I LOVE Magic Kingdom. No, seriously, I LOVE it. It makes me feel like a kid again. To me, it is the most magical of places. Disney takes the cake already, but Magic Kingdom is the butter-cream icing and magical sprinkles on top.
My first tip is take advantage of the constant buses from your resort to the parks. (If you’re staying at a Disney resort, then transportation is free!) They run constantly and you should be able to easily get a schedule from your resort’s lobby or even online. There are some awesome apps we used on our smartphones on our trip! (If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to pass that information along!) Liam was excited about the bus ride from our resort to the monorail station. He absolutely loved the monorail; he thought it was the first ride of the day. (I love these pictures!)
He kept telling us that Mickey drove the bus and Goofy drove the train (monorail). We got to MK before it opened so we could get in line early and also to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremonies parade! When the park officially opened, we got through the lines very quick and decided to get a Photopass card so that we could all be in the pictures. (Best decision we made!) The Photopass card can be used at all parks and even some resorts and it is one price total or you can log online and pick which photos you like. They will mail you a CD of the selected photos (we chose all of the photos for one price) when you get home. We used the Photopass system for family photos, scenic shots, and character meet and greets!
We got a lot of great shots in front of the castle! Then we made our way to FantasyLand to ride Dumbo, after first stopping by the Carousel and Fairytale Hall to meet Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
Liam’s favorite ride quickly became Dumbo! He had a complete blast on it! FantasyLand is great for kids and adults alike!
After Dumbo, Liam and Grandma played in the water spouts while Wes and I went and got everyone’s FastPasses. We then walked around and ate some lunch. We chose a quick service lunch to save some time, and because Granddaddy wasn’t feeling so well. There so many wonderful places to eat at Magic Kingdom, whether you are looking for table service or quick lunch! You can also use one of your FastPass assignments for a reservation! We chose to eat at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe because there was available seating and it had both indoor and outdoor seating. (Sadly, Granddaddy got sick, so he and Grandma went back to the resort.) That left the four of us to ride Winnie the Pooh and then we met Pooh and Tigger.
Wes and I agreed that the kids needed some downtime to rest and cool down for a little bit, so we decided to go back to the room and check on Granddaddy and let the kids nap. On the way out we met Pluto and Liam was delighted everytime someone signed his autograph book! The monorails were down, so we had to ride the ferryboat and guess who Liam thinks drives that one? Yep, Donald!
Granddaddy still wasn’t feeling well, so after a quick nap, the four of us came back to MK and got some pictures taken by the entrance and the Castle. (Seriously, PhotoPass is an amazing service because otherwise, we wouldn’t have been able to have family pictures done!)
We rode Pirates of the Caribbean and Ariel’s Grotto, which both kids loved! Then we took our little Holdyn, dressed as Snow White, to meet Snow White and Rapunzel. (Or, Tangled, according to Liam!)
We rode Dumbo again and literally walked right onto the ride. It was perfect! Holdyn fell asleep in her stroller in the warm night air, so Wes and I decided to try out the “Rider Switch” program on Tommorland’s Speedway. He took Liam on the ride and when they were done, I got to take Liam on the ride. It was SO cool! Liam loved it, even though I was a terrible driver!
The parade was getting ready to start, so we made our way through the crowd to the exit and watched it as we walked out. The electrical lights were beautiful and Liam enjoyed seeing the characters on the rides! We rode the monorail back to the station and boarded the bus to the resort. We ordered room service and while we waited for it, watched the MK fireworks show from the roof.
*Another great tip to pass along about the parks is the Baby Care Centers. It is a place where you can take your baby or young child and relax for a little bit to get out of the heat and chill out. Baby Care Centers are fully staffed and feature a host of helpful amenities for parents with infants and toddlers. The Centers are open during regular park hours, each full-service facility is complimentary to use and includes: private nursing room with rocking chairs, changing room with tables and a bathroom, feeding area with highchairs, kitchen with microwave, oven and sink , a main room with television, table, chairs and sofa, and an on-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase.