Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disney Trip #8 - Half Day at Magic Kingdom

Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
We had some festive business to attend to in Orlando so we decided we might as well pop over to the Magic Kingdom afterwards. Too bad we aren't just a bit closer to Disney property because then we could say that all the time. 

Since we were all hungry we stopped over at Downtown Disney for lunch at Earl of Sandwich. Chris is always down for a Greek salad, and he actually got two this time because he knew one wouldn't be enough. I can talk him into heading over to Disney property if I throw in the promise of the Earl's Greek salad. I got the bbq chicken sandwich because it is heavenly and also messy. Aria got a grilled cheese because you can't go wrong with a grilled cheese. I should have told Chris to get some soup too, they have good soup. The weather was so nice that soup would have been perfect.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
We had great timing with a table, which never happens. We walked up and a group of people left so Aria and I sat right down while Chris went to stand in the ridiculously long line. Aria and I entertained ourselves with sunglasses, books, the free Ghirardelli chocolate they hand out, and watching the birds sneak crumbs.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
The Earl/Christmas Tree us-ie!

Do you know they are re-doing the parking lot at Downtown Disney? They are revamping the whole thing, but the parking lot is a nightmare. We've been avoiding the place for a while now, but thought that if we went for lunch it would probably be less congested. Wrong. People were swarming there! Can not wait for the parking lot to be done.

Moving on.

We got back to our car (parked way over yonder) and headed to the Magic Kingdom. Aria apparently decided it was nap time unbeknownst to her parents, and unfortunately the stroller transfer did not go well. Somebody also decided that that 7 or so minute nap was all she 'needed' and was verging on grumpy the rest of the day. At least full on grumpy didn't rear its head though. She was pretty awesome considering, but definitely testier than her usual self.

I bumped our fastpass+ times up because we were actually doing so well on time, and then of course we started running behind. We power walked all the way from the parking lot (4 lots out by the way) because we hate the tram with a stroller to the Jingle Cruise. We were only 6 minutes late! phew. You can actually be, I think, 15 minutes late before they turn you away. And, the Jingle Cruise was one of the main reasons we wanted to hit up Magic Kingdom over the Christmas holidays.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
It was quite cute. Our skipper was pretty good, and definitely better than some we've had. I handed Chris the camera and he ended up videoing almost the entire thing if you want to see what it is all about in the video at the end of the post.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
After our power walk we made our way leisurely, or as leisurely as you can when the crowds are insane (we weren't expecting it to be such a nut house, felt just as crowded as our trip on the 4th of July), over to Pirates of the Caribbean only to find that it was closed. Sad.

After a few aimless loops right in front of Pirates we decided to head over to Tom Sawyer's Island hoping it would be less crowded than everywhere else, and also because Aria had yet to visit it. She's been to Magic Kingdom 6 separate times now and she still hasn't checked everything off of her list, and that doesn't include the things she isn't tall enough to do.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
We were also kind of hoping that if we let her just go crazy over there that she would run herself down and take a nap. Wishful thinking, but she did go crazy and have a blast.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
I didn't even know there was a little play set on Tom's Island. I think Aria went through that tunnel about 800 times. Chris stood on the front side and I stood on the back side and we just watched her run around like her fearless self.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Eventually she moved on and explored every inch she encountered. She was not overly fond of the walkways though. All of a sudden she'd scale the rocks that lined the path and shoot off for adventure. Chris had to chase her down a couple times.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
I tried to talk her into going and exploring the caves, because it is one of the few things I actually remember from Tom's Island myself. But, no.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
She made her way over to 'Fort Langhorn'. After tripping down a step and scraping her knee and face because she is totally my child. Combine toddler legs with my clutz genes and it is a recipe for many busted knees. She didn't care at all though. I even offered her a bandaid because she loves bandaids, but she declined. You know they are having too much fun when a bandaid has lost its appeal.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
I spy an Aria.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Aria spies a horse.

She ran around for about an hour before letting us know she was ready for a break. We could hear the Festival of Fantasy Parade going on across the water so we made our way over to an edge and caught the tail end of it. The best part really because it has the dragon and then Mickey and Minnie. I love the heck out of the whole thing, but those are my favourite bits.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
I asked Aria if she wanted to run around anymore or if she wanted to go see a show. She picked show, so we made our way over to the dock to catch a raft back to Frontierland.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
The show I was referring to was the Hall of Presidents. I thought she might nod off during it if I got her to rest her head on me. Nope. She did, however, want to kick the kid sitting in front of us and practice her flopping skills. Oh well.

Our next attempt was to recline her in the stroller and walk around through the gift shops. Again, nope.

So, I thought ice cream. Storybook Treats is my favourite place to get ice cream, so Chris waited in line while I took Aria out of the stroller and walked her around in large circles through Fantasyland seeing if she would doze off on my shoulder. Nope, nope, nope. That is when I threw in the towel.

Aria and I made our way back to Chris just as he was stepping up to the order window. Then we found a spot to sit and enjoyed our ice cream. I got the strawberry shortcake sundae, and Chris got a caramel sundae with chocolate ice cream. Soft serve if you want to get technical. Aria shared, but she preferred mine because mama always orders better.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Aria had asked to ride the horses while I was walking her around Fantasyland so that is where we went next.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
 Yeah, pretty sure she loves this ride.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Not a bad ride to love either. The line is always quick. When in doubt ride the Carrousel.

After the Carrousel our fastpass+ for Small World was open. Another of Aria's favourites. She always asks for more when we are pulling back up to the loading area, much to Chris' chagrin. He always falls asleep on Small World, although I definitely don't see how that is possible.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
The other main reason we wanted to visit Magic Kingdom during the holidays was so we could see the castle lit up. So, we made our way over to the castle for the lighting ceremony and found it packed. I mean packed. Disney is usually really great at keeping traffic flowing. They mark off areas to stand and rope off walkways. They are good at it. Not this time. The guy coming by to set up the ropes actually couldn't because he could not get through the people. We just pushed our way as far over to the side as we could and stood our ground. I couldn't see a thing but the top of the castle.  So when the Frozen Holiday Wish show started Chris put Aria up on his shoulders. I'm pretty sure she could see at least something because she was mesmerized, good enough for me.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
The regular castle.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Aria watching the Frozen characters chat about turning the castle into ice.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
And, whabam. The lit up result. I actually started to get teary when they started the process (which is also in the video below ((the magic, not the tears)) - although only the top half of the castle since that is all I could see), and then it snowed and there were a few fireworks. Totally worth being sardined for.

Then we stood around for a while trying to make our way back over to Fantasyland. We were right across from the bridge that leads to Liberty Square. It was probably 10 minutes before we moved a foot. Half the people wanted to move closer to the castle, I'm assumed to see it better, and the other half were trying to scatter. Eventually we made our way back over.

We had one more fastpass+, but because my phone died I had to go find one of the kiosks to check it. It was an open fastpass+ given to us when we missed our Pirates fastpass+ when it was closed earlier in the day, but it is only open to a handful of rides. We found that out after being rejected by Peter Pan. So, I went to find our options while Chris and Aria went to ride the Carrousel one more time.

I actually caught up to them just in time to join in before they entered the fenced part of the queue.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
This picture totally captures Aria. Free spirit, loves life, fearless.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Out of the ride options we had we picked The Little Mermaid ride and then called it a day. The lines were way too long to even want to try any other rides, and Aria was definitely tired.

On the way out we stopped into the Christmas shop and got a stocking for Aria. She'd been borrowing ones we already had the previous two Christmas's. We figured it was time she had her very own - I posted it on IG the other day if you want a peek. And, of course snapped just a few more pictures.
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
I love the chaos on Main Street. I'm not a fan of it anywhere else in the park, but there is something traditional about a sea of people flowing down Main Street after a day of fun. Most of them were flowing to find a spot before the fireworks and parade. So it was an easy exit. I only ran over about 8 people while I was pushing the stroller. Oops.

Aria was out cold by the time we hit the monorail. This time she stayed asleep when I transferred her, and then passed right back out when we got home. She was so tired I didn't even change her into her pajamas. You know you had a fun when...
Disney Trip #8 - Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

And, here is the video of our trip!


Thanks for joining us for another fun filled Disney recap!

21 comments:

  1. Okay. I need to show these videos to my kids more often. David loved it!! I had no idea they made it into a Jingle Cruise! I just love Disney at Christmas time. Happy sigh. And the castle!!! Ah. Magic. Through and through. How far away do you live from the parks? I would be hard pressed to not go every weekend.

