Having a Fun-Filled Very Merry Christmas at Disney
For a fun-filled very merry Christmas at Disney, my family took a trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida. My mom (Melody), dad (Eddie), sister (Peyton), boyfriend (Blake), and I piled into the car and drove the hour and a half north to Orlando to spend the day at Magic Kingdom. Blake had never been before, so I decided that we were going to go all out.
Prior to our visit, I created a Disney account in order to make arrangements for our visit. I really wanted us to have breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle, but they suggest booking your mealtime six months in advance. Needless to say, we did not get a reservation at the Castle. We did, however, manage to secure a spot for lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.
I then mapped out a schedule based on attraction locations and character meeting times. We also pre-purchased our tickets online so we could make fast pass reservations. Although you are only allowed three fast passes per day, it was nice to have guaranteed times before our visit.
Our Magic Kingdom Adventures
We got to the park when it opened, at 8 AM. By the time the tram picked us up at the parking lot, shuttled us to the monorail, and we rode over to the park, it was almost 8:45. My mom, Blake, and I hurried over to Princess Fairytale Hall and got in line to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen. We were sure this character opportunity would only get busier as the day went on.
Though we waited in line for around forty-five minutes, but we spent our time people watching, so it went by quickly. Finally we were escorted into a room with three other park guests where the two girls were located. Being twenty-two years old, I was really surprised that the characters talk to you as if they are actually that person and you are five years old. It was a bit creepy that they asked me “what kingdom I was from” and that “Olaf would really like the weather here.” Since all of this caught us off guard, our pictures from that meet were, not that attractive.
We got back in the other line at Princess Fairytale Hall to meet Cinderella, Blake’s favorite, and Rapunzel. We were much more prepared for the strange conversation this time and were able to play it off. We were now veterans of the character meet, ready to take on the rest of Magic Kingdom.
Merida from Brave Makes a Big Impression
Next, we walked to a hidden corner, known as Fairytale Garden, where we waited in line to meet Merida from the Brave movie. The line was not very long at all as there was a show going on in front of the castle. Here, kids could shoot arrows and play games while waiting in line. They also had music playing that was similar to the movie. Merida was incredibly sweet and let visitors take their time taking pictures. This was our favorite character meet of the day.
Lunch Time at Magic Kingdom
It was then time for us to head back down Main Street USA to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant for lunch. The servers come out and announce your name and that is how they seat your party. It was, interesting, to hear all of the different last names of the park’s visitors. We enjoyed flatbreads, salads, and meatball sandwiches for lunch; all of which were delicious. While not my first pick for dining in the park, it was great! I would definitely recommend eating here while at Magic Kingdom.
We tried to go to the Ariel meet, but accidentally got on the Little Mermaid ride. Although it was not what we had planned, the attraction was incredibly cute and played the music from the movie. We ended up really liking it.
Story time with Belle was a complete bust. You only got to get pictures with Belle if you were picked to be in the story; but again, being older than ten we were out of the running and ended up wasting an hour of our day at the park. Blake and I were two out of five people there without children so we definitely felt out-of-place. Looking back at it, I’m sure it was quite comical.
Magic Kingdom Rides and Fast Passes
Finally, it was time to use our fast passes. All of us rode Space Mountain, a rollercoaster that is completely in the dark. Although I had ridden it before, the whole concept freaked me out. It’s a Small World has recently been redone so the decorations were very nice. By the second room, however, we were tired of hearing the song.
The Haunted Mansion was really pleasurable and one of favorite things from the day. Our fast passes allowed us to completely jump the line and we only had to spend about five minutes waiting for each ride. The park was not that busy so wait times were not that long anyway.
Parades and Farewell
The Fantasyland parade was really cute and fun for everybody. Pretty much all Disney characters, old and new, made their way down the park towards Main Street USA and the music was really enjoyable. I highly suggest making it to this parade.
In order to complete Blake’s first trip to Disney, Peyton, Blake, and I went to meet Mickey. We spent around an hour in line, but once we got up there it was definitely worth it. Mickey did a funny magic trick and we ended up spending around five minutes talking to the staff.
Since we had been at the park for almost nine hours and were exhausted from running around all day, we opted out of waiting another hour to see the Castle lighting. We still had a long drive back home. I am really not a Disney fan, but tried to make it a fun day since it was Blake’s first time. I will say that the entire Disney staff was incredibly friendly and definitely made our time at the park more memorable. It was also nice that the park was not overcrowded so we could still walk around. Magic Kingdom was beautifully decorated for Christmas, which made our pictures even more special. This day trip was definitely one for the books!
Taylor Pittman wrote this article.
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