The perfect way to play at
the Magic Kingdom - Part 1
We got up around 7am,
showered and prepared
breakfast in our room, consisting of sandwiches, chips and
potato salad, sat down and had a relaxed breakfast
before getting ready to ride
the Monorail around to the resorts. We also were at the lookout
for a pin for someone from our cruise group and according to the
shop Disney app it was sold at the Contemporary. So since we had
to get there anyway we walked right into the shop, looked around,
didnít see it and asked a cast member. He had no idea, but after
being shown on the phone, he went to get another cast member.
And he then told us that his particular pin was not released yet
and to come back on the 13th, as that was the release date. He
swore they already had it in the stock room, but were not
allowed to sell it before the 13th.
Okay, good, our cruise was
not setting sail before the 25th, so it was no problem to pick
it up later.
So off we went through
security and up to the Monorail to ride it to the Polynesian
Resort. Didnít take long and we arrived and started our walk
through the resort, checking out the stores and grounds.
About half an hour later we
stopped in at the store and picked up a cute little Stitch,
which would later become my pal for the Halloween Party and then
we took another Monorail over to the Grand Floridian. Again, we
walked around the grounds,
checked out the stores and
watched out for another DISboards friend, who now works at the
He had posted on Facebook
that he was on his way to work, so we hung around for a while,
but since we were going to meet another friend, we headed back
to the Contemporary and since we still had time, we just stopped
at the Contempo Cafť for a little lunch. Again, we had decided
to share and it didnít take long for them to bring out our food.
We had ordered the
Cheddar and Bacon Macaroni &
Cheese, Blistered Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Cheddar
Sauce, and Cheese Bread Crumbs and the
Meat Lover's Flatbread,
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, and Smoke Bacon, topped with
Mozzarella, which were both delicious. We are both not big fans
of Mac and Cheese, but this one was really good and we gobbled
it all up. Once we were done we headed back to Bay Lake Tower
and waited for our friend Pamela who was on her way.
Didnít take long and she had
parked her car and was on her way to the resort.
We met her out in the
parking lot and lots of hugs were in order before we returned to
our room for a short chat and then we all headed over to the
Contemporary to jump on the Monorail and travel over to Epcot.
It was nice to have time to catch up on things while we were
riding over, then joined the masses who were queueing up for
bagcheck and finally we were able to scan our magic bands and
head into the park.
We were a bit in a hurry as
we were already at the tail end of our first pass and made it to
The Land with minutes to spare. We headed inside and down the
escalator to get on Living with the Land. There was a LONG line
to get on the ride and even a line for the Fast Pass. We only
had a few more minutes (we were already inside the grace period)
but luckily made it onto the ride.
Again, we just chatted along
and enjoyed sitting in the air conditioning and even though we
all had been on the ride lots of times it is still so fun and
interesting to see all the plants you ride through.
Once off the ride there was
time for a restroom break before jumping right into the fast
pass line for Soarin.
Funnily enough the line here
seemed to be shorter than for Living with the Land and it was a
short walk to the second check-point
and from there we joined a
queue to get on the ride. When we finally made it to the point
where they assign the seats we discovered that we would be
seated on the far right side, so we asked if we could wait and
get on the middle glider as I am not a fan of leaning landmarks.
It wasnít a problem, so we just stood back and waited for the
lines to clear and then it was our turn. We were seated in row
one of the middle glider and thoroughly enjoyed our ride,
rediscovering all those beautiful landmarks again. Once we got
off the ride, we had just a few minutes until our next fast pass
was going to open, so we strolled towards the exit into the
blistering heat again and then stopped into MouseGear to have a
look around and cool off before heading over to Mission Space.