Sunday, August 7, 2016

Magic Kingdom...at night...

Even though we were both flat busted after a very very hot day at Hollywood Studios, Adam and I both agreed that we should take advantage of our last day of park tickets and hit up Magic Kingdom after dinner for a little bonus time with Mickey. 

We rejuvenated ourselves with some cool down time at the pool, showers, fresh outfits, Gatorade and dinner and then we were all set for a magical evening. The boat ride over was wonderful as we made the smart decision to sit outside up front - the breeze on our faces and chatter about what rides we hoped to hit. I think we both were hoping the park wouldn't be as crowded - a hope that was quickly squashed upon arrival. Duh! Magic Kingdom at night is all kinds of colorful, festive, and hello - much cooler - so of course it was crowded. Not to worry - we still managed to have a blast. 




We rode the Goofy roller coaster again - definitely a fun ride and while we weren't able to go 5 times in a row like we had the first day, we enjoyed that last go around and even got a little video of the fun. 


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As we walked around we managed to happen upon a dance party that Mr. & Mrs. Incredible were throwing. Adam was a bit shy but it was fun to see them all the same. 



Using the Disney App (no where near as good as Tara Tour Guide) we noticed that Thunder Mountain only had a 30 minute wait so we headed over there and were thrilled to have scored seats in the back row. It was a totally different experience and with darkness setting in it was fun to see the park starting to light up - Adam was quite mesmerized by Cinderella's Castle being all pink and purple. 




From there we wandered over to the Jungle Cruise, a ride we hadn't done on our first visit, and we were pleasantly surprised when the cast member working the line let us sneak into the Fast Pass lane, saving us a 30 minute wait. The ride was a bit cheesey, but Adam enjoyed it and it was a definite trip down memory lane for me. 



By the time we finished that and had worked our way through the heavy crowds lined up for the electric parade and the fireworks we both agreed we'd had enough and decided to do just a little more shopping before our Fast Pass time slot to meet Mickey. Happily during our stroll through the shops we caught some of the fireworks which were pretty cool to see over the castle. 


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Of course the icing on the cake was our meet and greet with Mickey - we couldn't possibly leave Disney without getting a hug and photo with the mouse that started it all! It was a great moment seeing Adam meet Mickey - all of a sudden my Star Wars loving, light saber fighting, nearly 7 going on 15 year old big guy was back to being just a kid who loves Mickey - and who doesn't!? 




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Oh Disney, you captured our hearts (and wallets!) during this visit and we can't wait to do it all again when Harper is old enough. So for now we'll just say thank you and "See ya real soon!" 

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