Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 2 ~ Magic Kindgom Meltdown

Hey Disney World Newbies...I'm getting ready to let you in on a little secret, you ready? Listen good, now, because this is verrrry important:

There is more to Disney's Magic Kingdom than Tomorrowland.

That's it. That's the big secret. Unfortunately, I didn't know that until after we got back to the hotel room after Disney Day 2! Are you laughing? Because I am! If you know anything at all about Disney, you know that Tomorrowland accounts for about 1/7 of the Magic Kingdom, and we spent our entire first day at a Disney theme park just in Tomorrowland!

Want to laugh even harder? How about this...after about the 2nd hour in Tomorrowland, I started crying because it "was all too much to do". It was too much in my mind and I hadn't even grasped yet how much larger the park was than I was thinking it was! Thank goodness for that! I don't think my dear hubby could have handled a meltdown any bigger than the one I was having right in the middle of the "most magical place on earth"! Oh, how funny it all is in retrospect.

Anyhow, moving on past the little 'meltdown', when we walked into Magic Kingdom, we immediately walked down Main Street USA and on the steps of the castle they were having this show (Dream Along with Mickey, I think?) but it was absolutely fantastic! It is our first impression of Disney since we saw it immediately as we walked in and is still one of our favorite shows that we saw.
Everyone was in awe!
After the show, we moved on and rode Stitch's Great Escape. It was cute, although Bryan started panicking when the lights went off and did not want to ride it again. Elysa was too short and had to wait outside with us. And it was so hot! I felt so sorry for her.
After everyone had a turn to ride, we left the Stitch ride and guess who we saw! (And guess who is the proud new owner of not one, but TWO, Stitch stuffed animals?! How crafty are they with their marketing!)
Stitch gave Lydia a kiss...How sweet is that?!
From there we took our first (of wayyy too many) bathroom breaks and tried to get together a game plan.
We rode Space Mountain, which Dylan loved and Bryan, well, not so much.
And the kids found some pay phones that they were entirely to sad to break away from in order to get their pictures taken with Chip & Dale who were posing for pictures nearby. Luckily, we were able to convince at least half of the kids to get their picture taken with them. :)
And then we headed over to Tomorrowland Indy Speedway which was a hit with all the kids.

So much of a hit, that when we tried to get a family picture afterwards, this was the best we could get because of all the pouting because we couldn't "do it again".
We took another bathroom break, got some ice cream, and had a brief conversation with a talking trash can,
before moving on to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
Which clearly made everyone happy!
By now, it is 15 minutes until dinner time, we were all hot & sweaty and Elysa had ice cream and orange juice all down the front of her Mickey shirt, so we headed to the hotel to clean up a bit. By the time we were all cleaned up for dinner we were nearly an hour late and I panicked again. And I cried again. (And now I laugh about it all.)
I made a call to our wonderful (ask me about our) travel agent, Angela, who did her best to help me calm down. She called Chef Mickey's and celled us back and told us to go ahead and give it a try despite our being so late.
When we got there, we showed them our reservation card (again printed up by our fabulous agent) and they showed us right to our seat. Did I mention that there were about 50 people waiting in the lobby?!
We went on to have a FABULOUS dinner.

We got to visit with all the characters as they came to each table individually to spend some one-on-one time.
The kids had fun.
The adults had fun.

Donald had fun (with Elysa & Bryan's Woody dolls).
We all had fun!

After dinner, we hopped on the monorail and headed back to the park (planning to go back to Tomorrowland because at this point, I still had no idea there was more to Magic Kingdom).

We didn't make it far, though. Right as we walked in everyone was lining up for the SpectroMagic Parade. So we grabbed us a curb and had a seat. Just in time. We may have waited for 5 minutes before it started!

And then Wishes.
And then we waited...and waited...and waited to see Tinkerbell fly across the sky!

We took a few more pictures of Cinderella's castle

and then headed back to the Shuttle (along with the other million people in the park).
We finally got back to the hotel about 1130 and got a wink of sleep before Day 3 ~ Hollywood Studios, which was when we really started to figure Disney out! After today, there would be no more spending 10 hours in one corner of the park for this brood!


Grandmommy said...

Looks like a great time even with your meltdown. I'm so glad you were able to get in Chef Mickey's. It looks like a "not to be missed" place. You should scrapbook this trip.

Crystal M. said...

Omg the melt down sounds just like me....LOL you just wanted everything to be perfect. Looks like a great day tho. Hugs. Crystal and Eva

Amanda said...

Don't feel bad about crying. I cry every Disney trip. Though mine is a lot more goofy in that I cry over how pretty the fireworks are or the parades, or all the times I have spent with family members there. Just silly stuff. I am so sorry to not have explained the Magic Kingdom better. But it looks like you all had a great time spending in just one corner of it. I'm so happy you got into Chef Mickey's!!! The characters are wonderful with how they spend time with the kids. I can't wait to see the rest of your trip!

BusyB said...

ahhh lol I know how that feels ...but its worth it! : ) What great pictures! your kiddos will never forget!

Angela said...

So glad that you all went ahead to Chef Mickey's and were able to see SpectroMagic and Wishes :) I felt just horrible for you when you called me, I wanted to jump in my car and drive down there to be your personal tour guide!

Anonymous said...

Your account of this day is wonderful and the pictures are priceless. Years from now everybody can look back and remember this great vacation.


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