If you read my Disney World vacation planning post last week you may be wondering where the recap for day #1 of our trip is. Well, here it is! It’s a little later than I expected but hopefully that helped to build your anticipation! 😉
Day #1 of our Disney trip started VERY early in the morning. Around 4:15am to be exact. That’s what time I got up to get ready to head out to the airport. As expected, I didn’t sleep much the night before either because I was too excited. Please tell me that I am not the only “adult” who still acts like a kid the night before vacations.
Our flight was uneventful AND it landed 40 minutes earlier than expected! That was a huge win for Chris and I since we were trying to pack so much into our weekend trip. Once we got off the airplane we headed straight for the Disney Magical Express which is the bus that takes you from the airport to your Disney hotel. We didn’t have to worry about retrieving our checked luggage since the good folks at Disney would take care of that for us!
The Magical Express buses were very plush and comfy for our ride to Pop Century. Once at Pop Century we headed to check into our room. We checked into our room online before we left Michigan so we got to avoid the long check in line. It was easy peasy and I highly recommend that you take advantage of that time saver.
Once checked in we deposited some of our stuff into our room and then headed out to the bus line for Magic Kingdom. Buses run about every 20 minutes so we didn’t have to wait long for the next one to show up.
We got to the Magic Kingdom around noon and with it being a Friday it was quite packed with people. I mean PACKED. Obviously weekends are not the ideal time to travel to a popular tourist attraction but weekends are what we had available.
The crowd did make things a bit overwhelming at times. It was hard to make our way to anything or even get our bearings straight. A lot of the rides had long wait times and at the end of the night we averaged only about 1 ride an hour.
So let’s break down our day at the Magic Kingdom.
Favorite Ride: Haunted Mansion. We went on it twice and Chris and I both enjoyed it. The special effects were great!
Least Favorite Ride: Mad Tea Party. We waited quite some time to get on this ride and then we waited some more while on the ride but never actually rode it. It broke down. :/
Favorite Show: Main Street Electrical Parade. I guess it is not really a show per se but close enough. I love parades especially Disney ones!
Least Favorite Show: Carousel of Progress. We jumped on this because it had no wait. It was a silly and cheesy revolving show that showed technological improvements over the past 100 years. The present time didn’t seem very current, more like the 80’s but we got a good laugh about it.
FastPasses Used: We had FastPasses for It’s a Small World, The Jungle Cruise, and Space Mountain. All of them were good choices but next time I would opt to not get one for It’s a Small World as later in the night you could walk right onto it. I would get a FastPass for Peter Pan’s Flight instead which had a very long wait all day long.
Food Consumed: We ate lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe which was extremely busy but it moved surprisingly quickly because it was so large. We saved money on our food by asking for no sides with our meal. (It is not advertised as an option but you can do it. And I personally can not eat that much food anyways.) Dinner was at some walk up place that I don’t know the name of that served macaroni dishes. Chris and I each had the bacon cheeseburger macaroni. We also got a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle (you will want to read the bf’s post about that) and I got a Mickey Shaped ice cream from a street vendor.
What I Would Do Different: Not wear flip flops. I was excited to wear flip flops since my feet have been in hiding through this very long Michigan Winter. By the end of the night my feet were killing me with all the walking and standing that we did.
We stayed at the Magic Kingdom until it closed at midnight. It probably goes without saying we were very exhausted and fell asleep the minute our heads hit the pillow. I’m sure I didn’t have any dreams but if I did, I am certain they were about what day #2 would bring at Hollywood Studios.
Have you been to the Magic Kingdom?
What were some of your favorites and least favorites while you were there?