Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Disney Day 2--Magic Kingdom

After a busy travel day, we got a decent nights sleep and woke up ready to go!  On our first full day in Disney World we had early reservations at Chef Mickey's and then were heading to Magic Kingdom for the day.

We made the decision to drive to the Contemporary Resort for breakfast and then just catch the monorail to Magic Kingdom.  We parked and walked into the Contemporary and located Chef Mickey's and checked in.  We only had to wait a few minutes and were quickly seated at our table.  This is a character breakfast and there were tons of families there with little kids.  I wasn't sure if the characters would come by our table and/or spend any time with us since we were obviously all adults!  This is one thing Disney does so well--they make everyone feel like they are still kids.  Not only did they come by and spend time with us, Mickey actually came back to our table because Mattie was in the bathroom the first time he came by.  They definitely do everything right!!

Here are some pictures from our breakfast:

After breakfast, we hopped onto the monorail and headed for Magic Kingdom!  There is just something so wonderful about Magic Kingdom--it instantly makes everyone a child!  We all literally had smiles plastered to our faces all day long!

Of course we had to buy Minnie Mouse ears and a princess hat and get pictures in front of the Cinderella's castle!

After we took some pictures, we started walking towards the castle.  We had fast passes for Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but we still had a little bit of time to kill.  Imagine my surprise when I saw Mary Poppins and the line wasn't even that long!  Mary Poppins was absolutely my favorite movie when I was little--I wore out two VHS tapes of it!

We spent the rest of the day riding lots of rides and walking around the park.  I swear there is not enough time in one day to do everything!  We didn't even make it to ride Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  We just saved it for next time!

Here are a few pictures from our day at Magic Kingdom:

Our big treat was our dinner reservations--we were eating in Cinderella's castle!  While Mary Poppins was my favorite "live-action" Disney movie, without a doubt Cinderella was and is my favorite Disney cartoon.  This is a must-do if you are going to Magic Kingdom--it was absolutely wonderful!  When your name is called you enter the castle and have your picture taken with Cinderella.  Then you climb stairs to the dining room.  While you are eating, different princesses walk around to chat and take pictures with you.  I'm not kidding, this was one of the major highlights of the trip for me!

We finished dinner up just in time for the fireworks.  They wouldn't let us out of the tunnel through the castle, so we didn't get full view of the firework show, but it was a very neat vantage point that few people get!

As soon as it was all clear for us to walk out, we headed over to grab a Dole Whip before we headed back to the room.  I had never had one before and it so did not disappoint!

We left Magic Kingdom and headed back to the room to get ready for our SUPER early morning to run the 10k.  That is one thing to note if you are considering running a race at Disney--you have to wake up at 3:45 in order to make the shuttle and get to the corrals on time!  Definitely worth it 100 times over--just don't stay out too late the night before!

Coming up tomorrow--Disney Day 3: Disney Enchanted 10k and Epcot!

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