Quick Trip Day Three: Magic Kingdom
Tuesday July 14, 2015
We decided Tuesday, our first full day, would be the day we visited Magic Kingdom. The plan was to be at the park for opening, then head right over to 7D since we know that line gets crazy. Plus, I didn’t have a fast pass for it. The fast passes were already out when I booked the week before our trip.
Well, the plan started off perfectly. We were up and out and on the bus heading to Magic Kingdom all before 8:00. To my surprise the park was already open when we arrived a little after eight. Ok, no problem I figured. Early in the morning, not many guests, we’ll be alright getting to 7D. I was wrong. The problem was not crowds but the attraction. The ride was already down at opening. They were having technical difficulties and would not be able to let us know when the ride would open. We stood on line for a little while but decided to start doing other attractions.
First was Little Mermaid. I have been on the ride before, but my friend has never been. I should note, this was the first time I was on the ride since the updates were completed. And I must say the updates brought a major improvement. Not my favorite attraction, but definitely an upgrade from what they originally opened there. After Mermaid, we walked back around to see if 7D was open. We saw the cars running on the track but alas, ride was still not open. The Cast Members were telling everyone there was already a 90 minute wait from the end of the line, if people wanted to wait. We didn’t so over to Winnie the Pooh.
Upon exiting the gift shop from the Pooh attraction, we noticed the line for 7D had shortened a bit. People were no longer waiting. So, we decided to stand on line and give it a few minutes. Only a few minutes pass and they finally opened the attraction. We were still being told we had a 90 minute wait. In reality, we waited 30 minutes. This was my first time on 7D and I have to say I was a little disappointed. The ride is too short. Just as you get going and get into it, the ride ends. I’ll say this; the AA’s of the dwarfs were excellent. I loved the projection faces and look forward to more of this on future rides.
Anyway, we decided to finish off Fantasyland. We walked over to Philharmagic. And perfect timing. The next show had just started to load up so in we went. I still love Philharmagic, but I’m also hoping they do an update soon. After Philharmagic, we rode Small World. We skipped Peter Pan because the wait was already 70 minutes and the line was not moving.
We decided to head over to Tomorrowland since we had fast passes for Space Mountain. Our fast pass time was not coming up just yet, so we took a spin on Carousel of Progress. I still love this attraction, one of my favorites for sure. Next was Wedway Peoplemover. We skipped Buzz because the wait time was astronomical. And we also skipped Stitch (we don’t care for that attraction), and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. Our fast pass time for Space Mountain arrived, so we hopped on for a trip to outer space.
We finished Tomorrowland and walked over to Liberty Square. Haunted Mansion had a minimal wait so we entered the cemetery queue. We got on the ride right away. Haunted Mansion is a classic and an all time favorite of mine.
Still early, we headed over to Jungle Cruise. The wait was about 30 minutes, not too bad. Our skipper was great. He made the attraction fun. He popped the jokes on queue. A great skipper makes Jungle Cruise much better.
My friend and I were hungry at this point, so over to Casey’s we went. I ordered a BBQ Slaw Dog. He ordered a Polish Sausage. I was amazed at the size of the BBQ slaw dog. The roll was stuffed with cole slaw and pulled bbq pork. Oh and the hot dog. Holy cow! The dog was delicious and filling. I was stuffed.
We wanted to digest the food, so into Hall of Presidents we went. The job they did to this attraction in 2008/2009 was nothing short of amazing. The film, the narration, President Obama’s AA, all great! The show played to only a half packed house though. Too bad not many people take the time to enjoy this wonderful show.
We couldn’t believe the time was only 1:00. We had done almost half the park already. We had time before Festival of Fantasy and a lot of time before our Splash Mountain FP. So we took in a showing of Country Bears. Yes, I know they reduced the show by a few minutes, cutting out a few songs. My opinion though is the cuts are not noticeable. Everyone clapped along, stomping their feet, some singing and others laughing. Oh rumor has it Country Bears may get their holiday show back. That’s only a rumor though so do not take that as concrete news.
I grabbed a spot in Frontierland for Festrival of Fantasy. The reason I chose Frontierland is 1) the parade starts there, and 2) our fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was for 3:00 to 4:00. I figured we catch the parade at starting point then make a bee line to Big Thunder. I love this new parade. The floats are amazing. Maleficent’s dragon float is the best! But the music, I didn’t care for the music. I felt the music was too Disney Tween Popish. No matter though. The parade was excellent.
