Monday, March 3, 2014

Trip Report: New Year's at Walt Disney World [Day 5] Magic Kingdom + See Ya Real Soon

January 2, 2014 - Magic Kingdom + See You Real Soon

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We checked out of the Waldorf and drove to Magic Kingdom.

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Luckily, the sky had cleared up.

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Our first FP+ was for Big Thunder Mountain

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Does anyone else see the parasailer to the right of the castle, beside Space Mountain? They offer Parasailing over Bay Lake, but I never realized if you had the right perspective, it would appear like the parasailer was inside the park.

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I was very hungry.... the about to be sick kind of hungry. My dad has this habit of whenever Rachel or I tell him that we're hungry (I don't think my mother ever gets hungry) saying, "I'm not hungry." And if we say that we want to go eat somewhere, "Oh, I'm not hungry." But we ARE! So my dad, who wasn't hungry, really wanted to eat at this waffle place to the front left of the castle. And we got there, and the menu just didn't seem at all substantial or what I needed, so we decided to head over to Columbia Harbour House so that we could at least sit indoors and enjoy the air conditioning. Thank goodness! That little lunch break was just what we needed to refresh a little. Not to mention, we timed it perfectly, because after we sat down, the lunch crowds started rushing in.

Afterwards, we headed to New Fantasyland for our FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle.

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I decided to get a FP+ for this because we had yet to see it, and the line is usually 40 minutes or more. I knew that it was a story for little kids thing, but I had read that the effects used in it were really cool, so I figured it was worth checking out.

You move through three rooms. The first is Maurice's workshop. Then we go into the room with the Wardrobe which is a well-done animatronic who casts the actors and actresses in Belle's story. The first role they cast was for the knights in shining armor. Everyone, even adults, had to march in place. Well, they chose my dad as one of the knights in shining armour. I don't know why, but my dad has always been a popular pick for audience participation.

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He took his role very seriously.

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Every kid who wanted a role was cast a part. At the end, after she did all of the major part castings, she asked if anyone else wanted to participate and handed out props to all of them.

There was this really weird scenario which I feel I have to mention to you. There was this little bitty boy who I would estimate to be around 18 months (though I don't have a baby and am not good at guessing baby ages).... but he was definitely older than a year, but definitely not two. Anyway, he somehow makes his way in the front with all of the castings and runs, screaming from one side of the room to the other and smashes full-force into the wall, falling down backwards. He then gets up and proceeds to run right back to the other wall and smashes full-force into it. It was so bizarre, that Rachel and I could not help laughing out loud.

Finally, we made it to the library.

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Belle had a very nasally voice. It was absolutely wrong in casting. Imagine a Kardashian Belle. I felt like I was watching a very painful episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians where Khloe portrays Belle in a play.

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Dad was very disappointed that he didn't get a picture by himself. All of the other little kids got a photo opportunity alone with Belle, but he had to share the photo with the other knight in shining armour.

Remember the little boy I told you about earlier? Well, he was sitting beside me in the lap of his mother, and he could not remain still. He screamed and fought her the entire show. Somehow, at the very end when they were taking photos, he ended up on the floor with his mother hovering over him, trying to get a grip on him. He repeatedly picked himself up and smashed his body into the floor. It was absolutely bizarre - I think this kid was enjoying inflicting pain on himself. After the show ended, I overheard a cast member go to the mother and tell her that she couldn't let her son run around like that and it wasn't safe. I don't think the mother really had any control over her little boy.

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Goodbye, Kardashian Belle!

Rachel said that Enchanted Tales with Belle was a complete waste of a FastPass, a waste of her time, and she would never do it again. I'm glad that I got to see it, but it's definitely not anything I'll be doing again.... at least not unless I am with a child who is obsessed with Belle. But I can't recommend this show for adults.

After Enchanted Tales with Kardashian Belle, we went to the castle hub to watch the parade. I had misread the schedule and thought it was going to be the Christmas parade. But no, the last showing of the Christmas parade was on Tuesday (hate I missed it!). However, I did get to see one of the last several runs of the Celebrate the Magic Parade which ran for five years. This parade will soon be replaced by the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.

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After, we headed to Tomorrowland for our FP+ for Space Mountain. We were then going to ride the PeopleMover, but it was temporarily down. So instead, we headed to Main Street to do some final shopping.

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You might have picked up on this, but we enjoy shopping at Walt Disney World. Their merchandise is just so cute. I really don't enjoy touristy junk, but Disney's is just themed so well and useful for other things. And it had improved drastically in the past five years. They just really hit the nail on the head. It's the only place I ever go where I want to buy "souvenirs." Rachel wanted to replace her Mickey crocs because she had rubbed a hole in them (they're canvas slip-ons), and I wanted a sweatshirt and wine bottle stoppers. They had a cute set of red and black wine stoppers in the kitchen merchandise which I had spotted earlier that week.

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We made a final stop in the Confectionary to grab a treat for the ride home.

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The sky was getting dark... we were motivated to leave before the bottom fell out of the sky.

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Just as we were walking to our car in the parking lot, it started raining. Luckily, we were only about six cars away, so we got shelter quickly.

A treat for the road -

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See Ya Real Soon!