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Day 15: Magical!

Wow, 6:00am and the first alarm went of! Daniëlle and I are awake. 6:30am the next alarm went of, Julia is awake. Alex followed a bit later and as always Emily woke up just before 7:00am.

At exactly 7:30am everyone is where they are supposed to be, in the car! Now it was my job to get us to the Ticket & Transportation Center as quirky as possible. We got to park in Row 208, closer to the entrance as where the tram would bring you nowadays.

We took the boat to the Magic Kingdom from there as we believed it was the quickest option. At 8:15 am we passed the gates and just a couple minutes later we scored our first picture of the day inside the park.

Main Street was still relatively empty and we first went to the Main Street Bakery (a Starbucks). Here we spilt up, Emily and I went to stand in line to meet Mickey Mouse himself, 30 minutes prior to park opening we were 3rd in line. Soon the rest joined us.

After getting our hugs and pictures we left for the first ride of the day, Jungle Cruise. Amazing Skipper, extremely energetic and I believed he pulled out every single joke he could remember. When we excited the ride we directly went in the Magic Carpets of Aladdin as there was no line.

Next up was Big Thunder Mountain, Emily was a bit scared as she didn’t like the long dark tunnel in the Paris-version. But I promised that this one was different, as soon we had the first corner behind us she loved it. As did everyone else.

On to our appointment with Cinderella and Elena (our first FastPass+ of the day), being inside a Kingdom you need to at least try to meet a princess or 2! Fabulous meetings, after the autographs in the books from Julia and Emily and pictures we waived goodbye.

Now Emily wanted to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer, luckily we had a FastPass+ for this one. It’s an epic coaster with a ride length of just 60 seconds and a top speed from 40km/h.

While in line we placed a mobile order for lunch at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe as this was on the way towards our 3rd FastPass+ of the day.

The next FastPass+ was Pirates of the Caribbean, we waited maybe 10 minutes while the regular wait was 70 minutes when we entered. I immediately booked our 4th Fastpass+ for It’s a Small World at 1:15pm.

Before our next FastPass+ was due we stopped at the Hall of Presidents, a sit down attraction. The oldest person in the party actually took the opportunity to rest his eyes a while.

Fully rested we went on to the little cruise around the world, we rocked the boat and many pictures were taken by Julia and Danielle before we set foot on land again.

While Danielle was waiting for the parade and saving a spot for 5 with just herself and a stroller (this is the first day we used it during this vacation) the rest went to the Enchanted Tiki Room. A must do for first-timers, and since Emily barely remembers her first visit here it seems to be a new experience for her too.

Alex & Emily joined Daniëlle soon after but Julia and I were brave enough to stand in line for a must have, the Dole Whip Pineapple Float from Aloha Isle. A delicious treat everyone should try.

3:00pm sharp Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade started. The parade was beautiful as always. Julia suddenly screamed when one of the lost boys suddenly came by to ask what the communication device with an apple on it was. Spoiler: An iPhone. Emily waved at every single character she recognized, that’s just about everyone.

After the Parade we went on to Tomorrowland, the only land we had not yet visit. First ride here was the Astro Orbiter, 60 minutes wait according to the App bit 15 minutes in reality. After we left the ride we went on another classic, the Tomorrow Transit Authority People Mover.

Off course we could not forget to visit the Carousel of Progress to put the song in the head of the first timers.

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, and tomorrow is just a dream away.
Man has a dream, and that’s the start.
He follows his dream with mind and heart.
And when it becomes a reality, its a dream come true for you and me.
So there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, just a dream away.

Emily wanted to drive the cars, the Tomorrowland Speedway to be exact. What a fun ride that is, she bumped her head once in the steering wheel as we bumped into Julia and Daniëlle which made a sudden stop.

At 5:45pm we watched the Move It! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street party.

By now the crowds where getting lower and the line for the Haunted Mansion got shorter. With just 30 minutes wait we decide to go for it. Very nice ride, our expressions on the ride photos don’t do it justice.

Finally time for our 5th and last FastPass+. For Julia this was a true trip back to her youth as “The Little Mermaid” is her favourite Disney movie. As last ride of the day we went for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Since it was already 7:20pm when we exited the ride we needed to go find a good spot for the firework show “Happily Ever After”. We found a great place to watch it from right in front of the castle.

The firework show was the clear favourite of today, an absolutely stunning combination of projections, fireworks and music. Somewhere half way during the show Emily fell a sleep in her stroller.

Most people started to leave, we decided to wait a bit to have the crowds clear a bit more before we went towards the Monorail. Suddenly it was announced that there would be another projection show on the castle.

After seeing it, we all agreed the real show was still way better.

Now we decided to leave the park, on the way out Emily woke up. We took the Resort Monorail back to the T&TC from where we drove back to the Airbnb where we arrived around 10:00pm.

Emily went straight to bed, we had a couple drinks and some snacks before we called it a day too.

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Day 12: Magic Kingdom and rain!

Today the weather was going to be better (to be honest it could not get any worse then the last 2 days). We woke up early because we were going to visit the Magic Kingdom.

After a quick breakfast in our apartment we stepped in the car and drove towards the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and parked our car at the Simba parking lot (row 114). We took the tram to the security/bag check and boarded the golden Monorail towards the Magic Kingdom.

A Photopass photographer took our photo in front of the Main Street train station and left today to enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.

First we visited our little fairy friend in Pixie Hollow. Tinkerbell was very chatty and put a lot of pixie dust in Emily’s autograph book. Unfortunately no Photopass Photographer here, just the infamous photo-box.

We followed our way through Main Street USA into Fantasyland. We visited Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and Elena at the Princess Fairytale Hall. Emily loves meeting all her favorite princesses but sometimes she was a little star struck.

Next it was time for some action. We walked on Under the Sea – Journey of the little Mermaid followed by Barnstormer Starting the Great Goofini. Emily and I had front row seats. She screamed with excitement and before we knew it the ride was over. Quickly we stepped in line for Dumbo the Flying Elephant followed by Mad Tea Party tea cups.

Now it was time for our 2nd Fastpass of the day, meeting Ariel in her Grotto.

To stay in the character meeting mood We waiting in line the meet with the Fairy Godmother but right before it was our turn she had to take a break and instead we met with Cinderella’s stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia.

We saw that the wait for Mickey’s Philarmagic was only 10 minutes so we went for it. Emily really enjoyed the 3D effects.

Our last Fastpass was for Enchanted Tales with Belle. After we visited Maurice’s workshop Emily and some other kids practiced a little surprise play for Belle. Emily got to play Mrs. Potts. After the little rehearsal the got the meet Belle and perform their play. She was so proud. She even got a little gift at the end and off course lots of pictures.

We wanted to do some more ride because the wait times were not that bad but after we had lunch at Cosmic Rays Starlight Café at started to rain and it wasn’t going to stop for the next couple of hours so we made our was back to the exit of the park to the Monorail. But the express monorail broke down, but luckily we could still take the resort monorail to the TTC. A little soaked we arrived back at the car.

Before we went home we visited a close by Walmart. At the apartment we cleaned up a bit and did some laundry.

We ended the day at Yeoman’s Cask & Lion Bar with some shareables and drinks.

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