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Day 4- Magic Kingdom

Well I was doing really well there on getting the trip report out!!! At least I’m almost 1/2 way done with the trip! I have been really busy with a lot of life complications that I’ll explain on my other blog but for now, lets get into day 4 of our trip!

We decided to grab a quick breakfast at the lounge area of our hotel.


The lounge area was really neat and had a vintage library room feel.


I loved the old toys and games they displayed on the bookshelves along with the books.


Not that I want to keep complaining about the weather, but this gives you an idea of how humid it was… And us Californians with our dry heat are not used to this much moisture in the air! I know… We’re wimps!


After our quick breakfast (which consisted of another bagel…), we walked through Epcot to get to the Monorail to head over to the Magic Kingdom. We had a friendly little hello from a squirrel.  He was pretty cute.


So, apparently we can’t swim into Epcot from the Boardwalk… Bummer…


Even the Manhole covers have hidden Mickeys on them.


Ah, beautiful World Showcase.


There’s the monorail!


The Imagination Pavilion.


Fountain by Spaceship Earth.


Leave a Legacy at the entrance in Epcot.  They don’t let you add your picture anymore but it’s pretty cool to see who has.


My cousins were bummed they couldn’t add anything…


The big Spaceship Earth Ball.  That thing is so freaking huge!!!


Made our way out of Epcot to head towards the Monorail.


Scooter brigade following their leader! They look like three big kids!


Had to take advantage of the great view of the ball.


Got on the Monorail almost immediately.


There is so much more room than Disneyland’s monorail!  We fit my aunt’s scooter in the middle of our space and our cousins’ were in another car on the same monorail.


Pretty views of the resort.


It took maybe 5 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom.


My only glimpse of The Grand Floridian (no joke, I wrote Californian… Oops!) and I definitely plan on making a stop there next time I visit to take a look around.


There’s the castle!


I know it’s blurry, but I was excited to see the inside of the Contemporary Resort! Besides, we were moving fast and my photo taking skills aren’t amazing…


Outside of the Contemporary. I would love to stay here sometime! I’d love to stay anywhere who am I kidding but with a view of the Magic Kingdom and easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot via the Monorail?! Who could ask for more?!


The best view I got of Space Mountain.


We made it!!!


The front of the Main Street Train Station looks like a bigger version of the Disneyland one.


Seeing this sign at Disneyland always turns me into a kid, and it was no different at the Magic Kingdom!


Everything is so much bigger here!


Definitely similar in looks but a lot bigger.





Taking a casual stroll down Main Street.


We stopped to take a picture with Walt and Mickey.



This nice family offered to take our picture together.



We had a fastpass that morning for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train so we made our way to Fantasyland. They were working on the front of the castle so we had to make a detour through the side entrance by Liberty Square.



So pretty!!!


Magic Kingdom marker.


La Fontain de Cendrillon.


See, that’s what it says…


Backside of the castle.


Hi Minnie!


I was a doofus and forgot to put sunscreen on my pale body so we had to stop and get some so I didn’t become one giant red blister…


Love the beanstalk vines climbing up Sir Mickey’s shop.


Seven Dwarves Mine Train was shut down for a bit so we had to put off our fast pass and we decided to hit some of the other rides in Fantasyland while we waited.  Our first attraction was Mickey’s PhilharMagic which I was really excited to see and I loved it!


We sat in the handicap section.


The ride was up and running after PhilharMagic so we headed over to Seven Dwarves Mine Train!


I love that there is more representation of the princesses such as Rapunzel’s tower.



Of course you can dine with Belle and the Beast too which we would have loved to do but it’s next to impossible to make reservations there as it’s so popular… Next time though!


Finally off to the Mine Train!


I love the queue!!!


We were right in the front row.  It’s like Big Thunder where really being in the back is more fun but I am glad we got the front for our first time.


Yay! This by far is my favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom!


I had to get these pictures from the ride as I have never seen happier faces!!! Four of the biggest kids!



You end the ride seeing Snow White dancing with the dwarves.


Ooo… Be careful, Snow… Don’t take any of her apples! Especially the red one.


