I was already sick and by the end of the night I felt like I had swallowed 12 razor blades and could barely walk.  I wasn't in that great of shape to begin with and being pregnant and walking 15 miles through the park was a little more than I could handle.  I spent the 1/2 of Day 3 in Urgent Care begging for an antibiotic.  True story.

You can read about the other days we've spent in the Magic Kingdom here.
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