The night before, Rich and I had purchased bottled water and some food items in the market located on the fourth floor of the Contemporary. We ate breakfast (mainly dry cereal and other non-Whole30 items) in our room before heading out for another day at Magic Kingdom.
The line to meet Tinker Bell, on your right as you enter the park, was short so we made that our first stop.
We had some time to kill before our lunch reservations at Cinderella's castle so I suggested we ride Small World again with Rich but the wait time was listed at 25 minutes and I was nervous we would be late for lunch. We opted to ride the carousel instead.
To keep this post a manageable size, I'll review and share photos of our lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table in a separate post.
Our first stop after lunch was Mickey's PhilharMagic. The girls enjoyed it and again, another great place to sit and cool down. We had mid-afternoon FastPasses for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train so we went to hunt down Jasmine and Aladdin in the meantime. The handler told us that they wouldn't be back to meet and greet until after the afternoon parade so we rode the Magic Carpets. While we were on the ride, the sky darkened and thunder began rumbling in the distance. I suggested we quickly make our way to the Country Bear Jamboree to avoid the approaching storm. When we exited, I was surprised to find that it hadn't rained. Well, let's go ride Seven Dwarfs then.
Because of lightning in the area (I know, makes you feel safe), certain rides, including Mine Train, were temporarily not running. When this happens and you have FastPasses, you can actually use your FastPasses at any other time that day (during operating hours, of course) or you can choose to use your FastPasses on another ride/attraction. Disney even sends you an email explaining the change and lists the rides/attractions that may be used as a substitute.
One of our touring strategies this trip was to take afternoon swim breaks in order to allow everyone to cool down. With the girls older and the resort's proximity to the park, returning to Magic Kingdom as the sun was setting was effortless. Without the sun blazing down on you, the temperatures at night were more doable than those during the day. With Mine Train not running, we rode the Tea Cups before heading back to the Contemporary.
We ate dinner again at the Contempo Cafe for convenience. Grammy and I shared the tuna pita sandwich. Well, to back up a bit, the girls had been swimming for ten minutes or so before the pools were closed because of the threat of lightning. So we went and ate dinner and by the time we finished, the pools were open again. Then it was time to return to Magic Kingdom for a few more rides. Because we had dining reservations for breakfast the next morning, we wanted to get the kids to bed at a decent hour. Especially seeing as the night before had been a later night. We rode PeopleMover, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The girls were up for meeting more characters so off we went to see Goofy and Donald.
We finished up the night with yet another fun ride on Splash Mountain and then walked back to the Contemporary.
Up next: Dining reviews for Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare and Cinderella's Royal Table inside Cinderella's Castle.