April 25, 2013

Disney: Days 5 & 6

Day 5: The Magic Kingdom (Part 2)

Yes, we did indeed return to the Magic Kingdom. As I mentioned earlier, it really is the happiest place on earth so why not go back? Those of us who dared ride rides mapped out a Park Engagement Plan the day before so we knew just where to go and what to do. By the end of the day we'd ridden Thunder Mountain (twice), Splash Mountain, It's A Small World, Peter Pan (five times), the Tomorrowland People Mover, Haunted Mansion, Pirates Of The Carribean, The Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Treehouse, and the Tomorrowland Speedway. Somewhere in the middle of the day we squeezed in lunch with Winnie The Pooh and friends. Eventually Owen ran out of steam (actually, that happened sometime on Day 1) and he and Beth headed back to the hotel. Mia and I rode all the rides we could find, watched the nighttime electric parade and checked out the fireworks. We left the park 14 hours after we entered, exhausted. Only to wake up five hours later...

The Park: 5 out of 5 stars
The Food: 2 out of 5 stars
Sheer Awesomeness: 5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 12 out of 15 stars

The verdict: Even on the second day? Still magical.

Day 6: The Flight Of Terror

As I mentioned, I don't like to fly. I'm rather proud of myself, then, for not completely freaking out while waiting for, boarding or riding on a plane. I was given a pretty good excuse on the flight back. It was two solid hours of heavy turbulence, so heavy that the flight attendants weren't even allowed up. Since it was a massively windy day here in DC, the landing was worse. I'll just summarize it this way: there was some heavy barf bag restocking needed after everyone got off that plane.

The Wrap Up

The food. Food is tough, expecially when you've got a couple of picky kids and three vegetarians in the family. It was, for the most part, pretty good. Sit down lunches had the most variety while the "quick service" restaurants menus got incredibly repetitive after a few days.

The Cattle Complex. It's hard not to feel like a head of cattle going through the Disney ranch. You spend your day in lines. Sure, in April, most of them are short but there's still a line to get into the park, a line to have your bag inspected, a line to ride a ride, a line to get lunch, and a line to get onto a bus to take you back to your hotel. All that said, the way Disney is able to handle the logistics is absolultely amazing when you start to think about it. There's honestly no better way of handling the sheer volume of people.

The Experience. It's impossible not to have a good time, on some level, at Disney. I'm 40. I don't believe in magic or faries or talking mice. But a small part of me overcomes my natural cynicism and believes, if only for a second, that if there's a place on earth that's magic, it's this place.

And now you're caught up.

Posted by Chris at April 25, 2013 7:26 AM

Disney is well known for it's ability to move large amounts of people around with little or no back ups (well, except standing in line for a ride)...so well known that most large venues, race tracks, football/baseball stadiums, etc., have contracted Disney to help them figure out how to get a ton of people in and out of a specific location quick and easy.

Disney is amazing. As much as we curse them for the amount of STUFF we have had to buy, they got it figured out and make it all worth it! Glad you guys had a great time!

Posted by: cyndy at April 25, 2013 8:53 AM

we have 4 vegetarians in the family and have no trouble at Disney. If I knew you were going, I would have given you lots of tips on eating vegetarian there. They are extremely accomodating.

Posted by: Kaz at April 25, 2013 8:59 AM

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the different parks. I keep telling myself we're not missing anything, but I guess I have to bite the bullet and visit that stupid mouse with the kids eventually! They're 11 & 13 now....

I don't know that you flew into National, but for some reason my experience with terribly bumpy flights into National is terrible. When we came in from Florida in December, the pilot actually came on speaker after the plane finally stopped with a "Whew! That was a bad one." An adult actually crapped their pants. Glad y'all made it safely!

Posted by: Kate M at April 25, 2013 9:15 AM

I see that y'all didn't hit one of the water parks while you were there. I have to say that those are my favorite part of going to disney world. We normally go in late February, and one of the water parks will be out of service. We've been lucky enough to hit each of them though.

Should you ever return, you should check those out.

Posted by: Rex at April 25, 2013 11:19 AM

We love Disney. They really have an attention to detail that other parks lack. We took our kid there when he turned 5. We all had a super time (even the grandparents who tagged along for the week). We're planning to head back next year. My husband may be even more excited about that than the kid.

Posted by: Sarra at April 25, 2013 12:19 PM

You're right - I was totally emotionally invested in that re-cap. :-) Really, tho - nice review. I am so pumped for the day we can (afford to) take our kiddos. I didn't get to Disney World myself until I was nearly 13 and loved it. Further away, but I am still a fan of Disneyland, as well. Went as a child, and again with my husband about 10 years ago - still magical. Plus? It's close to the beach.

Posted by: kate at April 25, 2013 8:35 PM

I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!

Kidding, I always love adventures of the cactus-fish family and am especially interested because our first Disney trip with the 3 year old will happen in the fall.

Do the kids want to go again?

Posted by: That Girl at April 25, 2013 10:22 PM

I enjoyed reading - and you are going to enjoy having this 10 years from now.

I wanna go to Disney World!

Posted by: Mindy at April 26, 2013 12:11 PM