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Disney Magic, Part 3: Epcot & Magic Kingdom

>> Thursday, February 9, 2012

In case you've missed the first couple of Disney posts, you can read them here and here.

On Wednesday, our second full day at Disney, the weather was beautiful so we decided to go to the Magic Kingdom.  When we got to the lobby of our hotel, they warned us that the 2 mile bus ride to Magic Kingdom was taking at least an hour.  Remember how I said this was the busiest week to come to Disney, well if you weren't staying at on property you couldn't even get into the park! Seriously, we had to show our room keys to enter the park. 

Another tip I forgot to mention in my earlier post is to download a couple of the park app's on your smart phone.  They tell you which parks are the busiest and wait times for all the lines, it was helpful to plan our days.  

Since the traffic was so bad getting over to the Magic Kingdom, we decided to take a boat ride from our hotel, across the lagoon to Epcot, and take the monorail over from there.  This worked out really well for us, as we were able to jump in non-existent lines to see Nemo, Crush and the Dinosaurs at Epcot! Jackson loved Nemo and Amelia got a nice little nap in during our dinosaur adventure, which Kiki (me) loved to pieces:)

Of course, we had to grab our mickey ears ice cream for lunch and then we hopped on the monorail and headed to the Magic Kingdom.  The monorail may have been Jackson's second favorite part about the trip, after meeting Buzz & Woody.  He seriously could have ridden on the monorail all day and been happy as a clam!
We finally arrived at the Magic Kingdom (with the rest of the world) and my heart could have burst with excitement.  The lines were insanely long, but we were all really just happy being there and taking it all in.  My siblings and I had already ridden all of the rides that we cared to ride on Monday night, so it really was just all about Jackson and Amelia. 
We took a few pictures, stood in line to see Pluto, got Jackson another balloon, and before we knew it, it was time to head to the Liberty Tree Tavern for the afternoon parade and early dinner.  Both the parade and dinner were equally enjoyable and perfect for us. 
The next few hours were spent standing in line for Pirates of the Caribbean and walking around just taking it all in.  Jackson loved the castle and was amazed every time we walked passed it! And since the lines were so ridiculous long for rides, we ended up on the carousel.  Yes, we came all the way to Disney and rode on a carnival ride, but Jackson knew no different:)
And no trip to Disney is complete without an ice cream cone from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on main street, even in the freezing cold.  For as long as I can remember, we have always gotten our ice cream just in time to watch the Electric parade and firework show at the end of the day.  This trip was no different, except for the fact that just before we stood in line to meet Minnie & Mickey at the Town Square Theater! Oh the magic!
Next up, our last day at Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom take 2!


Heather February 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM  

I love all the Disney pictures! You all look so happy! Your hair is so long and you are so skinny ( I am jealous!)

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