Friday, May 25, 2012

Things I learned on our Disney World trip: Part 2

Magic Kingdom

We had a pretty good time at Magic Kingdom. We went three times during our trip. It is so big I am not exactly sure where to start, so I am going to just look at the map of the park we brought home and try to think of any tips I discovered.

Main Street, U.S.A
We got there right at rope drop and went right into the line at Town Square Theater to meet the princesses. It was a fun way to kick off our visit, for the girls at least. The line was fairly short and they got to meet Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. There are two lines inside the theater, one is for the princesses and one is for Mickey and Minnie. There is a sign above the lines telling you which is which, but I missed that the first time we went in so I wasn't actually sure who we were going to see. But it worked out great. We saw Minnie and Mickey the next time we went in the evening, no line whatsoever, as we were waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade to start. (Oh, and we watched the parade from the train station platform and it worked out great. The kids could all see, the characters in the parade waved up to them, and since we were at the beginning of the parade, and we were on the side closest to the exit, we could easily leave before the big rush)

  • The kids liked exploring the Swiss Family Tree House. They have only seen the movie once so I wish I would have remembered to watch that again before our trip so they would have had a better context of what all we were looking at. They still thought it was kinda cool though. 
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin was good. All three kids could ride, so that is always a plus for us.
  • Jungle Cruise is always silly. Though most of the jokes were over my kids heads, they still enjoyed it.
  • My older two liked the Pirates of the Caribbean, youngest, not as much, it is a little dark at first. And my 6 year old wasn't too fond of the little drop the boat takes, but overall, good.
  • I had taken the girls to Tinker Bell's Magical Nook to meet the fairies, but as we were going in to that excellent, air-conditioned room that had a huge t.v. playing fairy videos, I saw Ariel and Prince Eric right outside and the line didn't look too long. I asked a cast member which line he thought would be better for me to get in, he said Ariel, because she is not out as often. So we did. And then 2 minutes later Ariel and Eric took a 30 minute break. I was soooooooo irritated. Particularly because at that point I was alone with the two girls, the other three grown-ups and my son were at the Hall Of Presidents, and then my youngest says she has to go potty. Luckily it was more of an "I'm bored and trying to think of how I can get mom out of this line" than actually having to go potty. So in the end we did see Ariel and Eric, but they really weren't that fabulous, they took the least time with my girls than any of the other characters we saw. I am probably a little biased because of how long we had to wait and the lack of info I was given, but it was my least favorite moment at all the parks. So lesson learned: When getting in line to meet a character, ask the cast member in charge of that character how long until their break and how long the break will be. We found that most characters took a 2-3 minute break for the costumed characters because they just switched out a new person in a costume, and the face characters were about 10 minutes, so I had no idea Ariel was going to take so long.
  • Sadly, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was closed when we went. I thought it would be an excellent coaster for my older two who was just starting to like coasters, but oh well. 
  • We happened upon a dance thing which was awesome. One cast member started dancing and soon about 30 were out there doing a line dance. After they finished they each went out in the crowd and got someone to come out and dance with them. My 4 year-old, Ella, was chosen and she had an absolute BLAST! 

 Liberty Square
  • I did not go to the Hall of Presidents, but hubby, Aidan and in-laws did and I think they liked it. My 6 year old really likes learning about the presidents though.
  • Haunted Mansion was okay. It is scarier when you look at it through the eyes of a child though. I remember it being just kind of silly, not really spooky. I saw it much differently this time as I tried to calm my almost 3 year old as she was freaking out in the dark before we even got on the ride. And the older two weren't all that thrilled with it either. Ella has even had some nightmares of things floating around her room. Just something to think about. I really didn't remember it being that spooky.
  • "it's a small world" was my girls' favorite. My youngest kept shouting, "Look at that! Look at that!" She absolutely loved it and it was so fun to see her excitement. There was very little wait and you get to sit down and it is cool inside, so all around win on this one. And no I don't have the song stuck in my head. :)
  • Peter Pan's Flight was good. We only went on it once, it seemed to have a long line the other times we were by it and it didn't seem to be a favorite of the kids so no use standing in line for 40-50 minutes.
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel is a lovely carousel, and always a favorite with the kids.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was really cute. It also had long lines, but we got a fast pass. Always go for the fast pass if a ride has one!
  • All three of my kids LOVED the Mad Tea Party. We went on it 3-4 times. Daddy and Papa don't like spinning rides, but they were troopers and took the kids on it one more time on our last day while Grammy and I shopped for souvenirs.
  •  Dumbo the Flying Elephant was fun too. It is a classic though so it was a little bit of a wait in line.
  • Aidan and Ella both rode the Barnstormer. Aidan wasn't too sure about it the first day so only Ella went, but the next day Aidan wanted to do it too. They both enjoyed it. :)

  • Aidan was a little intimidated by how high up the Astro Orbiter was, so we never made it on that one. Though I bet he would have loved it had he been a little more daring. 
  • Instead we rode the PeopleMover. :) Which of course all kids thought was fine and gave everyone a chance to sit for a little bit while still feeling like they were on a ride. 
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin was fun for all. I think we all liked Toy Story Mania over at Hollywood Studios better, but this was still good fun.
We never watched the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" parade for some reason, but we did happen upon the "Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party". Aidan was dancing along to all the songs and then Mr. Incredible came over and pulled him out onto the street. Then Aidan went over and danced with Donald Duck. He loved it! Everyone could join the dance party on the street. In our family, it was one of those special memories for Aidan that I will remember. 


Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Sounds like you made some great memories.

izza said...

We’ve planned this trip for a couple of years and I am so glad to be on the home-stretch of our departure.  The excitement is eating us up! Thanks for sharing your Disney Activities


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