Monday, May 22, 2006

The Castle

We had an amazing day at The Magic Kingdom. It was a spur of the moment decision to go. We found out the park was open until 10 pm, which gave us plenty of time to explore given that we were arriving around 3pm.

We exited the Monorail and headed for the Train, which would take us to the back corner of the park where Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain reside. That was a very good decision. The train arrived at the station just as a parade was ending, and we were able to literally walk on Big Thunder Mountain RR. Now I've ridden this before, but the last time was most likely in 1986. I didn't remember how great the theming is on the entire ride. We enjoyed it.

Next we headed over to Splash Mountain, which was a new attraction for both Craig and me. The wait was 30 minutes. Again, very impressed with the ride and its theming. Very enjoyable.

From there we headed to the Jungle Cruise. The wait was about 20-30 minutes. The ride is pretty much as I remembered it, and the guides are working off the same script with a few changes. But I really like the Jungle Cruise.

Then we popped into Stitch's Great Escape (no wait). What a cool show. Very enjoyable. I was cracking up listening to all the kids laugh throughout the experience.

Next up: Space Mountain! Wait time: about ten minutes. This is the best Disney day ever! We choose the right side of the ride for our first trip. I loved it of course. The trip is longer than I remembered it, but it was fast and dark and lots of fun.

Exiting that we headed for the Wedway People Mover, um, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

Then we took a trip on Buzz Lightyear, which is an imaginative use of the old "If You Had Wings" ride.

Next was the Carousel of Progress. The theater looks and smells old and worn. The ride is essentially the same except for some updates in the final scene. The day's only injury came on this ride. I busted the hell out of my leg walking out of the theater and have a big bruise on my thigh. Injured on the Carousel of Progress. How embarassing.

Craig and I took another spin on Space Mountain, this time on the left side of the ride. It seemed a little faster than the right side, but who knows. But enjoyable nonetheless.

Then it was to the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

ok, I'm running out of time here -- list of attractions we hit:

Mickey's Philharmagic
Haunted Mansion (total walk-on!)
Big Thunder Mtn.
It's a Small World
Peter Pan
Snow White

We exited Snow White at 10 pm exactly! Watched the fireworks, picked up some pink ears for Kennedy, and finally headed home exhausted and happy. Posted by Picasa

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