Our cousins wanted a little break so my aunt and I headed for it’s a small world.


This is the first ride of our trip I was truly able to compare to Disneyland and I have to say I love Disneyland’s way better… Not only the façade but also the ride itself.  I still love the ride though.


Selfie time! I do feel guilty for not taking more people pictures on our trip…











Au Revoir Small World!


I hope Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum aren’t harassing that poor little girl.  She doesn’t look too happy.  I wouldn’t be either especially with the Queen of Hearts standing behind me!


Around lunch time we decided to head over to Liberty Square and had lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.




The Fish and Chips were amazing! Super crunchy! I got the combo with the nuggets in case I didn’t like them (and because I’m 5 apparently) but there were so good!


Our cousins had a hankering for a funnel cake after lunch and the Sleepy Hollow restaurant nearby sold them so I walked through some of the shops while they sat and had their dessert.


Couldn’t miss out on the Christmas Shoppe!


I got stuck on the other side of where there while the Festival of Fantasy parade went on so I figured I might as well enjoy it.


Hi Ariel!


I loved the Peter Pan float!


And what’s a Disney parade without miss Tinker Bell! My absolute favorite!


Merida’s float was pretty cool too.


I got this picture totally by accident!


The Fantasia Float.


Of course Mickey and Minnie are the stars of the parade!


The end. I am not really a parade person as I don’t like wasting several hours to wait while I could be going on rides or doing something better with my time but this was an amazing parade and I’m very happy I got to see it.


We took advantage of being nearby the Haunted Mansion.


I will admit they have better queue, but I like our mansion and ride overall better.


The Queue was interactive.  If you put your hand on one of the instruments of this mausoleum, it would play that instrument.



I love the nod to Thurl Ravenscroft. Not only did he voice the narrator for the Haunted Mansion, he voiced many other characters for Disney.



This one was my favorite.


Oh so THAT’S where Madame Leota is buried…


It’s beautiful, and probably goes along better with the Liberty Square theme, but I like our mansion much better.


I took a quick walk through Memento Mori which is the only all Haunted Mansion store (we don’t even have one in Disneyland). I didn’t get anything as I’m not a huge Mansion fan… (Don’t hurt me, I’m just a big chicken!)


The liberty bell.


We were all looking forward to seeing the Hall of Presidents.


Lobby area.


We sat in the back again which is nice because it’s high up enough so no heads are in your way. It was really cool to see all of the presidents together.


After that, we walked through Fantasyland to get to Tomorrowland and saw Tigger and Pooh off to do something important.


Now was my turn to get a sweet.  I was looking forward to getting one of the layered cake cups at the Cheshire Café and man it did NOT disappoint!


Look at all of that sugary/cakey goodness! It was sooooo good! I wish they had these in Disneyland!


We wanted to get out of the heat so we went in and saw Carousel of Progress which I was looking forward to seeing. It left Disneyland several years before I was born.


It was neat to see the different new inventions in each decade they showcased.


After Carousel of Progress, we split off from our cousins because they were pretty tired and they were going to park their scooters early to rest and wait to see the parade and fireworks.  So my aunt and I went off to go on the Peoplemover and even though it’s different, I never thought I’d have the chance to go on the Peoplemover ever again in my life since it left Disneyland in the early nineties and it was also one of my favorites as a child.


They even have the escalating walkway like the Disneyland one had.


So excited! We got a front car too so after taking this picture, my aunt and I sat on her side and had a great view from the attraction.


The ride brings you all around Tomorrowland.



After Peoplemover, we went through a couple shops in the area.



Then we made our way back to the castle.


So we could walk through to see the beautiful mosaics of Cinderella’s story.


So pretty!



It was getting into early evening and we wanted a good spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade so we headed over to walk through the rest of the park.


The Diamond Horseshoe (I didn’t know they had one…) looks just like the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland just a little bigger.


Another thing that I was super excited to do and never thought I’d be able to see again is the Country Bear Jamboree.  My dad and I LOVED this show!


