June 10, 2009 - Magic Kingdom
Cast of Characters - Myself - Stacey - 31, Husband - Bryan - 35, Step-Daughter - Briana - 11, Son - Owen - 4, Daughter - Kate - 2
Our first day! We woke up at 7:35 a.m. to a wakeup call from Mickey and Stitch. Got to Magic Kingdom right at 9 a.m. so we saw the end of the welcome show. We thought we’d be able to ride Dumbo, but line was just too long for us. As Disneyland regulars, it wasn’t THAT important. We rode Snow White with no wait. We then got in line (what line?) for the teacups. I was under the impression Ariel didn’t show up until 10 a.m. so when we walked by and the Cast Member said “do you want to see Ariel?” we were excited. We waited behind two families and saw Ariel, and Kate loved her. This was the beginning of Kate being obsessed with everyone signing her book. If she got in line to see a character and didn’t have her book, she’d let you know. I had to buy her a new autograph book by the 3rd day. Owen wouldn’t let Ariel sign his book, he said it was for Mickey only. We took some cute Photo Pass pictures.
We saw Mickey’s Philharmonic, no wait, and I thought it was great. I would have seen it again. Owen wanted to see it again even though he flinched every time something came flying at him, I think it intrigued him. We got into Toontown around 10:15 a.m. We all rode Goofy’s barnstormer with no wait, Kate cried the whole time but got a sticker at the end for being so brave.
The lines were too long to see Mickey or the princesses, I’m glad we never had a fit from anyone when we weren’t able to do something. We went in Minnie’s house and Donald’s boat, not much different than Disneyland. But I think at Disneyland you can go upstairs in Donald’s Boat. We road the train over to Frontierland and got a fast pass for splash Mountain and a child swap ticket. We saw the Country Bear Jamboree after a five minute wait, everyone liked it, but no one really loved it. We then got in line for Haunted Mansion, only waited about 20 minutes. The line was getting longer and they were adding more rows to the maze as we waited. We then rode Small world. It was time for a snack, so we stopped at Sleepy Hollow and had a coke float, a root beer float, and three tinkerbell slushies - $18 - used five snack credits. It was time to go back for splash mountain - Owen, Bryan, and Briana went, Kate and I waited - we didn’t child swap because the wait was 20 or so minutes, not worth it for a ride I’ve been on before. Owen liked it, but didn’t want to go again, it was his first time because he has just cleared 40 inches. It was about time for our 2:00 reservation at Crystal Palace, so we walked over there and checked in around 1:30 and were seated in five minutes. We had confetti and streamers on our table for Owen’s birthday. Owen also got a card that Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger signed and a cupcake. Kate was so excited for everyone to sign her book she could hardly contain it. We got everyone to sign and take pictures.
We got out of there by 2:30 and had a photo pass photographer take our picture on Main Street. We wanted to beat the parade out of there and we did. We were back at the hotel by 3:20. Kate and Owen were sleeping. Owen woke up when we got back to the hotel, but Bryan and Briana fell asleep once we got back. We went swimming around 5:30.
Once we got back to room we decided to go to Hollywood Studios for Extra Magic Hours, I kept hearing about the block party and I was really glad we went. We got there around 7 p.m. We got fast passes for Star Tours. Then we ate some dinner at Toy Story Pizza Planet. We got really lucky here, we were basically the last people in line to get food as they closed at 7:30 p.m., and then they gave us an extra kids pizza that we didn’t order, so we didn’t have to share with Kate, even though I couldn’t finish my pizza. We ordered three pepperoni pizzas, three large drinks, a Mickey mouse rice crispy treat, two cookies, and one kids meal - $44.00, used 4 quick service credits. We rode Star Tours, no one was at the front of the Fast Pass line so they didn’t check height and Kate got to ride. She was pretty scared. This was Owen’s first ride and he had been excited to ride it for quite a while. Owen wasn’t too scared.
We went to see the Animation show with Mushu, it was cute. We then got to put our voice to some animation, it wasn’t too busy in there because it was Extra Magic Hours, so that was nice. Owen and Kate wouldn’t sing so Bryan and I had to sing the songs. Briana and Kate loved the block party bash. They got to dance with Mickey, Minnie, JoJo, Goofy, and Pluto.
We then went and saw the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. We all loved it. When the water sprayed you it felt like you were really going under water. It was cute. We got home around 11:00 p.m. Off to the Pirate Adventure tomorrow a.m. for Owen and Briana.
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