Magic Kingdom….a magical place
This past 4th of July weekend my family and I decided to pay a visit to Mickey and Minnie Mouse over at Magic Kingdom. Granted my teen boys were not in agreement to this impromptu mini vacation; however, you know that we(mom’s) know how to make our kids feel guilty. Don’t get me wrong, I think they understand that now and then, I need a break from their extreme roller coasters and would like to go to a park where I can just sit and ride. So my husband and I put aside a mini vacation fund and we went.
After a four-hour drive we arrived in the magical city of Orlando, Florida at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Lake Buena Vista. Being a member of rewards programs at your favorite hotels and travel clubs such as AAA or if you are in my age group, you probably got your AARP card(my husband doesn’t like to whip it out, but if it is going to give us a discount, I am whipping it out Baby) help somewhat. But if you want to stay near the parks, you might have to pay higher rates.
First off, the Magic Kingdom is more expensive than the other Disney parks, the current price is $129.00 per person plus tax, that does not include the fast pass, which I highly recommend as the lines to some of the popular rides are ridiculously long, the day of our visit the line to Splash Mountain was of 190 minutes which we did not make. Specially during the summer months where the temperature reached over 100 degrees there was no way that my family would have agreed to make the line.
I also noticed and I really don’t remember if this is the way it was eight years ago, we did not find that many water fountains throughout the park and therefore, leaving no option but to buy drinks at the park and no refill options either. Some parks allow you to refill your drink for free only if you buy their souvenir cups but Magic Kingdom did not offer this option. Each soda or water bottle cost $3.99, do you know that I can buy a 24 pack of water bottles at my nearest Grocery store for $3.99? Don’t get me wrong, I am not frugal by any means, I am a spender but my husband and I were just wondering how bigger families manage to take vacations.
You have to admit that it’s a magical place!
We even got to witness a marriage proposal right in front of Walt Disney, it was very romantic. I took a picture but I am not sure what the rules are on posting pictures that I don’t know. That is a romantic fiance, don’t you think. Apparently he had advised the Disney photographers ahead of time of what he was about to do as the photographers were right there in the center when he got down on one knee, took out the ring box and asked his love to marry him, of course, the young lady was overwhelmed with emotions and was crying. ROMANTIC! Well, I think that a Disney wedding might top this moment.
Since we arrived at the park when they opened the park, we wanted to have breakfast and it was hard to find a restaurant in the park that served breakfast, one of the places we found only served waffles and coffee. So, I chose a waffle with nutella and fruit, I have to say that it was delicious. One thing for sure, you are not going hungry at the park, every where you go, you find restaurants or kiosks with all kind of treats.
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom, these are my suggestions:
- Purchase your tickets online and if you are a Florida Resident, take advantage of their specials
- If you only need a hotel for a couple of days, I suggest you stay outside the Walt Disney Resorts, but always check the rates at their value hotels as they might have them at a discount price. If you will be staying for a week or more than a hotel stay in their property is the way to go as they offer packages that include, hotel, theme park tickets and they all have transportation to the park of your choice.
- Make sure that you buy the FAST PASS to avoid the long wait lines, specially if your trip is during the summer months.
- Purchase Disney Meal plans, I think you get your money’s worth
- Wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking
- Wear sunscreen and a hat as the sun is brutal during the summer and you will not notice the burn until you get back to your hotel room
- If you can, arrive at the park when it opens, during the summer the park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 a.m.
We had a wonderful time(well, I did), remember my kids only went to this park to make me happy. I loved the fact that I did a lot of walking and got my exercise while having fun. I get lost at this park.
Some of the attractions that we enjoyed were:
- Space Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain railroad
- It’s a Small World – my must ride attraction
- Jungle Cruise – favorite ride
- Pirate’s of the Caribbean – one of my all time favorite rides
- Haunted Mansion – favorite
- The Carousel of Progress – this one is an oldy but a great one, brings me back to my childhood days
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Country Bear Jamboree – favorite
Out of all the theme parks that Florida has Walt Disney World is my my favorite, it was the first theme park that my brother took me to when I first arrived in this country in 1978. It holds a special place in my heart.
Below is a short clip that I took inside the It’s a Small World ride. The song stuck with me the rest of the day. Love it. I actually had to drag my 14-year-old son to with us, he actually asked me, if I really enjoyed the ride. But of course my son.
~~~~~~Remember, Magic Kingdom, where your dreams come true~~~~~~