A Magical Day in the Kingdom
Magic Kingdom was our second Disney park to visit and such a hit with all of ten of us, ages ranging from 8 months to 56 years. We had a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest, inside the Beast’s castle, and planned to enter the park early and make our way back there. We left our rental house on time and were able to park a few minutes ahead of schedule. We walked towards the gates, but then realized that everyone has to take either the monorail (fastest) or the ferry boat to get to the front entrance.
We arrived at the gates just in time to see them open for the crowds that were there ahead of us. Our hope was to enter the park early and take pictures in front of Cinderella’s Castle without crowds there, but it didn’t work out that way. It actually still was fine to get there first thing and, as you can see, we were still able to get some great family shots.
We still (obviously) loved our walk down Main Street and seeing all of the Disney shops and balloons being sold. Plus, walking towards the castle with my niece Sara, who thinks she’s the next Disney princess, was pretty fun in itself.
I checked the My Disney Experience app and saw that Anna and Elsa were located on the way to breakfast and with almost no wait! (If you are visiting Disney and haven’t downloaded the app yet, do it right now!) Of course we went to meet them since Olivia and my sisters two kids are Frozen obsessed. My niece, Sara, thought we were in line for breakfast so you can just imagine her excitement when we turned the corner and saw both Frozen sisters smiling and waving at us. Olivia was in near shock and couldn’t stop looking, and yelling, at Elsa and her beautiful blue ice gown. Both girls were exceptionally friendly and great with all the kids. Just like in Epcot, we felt like we were rushing them more than they rushed us. It was a great start to our morning!
We left there and continued on over to breakfast. Ordering food at Be Our Guest is different than most restaurants. You order at a kiosk and then seat yourself, and your food is brought out to you. Our food came so fast we hadn’t even finished getting our drinks yet. The food was good and we enjoyed eating in the Beast’s ballroom. Adele had gone this entire time without a morning bottle so she was beyond ready for it and very relieved when I gave it to her. What a trooper our little baby is!
One of the great things about the Magic Kingdom is that all kids can ride most rides. There’s actually only a few that the girls couldn’t ride, even Adele! We rode Under the Sea, a Little Mermaid ride, which was my favorite of the day.
We continued on through the park riding as many rides as we could and stopping for the occasional snack or air-conditioning break. July sure is a hot month to go!
We left the park around noon to head back to the house for lunch and to take naps. Chris had a little bit of work to get done so he was able to do that while the girls and I slept.
Naps ended and back to the park we went to finish up some rides and stay as late as possible!
Our reservations were at The Crystal Palace for a character dining buffet with characters from Winnie The Pooh, one of my childhood favorites! Olivia is pretty into Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger right now so meeting them was so much fun! She really loved Tigger and kept waving at him. Piglet was “cute” to her and she kept looking for Pooh and got so excited any time she could spot him in the restaurant. We also met Eeyore, but she hasn’t been too interested in him yet so that wasn’t as exciting.
After dinner, we used our FastPass and rode Peter Pan, Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, and the Buzz Lightyear ride. Olivia seemed to enjoy the carousel and the Winnie The Pooh ride the most. We ended up doing 11 rides with the girls!
They lasted past their bedtime and did great! Once the sun went down and it was cooler, the girls were much happier and didn’t mind being out. We also made a great decision and brought two strollers so they could each ride around. In the morning before naps, we only brought one stroller – so Olivia would walk while Adele rode, or Adele would ride in the Björn so Olivia could take a break in the stroller. It was much easier to let them both ride and have a fan on them the entire time.
We are coming back to Magic Kingdom in mid-December for my husband’s business partner’s wedding and I’m already making plans for our return! I’m excited to see the differences in crowds, temperatures, and most of all, the Christmas decorations!