The Solars take on Disney World – Day 3
Since we didn’t have early reservations on Monday morning (yay!), we slept in a little bit. Once we got up and around, we headed to the Riverside Mill Food Court for some breakfast. I brought along oatmeal and made it for the kids using the hot water at the drink station. I’m SO glad I didn’t waste any of our dining plan meals on the kids this morning, since they ate about 7 bites of oatmeal combined.
After breakfast, we headed to Magic Kingdom. It was pretty packed at the front gate, but the crowds dispersed quickly. We made a beeline for Tomorrowland and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I’ve heard this is one of the best rides in all of Disney World. So we grabbed FastPasses and jumped in line since it was only a 10 minute wait. Let me tell you, this ride did not disappoint! Max and Ava loved it! Lia freaked out right before we got on and she was pretty scared for about half the ride. After that, she settled down and decided that it wasn’t so bad.
Next we hit up Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor. Lia started screaming before we ever got inside the theater. I had to take her out before the show started. Luckily, the exit is right behind some curtains and I talked her into hanging out right there. Every now and then, she would peek inside. About halfway through the show, she finally got up enough courage to go back in and watch the rest. This show was hilarious! Max and Ava were cracking up the whole time.
After Monster’s Inc, Josh took Max and Ava on Buzz Lightyear again while Lia and I got in line for the Astro Orbiter. This was a fun ride, but a long wait. And to be honest, it’s pretty much the same ride as the Triceratops Spin at Animal Kingdom, and Dumbo and The Magic Carpets of Alladin at Magic Kingdom. The only difference is the view. Since the Astro Orbiter is super high up (as in, you have to take an elevator to get up there), it’s got a great view of Tomorrowland.
After the Astro Orbiter, we headed to Fantasyland, where we picked up FastPasses for Peter Pan’s Flight. Then we headed to Mickey’s Philharmagic. Max and Ava loved this show and once again, Lia freaked out a bit. She’s just so sensitive, she doesn’t like loud noises and bright lights. She did okay and we managed to make it through the whole show. After that, we hit up the Prince Charming Regal Carousel and Mad Tea Party (who wouldn’t want to spin around in circles getting super dizzy?!).
And then, we headed to It’s A Small World. I’m still humming the tune, by the way. By this time, I was super tired. I sat with Lia and while she watched in amazement, I totally nodded off. By this point, everyone was getting hungry, so we found a shady spot and I made PBJ’s for the kids.
After a quick lunch, we headed back to Peter Pan’s Flight. My kids have been obsessed with Peter Pan for several years (remember their halloween costumes in 2009?), so they loved this ride! Next, we walked through Cinderella’s Castle. The girls were excited, and believe it or not, Max was pretty thrilled too. He may not want to admit it, but he totally wants to be a knight in shining armor someday!
We had an early dinner reservation at the Crystal Palace, so we headed there next. The kids were happy to meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. I was happy for the buffet. I’ve heard that a lot of the character meals have horrible food, so I was happy to find a few things on the buffet that were great! The meatballs were amazing, the shrimp was good, and the rolls were great (and hot!). Unfortunately, my picky eater (aka Max), pretty much refused to eat anything. He had an excuse for why he didn’t like every thing that he tried. I don’t know what I’m going to do with him!
We considered heading back to the hotel after dinner, but decided to hit up The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh since we had FastPasses already. The kids really enjoyed that ride too, but I can’t believe people normally wait in line for almost an hour to ride it! Our next stop was back to Cinderella’s castle for the Dream Along with Mickey show with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, the princesses, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, and Maleficent. The kids loved it!
Next, we headed to Adventureland and grabbed FastPasses to the Jungle Cruise, which we didn’t end up using. We rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, then ventured through the Swiss Family Treehouse. At this point, we still had time to kill before the SpectroMagic parade (and the kids really wanted to buy Buzz Lightyear guns). So we headed back to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Lia decided she wasn’t scared any more, so we all headed on and rode it one last time. Since the ride dumps out right into the gift shop (nice touch by the way, Disney, thank you for that), we picked up the guns.
Our next stop was Main Street for SpectroMagic. Since we didn’t stake out our seats an hour ahead of time, we had to put the kids on our shoulders so they could see. Either way, they thoroughly enjoyed it. We hung out right afterward and got good seats for the fireworks display called the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Before that started, they had some projection show on the castle that was really cool. I missed the fireworks display because Lia peed her pants right before it started and I had to find a bathroom and get her taken care of. But Max and Ava were thrilled by the fireworks. (P.S. Good thing Lia and I missed the fireworks, because she was super scared!)
Immediately after the fireworks display, like 3/4 of the people at the park, we decided it was time to go. We fought our way to the front gate (Lia fell asleep within minutes of getting back in the stroller) and hopped on the bus back to our hotel. The kids passed out pretty quickly since they were exhausted.
Things I learned:
1. Bathrooms are not super easy to find at Magic Kingdom, especially when you’re in a hurry.
2. It’s like the kids have a conspiracy against us about going to the bathroom. We literally made 11 trips to the bathroom during our dinner (which was less than 1 1/2 hours).
3. FastPasses are awesome.
4. The kids protested about going to the shows, but I think they enjoyed them even more than the rides.
5. If you get apple pie as a dessert WITH a meal, you can get it a la mode. BUT, if you get is as a SNACK, then you can not get it a la mode (unless you want to use two snacks). That would have been helpful to know ahead of time.
6. If you do the dining plan, they do not distinguish between adult meals and kids meals for quick service meals. That means the kids can get an adult meal and share.