Day 2: Magic Kingdom
Well the day started off rough as no one slept very well the night before. DD7 had been up around 2:30 a.m. sleep walking, trying to climb into bed with DH & DD5 (she was sleeping with mom) and then falling out. Plus our luggage arrived at 10:30 p.m. so mom and dad didn’t get settled in until late. But we were up and at ‘em around 7 am and managed to catch a bus to MK around 8:00. We arrived at MK around 8:20 and found a spot to watch the Welcome show. I admit when the cast came out to start the show “Good morning, good morning…” mom had a hard time keeping the tears at bay. The girls were thrilled to see Anna & Elsa at the welcome show and are highly anticipating meeting them Wednesday. We went through the front entrance and made our way down main street as DD7 continued on and on with “wow, mom, just, wow mom”. She was by far the most impressed. The little girls were still both so tired and groggy we didn’t get much reaction from them.
We had a few photos taken in front of the castle and finally made our way to Ariel’s Grotto. Ariel loved the dinglehopper we gave her and said she hadn’t seen a white one before! Next we went on to Under the Sea which all three girls loved. Then onto the Winnie the Pooh ride which had a great interactive queue allowing the kids to play while waiting. Disney is genius. It was a cute ride and DD3 really seemed to like it most.
Then we moved on to the much anticipated Seven Dwarves Mine Train. We FP that and only waited maybe 5 minutes to board. DD7 was very brave and rode by herself with a nice lady we met in line who was riding solo too (husband was riding with her son). DH had DD3 and Mommy had DD5. DD7 and DD3 loved it. My little thrill seekers. DD5…not so much. She’s much more like her mom, wasn’t a big fan of the drops. But she did like the Seven Dwarves animatronics.
Then we walked over to Mickey’s Philharmagic. We were lucky to catch it, it was closing down for refurbishment the next day. It was a cute 3D movie about Donald losing Mickey’s sorcerer hat and he travles around meeting different Disney movie characters who catch it for him. DD7 and DD5 both proclaimed it a favorite and loved trying to “catch” all the 3D items, especially the gems. After that we grabbed a Mickey ice cream bar and took a small break.
Then we walked over to Enchanted Tales with Belle where DD7 was picked to be the Beast, DD5 the horse and DD3 the broom. They acted out Beuaty and the Beast with Belle and DD7 even got to dance with Belle as the Beast. and each got to meet her, get a bookmark as a thank you and their photo with her. It was really a cute attraction. Then it was time for lunch at Be Our Guest. It was really a wonderfully designed restaurant. We sat In the room with the dancing Belle and Beast. The pot roast was great, my roast beef was good, the kids food was just eh. The Strawberry cheesecake cupcake was really good, the masters cupcake with gray stuff was okay.
DD7 being the scary Beast.
And DD3 waiting to meet Belle. Love her face waiting in anticipation.
And DD7 & DD5 dancing in BOG just like Belle & the Beast. Have I mentioned my girls are goofy?
Then we headed over to meet Daisy and Minnie. We lucked out, just as we entered the queue it began to pour. We met them, then headed back around to meet the great Goofini and Donaldo. Their interaction was cute but the girls didn’t really interact with any of them much. At this point in the trip they were having a harder time interacting with fur characters.
After that the rain stopped so we went and rode Dumbo. Again, Disney genius as the queue was an interactive playground for the kids to play in before it was time to ride. Mom ducked out of this one (don’t like rides that go in circles!) and DH rode with all 3 girls. Then we headed to Barnstormer where DD7 decided she couldn’t ride by herself. So DH ended up riding with each girl once, which meant 20 minutes at Barnstormer. But the ride is only 2 minutes and even DD5 who didn’t like 7DMT liked this one.
It was hot (have I mentioned yet how ridiculously muggy it is in Florida in Septmeber? Yowza!) and we were all tired and it looked like a storm so we headed over to Frontierland in search of a frozen lemonade, a Dole whip, and a seat to watch the parade. We never found a frozen lemonade as all the kiosks shut down for the storm, then the parade was cancelled (stinker since we found a prime seat outside Diamond Horseshoe), but DH got in line for a Dole Whip and also got an orange/vanilla swirl. The Dole whip totally lived up to its hype and the orange swirl was also very delicious. We hope to have another one before leaving (side note - pretty sure we ended up having like 5 more). But by this time the rain was coming down good so we just hung out in the overhang/bathroom/fp kiosk area between adventure and frontierland.
