We actually visited Epcot the day after our first day at the kingdom but for blogging sake, I’ll wrap up here before moving on.
We planned to stay all day and leave after the parade and fireworks at 10pm.
Without having to change our tickets over this morning we were inside the gates early enough to be able to get into Mickey’s center court so we could see the welcome show perfectly!! We were front and center!!
Things went pretty much as planned. Once the welcome show was over we entered into the kingdom through the tunnel way on the left hand side (just like on Monday). This time we headed straight for adventureland to visit Tinker Bell and her sister Periwinkle. The park opens at 9 and Tinkerbell’s fairy nook opens at 9:15. We were about 3rd or 4th in line and the line quickly got really long behind us. The fairies are popular so I’d make this your first stop!!
I love Periwinkle’s shoes!! I want some for Christmas!!
After meeting the fairies we started making our way to Tomorrowland. Stopped for a fun picture…
The crowd wasn’t quite as large as it was on Monday and I think everybody was either in Fantasyland with Belle or Adventureland seeing the fairies so we were basically able to walk on all the rides with very little wait. We started with Buzz Lightyear and made the loop around.
This ride was SUPER fun and a great start to our day!! It’s like an arcade game and you really do collect points!
It has been said that I had the most fun on this ride. It really was one of my favorites.
But it looks like someone else was having a good time as well!!
Once we exited the ride we walked to the right and were first in line to meet Buzz. Buzz starts meeting and greeting at 10.
He doesn’t sign autograph books but stamps them with his special stamp.
After Buzz we rode the Tomorroland Transit Authority and then on to The Astro Orbiter. The TTA is at the bottom of this pic and the Orbiter is at the top.
The Orbiter is also similar to Dumbo and the Magic Carpets but it’s way higher (you have to take an elevator to get to it) and it goes quite a bit faster near the end. We all rode this and we all LOVED it!
After this the big kids rode Space Mountain with dad while Lilly and I had a snack.
After Space Mountain, we went to what I believe is the worst ride in Magic Kingdom…
The Tomorrowland Speedway. We didn’t wait too terribly long but this ride is loud, smelly and very difficult to drive. In my car, Tobin drove and I pushed the pedal. Pushing the pedal was hard and steering was not easy at all. We kept hitting the track so our ride was very rough. Plus we got bumped pretty hard as we were pulling in at the finish line. Everyone agreed we’d most likely never do it again.
After this we had lunch. We found a pretty little courtyard right outside Tomorrowland sitting on the water. We had a nice and quiet lunch and caught bits and pieces of the Dream Along With Mickey show going on up at the front of the castle and watched several ducks swim our way.
Once lunch was over we stepped back into Fantasyland for a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter.
After the tea party, us girls went shopping in Castle Couture. Lilly bought a dress….Elsa’s from Frozen to be specific. The cast members expected her to put it on immediately so she cut the tags right then and there and we changed in the fitting room. Then we headed over to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Cinderella’s castle where both girls were transformed into beautiful princesses.
I had made reservations 6 months (to the day) prior to our trip for each girl to receive the Crown Package.
The crown package includes: a hair style (each of my girls chose the Fairytale Princess hair style)
makeup, nail polish, a shimmering face jewel,
a princess sash, tiara, and Mickey pin.
I love this picture of Lilly. She TRULY believes that she has been transformed into a princess…..even to this day!! I kind of believe it too!
Plus they each received stickers and a pink Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique cinch sac/back pack to hold all their goodies.
Love the princess hair and hidden Mickey pin!!
We can’t forget the fairy dust!
Each girl is turned away from the mirror until the very end when they are turned around and announced as princesses.
This was so much fun for both of them.
2 crown packages cost me $127.70 and it was worth every penny.
