Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Monday, November 26, 2012

As advised by our ride programme, we arrived at Magic Kingdom a half hour before they opened.  That meant an early start - to get there at 8:30 we had to leave by 7:30 (we eventually got away at 7:45) and that meant getting up at 6 - in the dark....to make sarmies juice and get ready - had to blow dry my hair put gel in and all that....
We were not the first there, but were definitely nearer the front of the crowd which was good.  They put on a 5 minute welcome show before they open the gates which is nice - it also builds the anticipation for everyone.  I video'd it but must have left the image stabilizer off as the footage is very bouncy....

The best ride is still Splash Mountain - the story of brer rabbit as experienced from a log floating along a canal - you get wet!  We rode this multiple times!

Space mountain, a roller coaster ride in the dark is fast.  You are transported at high speed amongst the stars - up down and inside out - we rode this multiple times too (until our necks could not take anymore)  

We had learnt from our Epcot experience not to try and put too much into a day so although we were tired, we were not exhausted.  The distant picture of Cinderella's castle was taken from the water ferry we used to get back to the car park.  While onboard, we ordered our take away pizza from Papa-Johns - definitely the best pizza in America (so far!!)  By the time we drove the 30 miles back, the pizza was ready.

The atmosphere and theming at Magic Kingdom is awesome - we thought that it would be a good day for the kids, but we enjoyed it just as much.  Taking your own food in also helped a lot to keep the costs down.  We still ordered the mid afternoon ice cream (at $25) but this time we got cones piled high with soft serve.  I jokingly told the waitress that mine better be bigger than the kids' - and got such a large ice cream I could hardly finish it (much to dismay of the 3 kids).

The merchandising engine at Disney works hard....each ride finishes inside a shop filled with product themed to the attraction.  As the day wears on your guard drops - if you really enjoy the ride, you land up buying in the shop...needless to say we left with splash mountain t-shirts....
These will make a change from the Howick Highlander shirts and that we have all been wearing all holiday (inadvertantly, it seems that Linda, Kerrin and Wayne all brought versions of the Howick Highlander shirts, so we are always flying the 1st Howick Cub and Scout group flag)

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