This is Day 2 of our second trip to Disney World on May 23rd, 2010.
We got up at 6:15 am and got us and the kids ready for the day. Stopped by the cafeteria to eat breakfast and then boarded the buses to the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom had evening magic hours that day, but we knew we could get in and get what we needed to get done and get out before it got too crowded.
We stood in the middle of the waiting area this time so Jacob could see the welcome show. When he saw Mickey he went crazy!! He was so excited. After it was over, we headed through the castle to Fantasyland. We rode Peter Pan and Pooh (we are on a mission to ride these both as many times as possible. They are the kids absolute favorites!) then we headed to Adventureland. We waited for about 5 minutes while Aladdin and Jasmine came out, rode Aladdin’s Magic Carpets (they will ride with guests, but you must be loading onto the ride when they come out and they just jump in an empty seat) and then it was our turn to meet them! This was our first time and Emily was so thrilled! Jacob just loves all the characters. He hugs them all.
While we were meeting them, my husband ran off to grab 2 Fastpasses to both Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I had no desire to ride either one, so they only needed 2 at each.
He made it back just as we said our goodbyes to Aladdin and Jasmine. We all got on the Magic Carpet ride and we rode it twice! Our only wait was for the ride cycle to finish and unload. It was awesome! Kids had so much fun and I am finally over my fear I have of these rides!! Yay!
We then went to ride Pirates again. It was about a 5 minute wait. They only had the left side open. We absolutely love this ride! The drop is sooooo fun.
By now it was 10:15 am, so we split up. Jason and Emily went to ride the mountains while Jacob and I headed towards Fantasyland. I think the time I wander around with him, might just be my favorite part of the trip. We stopped to see Frontier Donald and Jacob hugged him soooooo hard. Donald refused to use Jacob’s Mickey Pen and had to get a new pen from the Cast Member. HAHA! It was great!
Then we stopped by a man with a bell in Liberty Square who let Jacob ring it a few times. He got suck a kick out of this!!
Next we went to Fastpass Peter Pan. If you ever see them working on a Fastpass machine, head to that one to get your Fastpasses as soon as they finish with it. I did this, and the machine wasn’t working so he just printed us 4 Fastpasses for Peter Pan. That gave me a chance to go ahead and run over to Pooh and get our Fastpasses without having to wait. Woo hoo! We also got Fastpasses to Mickeys Philarmagic.
Jacob and I rode the Mad Tea Party again. We had to wait 5 minutes and the time passed quickly because he played a matching game on my phone. He loves loves loves this ride!
By now we were ready to meet up with Jason and Emily. We toured Mickey’s house and Minnie’s house before heading to Cosmic Ray’s for lunch. It was so nice to be in the A/C for a while!
Then we rode Pooh, saw Mickey’s Phillarmagic and rode Peter Pan one more time before we decided to leave Magic Kingdom for the day around 1:30.
Here’s a recap:
At the Magic Kingdom from 8:30 – 12:30. It is the morning of an Extra Magic Day. Park opened at 9 am.
Peter Pan – 3 minutes
Pooh – 3 minutes
Greet Aladdin and Jasmine – 5 minutes
Aladdin’s Magic Carpets – 2 minutes
Aladdin’s Magic Carpets – 2 minutes
Pirates – 5 minutes
Greet Frontier Donald (Kristin and Jacob) – 8 minutes
Splash Mountain – (Jason and Emily) – 3 minutes with Fastpass
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Jason and Emily) – 3 minutes with Fastpass
Mad Tea Party (Kristin and Jacob) – 5 minutes
Cosmic Rays – 30 minutes
Pooh – 3 minutes with Fastpass
Mickey’s Philharmagic – 5 minutes with Fastpass
Peter Pan – 3 minutes with Fastpass
We left the Magic Kingdom at 12:30 and took a boat to Wilderness Lodge. We went to Roaring Forks and got a snack and while we were eating, they came out and set up a cookie decorating center! So we all 4 got free cookies (yes free at Disney World!) and a cup of icing and sprinkles to decorate our cookie. Jacob even ended up with frosting in his ear! HAHAHA!
Then we stopped by the concierge desk and got the Hidden Mickey hunt clue sheet. We then tried to find them and ended up giving up after two. HAHA! At 3:00 we got on a bus to the Animal Kingdom.
We got to the Animal Kingdom and we were on our way in when we had a bit of Disney Magic. A nice woman with a double stroller on her way out offered to let us use it. We only had our single with us and it was such a blessing! So a huge thank you to Mrs. Lamb of the Lamb family! I appreciated the pixie dust.
We got there just as the parade was starting. Jacob’s whole face was lit up in a big grin as his favorite characters came by. The Animal Kingdom show is so exciting and fun! I highly suggest you try to catch it. It also isn’t nearly as crowded as the one in the Magic Kingdom!
After the parade ended we went to Camp Minnie Mickey to greet the characters. Within a 40 minute span, we met Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy (saw him twice!), Meeko and Rafiki! Not bad!
For dinner we ate at Pizzafari (so good!) and almost didn’t make it to The Lion King show in time! We got there right after it started but we still got a seat. It is my husband’s favorite thing in all of Disney World. He is a Lion King fanatic!
After it was over, we high tailed it to Dinoland to ride Triceratop Spin. We were on the ride when we noticed Pluto and Goofy greeting in the back of Dinoland. Jacob had been begging to see Pluto so we had to stop to do that. The line only took about 10 minutes which wasn’t bad. We also had enough time to ride Triceratop Spin one more time before the park closed at 7 pm.
On our way out, we stopped to watch Animal Kingdom’s goodbye show. Minnie, Goofy and Donald pulled up in a jeep and sang and danced with the crowd. Emily even got chosen to be in the show!! Woo hoo! It was a blast…. until I got pooped on by a bird. But even that was magical because it takes a lot of luck to get pooped on by a bird. First time in my life. I laughed so hard.
We came back to the hotel and let the kids play on the playground before it got dark. I met the nicest couple and we had a great chat about touring Disney World. We then took the kids swimming for a bit in the pool before we finished off the night with a huge bubble bath.
It was the best day we have EVER had at Disney. My husband and I didn’t bicker once, the kids didn’t have a single melt down. We all had these huge grins on our face all day long!
Recap: Animal Kingdom from 3:40 – 7 pm
Parade: 20 minutes
6 characters in Camp Minnie Mickey – 40 minutes
Pizzafari – 35 minutes
Lion King Show – 30 minutes
Tricera Top Spin – 2 minutes
Goofy and Pluto – 12 minutes
Tricera Top Spin – 2 minutes