We headed over to Big Thunder Mountain for our fast pass return time. When we arrived, we noticed the line for FP was longer than stand by. One of the people on the line said the ride was down cause of a brief rain shower, and the Cast Members told people who had FP at that time to return whenever they wanted and they would be allowed to ride. Well, looked like everyone decided to use their FP as soon as the ride was reopened. The wait for FP was about 30 minutes. They weren’t even taking anyone from stand by until the FP line was down. I felt bad for the people in the stand by line.
Big Thunder was a blast as always. The ride was wild, fun, thrilling; well worth the wait.
Next up on our to do list was Splash Mountain. We arrived 15 minutes before our FP time. So, we got ourselves frozen bananas to nibble on while we waited. After the bananas, I tempted fate and tried to get into the FP line before our time. It worked as we were allowed in early. However, when I looked at the time, we were only five minutes early.
What can I say about Splash? Hmmm, well, the ride looked in fantastic shape. Everything appeared to be working as they should be. Only thing I am disappointed in is they seem to have removed the hidden Mickey in the river boat scene. There is no more Mickey cloud.
Tuesday July 14, 2015 continued
We left Frontierland and entered Adventureland again. This time around we took in the tiki birds show. By 5:00 we had mostly everything done. I couldn’t believe it. My friend was just as shocked as I was. We had so much time to kill.
I figured we could go to a kiosk and see what kind of fast passes was available, hoping to get one for Peter Pan. We saw a huge line at the only kiosk in Frontierland, so I said off to Tomorrowland to see how those kiosks looked. But before going to Tomorrowland, my friend wanted to grab something to eat. He felt like having fish, so we stopped in Columbia Harbor House. He had a fish dish. I was still pretty full from the BBQ Slaw Dog, so I only had a frozen lemonade and yogurt.
We arrived in Tomorrowland, and over to the kiosks I went. I was able to snag a FP for Buzz Lightyear. Because we had some time before the FP arrival time, we rode Peoplemover again. Then we took in Carousel of Progress one more time. Finally, we got in line for Buzz to help defend the galaxy from the evil emperor Zurg. I don’t know how it happened, but my friend was kicking my backside when all of a sudden I shot past him. I had to hit a far away target for mega points. Just don’t ask me which target I hit. I can never tell.
We skipped Stitch and Monsters Inc again. I went back to the kiosk to see if I could score Pan fast passes again. I was able to secure a return time of 11:00PM to 12:00AM. I thought that was perfect; we would catch MSEP, Celebrate the Magic, and Wishes then Pan.
We took a walk over to 7D to see if we could get on one more time, but the wait time was somewhere over 100 minutes. We said forget that. I made my friend try a Lefou’s Brew. I’m not crazy about it. I do like it, but I do not think it is as good as butterbeer. He liked it though. Disclaimer: he hated butterbeer, thought it was too sweet.
We had some time before MSEP, but we decided to stake out our spot on Main Street anyway. I found a spot by the town square and sat on the curb. My friend took a walk through the Emporium looking to see what merchandise he wanted to buy. He returned a few minutes before the parade started. And right before the parade, I gave up my spot on the curb on Main Street to two female friends, probably about 12 or 13 years old? They wanted to sit, but there was only enough room for one of them to sit, and it was right next to me. So, I got up and told the two of them they could sit together. They were happy and thanked me. I still had a good view and that is all that mattered to me.
The parade started and slowly made its way up Main Street. I love that old music to MSEP. However, it is time to retire the floats and bring in a new night time parade. After the parade, we grabbed a spot to stand for Celebrate the Magic (was the same show from October 2013, just Frozen added in), and then Wishes.
We worked our way through the crowd which was heading for the exit. We were heading back into Fantasyland. Before Pan, we rode Small World for a second time, watched Philharmagic for a second time then lined up for Pan. Not one person was online for fast pass, and very few online for standby. We got in our Pan ride and had officially completed each attraction in Magic Kingdom. Yes, we did ride the Magic Kingdom Railroad, just didn’t mention it in the report. We also didn’t ride Pirates of the Caribbean since the attraction was closed for refurbishment. Ok, let me clarify, we did everything we wanted to do. No, we do not do the meet and greets or Dumbo or any of the other kiddy stuff. We did walk through Storybook Circus so my friend could see what they built. Last time he visited, Mickey’s Toontown still stood. His last trip was right before Toontown closed for good.
The day was finally done. We spend 16 hours straight in Magic Kingdom. We exited the park, hopped the bus to Saratoga Springs, and arrived a little after midnight. Needless to say, we crashed hard once we got back into the room. We had a wonderful day in Magic Kingdom.
Wednesday would be another fun filled day.
Next up: Wednesday July 15, Boardwalk and Epcot