Sunday, May 16th....Our first day at the most wonderful place in the ENTIRE world!
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that DH and I always make surprises for each other when we go on trip. My surprise to him was a series of surprise cards with goofy little poems in them that had a very small present with it. While we were on the plane I gave DH his first surprise. The card said: "Tomorrow is the big day, We want to be there in the worst way! Take this, close your eyes and think of Tink - Morning will be here in a wink!" The surprise that went along with it was two sleeping pills of course.
My surprise from Todd was a scrapbook he had made by himself. The theme behind it was that my Fairy Godmother had been kidnapped and to get her back I had to complete a series of tasks. As I completed each set of tasks, I would receive a different prize until my Fairy Godmother was freed. It was so wonderful!
Our wakeup call from Mickey came at 7:20A which was entirely too early after the night before. I expected to leap out of bed with excitement, but I was just too tired! I finally managed to drag myself out of bed and into our spiffy shower so DH could get a little extra sleep.
While DH showered I opened my first set of tasks labeled for the Magic Kingdom. The card inside said:
"Find the spot where chocolate treats zoon through outer space,
Then the proof that Mr. Toad gave Pooh and friends his place,
Listen for the dance and music lessons on Main Street,
Spot the shop rooftop through which a bumbling giant peeks.
Replace one task by finding three Hidden Mickeys."
I knew that the place where chocolate threats zoom was Space Mountain, and that the giant could be found at Sir Mickey's but I had to ask for help with the other two.
After memorizing the tasks I had to complete for the day, two of us were dressed and heading out the door by 8:15. We had only budgeted $200 per day so we decided to stop at McDonald's for a cheap breakfast on the way to the park. It amazes me how even the McDonalds are so well themed at WDW! I noticed the drive through workers were even wearing lanyards - how exciting!
Breakfast definitely woke me up and I was thrilled by the time we pulled into our parking place in Pluto. The tram ride was wonderful and I had to fight back tears I was so happy. There was a little girl in our monorail car who started screaming and jumping up and down because she could see the castle. I felt like doing the exact same thing but decided to stand still because I'm still a little nervous about the monorail only having one rail :
We pulled into the train station just in time for the opening ceremony. It was exactly like I remembered it! I love watching Mickey pull up in the train and the family step out and open the parks with pixie dust! It's just so magical!
As soon as we got in we headed straight for Splash Mountain to get a Fastpass. The line was short so we walked right on after getting a Fastpass for later. I felt like I was in a dream on the ride. I kept thinking that there was no way it could possibly be real - it was just too perfect! We of course walked over the BTMRR after Splash Mountain and walked right on with almost no wait. I always love the big dip on that ride where my butt comes completely off the seat – woohoo!
We walked over to Fantasyland to check on the lines for Philharmagic after we got off BTMRR. There was only a 10 minute wait so we walked on in. I had heard a lot of mixed reactions about this attraction so I didn’t quite know what to think. When I smelled the apple pie I immediately thought of the Home Sweet Home candle that everyone on the boards had said smelled exactly like it. Unfortunately since I smelled the candle before I saw the film, I thought the pie smelled like the candle instead of thinking the candle smelled like the pie! Overall, I thought it was fun but I was a little disappointed – I thought it was a little too much like the Muppets 4D at MGM. DH loved it and thought it was very well done.
We walked straight out of Philharmagic to Winnie the Pooh. The last time we were at WDW Winnie the Pooh was closed for rehab so it was my first time to ride it. DH had told me that I could find the answer to my second task on this ride. Sure enough when we passed through Owl’s house I saw a framed picture of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to Owl – what a great touch! I loved bouncing along with Tigger during parts of the ride!
By the time we left Winnie the Pooh, the lines in Fantasyland were starting to build up so we headed over to Liberty Square to ride one of mine and Todd’s favorite rides – the Haunted Mansion! DH and I both felt like the ride was much darker than it was on our last trip. On our last trip, the strings holding the instruments in the séance room were clearly visible but this time we had to really strain to see them.
When we walked out of Haunted Mansion we walked over to the kiosk near Country Bear Jamboree to get me a churro. For some reason during the last year, every dream I have had of being at the Magic Kingdom involved me eating a churro and walking through Frontierland. It was so exciting to finally be able to do it! The churro was fresh and still kinda gooey in the middle – YUM!
I ate my churro on the way to Splash Mountain where we waited for our Fastpass time. Our second ride was even more enjoyable than the first!
After we got off Splash Mountain we headed to Tomorrowland to get a Fastpass for Space Mountain. Our return time was about an hour and a half later so we decided to ride Carousel of Progress. COP was closed during our last trip so it was mine and Todd’s first time to ride it. I really enjoyed it. I think the concept of moving the audience around the stage is just brilliant. The fact that the little boy only aged 15 years over a century was really funny to me, but overall, I really enjoyed it!
DH suggested we do TTA after COP. There was next to no one on it so we hopped on and took a spin around Tomorrowland. It quickly became my favorite ride. It was so nice to be away from the crowds and my feet really appreciated the break. The view of Tomorrowland and the castle is beautiful. It was by far my favorite out of the rides I tried for the first time on this trip!
By the time we finished with TTA it was time for us to ride Space Mountain. While standing in the loading area I saw the meteors that are supposedly chocolate chip cookies projected on the ceiling. This took care of another task and I seriously thought about backing out. My first experience on Space Mountain was not a good one (it involved my screaming a long list of obscenities at the top of my lungs) but I decided to give it another try. It was MUCH more enjoyable this time. DH says I have become much more of a thrill seeker since our last trip and I guess I won’t argue
After riding Space Mountain we decided to head back to the hotel for a rest. On the way out, we stopped by the Expositional Hall so I could pick up a pin lanyard since I had managed to bring all of my pins but no lanyard. I also decided to buy two AP pins since I am so proud of the fact that DH and I have annual passes :P
By the time we made it back to the hotel it was about 2P. We grabbed lunch at the hotel (quesadillas and a cheeseburger which were both very good) and took a quick nap. Up next: An Extra Special night at Epcot!