Thursday, October 13, 2016

Disney 2016: Day Three

I think it goes without saying that Magic Kingdom is my family's favorite park.  We love everything about it, so it was no problem waking the kiddos up and getting them to the park at an early hour.  If you're trying to pack a lot into your trip, I would recommend arriving for the Welcome Show and rope drop.  You can fit so many things into the first two hours of the day if you plan it right. 

Once again, I don't remember every detail of the day so we'll stick with the highlights.  We headed straight to Barnstormer as soon as we got into the park. There is rarely a huge line for this attraction, so we did the "Stand-By" entrance rather than a Fast Pass. 

Ellie was super brave and rode it with us without ever questioning what she was about to do. She absolutely loved it, so I think we may have a thrill seeker on our hands.  Ha!

Dumbo is right next to Barn Stomper, so we walked off one ride and right on to the next.  The kids were actually upset that there was no line because they love playing on the playground while we wait for our turn. 

After Dumbo, we hit up a few attractions that we love including Philharmagic, It's A Small World, and The Many Adventure of Winnie The Pooh. We also used our Fast Passes on Peter Pan's Flight, and Seven Dwarf's Mine Train, which is well worth getting up at a ridiculous hour to book 60 days in advance.

At some point, we ate lunch at Pinocchio Village which is one of my FAVORITE quick service restaurants.  I love the Caprice Flat bread!

Again, I don't remember all of the details but I know we did the Hall of Presidents for the first time as the crowds started to pick up. It was a nice, dark, quiet place to relax a bit before using our next Fast Pass on the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. 

By this point, it was insanely crowded and the standby lines were getting long.  We secured some Fast Passes for the evening and headed back to the resort for a quick swim and break.  

Back at Magic Kingdom that evening, we had fun on Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and the Jungle Cruise.  We also hit up the Little Mermaid again, which remains Ellie's favorite ride. 

I can't say that I blame her.  The theming and music is phenomenal.  I feel like a kid again when I see it. 

I wish that I could remember more about the evening, but that's what happens when you wait three months to blog.  We ate dinner at some point, and then we stopped by the treat shop for the kids to enjoy some Mickey-shaped goodies.

We decided to ride Dumbo again, but first we let the kids play on the playground for a while.  There was no crowd whatsoever, so it was nice to have a chance to sit and rest while they were entertained. 

We rounded out the evening with a and flight on Dumbo and then headed back to the resort to rest up and get ready for Epcot. 

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