Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Disney 2011 On a Budget - Day 1 Magic Kingdom

Our first Disney park we hit was of course The Magic Kingdom!  We arrived at our condo My Magic Home Near Disney at The Windsor Hills Resort on Saturday, May 7th and took a day off to relax.  We hit The Magic Kingdom on Monday, May 9th!
Everything I read was this time of the year was a down time, however the park was very crowded!  From the time we parked the car, got on the Monorail and then into the park, it was almost an hour wasted!  The lesson we learned?  Take the Ferry Boat!

We headed first to Adventureland and road The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.  My husband and son got right on, no wait!

The next stop was the Jungle Cruise!  One of my favorite rides.  We had to wait about 20 minutes, no problem!  Last stop in Adventureland was the Pirates of the Caribbean, first time ridding this ride and we all really liked it! 

Next we headed over to Frontierland and right away we spotted Woody and Jessie!  Two of our favorite characters and on our "must see" list!  We had to wait about 45 minutes to greet them but in the meantime I went and got the FastPass's for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  We got our PhotoPass card from the photographer.  Disney's PhotoPass Service gives you professional photographs of your Walt Disney World vacation. View the photos online, order prints and create custom photo keepsakes.  Give the card to every photographer and even ask the photographer or helper to take pictures with your own camera!

After greeting Woody and Jessie, we rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and then got our FastPass's for Splash Mountain.  This left us just the right amount of time to get some lunch.  By now it was HOT!!  High was 90 and all sun!  I asked a friendly Disney Cast Member for a cool place to eat and she pointed us right to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.  Lesson #2 - always ask Cast Members where to eat.  It will save a lot of time looking for something to eat!  It was cool inside to eat, but half the park was in there!  Crowded!

After lunch we rode Splash Mountain and The Walt Disney World Railroad around the park.  We then headed to Fantasyland!  We rode It's a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.  Now it was off to Tomorrowland.  It was getting late in the day, everyone was hot, and getting a little moody that this point.  We had to skip a few rides!

In Tomorrowland we rode Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and we got to meet Buzz himself when we got off the ride!

We finished up with riding on the Tomorrowland Speedway twice (my five year old loved driving, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and Stitch's Great Escape.   This was my least favorite.  I had no clue what this ride was but it turns out it really wasn't a ride at all and my five year old was quite frightened by it!  We then headed to the front of the park to get some dinner before the Main Street Electrical Parade which started at 9.  We then spotted Pluto!

We then wanted to eat someplace inside to be cool, however I did not realize you needed reservations for all of the sit-down restaurants, Lesson #3 - make reservations ahead of time for dinner, you will want a cool place to eat!  We ended up eating foot-long hot dogs at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland.  We ended our day watching the Main Street Electrical Parade with a front row seat near the park entrance!

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