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  2. What is UP with the crowds? I've been hearing that from everyone! We went this week last year and almost walked on everything? Is it the Frozen stuff? Or because they extended FD or what? I have no idea..I'm just hoping it's not a mad house when we visit the first week of December. We aren't doing any parks on the weekend so hopefully we can avoid some of the crowding?

    On the bright side, Aria looks like she's having a blast. I've NEVER been to TS island..how sad is that? I'm making it happen this trip for sure. Oh and EARL OF SANDWICH. I've heard nothing but good things. So the salad and the chicken sandwich are the way to go?

    Will you be there again soon? How cool if we could plan a meet up!

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  3. Looks/sounds like an amazing time. I'm so jealous. :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love this recap! You make me want to go! I love that you film your trips and film stuff in general. What camera do you use? I should start doing this too. It's so much better than taking pictures. Well not better, but you know what I mean. That castle being lite up...oh my gosh, truly magical!

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  5. Ohh I love Disney World so much! Looks like you guys had a blast! It was magical even for me when I was 15 years old! I wish we could take our nieces to go see the Frozen Cinderella castle that would be so cool - my little 3 yr old niece is obsessed! :) Have a great day

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  6. I'm so jealous you got to go!!!! There is a Disney Princess in all of us, children or not! I haven't been in forever! But the crowds sounded like a nightmare!

    She's so cute and looks like shes having so much fun!

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  7. We ate there for dinner one night when we went to the boardwalk! So fun. This whole post actually made me a little teary eyed. All this past week I have been getting Time Hop pics and such of our trip to Disney 3 years ago... I wanna go back SO bad.

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  8. What a magical adventure for your family! Aria looks so happy and adorable. :-)

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  9. We haven't ventured to Disney World with our kids yet, but these pictures make it look like so much fun! Seeing the castle lit up for the holidays is gorgeous!

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  10. Oh wow, that castle! That would make me teary too. We're going the 1st week of December and I can't wait to see everything Christmasified. Of all the times I've been to Disneyland, I've never been to Tom Sawyer's Island. Seems like a good place for toddlers though, so we'll have to take Ez next time.

    Oh, and that picture of Aria on the carousel is so classic. Definitely one for the walls :)

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  11. THE CASTLE!!! I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to talk my friend into taking our kids to Disney Land for Christmas, but she's not taking the bait. UGH! How can you say no to Disney right now?
    Your trip - as always - sounds like a blast, even if there was minimal nap. And, the ice cream, why does mom's always taste better?

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  12. I'm jealous of you for a few reasons:
    1. Disney. Because I mean.. who doesn't LOVE going to Disney. (I've only been 2 times)
    2. Aria's little skirt. Phenomenal. Is that leopard print I spy?
    3. The Castle. Just so perfect.
    4. You don't even have a coat on, you have flip flops on and it looks warm and sunny.
    Why? Why do I live in the northeast where I know it turns into winter. ugh!

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  13. I'm so jealous!
    reading this only makes me want to go to Disney more!!!
    Sounds like y'all had a great trip:)

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  14. I think if I read your blog long enough, I'll experience all Disney as to offer from the comfort of my home.

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  15. Oh I love Disney! I am hoping we can go there soon!!!

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  17. Oh my gosh, this looks so fun! I am so jealous!

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  18. I get so jealous of Aria. She is a lucky girl to get to go to Disney so often! I've only been once. Definitely going to reference back to this for when we take our Daughter. :)

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  19. Aww I love when you visit WDW and do a post.... it's fun right now to see how Aria is too because when we were there in Oct we booked a bounceback for next October and my daughter will be 26 months old. We rode the Jungle cruise twice this past visit, first time the Skipper was AMAZING, the second time awful. The skipper truly makes or breaks the ride in my opinion.

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  20. I love reading about your Disney trips :) First- Earl of Sandwich... YUM!! I so wish we had one of them by us; I love that place! Second, I don't think I've ever been over to Tom Sawyer island. Disney fan fail. I love that Aria was able to play and run around over there. I know how it goes too when you try everything to get them to nap, and they decide, nope! I'm surprised at how crowded it was, but at least you got to see some of the castle-lighting. I've watched the youtube of that a few times with Reese and she loves it! Makes me teary every time though. I'm just so anxious to take her there! She always asks to watch 'castle music!' :) Sounds like another great day there!

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  21. I love all of your Disney adventures. So much fun! And the lit up castle pictures….so dang awesome!!!

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