Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

Monday, 1 June 2015

Every travel agent, every family, every travel blogger has their own idea of how to experience Walt Disney World. The great thing about Disney is that it's so versatile there are no "right" or "wrong" ways to do it, just what works for your family. Traditionally, we've always started our first day at the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is the most popular park for most visitors - if you're only going to do one park while at Disney (seriously, only one??) this is the one you want. It's the oldest of the parks at Walt Disney World and is home to Cinderella's Castle, Main Street USA, etc and if you're travelling with small children, the Magic Kingdom is probably the best fit for your family. Miss P loved Rapunzel's Tower (we'd been watching Tangled on repeat right before our trip), and she especially loved rides that told a story such as Journey of the Little Mermaid, the Haunted Mansion, and of course Dumbo. Ok, let's be honest - she loved everything about our day there!

We arrived on a Tuesday afternoon to Orlando International Airport. As I mentioned in a previous post, we took advantage of Disney's Magical Express - which truly is magical because once you check your luggage with your airline, you never see it again until it is delivered to your room later that day. Since we already had our Magic Bands sent to us in the mail, we were ready to hit the parks!

TIP: If there's something you need immediately upon arrival, i.e. sun screen, diapers, medication, etc., pack it in your carry on because you won't see your luggage right away. 

Since our room wasn't yet ready, we stored our carry on luggage with the bellman and jumped the first bus to the Magic Kingdom! Shortly after we arrived on Main Street, USA, a parade began as it does so many times each day. It took Miss P a few minutes to catch on to the excitement - but once she did, her parade wave began and didn't end until the last of the dancers passed us by. As she sat there in her stroller waving and cheering, I had to stop myself from shedding a tear. I was so excited to share this experience with her and here she was living and loving this moment - and it was fabulous. All those years of having that same experience as a child and I was able to share that moment with my daughter and it was truly precious.

One of our first dining stops on our trip was the newly opened Be Our Guest Restaurant, which is located in Beast's Castle in the new Fantasyland. Thankfully, I was able to grab a last minute lunch reservations a couple of weeks before our visit. Be Our Guest is considered a Quick Service restaurant, but due to popularity, they accept reservations.

TIP - If you're interested in visiting Be Our Guest, make your reservations as early as possible - if dinner is booked, try for a late lunch!

We were able to squeeze in a 2pm late lunch. The food was fantastic, and was French themed to go along with the film. For dessert, I had "the Grey Stuff" - if you recall the song from the movie, Lumiere recommends the "Grey Stuff, it's sublime!" and it was - a chocolate cupcake with Grey Stuff icing. We chose to sit in Beast's Room - complete with the Enchanted Rose! After our lunch, we had to have a quick change into Miss P's Belle Costume, which she adored, and had some photo ops in front of the castle.

Since I had last been to Disney, a few things had changed. For example, the "My Disney Experience" app made it a breeze to change your reservations, fast passes, and check wait times for attractions. While I did like the convenience of the app, we also felt that our trip felt more "scheduled" than it had been in previous years. The Magic Kingdom has a few updates as well - the new Fantasyland includes Beast's Castle, as well as Rapunzel's Tower, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, the Journey of the Little Mermaid, and an updated Dumbo ride. 

TIP: to save time, be sure to take advantage of the My Disney Experience website and/or app to book your fastpasses and don't spend your whole day waiting in line. You can also use the app to check wait times!

Our first day at Magic Kingdom was a blast and we were ready to take on the rest of the Worlds from there! 

What is your favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom?

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