Last we left off, we were heading to Disney’s Magic Kingdom via monorail from Epcot. I love seeing the castle from the monorail. In fact, I love just going on the monorail. And seeing the castle.
During our trip to Disney in 2007, Josh and I got to ride with the captain in the very front of the monorail – it was awesome! They don’t do this anymore for safety reasons, which made that fact that we’ve done it before even more special.
Anyway, back to our current trip… The castle from the monorail!!!
We have arrived!
Does anyone else physically stop on Main Street upon entering and go totally picture-happy?
Josh and I can visit the Magic Kingdom without using a map. We rarely pick one up unless we want to bring one home, or check character meeting times.
We went to Tomorrowland first, like always. Maybe it’s one of those “turn right” things, but it’s always our first stop. Every time.
The lines weren’t horrible, but they weren’t great either. We grabbed fast passes for Space Mountain, and then headed on the Astro Orbiter. I know this seems like a weird choice, but I’ve never been on this ride. Ever. I’ve been going to Disney since I was little, and this ride has always been too scary for me (because it’s high up). Over the years, the ride slipped my mind, and recently, we were talking with friends about Disney, and the Astro Orbiter happen to come up. I realized, I totally forgot about it (it was easy to also, since we don’t use a map), so this time around, I declared it a must do!
After the Astro Orbiter, we hit some more rides in Tomorrowland before planning on doing the rest when we returned for Space Mountain later in the day. We typically hit Fantasyland next, but decided to switch it up and head across the park to Adventureland. Look at us, living on the edge!
I can’t walk by Cinderella’s Castle without taking a picture. It’s a thing.
Once in Adventureland, we did Jungle Cruise, Pirates, etc.
Next, it was off to Fronierland. Splash Mountain was once again closed for refurbishment (shocker!), but Thunder Mountain was open for business. We actually held off on riding it for now. Tonight, thanks to extra magic hours, the park stays open until 2am. We decided to ride Thunder Mountain in the dark, something we’ve never done.
Next up, the Haunted Mansion.
Then, we looped back to Fantastyland. We passed by the castle again, so of course I had to take another picture.
Then I put my camera away for a while, as we enjoyed the park and rides.
Once darkness rolled around, we made our way to Main Street for dinner at Tony’s Town Square.
We obviously had to pass the castle to get there…
We were a little early for our reservation, so we got to catch the Electric Parade – the only parade worth seeing, in my opinion!
Tony’s Town Square gets mixed reviews, however, this Lady & the Tramp themed restaurant gets a great one from us – we really liked it!
Following dinner, we lucked out with THE perfect spot to watch Wishes.
After fireworks, it off to more rides, and of course, every time the castle changed colors I snapped away.
Fantasyland was so fun during the extra magic hours. I loved how the princesses came out to join guests on the rides!
Pretty soon, we made it to Frontierland, and it was off to complete our days goal: to ride Thunder Mountain in the dark. It was amazing! So fun!
We tried our hardest to make it to 2am, but couldn’t – we were pooped! After a couple of more rides, and some shopping on Main Street, we called it a night.