Originally Posted by Psypher
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We woke up Tuesday at 5:45. We were out the door by 6:15. We drove to the Contemporary for our 7:00 reservation at Chef Mickeyís. We got there a bit early and there was nobody at the restaurant to check us in. We walked around the concourse of the CR and took a few pictures. They checked us a little bit before 7:00. They took our picture by a Mickey statue and brought us to our table. Since it was my Birthday, they gave me a yellow napkin while most people got blue. The selection was great and the quality of the food was great as well. It wasnít long before the characters started coming out. We were the second table that they stopped at which was a relief since we were trying to get to the Magic Kingdom by 8:15 for rope drop at 9:00. We got pictures with each of the characters and made sure they signed our autograph book. At the end of breakfast they turned some celebration music on and made us all wave our napkins in the air. The people with yellow napkins all got a cupcake. They also gave a cupcake to my Wife since we were also celebrating our Honeymoon. They tried to sell us the picture they took of us by the Mickey statue for something like $30 but we declined. We paid and got out of there.
We drove around the Magic Kingdom resort area and pulled into the parking lot by the TTC. For some reason they werenít letting us use the monorail, so we had to take the ferry across. We got to the front gate probably around 8:25, but were one of the first people there. A little before 9:00 they had the opening ceremony and let us into the park. I used the touringplans.com touring plans throughout the trip to allow us to visit most of the attractions in the time we had.
We headed straight to Space Mountain and walked right on. I always remember thinking Space Mountain wasnít scary at all, but this time it freaked me out a bit. Iím not sure if it was that Iím a lot older than I was when I was last here or the fact that I just ate a huge breakfast. I wasnít a big fan of the harsh, quick turns. It was still fun though. We then headed to Buzz Lightyear. Once again we walked right on. I enjoyed blasting the targets. The ride broke down for a minute or two while we were on it, but it wasnít a big deal. It wasnít until the final 30 seconds of the ride that my Wife pointed out that there was a lever that controlled the spinning of the pod. Had I known that, it would have made it more fun. A rookie mistake I guess. Next was Winnie the Pooh. I thought the interactive queue elements were neat. The attraction was cute, but nothing too memorable. Next we hit up Snow White. This ride was similar to Pooh except a bit darker. This one broke down on us for 15 minutes or so and we eventually finished the ride with the lights on. I thought we would get a fastpass, but we didnít. Peter Pan was cool. Similar to the others, but I loved the beginning when the track disappears and you are suspended over the city. Itís a Small World was classic as always. I kept saying ďI loves me some boat ridesĒ. I enjoy just relaxing and taking in the sites.
We headed over to Haunted Mansion next. My wrist got caught under the bar as it came down and hurt pretty bad. I loved this ride and really enjoyed all the special effects. This ride broke down on us as well for a few minutes, but again nothing major. Splash Mountain was awesome! I love it tells a story while you are on it. The drop is really fun too. I was disappointed that Big Thunder was closed for our trip, but we had plenty of other things to keep us busy. Pirates was great. Did I mention that I love boat rides? The special effects that they added since I was last here were really cool. I really had a blast with Jungle Cruise. Our skipper was really nice. I loved the puns and was cracking up the whole time. She thanked me at the end of the ride for getting really into it. I forgot to mention that everywhere we went Cast Members were congratulating us on our marriage. We felt really special. Next we did Enchanted Tiki Room. This was the first time Iíve seen it and it was neat to see this Walt Disney classic. It was also the first time Iíve seen country bears and Iím glad I did. I thought the animatronics were fantastic. My only issue was that I had a hard time understanding them most of the time with their southern accents. We went to Hall of Presidents next. I loved how lifelike everyone was and especially loved the part where they call off all of their names and they acknowledge it by nodding. We then caught the 3:00 Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and I got some great pictures.
I was really excited about PhilharMagic because I remember loving Muppets when I was younger. I was a little disappointed because we wound up at the very farthest seat in the theater and this really lessened the 3D effect for me. I did like the movie though. Now we started to slow the pace down a bit and enjoy the scenery a bit more. I started to feel nauseous at this point (probably due to the heat or dehydration). We were so ahead of the touring plan that I didnít feel like we needed to rush. We tried to do the TTA but it broke down right before we got on it. We waited for about 15 minutes for it to open up and then gave up. We then did Carousel of Progress. Oh man did we love that attraction! No joke, that ended up being our favorite attraction at the whole resort. Something about the amazing animatronics, the music, and the theme (and probably the air conditioning) just connected with us. We checked the TTA again, but it was still down. We checked out Dream Along with Mickey and I took some more pictures. We then did Stitch. Neither of us had done this one before, so we didnít know what to expect. When we got to the part with overhead harnesses that had to get pulled down, we got really nervous that we were going to start spinning or go upside-down or something. In the end nothing really happened. Weíre still trying to figure out exactly what the purpose of that attraction was. The TTA was now open and we checked it out. It was very relaxing. Next we tried Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. I was pleasantly surprised on this one. I was cracking up the whole time.
We then went and walked down Main Street USA and explored the shops. We jumped on the Railroad at Main Street station and did a complete loop. That was when we noticed that we never checked out Storybook Circus. We then walked through the Swiss Family Treehouse. This didnít do much for me. I would have rather had a walkthrough of a Treehouse Villa. After this, we sat down in front of the castle to claim our spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes. The parade was neat. It was very crowded and hard to get good pictures. Wishes was very romantic. We really loved the music that was played and caught ourselves singing it the whole trip. For some reason, Tinkerbell didnít fly tonight. There were a few dark clouds in the sky. After Wishes we headed back to the gate. I really hated the slow and long walk back to the front of the park. I was really overtired and my feet were killing me. I just wanted to get back to our beautiful room at BWV. It took forever to get to the front of the park and even longer to wait for the ferry back. Once we got to the TTC, I made another big mistake. I remembered that our car was near the front of the parking lot, but I forgot that the TTC wasnít right next to the parking lot. I was trying to find my way around the all the lines for the trams because I knew our car was in walking distance. I tried going to the right, towards the Poly, but it was all blocked off. We decided to just wait for the tram, but I didnít know which ďHeroĒ are car was. I started panicking a bit and someone overheard us. They said that you had to go all the way to the left and walk under a bridge. I totally forgot about the bridge! We bailed out of the line and walked under the bridge and were in our car within 5 minutes. I probably lost 15 minutes waiting in the tram line. We drove back to BWV and made the long trek again from the self-parking to the room. I probably got to sleep at around 12:30am.
Tomorrow: Hollywood Studios!