When the rain settled down to a steady drizzle we headed over to the Carousel. The girls loved it, which didn’t surprise us. Then we went over to the Tea Cups with such a short wait that they rode twice. Mom bowed out of those as well (again with not liking rides that go in circles!), and was very glad when she saw how fast DH was spinning the teacups.
We meandered through Tomorrow land for a bit and ended up just heading down to Main Street to meet Tinker Bell. The queue was short but Tink must have gone on break because it took 15 minutes to get to her. But the girls were in awe as Tink might be one of their favorite characters. dd7 asked tink to fly and she said she couldn’t since the rain got her wings wet. As we left dd5 said “Mom, I don’t think Tink can’t fly because her wings are wet. It’s because she’s really just a person.” Smart girl.
By this time we needed to leave MK to head to GF for our dinner at 1900 Park Fare. The monorail seemed to take forever and with the rain the views weren’t even that great. We arrived just on time at 6 pm., took our family photo and headed in quickly to dinner. The characters were a few rows away so we got to eat most of our dinner before they came around. Dinner was pretty good (side note - IMO one of the best we had all week, esp as far as character meals are concerned), lots of international dishes and basics for the kids like corn dogs, mac and cheese, pizza, etc. Then Prince Charming came by and DD5 asked his real name. He said Charming, and DD5 thought he should be called Mike. Mom asked which stepsister he liked best and he said “which of your girls do you like best?”. Nicely played, Prince. Cinderella came by a bit later and was very sweet, although surprisingly the girls didn’t interact too much with her. Then the stepsisters showed up. Talk about hilarious. Earlier we witnessed them fighting a few rows away, later they sang for everyone, and at one point Anastasia said she found herself a sugar daddy as she posed with an older gentleman. The girls told Anastasia they liked her best, so Anastasia proceeded to screech “Druzilla!” over and over until Druzilla finally looked up. Then Anastasia bragged about being liked best. I asked Anastasia if she wanted three new housemaids. She asked what they can do, and I said, not much but they’re pretty cute. To which she replied “well I already have cute covered”. Finally the girls showed her their sequin Mickey Mouse shirts (which they loved and were so proud of), and Anastasia replied “yeah, nice, I see you have a rodent on your shirt.” Next Druzilla came by, we didn’t interact too much with her, I think she was mad that the girls said they liked Anastasia more. Finally was the stepmom, and the girls showed her how their sequins change color by rubbing up and down to which she bawdly replies “so you like to rub yourselves up and down. Good thing you’re still young.” Let’s keep it PG Lady Tremain.
After that it was time to head back to BC. With a late night, early morning and no naps we were pooped. Plus the constant rain was just no fun (side note – this was the only day it steadily rained. We had a few showers here and there but only this day it rained for a long time.) We barely caught the monorail leaving to MK. Got off and headed through still more rain to barely catch the bus to BC. In the morning when we left we also barely caught the bus to MK, so we had a LOT of pixie dust today on catching transportation. After the ride back we ran into the family we sat next to at dinner who were nice to chat with.
At BC we bought a new phone charger since ours broke, video taped the girls telling their favorite parts of the day, finally organized all the suitcase stuff (to make mom happy), took baths and hopped in bed. Oh and when we walked into our room we were surprised with a set of balloons, a white chocolate Mickey and 6 really beautiful gourmet chocolates and a note to the girls wishing them a wonderful time on their trip (I’m assuming courtesy of our check in CM Anastasia who the girls wowed with their charm and craziness). Amazing, wonderful surprise, love how Disney treats their guests.
It only took 20 minutes to get the girls to be quiet over the 60 from the prior night, so yay for progress. Lets hope for a better night of sleep tonight.
P.S. DH took 15,600 steps which is about 8.4 miles. Whew!
Pluses: ponchos, umbrella, fruit snacks (to shut kids up when they don’t get what they want), double stroller, scissors (which were for moleskin but we used to cut off the bottom of too long ponchos for the girls)
Minuses: too much unnecessary stuff in the bag, will pare down for tomorrow.
Stay tuned for Day 3: Epcot when I get a chance!