This morning before I’d even opened my eyes I’d already decided that tonight had to be spent at the Magic Kingdom! It had been nearly a week since I’d been in the park, and I was missing it. I thought you guys would enjoy going with me – so imagine that after work you’re hitting the road and heading for the most magical place on Earth!
As you can see from the photo above, it wasn’t a slow night but I have certainly seen it more crowded. It was also that time of night when folks start clustering around Main Street waiting for the events of the night to start taking place.
At just a bit before 7 pm, I had one hour before the first parade and four hours until park closing! The night was young, and the weather was perfect! In the past few days fall has arrived at Walt Disney World! When I arrived at the park the thermometer in my car said it was in the high 70s, but when I left the temperature was about 10 degrees cooler. Very pleasant, though I must admit I rolled down the sleeves on my shirt by the end of the night. (Wimpy Floridian!)
I waited around a bit hoping that we would get an amazing sunset, but it seemed like it was just going to be gray. I fired off a few obligatory castle shots and then headed off towards Tomorrowland.
After crossing over the bridge I found that both Stitch’s Great Escape and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor had a 10 minute wait! I also spotted that Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had just a 20 minute wait and Space Mountain only 35 minute! The wait times were very reasonable! Of course, I was heading where there was no posted wait time: the PeopleMover! The ride was great as, always, but it experienced a breakdown that kept us stuck for a little while. Much to my dismay, that sunset I’d been waiting for happened while I was trapped on the ride!
Oh well- guess I’ll just have to go back! After the PeopleMover I headed back towards Fantasyland, crossing in front of the Tomorrowland Speedway which had a 20 minute wait. I couldn’t resist a ride on Mad Tea Party with only a 5 minute wait! I tried to take pictures for you guys, but they were very spinny! Next, I headed over to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but couldn’t bring myself to wait 35 minutes. So I decided to stop for a little snack instead!
This is the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae from Storybook Treats (menu). It’s just what the name implies, with a base of light cake covered in strawberries, ice cream, and heavy whipped cream. Is it the best or most unique thing you could have when visiting Magic Kingdom? Certainly not! But for $5.53 after tax, it struck my fancy and was a delicious treat. I enjoyed this as I strolled back to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. I noted on the way that Enchanted Tales with Belle only had at 30 minute wait! The Little Mermaid only had a 10 minute wait by the time I got there!
I really like this ride despite what a lot of the online community says. Maybe it is because I grew up with the film and characters, but I’m just so happy to have a ride for this great movie! Once I was off this ride I decided to head over towards Peter Pan. I thought maybe if I looked pitiful enough they’d open it up for me… no such luck! November 14 can’t get here soon enough!!
After this I walked through Liberty Square, taking in a quick ride on The Haunted Mansion with only a 10 minute wait! I scooted back toward Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain to check wait times. They were 20 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively. And then I heard something I can’t resist… the last train! I don’t know what it is, but when I’m lucky enough to hear that the last train of the night is leaving I just have to take it! So I ran up the stairs and caught the train right back to Fantasyland!! As we were chugging along I decided no matter the wait that I was riding Dumbo! Lucky for me the wait was only 5 minutes!
After this I grabbed a spot in New Fantasyland for the Wishes fireworks. I’d decided to carry my tripod and wanted to see if I could get a few decent photos. You can be the judge of whether I was successful!
After the fireworks, while folding up my tripod I realized that I was getting really tired! I knew that if I wanted to sneak out during the second parade and avoid some of the crowds I had time for one last ride. I decided to speed walk over to Pirates of the Caribbean to end with a classic!
And with that my night was over, and now it was just the steady crawl to make it to the exit. I made the mistake of trying to duck through the gift shops, forgetting what time of day it was! If you have shopping to do I recommend you take some time during the heat of the day when the attraction lines are very long but the shops are still doable. In the last few hours the park is open the shops on Main Street become pandemonium! It is also worth noting that the shops will normally stay open an hour past park closing, but they do stay busy.
Another tip for getting out of the Magic Kingdom if you’re not staying at a Disney Resort is to take the Ferry Boat. While the Monorail line stays consistently packed all the way to the Transportation and Ticket Center, the Ferry Boat line empties into a large holding pin. Most guests crowd one side, but they do not let more people into this holding area than the Ferry can hold. So even if you grab a bench as far from the loading area as you can get – you’ll still get on the Ferry! Enjoy not having to wait elbow to elbow with the crowd. This is one place it’s nice to come in last! Just remember that the Ferry Boats have tons of spiders for some reason, so be careful leaning on anything.
I hope that I will “See Ya Real Soon” in a future blog post! Does anyone have requests for park report or other topics? I love bringing the parks to you! Please let us know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!