Posted in Florida 2013

11th December 2013 (Day 10): Magic Kingdom

magic-kingdom-logoOff the most magic place on earth today!

The Magic Kingdom.

The park was really decorated for Christmas.  We’d been in October once before and there was a lot of Halloween decorations out then, so we were expecting it to be quite spectacular.

 

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations

The first thing we did was go to Mickey’s Philharmagical show (we had to grab Fastpasses for later right beside there and there was no queue, and when you see something you want to do with no queue-you do it).  It’s a 3D show with extra bits like getting squirted with water.  You have to wear your 3D glasses though, not a look everyone can pull off.

Philharmagical
Philharmagical

Back near the castle we bumped into the Fairy Godmother who was doing a short meet and greet.

Fairy Godmother
Fairy Godmother

Rosemary’s favourite Disney film is Tangled and her favourite princess is Rapunzel so we had to go and visit her tower.

Rapunzel's Tower
Rapunzel’s Tower

And we were pretty impressed that the level of detailing included the men’s toilets where there are frying pans instead of mirrors.

Rapunzel World
Rapunzel World
Rapunzel World
Rapunzel World

We walked through to New Fantasyland, which is a major extension to the park which was still in the process of being completed.  You go past the Be Our Guest restaurant which has an illusion of Beast’s castle over it.

Beast's Castle
Beast’s Castle

And headed to Gaston’s Tavern.  They serve the biggest warm cinnamon rolls I’ve ever seen and we had that with the strongest coffee I have ever drunk.

Gaston's Tavern
Gaston’s Tavern

We were so hyped up on caffeine and sugar we braved sitting in Gaston’s chair.

Gaston's Chair
Gaston’s Chair

We then went on the Under the Sea ride, which is based on the Little Mermaid.

Under the Sea
Under the Sea

And from there up to the top of Fantasyland to go on the Dumbo ride.  They’ve changed this so you get a buzzer when you go in and then the children can go off and play.  You’re buzzer goes when it’s your time to join the queue for the ride itself.  Great idea and far less boring that standing in line.

Dumbo
Dumbo

We then used our Fastpasses I’d got earlier to go to the Princess Fairytale Hall. At this point Rosemary didn’t know what we were doing next. We were of course going to meet Rapunzel.  She was a bit speechless and awe struck I think.

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

We also got to meet Snow White at the same time.

Snow White
Snow White

We queued up for what seemed like a very long time to see Merida, but she was really lovely and her New Jersey accent only slipped through a couple of times (could have been what she thought a Scottish accent sounded like though).

Merida
Merida

A snack was in order by this time and we had Cheshire Cupcake Cake Cup at the Cheshire Cafe.  It was sort of a cupcake with cream swirled in.  Went down very well.

Snack time
Snack time

We were staying for the fireworks in the evening and fortunately Rosemary decided to have a nap so we went to the shops to have a browse.

Nap Time
Nap Time

There were soft toys galore.

Mickey
Mickey
Minnie
Minnie

The night-time parade was just before the fireworks and was amazing.

Parade
Parade

But nothing like the castle which was covered in lights for Christmas and were all constantly changing colour.

Cinderella's Castle
Cinderella’s Castle
Cinderella's Castle
Cinderella’s Castle

And the fireworks were stunning as well. We weren’t in the best place to see them but it was relatively quiet and we still got an excellent view.

Fireworks
Fireworks

After that there was nothing to do but cope with the vast crowds who were all leaving at the same time to get the boat back to the entrance and then the tram back to the car park.  Think it took about an hour just to get out….

 

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