Daisy’s Best Week Ever February 9, 2017: Magic at the Magic Kingdom

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. 

Daisy Lauren

I'm just about the biggest Touring Plans fan ever and still pinching myself that they let me be part of the team! I love sharing all things Disney with you and always appreciate your ideas and feedback at: daisylauren@touringplans.com or @dizdaisylauren on twitter Above everything else THANK YOU for reading and commenting!

18 thoughts on “Daisy’s Best Week Ever February 9, 2017: Magic at the Magic Kingdom

  • February 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for the post, I always find your reports to be so wonderfully positive. And I’m always totally jealous after reading (in a good way of course!)

    Seems like the Super Bowl is a great time to be at the Magic Kingdom. But I too was weirded out a bit by the photo of empty Fantasyland. :S

    • February 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Daisy! What a perfect evening to be in the Magic Kingdom! Will need to remember your tip of going Super Bowl Sunday!

      How fun that you were walked off the People Mover. What a neat experience he and something I secretly happens sometime.

      Have a great weekend!

      • February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

        Hi Catherine! I’m so glad you enjoyed. 🙂 I’m at MK all the time and that was the first time I was ever able to walk off Peoplemover. Good luck – it was neat I hope you get to sometime!!

        I hope you have a great weekend too!!!

    • February 10, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thank you, Dawn! I’m glad my reports are a nice pick-me-up. 🙂 I’m happy to share a little pixie dust. The Super Bowl was amazing… but you’re right. I little strange.

  • February 10, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Awesome photos! Please tell me you were using an iPhone? Night shots are the best in the parks, that was so great the park was deserted!!!! #jealous

    • February 10, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Hi Scott! 🙂

      Yeah.. these weren’t an iPhone. I think that’s more because I love my camera gear though, and iPhone can do a lot. These were a silly expensive Canon camera. Glad to see you here, though! Would really have missed the game for a night at Disney??

  • February 10, 2017 at 6:07 am

    As you are soliciting anecdotes…got walked off Splash one time, was glitchy all the way round and eventually stopped about 6 inches b4 the final ramp up to the main drop, stopped there for about 10 minutes before evacuation. But pity the poor people who were stuck on the ramp itself for that time, that would have been a pain in the neck…anyhoo…fun to walk carefully through the scenery and lighting past the critters and exit backstage which is kind of like the dumpsters at the back of a failed mall. Got a fp and were on our way.

    • February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Hi Steven – I hate that drop on Splash Mountain. I’d love it if I could walk off right before it. My family was riding once (without me – because I’m a chicken) and someone actually jumped out of the ride vehicle in front of theirs because they were so scared. It stopped the whole ride! I think it’s guests that normally lead to these stops. Cool story! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • February 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

    My brother and I were on the PeopleMover about 7 years ago. When it stopped we actually had a beautiful view of the castle for almost 10 minutes. Eventually they walked us off and we came down a stairway that brought us out through the Merchant of Venus. I don’t remember getting water but we enjoyed the Fastpass.

    • February 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Hi Bill – that sounds awesome!! I’d love that view. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your fun story. Sounds like lots of folks get stopped on Peoplemover!

  • February 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Great article!
    We were stuck on Pirates once for about an hour, right in front of “dead men tell no tales…”. Amazingly, everyone in our boat was upbeat and in good spirits throughout.
    Your story makes me wonder if WDW will implement a bit more policy regarding the groups of kids that are ever-present. Perhaps a maximum number of kids per adult shaperone? It’s ridiculous that the behavior of younger guests were the direct cause of a ride closure. Hopefully they were escorted right out of the park after that.

    • February 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Hi Liz! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂 I’m jealous, I think Pirates is my next “bucket list” evacuation. My family was stopped on it without me for 2 hours! I never go on that ride without going to the bathroom first after hearing the stories. LOL! Cast members actually had to get into the water and push their boat.

      It does seem like Disney could do something. I would guess they are more concerned with nobody getting hurt – which is why they stopped the ride. The chaperone did apologize to me, which was nice.

  • February 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I wonder what is going on with the people mover? I have had to walk off the past three times I’ve ridden it. One we were stopped inside the space mountain area, one on top of stitch’s great escape, and finally last week right above the speedway. This has all happened in the past six months or so. It was a huge deal except the last time we were stuck my 2 year old niece was on it with us and we had to wait about 45 minutes. That wasn’t exactly fun.

    • February 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hi Taryn! That’s CRAZY! I’ve never been hard stopped once until now and I’ve ridden so, so many times. I need to go to the parks with you!! 😉 I can see getting stuck with a little one for almost an hour isn’t fun. I really don’t think it’s anything to do with the ride – but rather guests that don’t know how to behave. I hope it doesn’t ever cause Disney to look at closing it!

  • February 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful photos, I would love to visit on superbowl sunday someday! We were once escorted off of 7DMT! We stopped right after the entrance to the mine room, so it was beautiful to really get to look at and observe all of the gems and dwarves. We were there about 10 minutes. The ride had stopped due to rain, so I am sure they helped the poor car that was OUTSIDE before they came to our rescue. We were quickly escorted through a door in the mine that took us through a short tunnel and out into the park closer to Tomorrowland than the regular entrance which took us a minute to get our bearings!

  • February 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    What a treat to see these photos of a quiet Magic Kingdom! Thank you! 🙂

  • February 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I got walked off of Indiana Jones in DL. We were just about to cross the bridge in front of the huge flame-throwing skull and suddenly lights came on and safety bars rose up from hiding all over the place to keep people from stepping over the edge! They had a special ladder to help us out of the vehicle. We were evacuated down 3 flights of stairs backstage, then walked around and loaded right into a vehicle as soon as the ride came back up. I believe ours was the only vehicle that was given this treatment – maybe because of where we were in the adventure?

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