Today we visited Magic Kingdom!! They don't call it Magic Kingdom for nothing...this place is truly magical! From the second you walk into the park and see that humongous castle, you know you are in the true magic of Disney World! We stopped on Main Street and took a few pictures with the castle in the background, of course. I had been reading lots of reviews on places to eat and things to do at Disney World, and everyone raved about the cinnamon rolls at Main Street Bakery. So, that was our first stop. I just had to try one of these things, and I'm so glad I did! The thing was big enough to feed all 4 of us! It was absolutely delicious, gooey, warm, and sweet....mmmmm!
We then headed to Tomorrowland to get FastPasses for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Got our FPs, and who did we see?! Well, Buzz Lightyear himself, of course! My boys were sooo excited to see him and get him to sign their autograph books. He is a definite favorite character here, and they were thrilled to get to "meet" him. He was so funny and so lived up to his character. When he'd stamp their autograph books, he'd do a little booty shake that was hilarious! One of our most favorite characters we got to meet at Disney World, for sure.
Next up was Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor. This was a favorite as well! Van, Evan, and Aaron all got to be "on camera" for the show. The camera would randomly pick out people in the crowd and put them up on the huge TV screen. When they showed Evan on the big screen, the caption at the bottom read "Thinks Catsup is Really Made from Cats." He got a good giggle out of that and thought it was so cool that his face was up there for everyone to see. After the show started, the camera caught Van and Aaron. Aaron was sitting in Van's lap, and the monster who was announcing the show said he was "looking for another 2-headed monster like himself," and that is when the camera turned to Van and Aaron. Soooo funny! He asked them their names, and it was adorable hearing Aaron say his name into the microphone for everyone to hear. He asked where they were from and told some jokes, etc. Such a cute, cute show! We all loved it.
Van and I took all 4 kids up on the Astro Orbiter next. Trisha and Sam didn't want to ride it since it spun around so fast, but we were brave and took the kids up. Totally worth it! Seeing their faces and hearing their squeals and giggles as they zoomed through the air above the Magic Kingdom was all worth it....even though I did start feeling dizzy towards the end of the ride. Austin rode with me, Aaron rode with Van, and Evan and Brooklyn rode together.
By this time, our FastPasses were ready to be used at the Buzz Lightyear ride, so that's where we headed. Fun ride! Everything was under a blacklight, and our job was to shoot laser beams at all the "Evil Emperor Zurg" targets.
So off to Toon Town we went! I loved this area, and so did the kids. Our first stop was Goofy's Barnstormer Roller Coaster. Now, Aaron just turned 3 years old, and I wasn't sure how he'd handle his first "REAL" roller coaster. He insisted that he wanted to ride it, and the other kids were practically running to it, so Trisha and I took them to get in line for the ride while Van and Sam went to get FastPasses for another attraction. I sat with Aaron, Brook and Evan sat together, and then Trisha and Austin sat behind them. Aaron and I were in the very first cart of the ride, so we had an awesome view! First, we started climbing a big roller coaster hill....you know, the kind where you hear the ride chugging up the track, and you know that you are about to fly down a big hill. Well, I got pretty concerned at this point because I thought the ride was a little dinky kid ride, and that's why I agreed to take Aaron on it. Well, let me first say that this was NOT a little dinky roller coaster! In fact, there were lots of big hills and fast turns that pulled some pretty good G's! Okay, so as we were flying down that first hill, I asked Aaron if he was okay...he was nothing but a big-o smile...I don't think I've ever seen that child smile so big! I kept asking if he was okay throughout the whole ride, but he was just squealing and smiling the whole time. Evan had never really been on a roller coaster like this either, so I was concerned how he was feeling too.
We got off the ride, and all 4 kids were screaming and jumping up and down with excitement, saying that was the funnest thing EVER and how they wanted to do it again! Aaron kept saying, "Mommy, that was AWETOME! It was soooo pun!" (fun) I was shocked! My newly turned 3-year-old...a roller coaster fanatic! Woohoo! I found me a new roller coaster buddy. :) The boys really surprised me on this. Evan has never been brave enough to try a roller coaster, but I guess with Brooklyn by his side, he was ready! And Aaron is so little, so I was afraid it would scare him. But, they proved me way wrong! This turned out to be the most favorite ride of our whole trip, and the kids are still talking about it today! :) In fact, we went back that night and rode it 2 more times in a row. Three times on that roller coaster..and every time was even more fun!! :)
Okay, so then we took the kids to Donald's boat area. Cute little water area. There were little holes in the boat that squirted water. When you tried to cover up one of the holes, water would squirt from somewhere else on the boat. Austin was determined to plug up all those holes! LOL The water was nice to play in and cool off while we waited for the guys to get back from getting FastPasses.
