|Statue of Roy (not Walt!) Disney and Mickey|
So we got up bright and early... okay, we got up Monday morning and after a wonderful breakfast at Mara, we headed out to Magic Kingdom. Wow! Did I say crowded? I think it was the first (or one of the first) days of Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween event and the place was packed! But still wonderfully fun. It was all decorated up for Halloween. I didn't get too many photos of the decorations, but here's George with one of the Mickey Jack-o-Lantern decorations on the lampposts.
|George with Mickey|
Since we got there well before our first ride was scheduled, we wandered around (away from the show in front of the Castle) and found ourselves in Liberty Square. The Liberty Belle riverboat was just coming into service for the day, so we hopped aboard and went for the first ride of the day. Everybody else boarding the boat went up, so we went out and got to stand at the extreme bow of the boat, Titanic-style. Such fun!
Okay, now I'm admitting to a weakness. I love the architecture at Disney. I bring along my sketchbook, but seldom take the time to sit down and sketch, even this trip. But I photograph buildings and the boat ride has some of the best photo-ops. I'll share a few.
|Becky Thatcher's House (?)|
There were other photos from the trip, but I won't post all of them!
In addition to the steam train, we did the most rides here at Magic Kingdom. Oh! Another confession. I adore Disney pins. I seldom trade them, but I do collect them. This trip was the trip of ride pins. I collected as many ride pins after the rides as I could. So here's the lot from Magic Kingdom!
The Jungle Cruise
If you've never done this ride, do it. It's not scary although there are plenty of animatronic headhunters and critters. You board an African Queen-inspired boat with a driver who is totally committed to packing in the most puns possible during the ride. I never did figure out how our guide breathed. It was one pun after the other. We laughed the whole way around. You get to go through a cave with what looks like Asian temple ruins. There are elephants threatening to spit water at you, snakes all around, it's just such fun! Sadly, there's no pin for this ride, or at least none that I could find.
Pirates of the Caribbean
We hadn't planned to do this ride, but we'd heard it had been revamped after the movies, so in we went. It's awesome! Again, not scary but such fun and yep, there's Captain Jack Sparrow at the end, rocking in a chair with a bottle of rum and talking. It's always a winner.
I love Splash! The backstory is from the movie Song of the South and the story of Brer Rabbit and his antics. The first time I ever did this ride, I didn't even notice the story because I was dreading the five-story drop. This time I thoroughly enjoyed the build-up AND the drop! This one is a good one to put your hands over your head. Such fun!
|The Haunted Mansion from the Liberty Belle|
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (The Runaway Mine Train)
This is my favorite of all the Magic Kingdom rides and vies with the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster for my favorite ride, period. Enjoy the walk through the line here. There are lots of things to see, many in unexpected places. The ride has lots to look at as well (for the split second you can see them as you go careening past!). The rollie isn't jerky, although it does do some ups and downs and fast turns. Except for a few times through the "tunnels" it's all outside so you can see where you're going. Love it, love it love it!
Ah, Space Mountain. This was our last FastPass+ ride of the day and I forgot that it shouldn't have been. Either they've changed the ride, or it is aging, but I don't remember it being as jerky in the past as it was this trip. And sideways jerky, too, which is the worst for me. I also remember more things to see as you go careening (not all that fast) past. However, the FastPass curse may have come into play here. With a FastPass, you go to the head of the line. In the case of Space Mountain, that means you don't have time to allow your eyes to adjust to the dimness. Not necessarily a good thing. Hopefully, we just caught it on a bad day and the next time we ride Space, it'll be awesome again.
Places to Eat
Since we were on Disney's Dining Plan, we used one of our Quick-Service meals for lunch and a snack allotment. We had lunch at the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in FrontierLand. George had a cheeseburger, but I had their signature barbecue pork sandwich. DO get it! Since you're on the Dining Plan, you get dessert with your meal. We had carrot cake. Okay, the icing was a bit sweet, but it was otherwise very good!
This is THE place to burn your snack allotment! Get yourself over to AdventureLand, to the Aloha Isle and have yourself a Dole Whip Float. I had mine in pineapple softserv in pineapple juice and it was absolutely magnificent! Next time, I'm going to try the pineapple softserv in orange juice, I think. Anyway, allow yourself some time. This is well-known as the must-do snack and I've never seen fewer than 15 people in each line!
|Two Sets of Tired Feet|
See you next time for the Report From Animal Kingdom!