Day #5 - Magic Kingdom
We had breakfast reservations for Kona Cafe at the Polynesian resort, which is located on the monorail loop at Magic Kingdom. This is just a regular, sit down meal. No characters. Our plan was to park our minivan at the Ticket and Transportation Center outside of MK and then take the monorail over to the Polynesian. Well, the monorail had other plans. It was experiencing issues again. We waited and waited and waited before asking if we could walk there. We could, so we did. It only took about 10 minutes or so.
Keep trying not to smile.
Kona Cafe is known for its Tonga Toast.
Two pieces of french toast stuffed with bananas. I'm an eggs and potatoes type of gal but I decided to go with something different and ordered the Tonga Toast. It was good but I most likely wouldn't order it again.
So Marie the cat was/is now meeting and greeting right inside the park entrance in the mornings. A welcome surprise. Unless you get to her right when she comes out though, the lines are incredibly long. Guests walk in and say, "Hey, there's Marie and Pluto. Let's meet them!" On this morning, we did wait in line because that's what the girls wanted to do. Which leads to my funny story. As we were waiting in line, I heard someone call out Rich's name and then I turned to see some woman wearing sunglasses, running over to Rich with her arms open. My first thought was who is this crazy lady at Disney who knows Rich? Turns out it was my good friend, Leslie. (Took me another 2 seconds to process.) How random is that?
[I can't believe I even have to explain this. Anna's Christmas Feliz dress is Hello Kitty (I made them in 2011) so I created this skirt for her to wear specifically for this trip. It was a test pattern and I'm happy with the results. She currently doesn't like dresses that tie in the back (or that match her sisters) so it all worked out.]
We rode Small World, which is always a favorite but took forever and a day, and Peter Pan. I can't remember what else, if anything, we did before lunch. Be Our Guest is the new Fantasyland restaurant and yes, you are made to feel like you are eating in the Beast's castle. It's a full service restaurant for dinner but a quick service restaurant for lunch. As a new restaurant, reservations filled up fast and because we'd planned this trip at the last minute, I was unsuccessful in finding an open reservation. But I did try. I want to throw this out there as a planning tip - people do cancel their dining reservations so keep looking. When I first starting searching, there were several days with hardly any open reservations. A few weeks later, it was a different story. So don't give up.
I wanted the girls to see the inside of the restaurant so we decided to eat a light lunch (which means share meals). We ordered a chicken sandwich, a steak sandwich and one kiddie macaroni with marina. The food was quite tasty and I would have loved to have experienced dinner there.
After lunch, we rode the little race cars on the speedway and then it started raining. After waiting for the rain shower to pass, we decided to check out Tomorrowland, which was unchartered territory for us. Anna isn't a fan of dark rides and of course, the TTA People Mover stopped while we were on the darkest part of the ride. Here comes another tunnel, Anna!
We also did the Carousel of Progress, which the girls (surprisingly) liked.
We made our way over to Adventureland for an ice cream break. It started lightly raining again. So far, we had been extremely lucky with the weather. I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn't downpour as we had plans to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade that night. That parade was only scheduled for Saturday and Monday nights. The park was extremely crowded, which is to be expected when those events are scheduled. After snacking, we rode Pirates of the Caribbean (we actually were stuck on it) and then the flying carpets, which was also experiencing technical difficulties.
We arrived on Main Street to secure our parade spot at 5:40 and there were no front row spots available. The parade was at 7:00. Shortly after we arrived, the regular parade went through and some people cleared out so we were able to find a front row spot. I'm glad we had two strollers because we were able to block off our spot and not worry about people pushing us out of the way or stepping on the girls. I could not believe some of the rudeness we witnessed.
There was some entertainment before the parade and also between the parade and the fireworks show at 8:00. We also ate dinner while we waited. The girls LOVED everything and list this as their favorite experience. The best part was when the Fairy Godmother came out to light up the castle. Allie kept asking me how she did it because she's just an old lady in a costume.
I wasn't planning to take pictures but I did pull the camera out and take a few of the parade.
Up next - our last day and The Tigger Incident.