March 9, 2016

1 Day In Disney World

This post was actually a request, and has been in my long list of posts for a while, but I’m happy to finally be getting to it! So what do you do if you only have one day in Disney World? Which park? Well, I can’t tell you exactly what to do, but I can tell you what my ideal day looks like, and tips for making the most out of a single day in WDW.

I'm incredibly happy when I'm standing here!

I’m incredibly happy when I’m standing here!

First of all, go to Magic Kingdom. It’s the epitome of Walt Disney World, and it really isn’t a trip to Walt Disney World without seeing that beautiful castle. My first suggestion? Get there early! And by early, I mean before park opening! If you are only able to go for one day, chances are you are not going to be staying at a Disney Resort hotel. If you aren’t staying at a Disney Resort you can still book Fastpass+ in advance, 30 days before you visit to be exact. If this trip is a last minute thing and you didn’t book in advance, don’t worry! You can still take advantage of Fastpass+ by using the in park kiosks, which is important. Also, I suggest doing some research before you go. Get to know the attractions and shows, the things that you know you would want to do. This will help you prioritize when you get to the park, because there is no way you can do everything in one day.

This is about as good of a picture of the castle I got on my last trip!

This is about as good of a picture of the castle I got on my last trip!

This is where it gets hard. If you’ve never been to WDW before, you are probably not going to want to run around and ride everything, you are going to want to enjoy yourself! Because you are at Magic Kingdom at park opening, wait times are going to be very low. I would suggest riding all of the attraction that appeal to you “thrill wise” (that could be Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Seven Dwarf Mine Train if it looks like something you might enjoy. If you have booked your Fatpass+, you just have to show up to that ride during the times you booked, and head to the Fastpass+ line. If you did not book your trip in advance and therefore do not have any Fastpass+,  find a Fastpass+ kiosk. Select 3 Fastpasses for the day, any attractions that appeal to you. Keep in mind the early afternoon is when parks are busiest, so you may want to have a Fastpass for this time, so you won’t be waiting in line forever. It’s hard to say exactly what to do in which order, but taking advantage of Fastpass+ is a must do.

If you are looking for an exact plan of what to follow, I suggest checking out the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (click the picture below to check it out). They have plans that will tell you exactly which ride to do in which order to avoid high wait times. Being prepared is the most important piece of advice I can give you. It will help to avoid disappointment, and you can try to prioritize when you get into the park. Because it is very hard to write a plan that will appeal to everyone, I thought I would write what an ideal day in Magic Kingdom would include for me.

My ideal day at Magic Kingdom includes:
  • Seeing the Welcome Show (which means being there before park opening)
  • Seven Dwarf Mine Train
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Carousel of Progress
  • “It’s A Small World” (only if it has a short wait)
  • Wishes!

Pluto

My ideal day would include Extra Magic Hours at the end of the day, so I can hit some other attractions I enjoy but don’t want to wait in a really long line for (I’m looking at your Peter Pan’s Flight!). It would also include enjoying a Citrus Swirl, and eating at Be Our Guest Restaurant (if I could have anything I wanted), and would probably include lunch at Columbia Harbour House.

A day in the Magic Kingdom has to end with Wishes! You’ll appreciate staying until the end, I promise! Also, even if the park closes when Wishes starts, you can stay in the park. This is when I like to take pictures and just take in the ambience. It also makes waiting in line for transportation smaller! If you stay for 30 minutes after the park closes, keep an eye out for The Kiss Goodnight. It’s awesome.

Wishes

Sidenote: If you have rented a car and driving, to visit the Magic Kingdom you have to park at the Ticket and Transportation Centre (TTC), and take either the Monorail or Boat to the entrance.

Well, as you can see, there is a lot to do at Magic Kingdom, so it’s hard to give you a formula equal a great day. If you are looking for ideas of attractions you might like, check out the Not to Miss series I posted over the last few months. I hope this post helps you if you are spending a single day in Disney, or even just a single day in Magic Kingdom!

An evening in Magic Kingdom

What does your ideal day in Magic Kingdom look like? Let me know in the comments!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
October 7, 2015

Festival of Fantasy Parade

This is the newest parade at Walt Disney World, and I love it! It was really fun for me following along with Disney Parks Blog, to see the parade from when it was first announced in April 2013, and finally seeing it in person this past February. You can check the announcement post out here. I’ve never experienced something from concept sketches to seeing it in real life , so it was something very special for me. I ended up watching the parade sort of by fluke, saying “I don’t really need to see it” for almost two days in Magic Kingdom. Ethan and I were in Tomorrowland and started to see crowds lining up by the curbs of the hub and Main Street U.S.A.  It was one of those conflicting moments; do we go on rides while the crowds are lower? Or do we watch the newest parade in Walt Disney World. PARADE!! I’m so glad I saw it, and I took A LOT of pictures. I took so many pictures that I could basically replay the parade in pictures, but I don’t want to ruin it so I will only put some pictures in. Enjoy!

