Friday, July 1, 2011

Bon Voyage to Mickey Mouse & Our Adventures in the Magic Kingdom

Hi friends! We are home from Disney World. It was a blast. I had full intentions of blogging while we waited for 2.5 hours in the airport, but the internet there was not good at uploading pictures. And who wants to read about Disney World without seeing pictures. Not me.

Instead of doing one huge monster post that will probably be too ridiculously long to read, I am going to blog about each of the parks we visited! [Side note: If you don't care about Disney World, feel free to skip these posts entirely.]

We will start off with our visit to the Magic Kingdom. It was the very first of the parks built down in Disney World, and according to Wikipedia was the most visited theme park in the world in 2010 with 17 million visitors. Yikes that's a lot of people.

Classic castle shot.

The Magic Kingdom is divided into a bunch of different sections: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.

The first place we stopped was the Main Street Bakery. If you go anywhere in the Magic Kingdom, you must stop here. They have the best cinnamon rolls for just $3.49. I know, you're thinking, "But I could buy an entire can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for that much!" But this is Disney. Nothing is cheap at Disney. 

So my Business Man and I shared this warm mountain of frosting and goodness. My other piece of advice regarding the Main Street Bakery & cinnamon rolls is that if you are sharing, make sure you cut it in half first. Because sometimes you and the person you are sharing with do not eat at the same speed and you might get gypped out of your half of the cinnamon roll. Not that this happened or anything. Not at all.

Also, while walking down Main Street, we witnessed this lovely street band. I suggested that my Business Man take up a new career.

My Business Man used to play the sax. Could you picture him in this picture?
After our explorations down Main Street, we headed off to Frontierland. Think the Wild Wild West. I tried to lock my Business Man up but he wouldn't go for it.

Not too happy.
After I decided that I would keep him, we traveled on to explore Tom Sawyer's Island. This was fun, but we kept getting confused, retracing the same path over and over again. So that quickly ended, and we rode the Thunder Mountain Railroad.

And we also ran into this guy. Please ignore the random stranger's child that is in the photo. I didn't really want to wait 20 minutes to meet the Wild Wild West version of Donald Duck.

After exploring Frontierland to the fullest, we headed to Liberty Square, which is modeled after an American Revolutionary town. My Business Man wanted to go to the Hall of Presidents show, but I called his bluff and realized he just wanted to sit in the A/C and not have to walk around for awhile.

So we went to the Haunted Mansion instead. There was lots of entertainment while we waited in line. 

Disney has a way of entertaining kids, while also entertaining adults. Sarcastic jokes that would go right over a child's head but leave an adult smiling. It was fun to read all the gravestones and such.

As for the ride? It was fun... not too spooky, but entertaining nonetheless. You ride in a small buggy with just 2-3 people each, so it seems like you're the only one on the ride.

Our last stop for the day was Adventureland. (I know, we skipped Fantasyland and Tomorrowland... it was hot. And there were lots of screaming children.)

The main highlight here was the Jungle Cruise

It is supposed to simulate a riverboat cruise down the central rivers of Asia and Africa. And yes, it was very corny, as expected. A "tour guide" takes you an a boat down a river through the jungle. You almost die from animal attacks and the boat almost tips over from a waterfall. And indigenous people almost capsize your boat. And you listen to a lot of stupid jokes.

And then, after Adventureland, we went home. And by home, I mean back to our hotel to the pool. Which was lovely. Which I'll talk about another day, because this is as much Disney as I can handle in one post.

So, to sum it up, the best part of Magic Kingdom?



Laura @ Cookies vs Carrots said...

Sounds like a fun trip! Can't wait to hear more! I'm really, really hoping you went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... :)

Sara said...

Unfortunately we did not! I wanted to, but my hubby does not really enjoy HP. Also, we were staying on Disney property and had no car so we really had no way of getting there... maybe some day!

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