Saturday, February 28, 2015

Day 5 Magic Kingdom

Sunday was our selected day for the Magic Kingdom.  We took the ferry into the park and arrived just in time to watch the morning Main Street parade.

Magic Kingdom is huge. For those that haven't been, the parking lot alone is bigger than all of Disneyland and California Adventure parks together.  The park is substantially larger.  For a little perspective, Disneyland is 300 acres.  Disneyworld (all four parks) is over 30,000 acres.
Disney World has some apps that provide real time wait times for the rides. We had been checking on the times over the past few months to get a feel for the ride times.  The ride times weren't nearly as bad while we were there but many still had an hour wait to get on.  Thank heavens for fast passes because there is no way we were going to stand in those long lines with that many little kids.  The longest we typically waited was about 15 minutes.  Wait times in the peak seasons can exceed two hours.  That's just crazy.
At the beginning of our trip we told the kids that they could choose one toy.  We advised them to keep an eye out each day at the different parks and then on the last day they could make their decision.  It was a good thing we told them that too because there were so many things those little kids wanted.  "I want that!" was a commonly heard phrase.  Thankfully though they didn't beg us because they knew the stipulations.
We spent the first part of the morning in Adventureland. We took the kids on a fun walk through of the Swiss Family Treehouse.  It makes me want to go back and watch the movie again.  We spent the rest of the morning riding the Jungle Cruise, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and visiting the Tiki Room.
We had lunch reservations at the Crystal Palace where the kids got to meet the Winnie the Pooh characters and enjoy another wonderful buffet.

After lunch we went and did more rides. We first did Pirates of the Carribean. It has recently been updated and now has Jack Sparrow as part of the ride.  The kids enjoyed that.  Then we went and rode the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland.  That was a fun one.  The kids enjoyed the roller coasters quite a bit.  After Frontierland we then headed over to Tomorrowland. Unfortunately Splash Mountain was closed for renovations.  While in Tomorrowland we rode Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Space Mountain. Space Mountain was another favorite of the kids.

After Tomorrowland we headed up to Fantasyland.  We rode the tea cups at the Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and topped it off with Seven Dwarves Mine Train.

We then headed back to Main Street to watch the evening Main Street Parade.

It was a really fun, action filled day.  We didn't stick around for the fireworks though because the kids were getting tired and we knew we would be back again on Tuesday.