Beauty and the Beast

Anna and Elsa

Tangled Dress

It is such a bright, colourful parade, and I loved the music. It showcases a lot of the newer movies but doesn’t forget the classics, The costumes are so detailed I just couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Under the Sea

I think my favourite part was Maleficent in dragon form. It was amazing to see up close!

Maleficent

Breathing Fire

The parade is available as a Fastpass+ (reserved seating in a great spot) so if you are a parade lover I would suggest using a Fastpass+ for it. If not, you can stake out a spot 1 hour to 45 minutes before the parade. Ethan and I walked up about 10 minutes before it started, and were standing behind people who were sitting on the curb of Main Street.

Balloon Dress

Smiling and Dancing

Mickey and Minnie

I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them, and I hope you will want to see the Festival of Fantasy Parade next time you are in Walt Disney World!

Have you see Festival of Fantasy? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey
July 22, 2015

What I Love About Magic Kingdom

There are things that I love about every park in Walt Disney World. Stay tuned for what I love about each of the other parks!

Everyone knows the Magic Kingdom because of Cinderella Castle and the classic rides, but there is certainly more to love. In February we celebrated Ethan’s Birthday while on our trip. and for his present we did the “Keys to the Kingdom Tour” at the Magic Kingdom. I’ll try not to give anything away but I was really happy we did it, and it gave me a new appreciation for the details in Magic Kingdom. Especially because we got to go backstage and see the Ultilidors (tunnels underneath the Magic Kingdom which allow Cast Member to get around the park without being seen.)

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So here are a few things I love about Magic Kingdom!

Cinderella Castle

I mean come on! It still takes my breath away. Something about being able to spot it almost anywhere within the park and just go “wow”. It’s so beautiful. If you noticed that it isn’t actually called Cinderella’s Castle, it’s because the castle was only inspired by Cinderella, it’s not actually hers! A lot of people confuse it as being hers, but now you know why! You can actually walk through Cinderella Castle where there are beautiful mosaics that tell the story of Cinderella. You can also eat in the castle at the restaurant Cinderella’s Royal Table. I’ve eaten there once in 2007 so I don’t remember a lot but hope to eat there again soon! Unfortunately there was a crane beside the castle in February making it  hard to get pictures during the day, so enjoy the picture below of Cinderella Fountain!

This fountain is located behind the castle. When you curtsy to her, the crown appears on the head!

This fountain is located behind the castle. When you curtsy to her, the crown appears on the head!

The Details

There are different kinds of details in all of the parks, and it is definitely something I love in each of the parks, but for different reasons. Like I mentioned above Ethan and I did the Keys to the Kingdom Tour and we were showed a lot of details in Adventureland, Liberty Square and Frontierland. In a five-hour tour we only covered that much, that’s how many details there are!

You wouldn’t think that there would be a lot of historical details in the parks, but there are in Magic Kingdom! Walt Disney loved America so he wanted to represent the country’s history in the parks. In Liberty Square you can notice the pavement looks a little brown, it’s to represent sewage that would have been in the streets during that time! So many things you just pass not really knowing why they are there, and they are details Imagineers spent so much time bringing to life.

The Lands

I love that there are so many different areas in the Magic Kingdom, and they seamlessly transition into one another from The Hub. I love that the music transitions, the costumes are all different, and it really feels like you are some place new. next time you are in the Magic Kingdom, notice that the pavement is different in each of the lands, and it really suits the land you are in!

The second newest land in Magic Kingdom is home to Dumbo!

The second newest land in Magic Kingdom is home to Dumbo!

Taking it Slow

This can definitely apply to every park but I find there are a lot of ways you can take it slow in the Magic Kingdom. During my trip in February we visited the Magic Kingdom three times, and since we had already finished the attractions we wanted to do we could really look around. We took multiple rides on The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, took a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad, and stepped onto the Liberty Belle for a ride around Frontierland and Liberty Square. It was really nice to take a minute and just look around and take it all in. I also got to see a lot of the attractions from a different perspective.

Liberty Belle

Wishes!

I had to include Wishes! It’s not a day at the Magic Kingdom without watching Wishes! I’ve seen the show from several spots, and it still makes me tear up no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A great day at the Magic Kingdom always ends with Wishes! The music, the story, the synchronization between music and fireworks, it all just makes for a great show. I love Wishes! I think I love it even more because it focuses on some movies that aren’t really seen in the parks, and one of my favourites, Hercules. That “scene” makes me really happy.

Wishes!

There are so many things that I love about Magic Kingdom, especially because some of my favourite rides are there, but this post would be way too long if I included all of them! Magic Kingdom is a park I can go to over and over, and never get sick of! It always makes me happy to be there!

What do you love about Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey