We went back to Magic Kingdom the following day and it was like the storm had never happened. The skies were clear, the weather was warm and Cinderella was doing construction on her castle.
We had booked FastPasses for Space Mountain (the best ride ever), Pirates of the Caribbean and for a meet-and-greet with Cinderella (at this point, we hadn’t met any characters yet so this was necessary). Ayako really wanted to ride Splash Mountain so we headed in that direction first. I had my usual pre-rollercoaster freakout and we made it through with minimal soakage. Riding the water ride in the morning was the best decision because we had the entire day to walk around and dry off.
I was overwhelmingly impressed with Disneyworld. There are so many hidden gems. They have hidden scent-release things that transport you to other worlds. The sound effects and animatronics are amazing.
Pirates of the Caribbean was 100% worth booking a FastPass. As we went through Magic Kingdom, we really tried to get through as many rides as possible. We also rode Space Mountain three times. The lines were oddly short during lunch, so we kept going back.
The sun was so hot, that by the time we sat down to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade, we were hot and sweaty and eaten more ice-cream than we thought possible. If you love Disney and want to see all the characters in one place, you should find a great spot for the festival. We sat down on the ground on Main Street. You should find a spot at least 45 minutes before the festival starts or you wont find a good spot. Main Street fills up quickly. After the festival, we ducked out and rushed to Hollywood Studios. I was excited to see the new Star Wars attractions. Ayako was excited to ride the Tower of Terror. We were crammed for time, so Ayako went off on her own and I had time to ride the Star Wars simulation four times! It was incredibly fun, although I felt slightly ill afterwards. Ayako and I rejoined to rush through the park.
We were waiting to see the Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular fireworks and dodging the rain. So we created a system. We rode the Aerosmith rollercoaster and booked a FastPass for it. Went on it again, booked another FastPass. And so on. We did this a few times and eventually the rain let up.
After sucking down more ice-cream and a pretzel, we found our spot for the fireworks. Ideally, you want to near the Chinese theatre. The fireworks were beautiful, there was quite a bit of pyro involved. We trudged out of the park and back to the hotel. Our feet had never been more sore, but we were full and happy.
General tips for Disney:
- You need a few days. We had 3 days and we didn’t even put a dent in all the things you can do.
- The food is amazing. Even if you’re on a budget, set aside some money to spend on food.
- Ask for a pixie dusting at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (it’s whimsical)
- Ask any castmembers that you see for a sticker (I gathered quite the collection for my travel journal)
- WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. Anything less than comfy will slow you down. We spent about 12 hours a day in the park on our feet. Do the smart thing. Wear good shoes.
- Don’t buy water. Ask for water from any of the concession stands. If no one had told me this, I would’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money buying water. Florida is hot and humid. Hydrate. But don’t pay for it.
- Have a magical time!!