One of my readers suggested that they would love to hear about how I spend a day at Disney, so I thought it would be fun to share that with you all! Because I go so often I don’t always do the parks the way a typical person might – there are rides I will skip since I did them last time if the line is too long, or I’m there for a special event (like the Princess half marathon!).
But on Friday, February 19th I spent a day in the Magic Kingdom with my husband, his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend. The two of them hadn’t been in quite awhile so we made sure to hit a lot of the most important things in the park! We arrived very close to opening time (we had just missed the opening show but were still in the park by 8am – there was an extra magic hour this morning that got us into the park early!). We made a beeline for Peter Pan’s Flight since the wait time can get really long on that one and we didn’t have a fastpass for it. It seems that now only Tomorrowland and Fantasyland are open for extra magic hours, which is kind of bummer, but we also did Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Under the Sea before the park officially opened.
Once we were allowed into Liberty Square we headed straight for some breakfast – which was a waffle sandwich at Sleepy Hollow! I’m bummed that they took away the lunch waffle sandwiches, but glad that my all-time favorite is still there. Jason and I split a huge waffle covered in nutella and loaded with fresh bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. This thing is so good, I highly recommend you try one if you’re headed to Disney World!
After digesting our breakfast we went to ride Splash Mountain, since the wait was pretty short. It was a little cool still, which is why I think there wasn’t much of a line, but we were near the back and didn’t get too wet so it was all good. Up next was a fastpass for the Haunted Mansion followed by our next fastpass for 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. I enjoy the Mine Train, it’s a cute ride, but as an adult I definitely don’t think it’s worth the 60+ minute waits that it routinely has. Thank goodness for fastpass!
Following a full morning of rides we headed to our lunch reservation at Be Our Guest. If you know me well you probably know that I’m a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, so it’s no surprise that Be Our Guest is my favorite restaurant. The food is good and the inside of it is absolutely gorgeous. There are three rooms to sit in – the ballroom, the west wing, and the rose gallery. We sat in the rose gallery because the other two were really crowded. It’s decorated with lots of Beauty and the Beast tapestries – one of which I recognized because we have it hanging in our bedroom! I got the turkey sandwich on a baguette and it was very good. The baguette in particular is delicious here, so if I go for lunch I always get one of the sandwiches for that delicious bread.
After lunch our last pre-selected fastpass was ready, so we went on Space Mountain. By this point it was the afternoon and we were out of fastpasses, and the lines were all quite long. So instead we decided to play some Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom! If you’re not familiar, it’s a card game that’s kind of similar to something like Pokemon, where you have spells which different levels of power, rarity, etc. They give you a pack of cards for free to play, and you explore the park and look for the interactive portals at various locations. It’s a lot of fun, and we definitely got my brother-in-law addicted to it!
While my family was running around playing Sorcerer’s I went in search of my blogging friend Ariel, who’s currently working in the Magic Kingdom. I finally found her and it was exciting to meet up and chat for a little bit, even if it was brief! You can check out her blog at Keys to my Life – Ariel is awesome!
I met up with the others in Adventureland where I finally got my favorite Disney treat of all time – the citrus swirl. I know a lot of people prefer the Dole Whip, which is pineapple, but I’ll always be a fan of the icy orange and creamy vanilla swirl. My brother-in-law ordered one too and because it was his birthday and he was wearing his birthday button, they gave it to him for free. Love that Disney magic!
We rounded out the afternoon by watching the Festival of Fantasy parade, seeing Mickey’s Philharmagic, and riding the Peoplemover. The Peoplemover was especially cool because it goes through part of Space Mountain. And at the time Space Mountain happened to be down so they had the lights on, which is a rare thing to see! It looks so crazy when you’re not in the dark.
Jason and I had dinner reservations at the new Skipper Canteen, so we headed there while the others went to find food somewhere else. I’ll be doing a full review on the Skipper Canteen soon, but we really enjoyed it! The food was different but very good and the host who seated us was hilarious.
After dinner we rode Jungle Cruise before heading back to the resort. Normally I would have stayed to watch Wishes but this time I had to be up at 3:30am the next morning for a 10k, so we called it an early night so I could get some sleep!