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WDW Too: Kingdom Magic

01/22/2013

Day 2 of the Great WDW Adventure took us to the Magic Kingdom, where high expectations about the new Fantasyland were met with mixed reviews. In short, it remains a work in progress, and I think birth announcements are a bit premature. I started to give a major rundown here and realized that it was going to take an entire post to explain, so I’ll get that together with some additional links and photos.

Meanwhile, the rest of our foray into the heart of Disney.

Entry down Main Street U.S.A.

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I am always amazed at the size of Cinderella Castle, which is much larger than Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

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The view across to Tomorrowland. I spotted some interesting ducks and waterfowl in there, though they were too far away to get a good photo.

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Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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Pinocchio’s food hut.

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Without a doubt, the most magical part of our day was a surprise visit from Alice and the White Rabbit as we rode the teacups. They didn’t sit with us, but you can’t really blame them for picking a cup with two little girls inside. Those kids must have screamed with joy. I know I would have. I couldn’t be too jealous though, since I’ve already danced with the White Rabbit in a Disney parade. (Talk about squealing with delight; I nearly exploded with excitement that time.)

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At this point, we ventured into Tomorrowland, where I suffered a slight arm injury at the hand of a faulty Buzz Lightyear gun and came in shy of 200k. One of the kids sitting in front of us hit a score of 600k; I think she maxed out the game.

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Then we rode Space Mountain, which is my favorite ride at Disneyland but just isn’t as smooth or fun in Florida. I lost my camera in the front seat, but luckily it stayed inside the car. The helpful cast members found it for me, but I missed a few photos in Fantasyland as a result.

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Since it was “getting late” (10:30, hah), we thought we should hop on line for the new Be Our Guest restaurant. This turned out to be good timing, since we only waited about 15 minutes to get inside. (More on the restaurant in the Fantasyland report.)

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Riding the Magic Kingdom Railroad.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Although I generally prefer Disneyland to the Magic Kingdom, this is one of the rides that is better in Florida. Not substantially, the way that California’s Pirates of the Caribbean is much longer and more complex than its Floridian cousin, but a bit longer and pumped up; the whole setting, as with Cinderella Castle, is bigger.

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View over BTMRR, from the queue.

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Sadly, Splash Mountain was down for refurbishment, which was a shame because it was really hot all week, in the low 80s.

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To combat the sun, we hid out in Pirates, rode the Jungle Cruise, and then used one of our “snack” Dining Meal coupons for a Dole Whip.

A view of the “Safari” on the Jungle Cruise—not quite like Animal Kingdom.
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And here it is, the world-famous … say it with me everyone … BACK SIDE OF WATER!!!!

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Next, we visited the Hall of Presidents, which has undergone and excellent renovation since we last visited, five years ago. In an effort to work through our surplus of meal plan “snacks,” we took a break for funnel cake, made fresh to order at the Magic Kingdom.

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A stop to watch the candy-makers on Main Street. No, we didn’t eat anything there.

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This glassblower looked way too much like James Carville. It was a little bit creepy.

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Passed by the midday Mickey show, in which Maleficent is the villain to be thwarted. Sometimes Melly is played by a man because she’s pretty tall. This one looked to be female, though.

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Late-afternoon trip to Tomorrowland and a ride on the Peoplemover.

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The lights come on at dusk.

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It was cold and windy that night, so we skipped the fireworks and went back to our hotel.

Goodnight, Magic Kingdom.

Add’l:
Day 3: Epcot
New Fantasyland Review

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