We woke up early on Friday morning and headed to the Crystal Palace inside the Magic Kingdom for a character breakfast with the Winnie the Pooh crew. (If your reservation is early enough, you can get into the park before the gates open which gives you plenty of opportunities for Main Street and castle pics all to yourself!)
After breakfast, we headed out to the park to see which ride would suit Helen Grace’s fancy for her first one. We were headed to the Jungle Cruise, but she spotted Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride, and she was in love. We must have ridden it six times during our trip.
Afterward, we headed over to Fantasyland for the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train- the big, flashy new ride that Disney Jr. shows commercials on all the time, which started HG’s fascination with Disney World in the first place. Luckily, we had a Fast Pass for it, so we avoided the 130-minute wait and walked right on. We had watched YouTube videos of it, and HG thought she would like it; however, a video does not do the steep hills, intense speed, or sideways turns justice. Needless to say, HG was NOT happy and was ready to get off within 30 seconds. She was a trooper though and didn’t cry, and we all tried to laugh it off and swore to stick to the ‘kiddie’ rides for the rest of the trip. We later enjoyed laughing as we watched other people riding it and screaming on the big drops.
We rode Dumbo (which now has a playground inside a tent to enjoy while you wait = genius) and then found a nice, sunny spot outside Pinocchio’s Village Haus to have some lunch and enjoy people watching. Then, we headed over to Enchanted Tales with Belle, which was a fun experience for all of us. We were worn out at this point, so we walked back to the hotel for a nap.
At dinnertime, we had a big treat waiting on us back at the Magic Kingdom- dinner at Be Our Guest, Belle’s castle. It was like walking into a different world, and we enjoyed having a very nice dinner and watching the snow fall outside the ballroom.
After dinner, HG wanted to ‘drive,’ so we headed over to the Tomorrowland Speedway. She and her daddy had a blast, and she was so tickled that she actually got to drive! Then we took a ride on the Peoplemover, which was fun in theory but freaked her out when it went into the dark and through a part of Space Mountain. After the dwarfs’ ride, she wanted nothing to do with dark, screams, or steep hills, even if we just rode past it. After another spin on the Speedway, it was time for the Electrical Parade.
As usual, John worked his magic and scored HG a front row seat for the parade in Liberty Square. She had a blast and loved all the floats and characters being lit up.
Even though we’d had naps that afternoon, by this time, it was 9:30, and HG was starting to drop. We booked it across the park to the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party (as fast as you can with a thousand people in the way). We got there with just enough time to grab a plate of dessert, a cup of hot chocolate, and a seat at the railing where we enjoyed an amazing firework show! At the start of the show, Tinker Bell flew from the tip top of the castle to the roof of our restaurant- VERY cool! HG had her headphones on (thanks to Lawson), but the noise was still a bit much. We drug ourselves back to the hotel and collapsed into bed.
A long but MAGICAL day!
Ready to tackle the Magic KingdomBreakfast at the Crystal PalaceAladdin’s Magic Carpet RideThis pretty much sums up how HG felt about the Dwarfs’ ride.DumboLunch at Pinocchio’sEnchanted Tales with BelleBe Our GuestWaiting in line to see the BeastThe Beast insisted that John, our usual photographer, get in the picture. You don’t mess around with the Beast.Ready to take on the Speedway