Disney Weekend! Part 2

Posted: February 23, 2009 in Disney
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Me and Goofy
Me and Goofy

After an eventful day Friday of Resort Hoping, Meetings and Dinner and the California Grill (See Part 1), Saturday was devoted to the Magic Kingdom! This is actually the first time I’ve been to the Magic Kingdom in about two years so it was a welcome visit back into the original Disney theme park. We started off the day around 9:30am by driving to the Magic Kingdom Ticket center where any visitor starts the day. We purchased our tickets and then took the Ferry Boat across Bay Lake to the Magic Kingdom itself!

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse

Upon entering the park we were lucky enough to catch the first parade of the day! What better way to start off the day then being greeted by the infamous Disney Characters! After the parade we headed straight down Main Street and into Tomorrowland!

On Thunder Mountain
On Thunder Mountain

Making the most of the Fast Pass Ticket system we got a Fast Pass to Buzz Lightyear and then went to the Laugh Factory. This was my first visit to the Laugh Factory, and it was quite entertaining as well as pretty cool to watch! It is an interactive Computer Generated comedy show that has the famous Monsters Inc. characters on screen interacting with the audience!

Me on Thunder Mountain
Me on Thunder Mountain

After Laugh Factory we rode the Carousel of Progress then back to Buzz Lightyear. I came in first place among my family, pulling from last place to first in the last minute of the ride! Following Buzz Lightyear we headed into Fantasyland. We rode most of the traditional rides in Fantasyland like The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and It’s Small World. We also viewed, personally one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, Philharmagic! This is a must see for anyone visiting the Magic Kingdom. Donald chases Mickey’s Sorcerers Hat through many of the classic Disney Films, all in a 4-D experiance where the characters jump out at you, you feel the wind in your face and the scents of the extravagent feast in Beauty and the Beast fill the theater. Make time to visit this one!

On Splash Mountain
On Splash Mountain

Following Fantasyland we next headed to Fronteirland where we rode Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. Not expecting to get wet on Splash Mountain with it being winter, we were extremely surprised when we got off the ride soaked! Thank goodness it was a very nice temperature in Orlando on Saturday!

Afternoon Parade
Afternoon Parade

Next on the list was the after Parade which while waiting for we visited the Country Bear Jamboree! This is a great “oldie” at the park that use to be one of my favorites! The 3:00 parade started and we were right at the beginning of the route! This parade included most of the characters and princesses from all the Classic Disney Movies!

Following the parade we headed to the Jungle Cruise where we were carried on a tour of four of the major rivers of the world!  After Jungle Cruise we rode a couple of more rides as well as grabbed a bite to eat. Then it was time for the Spectromagic Night Parade!

Cinderella
Cinderella

The Spectromagic Night Parade is one of the best of the park! We got a prime spot for the parade directly in front of the Train Depot! We took several photos of the parade, however Emily missed the shot of Cinderella! So as soon as the parade ended in our area (right at the beginning of the route) we took of running to catch up with the Cinderella float and take this picture!

After the parade we got ready for the Wishes Fireworks, this time getting a great spot right in front of the castle! It was absolutely amazing! I’m including a few of the pictures, the first of which is my absolute favorite! I’m using it as my desktop background now, click on it for a larger image!

Wow! Amazing! (Click for Larger)

Wow! Amazing! (Click for Larger)

Wishes!

Wishes!

Awesome!

Awesome!

After the fireworks we headed over to Tomorrowland to try and catch Space Mountain, however it was packed so we took a brief leisurely ride on the Tomorrowland Transit before calling it a night!

All in all it was a fantastic weekend and an amazing way to spend my 21st Birthday! I look forward to the road ahead!

Check back later for a link to the complete collection of Photos from the Trip!

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