next stop was the magic kingdom! luckily, Disney world has a great bus system that takes you from park to park really easily and you only have to wait for a bus for ten minutes tops. another nice thing i loved about disney world is their digital tickets! this card holds your park hopper tickets, all of your fast passes, and your photos! you just scan this card at every photo kiosk after rides or with photographers. it’s super nice to have everything on one card. they also have magic bands which are bracelets instead of cards. they have all of these things on them, plus your dining plan. you can even charge your purchases to your room with it if you’re staying in the park! it’s magic!
^^^i have a thing for covering my fave up in pictures, apparently ;) i really just wanted to remember how gigantic this krispie treat was!!
^^^if you go under/inside the castle, the walls are covered in these beautiful cinderella themed mosaics! i took like, ten pictures of it but thought i would spare you :)
^^^got to hang out with madi, peper, and the granparents for a little bit! is peper not the classiest 7 year old you have ever seen?!
^^^this is the beast’s castle, where you can eat at the “be our guest” restaurant!
the magic kingdom was a little trippy for me since I’m so used to Disneyland! everything seemed pretty much identical but then we got over to tomorrowland and everything was not in it’s place! and it’s a small world didn’t have it’s iconic facade and the teacups were under a pavilion. it was so strange and I’m not sure if I liked it! the hardest part for me was that I didn’t know about any of the good restaurants or quick food stops. I wanted to find something really delicious and memorable but we never found anything super great :( there isn’t a new Orleans square at Disney world which is always my go-to place at Disneyland for food so I was a little lost! we ended up grabbing snacks at gaston’s tavern. we ate a healthy meal of one pork shank, a chocolate croissant, a gigantic cinnamon roll, and LeFou’s Brew. Yum! ;)
speaking of food, my next tip I have for you is to make lunch or dinner reservations IN ADVANCE. like, 1-2 months in advance. I really wanted to eat at Be Our Guest but doing it one month in advance wasn’t even early enough! If you missed the reservation period, you can also go to the restaurant the day of and see if they have any cancellations, which is what we did in Hollywood Studios. The restaurants at Disney World are amazing and always themed so well. It is so worth making reservations ahead of time so you can make it part of your Disney World experience! Some restaurants you won’t need reservations for, like Columbia Harbour House which sounded really good but we ran out of time for it!
^^^we had these silhouettes done at disneyland when we were little kids and i have always loved them! so i convinced riley to get some of our own! :) the guy who did them was a whiz! it took him maybe two minutes to cut out each face! crazy!
For whatever reason, I only brought my 50 mm lens on the first day so I wasn’t able to get any great shots, and now we have like zero pictures of us! What was I thinking?! :( so that is why all of my pictures are very detailed and abstract haha
I wasn’t too concerned about getting every ride in here at the magic kingdom because so many of them are the same as disneyland. however, i was so disappointed by big thunder and space mountain at disney world! they are the best rides at disneyland and they just were not good in comparison in the magic kingdom :( but, there’s my disneyland snob moment for you :) however, i loved the haunted mansion here! it was a little different and actually a little spookier! the swiss family robinson tree house was so much fun and riley kept saying that he wanted to live there haha! the only ride i regret not going on is the new seven dwarfs mine train. but it’s brand new and the wait is way too long and it was impossible to get fast passes! i feel like there was plenty more to explore in the magic kingdom that we didn’t get to, but next time hopefully we’ll have more time :)
My dreams came true when we saw the main street electrical parade! I’m not sure if we saw this parade in real life when we came as kids, but growing up, we had the parade on vhs and we would turn all the lights off and watch it all the time. So needless to say, I was like a little kid when I finally got to see it right before my eyes! it was amazing that everything was the same as it was years ago! the firework show followed the parade which made for one magical night!
that was one exhausting day! i probably wouldn’t do the animal kingdom and magic kingdom in the same day again because i think they are the two biggest parks and there’s more to see in each of them! lesson learned for next time :)