After our makeovers, we went back to Castle Couture and slipped inside the photography studio. You can buy packages at the boutique that include studio pictures but ours were free because we already purchased a photopass+. This was another reason the photopass+ was worth it!! You can also purchase packages at the boutique that include dresses but I suggest either bringing your own dress from home or buying one in Castle Couture. Most of the dresses I saw in there were 64.95. If you get a boutique package including dress and pics it takes your price from $59.95 to $189.95. So…you definitely save by pre-purchasing a dress and having the photopass+!! (They also have a Knight package for boys that’s $15.95. I had reservations but my knight wasn’t interested. He and dad did more exploring and attractions while I was with the girls)
The time spent in the boutique and photo studio will be forever etched on the memories of these two girls. Ruthie is hoping and praying we go back before she’s 13 so she can do this again!! The age range is from 3 to 12.
Now that we are princesses, we are ready to explore the kingdom some more. We were just in time to catch the castle stage show, Dream Along With Mickey at 2:15. Our boutique appointments took up about an hour.
After the show we went back to Tomorrowland and the older ones rode Space Mountain again. Then we all met back up at the Monsters Inc. Laugh floor.
This show is interactive with the crowd and super funny!! We laughed and laughed!!
We did not get to do Dumbo or the Barnstormer. The lines were super long plus I was concerned about little ears being effected by the 30 mph wind gusts. So we headed down to Main Street to shop a little bit before our reservations at The Plaza at 5:40.
We shopped in the Emporium. I wanted to purchase practical souvenirs for myself so I came away with a Minnie Mouse mug ($12.95), Mickey measuring cups ($8.95), measuring spoons ($8.95) and Mickey hand oven mitt ($12.95). I knew these would be things I’d use everyday and would remind me of our fun. I thought all of this along with most of the other merchandise we saw was very moderately priced. It wasn’t super cheap but nor was it crazy expensive. It was just right!
I also bought a blanket to bundle up with during the parade and fireworks show.
Lilly purchased Long Tail Marie from the Disney movie Aristocats. She’d seen her the day before and I heard about how she wanted to purchase her ALL day long.
Her tail is about 4 ft long….no lie!
We also got to see a special salute to our Veterans and a flag retrieval since we were there during Veteran’s Day.
After this, we headed up to The Plaza for supper.
Once again dining with allergies was very easy. Lilly actually had and enjoyed her very first plate of fried chicken fingers. I know that sounds like an insignificant thing to most but to us it was pretty cool. The chef was so accommodating just like they had been everywhere else in the world. I can’t say enough about our dining experiences. The Plaza for our family of 5 cost us right at $57 not including tip.
After supper we claimed a spot on Main Street right outside the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for the parade. We were here an hour before parade time.
We sat, people watched, gazed at the castle, got out our glow wands, dad bought us another blanket and hot chocolate and the time passed pretty quickly.
The parade was incredible. The lights, the floats, the characters….all of it was awesome.
My favorite part was when Alice’s white rabbit who was walking alongside her float comes over to Lilly, gets on one knee and kisses her hand. He glances at his watch and he’s late! He’s late!! After he runs off she looks at me and says, “I got a kiss!! I guess he knew I’m ROYAL!”
She meant every word!! I loved it!!
The castle projection show that follows the parade was cool too and the fireworks were great as well!
As Tobin says, Disney really knows how to party!
We finished our night with a ride on the ferry before heading back to the condo.
Princess Lilly held out for the fireworks but as soon as she was back in the stroller, she was out.
We made LOTS of memories and just had the time of our life!!
Magic Kingdom tips
1. Take two days to enjoy.
2. Once again, make a plan. You’ll spend less time in line. Plus, the less “thinking” you have to do while you’re running around the park, the better! Think as much as you can ahead of time so you can enjoy the flow once you’re there.
3. Arrive early. It just works out better this way!!
4. Get your “must do” list done in the morning and use the afternoon for extras or things like boutique reservations.
5. Pre-purchase the Photopass+. This includes all your attraction photos and in my opinion is totally worth it. Here’s more info.
6. Visit one to two lands per day rather than running back and forth across the park multiple times.
7. See part one.