Glad to see Max, Buff, and Melvin again. If you’re in Disneyland and go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country, once you enter the Hunny Heaven room, turn around and you’ll see them hanging on the back of the wall.




We were getting pretty tired and wanted to get a good spot on Main Street for the parade so we headed for a quick walk through Adventureland.



Pirates was closed for a refurb so we couldn’t go on it anyway.


I’m not sure if the Tiki Room Under New Management is still running but we skipped this attraction just in case because I heard it was awful and I didn’t want to taint my love of The Tiki Room.


I love the look of the shops though. Has an outdoorsy market vibe.

Watch out, he spits… No really, he does.  It’s a good way to cool off I guess.  The kids were enjoying it.


The Magic Kingdom still has the original Swiss Family Robinson too.  I love the Swiss Family Robinson movie and was bummed to see it replaced in Disneyland but Tarzan’s Treehouse is neat too and they have a nod to the old treehouse by playing Swisskapolka on the gramophone at the bottom of the treehouse.


My aunt wasn’t feeling all that well and decided to skip dinner. I just grabbed some corndog bites at Casey’s Corner and they were just okay.

We parked her scooter and I sat on the sidewalk in front of it and we had a little big of time to rest.  Here’s Roe E Disney’s window.


My aunt wanted to go into a couple of shops quickly so I had a quick facetime with my mom and my cousin who she was visiting down in LA for a couple of days so it was good to talk with them.  And I had to get in a selfie with my ears on.

Before we knew it, the sun set and we were getting close to seeing the parade. This cute little girl and her parents were sitting next to us on the sidewalk and almost immediately, she comes up to me and told me that she was four and she loves Minnie (I was decked out in Minnie gear) and she talked to me for close to an hour. She was so cute.


It was finally getting to be time for the parade. So many memories of things I loved as a child. It was great to relive them!

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A couple of minutes after the parade they had, Celebrate the Magic, a projected show on the castle.


It was kind of hard to see some of the projections from the pictures but mainly showed some of the more popular animated movies such as Frozen, Alice in Wonderland, Wreck it Ralph, Rapunzel, and some others.



Shortly after, they performed the fireworks, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.


No one does fireworks better than Disney.


We were super tired after the fireworks so we did a little bit of shopping on Main Street and decided to head back to the hotel.  We had to take the bus back because the Monorail drops you off at the other entrance to Epcot and it was closed by then.  We did take the monorail to the parking drop off because that’s where we were told we had to go for the busses but it turns out they pick up right outside of the entrance to the park… Oops…


Instead of taking the Monorail back, we thought it would be fun to take the Ferryboat.



We finally found where we were supposed to go.


Finally on our way back to our hotel room.


We had an amazing day at the Magic Kingdom and it was very nostalgic for me and I can’t wait to go back.  Up next will be our last day at Disney World and since these seem to run really long, I’m going to start splitting up the days into parts with my trip reports so they are easier to read. Maybe easier to get out as well!  I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports and I will start working more on these once things die down a bit in a couple of weeks.


Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland

  Today marks Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. I have been a lifelong fan of Disney and especially Disneyland. That love was inherited to me from my dad who went to Disneyland for the first time the Summer it opened so I would definitely day it is in my blood.

And while technically today is the official anniversary day, Disney used to consider the 18th the official opening day because that was the day it opened to the public. I must say I prefer thinking of the 18th being the anniversary day because that happens to be my birthday. So officially we don’t share a birthday but for me I suppose it is close enough! 

Happy birthday Disneyland! Here’s to many more magical years to come! 

What to Do When You Need a Disney Fix

I have my moments when I just miss Disneyland in the worst way and I have found these ways to be helpful to get through withdrawals until my next visit to a Disney park. I am working on a more detailed static page of blogs, books, podcasts, websites, etc that I enjoy but for now here are some ideas for you to get your Disney fix.

