Disney Day #2 and #4: Magic Kingdom!
I can't find the right words to describe how wonderfully fun and exciting Magic Kingdom was. And, with my broken camera, heaven knows I can't provide the right pictures to show how great it was either. This was, for sure, our favorite Disney park and we did everything there was to do as many times as possible!
We arrived before the park opened so that we could watch Mickey Mouse and the gang arrive on the train and greet us. The kids were dumbfounded - the music, the characters, the dancing, the excitement - they just stared and were mesmerized. (Notice that when Micah is focused on something, he actually scowls and looks ticked!)
As we entered the park and walked down Main Street, the kids were wide-eyed and smiling, while Grady bee-lined it to Fantasy Land in the back of the park. Once again, thanks to The List (remember my know-everything-there-is-to-know-about-Disney-friend, Juli?), we had the stroller parked and had enjoyed all of Fantasy Land within the first hour and a half without waiting for a thing! By the time we were nearing the end, the crowds had migrated to the back of the park and the wait times were creeping to the 45 minute mark. (Free tip: The List is always right!)
During the day we saw several shows - some at Cinderella's palace and some in theaters. Micah loved the 3D Mickeys' Philoharmagic show; Grady enjoyed the real-time comedy of Monsters, Inc.; Grady Lee just plain loved everything there was about every show we saw; and Annalyse was smitten with "Meeee Mouse!"
The boys were all smiles for each ride. The simple thrills. The new experiences. The fun joys. It was priceless for Grady and I to watch and priceless for them to enjoy.
But, just before meeting Minnie we were in line to meet Daisy Duck. The boys handed her a book to sign and gave out eager hugs. All was well and good - until Daisy bent down to hug Annalyse and conked her right on the head with her big plastic beak.
Oh. My. Goodness.
It was all over then. Annalyse was done. Wails. Shrieks, even. Annalyse was terrified of the huge yellow beak. So, when we were finally able to meet Minnie it took some coaxing and convincing to get Annalyse anywhere close.
I asked the kids what their favorite ride or show was and they said:
Micah: "Splash Mountain! And Pirates of the Caribbean. And probably Peter Pan, too."
Grady Lee: "Splash Mountain! Definitely Splash Mountain.
Annalyse: "Meee Mouse!" Meee Mouse!"
From sunup to sundown - we made the most of two (very full and very fun) days at Magic Kingdom. Micah said several times, "This is the funnest week ever! I like it even more than Christmas and my birthday!" and Grady Lee has already asked if we can go back again next fall.