A magical journey and a fantastical fantasy. Day 36
Dreaming about Disney? I know we’ve been. Today is the day. Disney’s Magical Kingdom. Jess bolts out of bed like a monkey from a box, whilst I take the fat walrus approach to the day and slide out into the sun like a warm bath. It’s going to be a big one, we’re up a little late but we get to the park right around midday.
The park is actually a little quiet, we stroll through the gates and await on our ferry to take us into the wonderful world of Disney. The beautiful fantasia castle stands in the backdrop. It seems silly to say but this place does feel magical. Like anything could happen and wishes could come true. Drifting across the ferry into this whimsical wonder Jess and I can hardly contain our inner child.
We start with a stroll through Main Street U.S.A. What Disney does insanely well is themes, this entire world could be taken straight from a story book or film strip. Characters wander throughout the crowds, a philharmonic sing tunes from movies in perfect harmony, the place is really enchanting. Suddenly the castle erupts into cheers, lights and sounds as one of the many shows begin. We jump on the video camera just for Jess’s little sister Pearl so she can see wonderful Mickey Mouse right here. The show is great for little ones but Jess is in the mood for thrills. Adventure land here we come!
Pirates of the Caribbean is a serious favourite movie of mine so it seems the best place to start our rides, first we wander through the Swiss family Robinson treehouse that sits high in a mighty oak tree above the park. Pirates of the Caribbean is an enormous ride that takes you through the footsteps of Captain Jack Sparrow as you float through loads of animatronic cyborgs. Very cool. They love robots here and there are many. Especially in the Enchanted tiki room where flocks of birds will sing you in to the skies.
Jess spots a coaster in frontier land so we have to move. Not for me thanks! I’m terrified, I don’t care if there’s four year olds in the line, I don’t care if your elderly grandmother just got off, I’m not getting on! So Jess jumps in the queue and I find somewhere to wait. And wait. And wait. Then the announcement is made “sorry folks we are experiencing technical difficulties and need to stop the ride.” No coaster for Jessica.
So we head across to Liberty Square where we walk right into the middle of a parade. Belle and the Beast are dancing through the streets and The hall of presidents is packed so we jump on the Liberty Belle riverboat to avoid the bustle. The boat meanders downstream through deer, a Native American settlement and what can only be described as. Deliverance country. The rain sprinkles from above but the heat is frying our inside so it is very welcome. Off the boat it’s time for turkey, a giant turkey leg that could feed a family of four. I chomp in and demolish it on the way to the Haunted Mansion.
When you’re in Magic Kingdom make sure you go into the Haunted Mansion, the holograms and the technology they use as you tumble through this house is incredible. Ghosts dart and dance through walls, orbs hovering in front of your face, it is very clever and superbly done. Give it a whirl. Fantasy land calls and the heat has returned. The one ride everyone should do at Disney is of course “it’s a small world.” Now that all of you are singing the song in your head I shall tell you this cute little cruise is well worth visiting while you bob along looking at all the dancing dolls singing and grooving.
Wanting to reclaim our childhood a little too much, Jess and I take the Winnie the Pooh ride. Probably not our best move as we were the oldest kids on the ride by about 20 years. Still it provided a little entertainment as we darted around trying to find the honeypot. The next show is Mickey’s Philharmonic Orchestra, a 3D show that involves Donald Duck losing all of Mickey’s instruments and having to go through a large variety of Disney movies to find them. A great little show that took me straight back to my childhood singing along to The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
Speaking of The Little Mermaid, we took a dive into Ariels underwater cave to sing with Sebastian the crab and all the undersea critters. These places are so kid friendly but there’s enough detail to keep all adults entertained as well. Oh god we’re going on a coaster. The Barnstormer, ok it’s the coaster designed for kids but its still petty quick. My hair is ripped back into my scalp as we rocket across the park. Lucky it’s kind of short so I survive.
Off to Tomorrow Land where we race cars on a smoking hot track where I was beaten by a girl who I am still not sure how she reached the pedals. She cackled as she shot off into the distance. Damn kids. It’s starting to get dark so we decide to get into the buzz light year ride and defeat the evil emperor Zurg. This kids ride took us some serious concentration as the following photo will probably show.
We’re still waiting for the final shows to begin so we decide to see the Monsters Inc comedy show. A hilarious show with stand ups in animation suits behind a screen, they look exactly like the Monsters in the movie and actually had some good jokes. Way better than the comedy club we went to in New York anyways. Ok our mega monstrous day is nearly over. We’ve been here for close to ten hours and my feet are starting to ache.
We run back to Frontierland so Jess can finally get on her serious rides before we see the final shows. The railroad has re opened and Jess doesn’t let technical difficulties deter her, she jumps straight on and is whipped through the abandon ride so fast I can only see a massive smile somewhere in the front row. Splash mountain is next for her, a giant drop into a pool of water below, kind of like the log ride at universal. Not feeling in the mood to get drenched I hold the bags and Jess rockets down into the depths below. Drip dry and time for shows.
The final shows are seriously well worth the wait. The glow parade and Celebrate the Magic are utterly incredible. Glowing Alice in Wonderland floats by on a giant mushroom, and the castle lights up and sings featuring all of the Disney cast. It is so hard to explain but we did manage to get a little video for you here.
The Wishes fireworks display feature is the final show event and of course it involves more fireworks than a redneck kids Christmas stocking. They light up the sky and soar into the heavens. Jiminy Cricket sings wish upon a star in the background and it could force a tear from even the burliest of men. The fireworks show is worth hanging around for if you can handle it. The lines at Disney during September are pretty quick and there’s loads to see if you don’t want to ride. The shops, the characters, everything Disney is here. I really did feel like a kid again wandering through Mickey’s universe. It’s time for our magical day to end. 10 hours since our arrival and we have finally made it through this monster park of whimsy and wonder. The ferry ride back to earth is a quiet one, everyone is tired after their fantasy. Home time please.
I fall asleep with my mouse ears on.
Josh and Jess