Hello, my lovelies! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and you’re ready for it to get even better! It’s been forever since I took you along with me for an evening in the Magic Kingdom. I decided to head over on Super Bowl Sunday to report what the most magical place on Earth is like on game day. As you can see below the crowds on Main Street weren’t too intimidating when I arrived a little before 7pm.
Want to see the rest of my adventure? Click to read more.I was surprised to see the gift shops were pretty empty too. I casually walked through the shops and noticed 2017 merchandise that was new to me. I’m not really sure that I love the design. It’s a little far out for me. What do you think?
Walking up to the castle I was amazed at how light the crowds were. It was actually pleasant to walk through the hub. Everyone there didn’t really seem to have a destination, but were rather just excited to be one of the few people there. I had about 30 minutes to kill before my first FastPass+ so I headed towards the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.
Walking across the bridge I noticed there was nobody behind me so I stopped to take the below photo. I can’t imagine just stopping in the middle of a walkway on a normal night at the Magic Kingdom. It was at this point I realized I’d made the right choice skipping the Super Bowl to head for the parks. It’s so uncommon to see the parks this slow. What a treat!
I hopped onto the Peoplemover for a spin and was surprised when the ride stopped just after we exited Space Mountain. Well, I wasn’t that surprised since kids in the car behind me would not remain seated. I had a feeling we were going to end up hard stopped. The surprise came when I actually got to walk off the ride! It was so cool. There were specific places we had to step and secret staircase that led us into a cast area. I snapped the below photo of the tracks. Have you ever been walked off a ride? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments section.
I felt just terrible for the poor cast members. People were being so hateful to them. I thought it was the neatest experience, but so many people were frustrated at the 20 minute delay. As we exited they were giving out Fastpasses and bottled water. They couldn’t have been nicer and goodness knows it was their fault the ride had to be stopped.
I still had a few minutes to kill before my first FastPass+ so I wandered into Fantasyland and used the paper fastpass I’d just been given to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The normal line was only a 10 minute wait so I was able to walk right on with a fastpass.
With just 10 minutes before the fireworks I decided to live dangerously and hopped into the FastPass+ line at Peter Pan’s Flight. The standby line was only 45 minutes so I was hopeful I’d be out in time. I was on the ride in a heartbeat, and with rare luck my ride vehicle stopped right in front of Wendy! The delay was only a few seconds, but it was enough to take quite a photo.
I emerged from my trip to Neverland just in time for the fireworks. My next FastPass+ was in Frontierland so I decided to head that way and try to copycat a photo I saw online this week. I wish I could give credit for this idea, but for the life of me I can’t remember who took a photo of the fireworks through Rapunzel’s lanterns. Of course, sometimes I think there aren’t any original ideas left. We’re all just copying Tom Bricker. 😉
Walking through Liberty Square I noticed most people seemed to be heading out of the park even though it was still 90 minutes until closing. I stopped along the way to take in the views and snap a few photos to share with you. It was such a pretty night, just a little chilly without a drop of rain in sight.
I gathered up my courage and cashed in my FastPass+ for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. As you likely know, I’m not much of a thrill ride person. I hadn’t ridden since the ride came back up from refurbishment and I somehow thought maybe I’d suddenly like it? Well, looking at my photos I surely didn’t enjoy my ride. I humbly offer the below photo as proof I gave it a try!
Feeling a little woozy I stumbled around and took some wonky photos in Frontierland. I noticed the few people left in the park were mostly full on running between attractions trying to ride as much as possible. The lines were 10 minutes or less for everything that I could see!
Of course, if I was going to chase down a short line it was going to be for a citrus swirl!! I was the only person as I approached and they set me up with a huge cup. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a citrus swirl this big. I think I earned it after a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 😉
I had one more FastPass+ for the night scheduled in Fantasyland. Since I had a healthy portion of citrus swirl to enjoy I decided to stroll through the hub and take my time. It was still an hour before park closing, but I had to double check the time in the Disney Parks App because a was all alone. I’ve stayed in the park an hour after closing before and it’s been more crowded than this!
Even walking right up to the partners statue there were only about a dozen people waiting to take photos. I gladly waited my turn so I could share the below with you!
I decided to blow off my last FastPass+ since it was such a special night. I found a little crowd over at the Incredibles Dance Party. Normally I would never stop by, but they were playing Powerline from The Goofy Movie!!! If you’ve seen The Goofy Movie drop me a comment below. If you haven’t you SO need to. 🙂
I noticed the PeopleMover was back in business, so I decided to hop on. This time I was able to ride completely through without any issues. The views of Tomorrowland are beautiful at night.
And now we move on to the “abandoned theme park” portion of my blog. I was walking back toward Fantasyland and was stopped in my tracks to see so few people. With still another 30 minutes until closing I just couldn’t believe how few people were around. The Tomorrowland Speedway was posting a 10 minute wait and the Teacups were walk on.
Over at Dumbo the line was completely empty. They were allowing kids to stay on the ride again without waiting since the queue was empty. The last time I saw this was during Extra Magic Hours at 2am!
I firmly believe that when the park “feels” like it’s closed then people feel compelled to leave. As the clock inched closer to closing time I saw fewer and fewer people. I was even getting a little creeped out being there all by myself! Here’s a shot through New Fantasyland at about 10 minutes until closing time.
Then the below photo was taken just as the clock struck 10pm. You can see in the distance there are a few people, but mostly the park had cleared out. I don’t know about you, but this was my kind of Super Bowl! It was amazing to be in the Magic Kingdom on such a special night.
As I walked through the castle I spotted a little carriage where a princess had abandoned her dress. Whenever I see things like this I wonder what the story might have been. (Any guesses? I’d love to hear in the comments below.)
Less than 15 minutes after park closing I was exiting the park and walked right onto a ferry without any delay. More and more lately there is just never a slow time to go to Magic Kingdom. If you’re ever in the area I can’t recommend enough spending Super Bowl Sunday with Mickey. What a treat!
And that’s it for this time. Thanks for reading! Please let me know in the comments below what you’d like to see next time around. Until then – I hope you’re having the best week ever.