Disney Recap - Magic Kingdom

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Magic Kingdom was the first park we went to, and, surprisingly, we both chose it as our overall favorite park. I was worried that we'd feel out of place, being childless adults, but we never felt that way anywhere at Disney. There is so much to do even if you don't have kids!

Where We Ate

Be Our Guest (Fantasyland)

The Beast's Castle (the little umbrella at the bottom is where you check in for Be Our Guest)

With the exception of our spontaneous decision to have lunch at Big River Grille & Brewing Works while we were at the BoardWalk, our only table service meal at Disney was breakfast at Be Our Guest (they were testing it out). Our reservation was before the park opened, so though Tom grumbled about having to get up early, it was pretty magical to be able to step into a Disney park for the first time and have it be fairly empty. We were actually able to order online ahead of time. We both opted for the Open-Faced Bacon and Egg Sandwich, which had bacon, brie, arugula, and poached eggs on a baguette; it was served with fresh fruit, and all meals include a pastry tray for the table. It was really good, though I kind of wished I would have gone for the Eggs Florentine, which looked way better in person than in pictures. The setting was absolutely gorgeous; there are three dining rooms: The Grand Ballroom (where we ate), The West Wing (where we wanted to eat, but it was a lot smaller, and there were no available tables), and The Castle Gallery (which has a really cool music box with Belle and the Beast dancing).

Tomorrowland Terrace

I had planned on going to Columbia Harbour House for lunch, but Tom got hungry really suddenly while we were in Main Street, U.S.A. (we had been getting our mouse ears at The Chapeau!), so we just ended up going to Tomorrowland Terrace since it was right there. Tom got the bacon cheeseburger (shock of shocks), and I tried my first lobster roll, which I LOVED.

What We Did


a hippo lurking in the water on the Jungle Cruise
  • Jungle Cruise -- So much fun! At 30 minutes, it was the longest wait for anything all week except Fantasmic!, but it was worth it (and we were surprised that we never had to wait longer!). Our tour guide was great, and it was awesome to finally get to ride what my dad had spoken of so fondly when I was a child.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean -- Tom's favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. I love pretty much anything with boats (I especially loved the drop in the dark!), and this was fun (and also the first time I'd ever seen an escalator ramp).

a Gaston fountain (donated to the village by Gaston, of course)
  • It's A Small World -- One of my absolute favorite rides at all of Disney World, and Tom really loved it too. I know everybody says it's cheesy and awful, but I thought it was gorgeous and enchanting (plus, again, boats).
  • Mad Tea Party -- Fun, but not very long. This was the only time I got dizzy on a ride, but only after it stopped and we got off (I just stared at Tom the whole time so I wouldn't get dizzy during the ride).
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh -- This was the first ride we rode, as the park was open by the time we were done with breakfast, and trying to follow plan A (ride Space Mountain first thing) wasn't going to work out, so we just started winging it. Although I wouldn't feel terrible about skipping it until we have kids, I thought it was adorable (I've always loved Pooh). The rainy day section was my favorite.
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic -- Another of my favorite attractions at any park. The 3D was the best I've ever seen, the storyline was fun, and I loved how they incorporated things like spraying water and scents into the show.
  • Peter Pan's Flight -- Absolutely darling (though I was VERY glad we'd gotten a FastPass for it!). The flying ships were so fun!
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid -- I wasn't impressed. You couldn't hear anything because the sound from each scene mixed in together, and I was just very underwhelmed.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad -- We rode a couple of times, and it was a fun and relaxing ride. It was cool to see some of the little scenes they'd created that you might not see otherwise (though we did see many from the Liberty Belle as well).


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as seen from the Liberty Belle. One of my favorite pictures from the trip!

We didn't actually do anything in Frontierland. We had a FastPass to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night, but we ended up leaving early because we were exhausted. 

Liberty Square

the Liberty Belle
  • The Hall of Presidents -- I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, but since I'm such a history nerd, I probably should have expected it. I actually cried once. Obama didn't really look black though.
  • Haunted Mansion -- We both LOVED Haunted Mansion. I had heard of the hitchhiking ghosts years ago, and always wondered how they'd pull that off, so it was cool to finally see how they ended up getting a ghost into your doombuggy! When we were in the stretching room, Tom freaked out because it made him think we were riding Tower of Terror.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat -- Absolutely lovely. If you have a packed schedule with specific rides, it might not be for you, but if you want a break from the hubbub and have the time, it's delightful to ride around (plus, it helped me get some awesome shots of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!).


the entrance to Tomorrowland
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin -- My favorite Magic Kingdom attraction. I had so much fun (plus, I won, which I always enjoy).
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor -- Better than I expected it to be. And they used one of my jokes!
  • Space Mountain -- This was the one thing I was most looking forward to riding. It was a lot of fun, though it was a little wilder than I expected it to be. It was Tom's first roller coaster; he was behind me, and he was not responding in a way that made it seem like he was enjoying himself (however, he claimed that he had enjoyed it once we had gotten off the ride).
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover -- This was a lot of fun, and a good way to get off your feet and out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. I loved getting to get a new look at Space Mountain!
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress -- I loved it, though there were some confusing parts (like we couldn't figure out if the last scene was supposed to be the 80s or now or the future),

Since we ended up leaving early, we didn't get to see Wishes (which we watched a few days later from the Polynesian), or the Main Street Electrical Parade (which I was bummed about). We did, however, get to see the Festival of Fantasy parade, and I thought it was awesome. Rapunzel even told me happy birthday from her float.

a circus character from the parade

Mickey and Minnie ended the parade, of course!

Overall, we LOVE LOVE LOVED Magic Kingdom, and we can't wait to take our kids someday!

Part 1 - Trip Details & Resort Hopping
Part 3 - Hollywood Studios
Part 4 - Animal Kingdom & Downtown Disney
Part 5 - Epcot

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