Friday, October 17, 2008

Disney Vacation - Day 2

We woke up early and grabbed quick breakfast in the concierge lounge before headed to the Magic Kingdom for the kids Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointments. Our appointments were scheduled before the park opened, so we took a taxi from the hotel to the park and caught our first monorail ride of the trip to the park gates! We got into the park a little after 8:00 and it was so neat seeing a virtually empty park! We stopped and took some pictures in front of the castle before heading to the boutique.
Look how empty the park is!
Princess Mary Reese chose the Cinderella ensemble while Prince Banks got a Cool Dude hairstyle. The Fairy Godmother even made an appearance during their appointments to check on her Fairy Godmothers-in-Training.

After their transformations, we hit Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, Dumbo and It’s a Small World with very little wait! We then headed over to the Haunted Mansion ride. The kids did fine {the lights do go out briefly in the chamber before you get on the actual ride, so make sure you hold their hands}. We ran by and got a Fast Pass for Peter Pan’s flight before heading back to the room for a rest since we were coming back to the big Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that night. On our way out, we ran back into the Fairy Godmother behind the castle. We were able to get her autograph and a photo session! We also stopped by the Exposition Hall to have Mary Reese’s BBB photo session before leaving the park. I had to bribe her with a Lady dog {from Lady and the Tramp} in a purse to even have her picture taken. Lady ended up going everywhere with us from that point forward!

After a quick lunch at the ESPN Zone and a rest, I grabbed the kids Halloween costumes and we headed back to the Magic Kingdom to catch the Dreams Come True Parade. We ran into Chip and Dale right outside the entrance, so we stopped for their autographs. We secured a seat right in front of the castle for the parade. They had so many cast members “entertaining” the kids while we were waiting on the parade to start. The kids loved seeing the parade…all their favorite characters were there.

After the parade we headed to Peter Pan’s flight to us our Fast Passes, then made our way to Adventureland to do Swiss Family Robinson, The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Jody talked {Banks would say “forced”} Banks into riding Big Thunder Mountain…he wasn’t a big fan but he survived!

By that time it was time for our dinner reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern for a family-style meal which included salad, ham, flank steak, turkey and dressing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and apple crisp with ice cream! We got to see Chip, Dale, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy all decked out in their Halloween costumes!

After dinner, we all decided to ride Splash Mountain together. Everything was grand until the huge plummet at the end! The kids then changed into their Halloween costumes and we found a spot for the special Boo To You Parade. After the parade was over, we ran to ride the Mad Tea Party Teacups, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Goofy’s Barnstormer Rollercoaster. We caught the HalloWishes fireworks show from behind the castle and then jumped on the Indy Speedyway cars, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. We ran into Buzz after we exited his ride…so Banks stopped for his autograph!

By that time we were all exhausted so we decided to head out to beat the crowds! We were glad we paid the extra money to attend the party…we got to ride so many of the popular rides with little or not wait! On the agenda for tomorrow, a 2:25 lunch with Cinderella in her castle…

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