We got to Magic Kingdom right before the park opened but by the time we got off the monorail, we had already missed the big opening number. If you haven't been there when the park opens, you definitely should. The train pulls up to the station, right at Main St, and Mickey, Minnie, and tons of other characters get off to welcome everyone to the Magic Kingdom. It's a big hit with our kids and something we accidentally stumbled upon. We try to see it every time we go. We headed into the park and went straight to the Fantasyland entrance to confirm whether or not we could get our wristbands once we were all in the park. They said yes so we weren't worried about trying to keep track of time to meet the rest of my family at the entrance of Magic Kingdom. We hopped on Buzz Lightyear, the People Mover, Tea Cups (cue Mommy getting nauseous), Winnie the Pooh, and Small World, before heading to Adventureland. Em didn't want to go on Jungle Cruise so I took her to ride the Magic Carpets while the Hubs took Noah on the cruise. Well we saw Jasmine and Aladdin so Em wanted to meet them. They have been 2 characters that we haven't met yet. Well this is where I started to get frustrated. My camera would take pictures, show me that it was saving, yet not be seen when I went to review them. I don't know what's up with it and when I went to dump the pictures onto the computer tonight, I still can't find them. So the rest of the day was documented with my cell phone.
We caught up with the rest of my family and we headed to get our wristbands. We had a scheduled preview time of 1230-4 but they let us in early (as in like 1130). Instantly I felt like I was transported into fairy tales. Right now the expansion is limited to the Beast's Castle (Be Our Guest Restaurant), Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel's Grotto, and Under the Sea with The Little Mermaid. The first part of the expansion already opened with a new and improved Dumbo ride, Barnstormer roller coaster, and water play area, and a new character meet and greet area. That's been open for a few months now. This was phase 2 with the last phase to open later in 2013 (I think). It's going to be a Snow White roller coaster through the diamond mines and a new royal area to meet the Princesses. It will be totally awesome once it's all open. But for the most part, this phase of the expansion was geared towards the princess loving people.
|What a grand entrance!!! Construction is the Snow White roller coaster|
|Horrible cell phone pics of the ride|
|She was cute but no the best Ariel we've seen|
Next up.....Entering the Beast's Castle!!!