Next, we went to Minnie Mouse's house. Oh, how I would've loved to live here when I was a kid! The outside was pink and girly, and the inside rooms were just adorable! Did you know Minnie has a craft room where she does paintings and sews? I didn't either! A mouse of all trades, that Minnie Mouse!
The Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! parade was next. It was blazing hot, but it was worth it to watch this parade. The floats were sooo neat, the music was fun and upbeat, and we saw lots of characters! Frozone from the Incredibles danced in the street right in front of us, and the kids got to dance with him. It was just a big street/dance party, and boy was it fun! Aaron would just stand there and wave his little hand at everyone who went by...so cute! I've got a lot of this on video, but I don't know how to post that to my blog yet.
Next up was The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This was a cute little ride through a storybook of Pooh and all his friends, but the ride was really short and kinda aimed towards smaller kids.
Trisha and her family left the park to go swim at the hotel while Van, the boys, and I stayed there to watch the 3:00 parade. We went back to Main Street Bakery to get a drink and found out that they had a big window in the front that faced the street the parade was gonna be on, so we parked the stroller in that window and sat under a nice, cold air conditioner while we waited for the parade. Once the parade started, we took the boys out near the street to watch it. Beautiful parade! Once again, I was just blown away by the theming and design. We saw all of the classic Disney characters: Pinnochio, Jiminey Cricket, Snow White, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, etc. I totally want to wear Belle's (Beauty & The Beast) dress...it was GORGEOUS! I took about a gazillion pics of Cinderella and Prince Charming because this is the first time I had seen here at Disney World, and really....every girl wants to see Cinderella! ;)
Excellent parade, but after this, it was well past Aaron's naptime, so we put him in the stroller and headed over to the Monorail. He quickly fell asleep, and we rode the Monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot and back and forth for a little over an hour while he rested. It was fun just riding around and seeing all the sites without having to be out in the heat. We all got to sit there and relax while we were taken all around the parks.
Once we got bored with that, we headed back to MK. Aaron was still asleep in the stroller. Bless his heart...he was exhausted! I had read more rave reviews on a "Dole Whip" from Aloha Aisle, so I had to use my snack credit to try one of these! Oh, heaven! It's a pineapple juice float with soft serve vanilla ice cream in it, and it was the perfect snack to beat the heat! Evan helped me devour it, and then we headed for a potty break. When I came out of the bathroom, Van was standing with the stroller and both boys under an awning because it was raining! I had heard that it pretty much rains in FL every day during June, so we knew to expect this. It was over in about 10 minutes, though, so that was nice. Trisha and her family met back up with us when they returned, and we had supper at Liberty Tree Tavern.
Oh my goodness! More WONDERFUL food! Good, homecooking type food. Kinda like a Thanksgiving dinner. Here's what was on the menu: Declaration Salad: tossed mixed greens, served with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Patriot's Platter: roasted turkey breast, carved beef, and smoked pork loin, with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb bread stuffing, and Stouffer's macaroni & cheese. Dessert: Hot apple cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream! YUUUUUMMMMMMY! Totally delicious!
We left, more like waddled out, and went to the It's a Small World ride. Aaron was in heaven because of all the puppets everywhere. I had that song stuck in my head for the next 3 days. Next, we went to get a spot for the fireworks show. I gave the kids some glowsticks to play with again, which was quite entertaining while we waited. The fireworks started, and we got a spot right underneath the wire that Tinkerbell flies down. AHHHHMAZING! Disney World is known for this amazing display of fireworks, and now I know why. It was the best fireworks show I've ever seen. We didn't get a good shot of Tinkerbell flying down the wire, but we saw her....and it was amazing! What a fun job that would be!
After fireworks, everyone started leaving the parks, but we had a couple of Extra Magic Hours to spend since we were staying at a Disney resort, so we headed to ride the Go Karts. I rode with Evan and let him drive...and he made me laugh so hard, I almost pee'd my pants! LOL He kept crashing into things, and it almost knocked him out of the car! LOLOLOL We then rode the Goofy roller coaster 2 times.
You can't go to Magic Kingdom and not ride the famous Dumbo ride, so once again....I took all 4 kids up with me and we flew on Dumbo's back. The perfect ending to a fun-filled, magical day!
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Hope you are enjoying these! :)