Observations From Magic Kingdom: January 12, 2014

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Today is historically one of my favorite days to go to the Magic Kingdom. While thousands of people are running the marathon, the parks find themselves in a bit of a transportation disaster. The runners clog major roadways, and cleanup efforts add an extra delay. This means that if you get there early, you beat the crowd in a big way. Folks just can’t get in as quickly as on a normal day! Add to that the fact that the huge “Let the Magic Begin” banner has been removed from the train station, and you are talking about some serious magic today!

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Now, the banner being removed isn’t really news. Everyone has been buzzing about that! But have you see the Welcome Show with our lovely, new, banner free view? I decided to take video for you guys this morning! :) Remember, my “channel” is pretty much just for blog linking. All the cool kids are subscribed to the TouringPlans Channel!

After this I would normally post the same old photo of the castle – but I decided to take you guys with me on a walk down Main Street, U.S.A. What do you guys think of the videos? Better or worse? Please let me know in the comments below. I aim to please!

I’m sure anyone reading can guess where we are headed! We followed the standard rule of “Peter Pan is always first”. Wow, the ride looks great after the refurb. Everything is brighter, and it sounds great!

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Next we headed over to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I took gobs of normal photos, but I thought I would share the one below. Everyone knows to look for the photo of Mr. Toad and Owl, but did you know on the floor to the right there is a photo of Mr. Mole and Pooh?

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Next we headed over to The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. At this point it was about 9:30am, and all the lines in Fantasyland were still less than 10 minutes each! Is it just me, or does Ariel always look googly eyed? I can never get a photo of her looking normal!

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At around 9:45am we decided to walk over to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. It was a walk-on, which isn’t common to see this time of day. I really like this ride, but it isn’t worth more than a 10 minute wait for me, so we don’t get to go on it often enough. We also used FastPass+ (even though we didn’t end up needing it). FastPass+ worked great, but later in the day we were told we weren’t supposed to be using it. I can’t wait until the parks pick one system and stick with it!

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On my way to the next ride I stopped into Mickey’s Star Traders and took a quick video of the store for you guys. One of the big things I do at Disney is shop, so I thought you might be interested. Let me know if this is something you’d like more of.

Next we decided to lighten up on our Touring Plan, as the crowds were so low we didn’t need to worry about it. We headed for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Check out this view. The weather was amazing today! The skies were clear and bright, while the high got up to just under 70 degrees. You couldn’t ask for a better day at the Magic Kingdom.

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Also while riding we were able to take a sneak peek at the Tomorrowland Speedway. It reopens January 13. It looks like they were just painting, and that side of the park is so much quieter without those little cars puttering along! I’m normally a person who loves all the little sounds that make up the Magic Kingdom, but I don’t miss these. I’ll miss the peace when they reopen.

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Our next stop was Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where once again my hubby managed to not be picked as, “that guy”. This is such a corny show, but we love it. I wonder how often the jokes are really texted in and how often they are just using a stock list?

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Next we decided to take the long way over to the Haunted Mansion. It was just before 11am so I wanted to see where wait times were at since that is normally a very busy time. Peter Pan was at 25 minutes, and the Princess Fairytale Hall was at 25 minutes or 35 minutes, depending on whhich princesses you were looking to meet. On average, waits were about half what I would expect on a Sunday with such great weather. When we made it to the Haunted Mansion, I was lucky enough to hard stop in the below scene! (And for my photography nerds, I took this with a 2.8 lens!!)

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Next we decided to head over for some lunch at Sleepy Hollow. Honestly, people reading these blogs must think I eat nothing else!! These waffle sandwiches are awesome. On the left is the Sweet and Spicy Chicken, and on the right is the Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss. Do keep in mind that these are only available from 11am – 5pm. But if you find yourself there during other times of day you can always get the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich that is offered all day.

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And next was Storybook Treats for some soft serve. After such a unique lunch we decided on the most generic dessert possible! The magic of the day was starting to wear off. The wait for Peter Pan was up to 50 minutes so the crowds were starting to arrive.

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With ice cream in hand, we started strolling towards Frontierland. While we were wondering along, we caught the tail end of a fun dance party!

Next we couldn’t pass by Country Bear Jamboree without stopping for a show.

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Next we slipped just around the corner to see Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The back row of the outdoor queue was walled off, making it a pretty tight fit in the line. However, once we were in the show, it was barely half full. I feel like I’ve posted so many photos of the birds. This time I flipped around and took a photo out the window for you guys!

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After the two shows we were ready for a ride! Pirates of the Caribbean was right on our way, so we hopped on for a ride with a very short wait.

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After this we decided to head out of the park. It was roughly 1:30pm; we knew there was a special 2pm parade for the UCF football team, and we wanted to escape the park before that. We hopped on the train and rode right to the front gate! Here is a great view of Big Thunder Mountain just as we pulled out of the station.

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I hope you guys enjoyed visiting with me today! Do you have any request for my next observations post? Would you like to see more videos? Or fewer? Please let me know in the comments below – I always love hearing from you! As always, thanks for reading.

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Posted on January 14, 2014

19 Responses to “Observations From Magic Kingdom: January 12, 2014”

  • As far as the Laugh Floor using the jokes sent by text– My wife has one used every time we go to that attraction….. at 20+ and counting.

  • Definitely more videos please. They were great, especially the walk down Main Street. It made me feel like I was there!

  • They use my jokes!

    Great Post! We were planning to the Magic Kingdom go this past Sunday. Then someone told us about the marathon traffic. What time did you have to arrive to get into the Magic Kingdom to avoid the traffic? Is there a better road to take, i.e. getting off of the 417 at exit 6 or exit 3? – thanks.

    • Hi Duffy! (I know I’m in the minority here but I love Duffy!) We took I-4 to World Drive (Exit 62) and went right to MK. The timing is really important. The last runner went through the toll plaza at 7:45am and we got there at 8am. They were routing us down the resort road but let us park at TTC through a side entrance. They were running buses instead of trams but we just walked.

      We were in the gates by 8:35am. The buses were not able to get to MK like they normally would so the crowds were low, low, low until the afternoon. It is always like that! Try it next year! :)

  • Excellent post. Love the videos, especially the shopping one. Shopping at WDW is one of my favourite things so feel free to do lots more! :-)

  • I’m glad to read that you were able to do so much at the Magic Kingdom. We’ll be going next year in late January, and I hope to have a similar experience.

    • Hey Dan – the marathon weekend is an exception. Please don’t think this is the norm. Make sure you are prepared with a plan and get there early on the weekends!

  • The videos are definitely a plus :)

  • Id love to see photos or video of the seven dwarfs train to see how far we’ve come!

    • Hi Rosalie – OMG – I totally forgot! I walked by it several times. It is looking much better… not just a big mess of metal anymore. I’ll be sure to include photos next time.

  • by Vanessa Schomberg on January 14, 2014, at 1:03 pm EDT

    Daisy, absolutely fantastic. Love your stuff so much. Please, please, please more videos, if possible! :) Oh and I agree totally with you about the Indy Speedway! Keep it up! :)

    • Hi Vanessa!! You’re so nice. Thank you. :) I really love doing it. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. And for sure more videos! You want them you’ve got them!!

  • Daisy, what did you see in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train area? Does it look like it is getting closer to completion?

    • Hey Brian! It looks really good. Much more complete on the outside at least. There was a “live testing in progress” sign placed right in front of the area where the little “peep hole” is and there were construction workers waiving over the wall. They seem to want it to be on display. No word on when it opens… but it is looking better!