Blogs – I read a lot of blogs and I have my own little section of Disney blogs on Bloglovin and here are a few that are my favorites. Of course, you can start one too like I did.  There are plenty of them out there and I’m finding new blogs everyday (well, new to me).  You can find pretty much any Disney sub topic out there and even Disney has a blog over at Disney Parks Blog which has news from all of the Disney parks and if you’d like to view a specific park, they have filters at the bottom of each post so you can only see parks at the Disneyland Resort, or Epcot Center, or whatever you want to look for. It’s probably the best place to go for Disney news since it is coming from the source.

Podcasts – If you don’t know what a podcast is, it’s a free audio or video show you can download either through iTunes or other podcast hosting websites.  There are a lot of podcasts and the best thing is that they are free.  I subscribe to a lot of podcasts and at least 1/2 of what I listen to is Disney related. You can find just about any subject you’re looking for in a podcast.  One podcast in particular that got me into the whole podcast world is Window to the Magic.  Their show mainly consists of audio from being in the Disneyland park (more recently adding Disney World into the mix) and you truly feel like you’re there. It’s probably the closest feeling to being in the park. They have a side project that’s 2 seasons in now called WTTM24 where they recorded the whole day they spend in the park.  They had 2 people with recording devises on and they would split up into 2 groups at times so you could hear one 1/2 in one ear and the other 1/2 in the other ear.  I know it sounds odd and you have to use earphones but it’s awesome.  So far they have done two trips and it seems to be pretty exhausting but they are so fun to listen to.  They broke up the seasons into hour long episodes so it’s not one big 12 hour + long file.

Youtube – You can spend a lifetime on Youtube looking at fan made Disney park videos.  There are a couple of Disneyland Channels I watch but I don’t know of a whole lot of them (I’m sure there are more than I know of) and you can find plenty of ride-throughs of your favorite rides or watch a whole walk-through of your favorite park (yes, a WHOLE walk-through, but plan on sitting there or an hour…).

Books – There are thousands of Disney books of all different Disney related subjects out there. I have an extensive list of books that I want to start reading and I know that I have mentioned wanting to read one Disney book per month but the year has been going faster than my brain is so I have some catching up to do.

Music – Thanks to the technological age we live in, it’s a lot easier to access Disney music whether it’s park specific or from Disney movies, you can find a lot on iTunes and I’m sure other music sites out there.  I have a ton of Disney/Disneyland Resort music that I’ve collected throughout the years and I have a special playlist of my favorite Disney songs that I’ll play on the regular.

Disney Movies – I’m sure I don’t need to mention that I have a very large assortment of Disney movies.  I’ve watched Frozen 3 or 4 times now and it came out on DVD/BluRay in February… And I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Chances are, if you reading this anyway, you have a lot of Disney movies too.  This is probably the easiest Disney fix you can get.  I practically cry when I put a DVD in and see the castle and hear When you Wish Upon a Star when it first starts.  It gets me every time.

Join a Disney Club – If you’re as lucky as I am to live close enough to a Disneyana Charter group or other Disney club, join it! I promise you they are a blast.  At least my group is.  We have so much fun together and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.  I was terrified going in because I didn’t know anyone but I got to know people and now have a large group of Disney friends that get me.  I went to see Maleficent with my Disney club Saturday morning and we all dressed up in black and purple for the “theme colors” of Maleficent (blog post of that day with a review coming up in the next day or two).  If you don’t know where to find one, I found mine on Meetup.  That’s a great way to find a lot of local groups/clubs in your area.  Also, you might find some by googling your location with the word Disney club or something like that.  If there aren’t any and you have some fellow Disney friends, think about starting one.

Look at Past Disney Trip Pictures – Or if you’re creative, work on albums, whether they are prints you put in photo album, making one with a website like Shutterfly (or if you have a Mac, using iPhoto), or making a scrapbook or whatever, it’s a fun way to look back on trips with your family and relive the memories.

There are countless other things you can do but those are some pretty big ones I’ve listed.  You can also check out Pinterest, some pages on Facebook, and plenty of other things to get your Disney fix.  I hope this helped, and I’m working on that list to get up as soon as possible!

If you have any ideas, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know!  If you have any suggestions, requests, or questions please comment below too. I’d love to hear your feedback and get ideas for future posts.  I want to get consistent on writing on this blog!