Day 5..........March 30th............First Day at WDW MGM ~ Part 1
<font color="purple">My alarm clock went off at about 6:30am. I got right to it since today was to be a big day. I mean there are not too many times in your life you can say you are getting up to go to Walt Disney World now (ok maybe for some this isn‘t true, but not for me although I am working on that)!
By 7 everyone else was up in various stages of dress. Without further ado we were saying our good byes to my grandparent’s for a couple days and out of there by 7:45. Not bad for a family of 5! The drive to Orlando was about the same as when we drove to Sea World, fine until we hit I-4. However, before we knew it we were driving through the welcoming arches of Walt Disney World and Teagan still had her stomach contents intact.
OK for clarification we did not drive directly under the arches since we were on our way to MGM, but 1 road over is close enough for me. We pulled up to park at MGM and had all our things pulled up to the tram wait by 9am, which was opening time. I’d like to say I know what character we parked at, but as this is my husband’s job I have no clue and wouldn’t you know the darn man cannot remember anymore either. Geesh I give him 1 detail to remember and he cannot remember what it is a month later.
LOL! We were parked and at Disney so it was ALL good no matter where the sam heck we were parked and that’s that!
Our 1st tram ride of the day was an experience as we learned our stroller doesn’t fold down nice and flat like some of the other ones out there. This thing is huge and takes up quite a bit of room. We found we had to fight to get on trams with this thing all week as people would cut us off each time as we were trying to board with it.
I am glad we did bring our stroller though since no one else seemed to have a similar style as ours and we always found it right off the bat. Also the very ample storage basket and other extras were a nice bonus. After the fight with the stroller, which as you can see I sing it’s praises while dear hubby only could see it’s negatives, we were at bag check. That only took us 5 minutes and another 5 to get through the turn styles in. This is where Mom stops to take a breath of fresh Disney air and commit this to memory. Coarse everyone else is ready to take off in 5 different directions right away and cuts my moment short. Mom’s luck.
Since there were several characters out and right in front of us, we decided to do that first. Chip and Dale were our 1st encounter and had the shortest line. Teagan went right in for the hug, which surprised us all as she does not like strangers. The oldest 2 received their 1st autographs. We went to Tigger’s line next and repeated the same process. We were the last allowed in this line and it looked like the other character lines were closing as well. Oh well, we got to see 3 characters so no complaining here.
From here we did what the rest of the masses were apparently doing….going down Sunset Boulevard after the quick snapshot by a photographer
(yes I got Jim to pose for 1 more besides Sea World)! Brianna was just hankering to get on Tower Of Terror. For being so shy and reserved she is a virtual wild woman when it comes to rides. She is fearless! Dustin is afraid of his own shadow
, God bless his little heart, and refused to go on it. So Jim and Brianna did a quick potty break and then went to go get in the line that was claiming a 20 minute wait. The rest of us did our potty break at this point . Once we were relieved we went to go see about fast passes to Rock’n’Roller Coaster. The line was 25 minutes long just for fast passes. I decided against it. In hind sight I wish I would have just gotten in the blasted line as we never got a chance to ride this ride later. I try to tell my husband, who was very bummed he didn’t get to go on it, that it gives us something to look forward to for the next time although being Disney what’s not to look forward too?!?!?! The other 2 were still on ToT, so I figured we’d get a snack to eat with the chickens among us. Got a chocolate croissant at Toluca Turkey Co. for $2.79 and boy was it good! We washed it down with some water we had in the stroller basket. By then the 2 had come off of ToT claiming they had just loved it. Note to myself here>>>must try this ride next trip.
At this point the masses crowding Sunset Blvd were just too much for me, so we headed out of the area. We headed right towards The Great Movie Ride. Coarse we stopped for a few pictures of the big hat 1st. There was only like a 5 minute wait for this ride, so you couldn’t beat that. This would be Dustin, Teagan, and my 1st ride at WDW and we were so ready. I remember this ride from our 2000 trip. The kids were too little to remember and Jim was not with us, so I was peppered with questions about what was in store. I thought it was best for them to experience it 1st hand without knowing a thing so I kept my mouth shut. At first they were thrown off by the movie playing while we were waiting for the next ride vehicle. Dustin was not happy about the Alien part of the ride at all once we were on. The toddler didn’t look happy either, but she never cried out nor moved. I think everyone enjoyed the Wizard of Oz part and the final movie sequence the most. They all said they liked it and they never knew it was going to be like that. From here we wandered and gazed until we fell upon Star Tours. I so wanted to ride this because the last time the kids had been too little to ride and I missed it. Jim said he would stay outside with Teagan and do this latter. The standby line had a 25 minute wait posted so we just went for it. The line moved rather quickly which surprised me. The themeing was a great touch as is typical for Disney. In no time we were aboard our flight simulator and blasted off into the galaxy far far away! I loved it! I giggled like a little kid
the whole time we were on. The 2 kids liked it too. When we got off we told Jim he had to do this ride before we left the park.
Off to Muppet Vision 3D. We are not a show type family, but mainly prefer rides. Well Disney seems to break this mind set for us because we just love the various shows around the parks and Muppets were no different. I have some old tapes of this show and remember it growing up as a prime time show on before Solid Gold….must sees back then. It was like reliving my favorite television night as a child. The Swedish Chef is my all time favorite. For some reason I couldn’t find the Jell-O net this time although I remember it from last time. Gives me something to look for next time around I guess. After laughing our booties off we all decided our bellies were not laughing anymore, but hungry. We went down Commissary Lane to eat at the ABC Commissary at 12:30. Teagan took this time to promptly fall asleep of coarse. Kids and I picked out a table and sat down while Jim got the food. Our receipt shows a Cuban w/chips, cheeseburger and fires, and 2 kids nugget meals for a total of $22.11. It was all pretty good, nothing to write home about but satisfying nonetheless. We woke Teagan up at the end to eat what we all had saved her. I also took this time to rub sun block on my hubby and kids as it was blaring sunshine outside.
Coming out of the ABC commissary we saw some more characters outside by the big hat. The lines were all terribly long. Still we got in Eeyore's line since it is my favorite and the kids wished to entertain me for once. I get up there for my shinning moment with my offspring in tow and wouldn’t you know it my husband takes the picture while I am pointing to the camera for Teagan to look!
Oh well I got to see him and that is all that counts I guess. Again we noticed all the character lines looked to be closing down when we got out of our line.
From here we went back to fast pass The Voyage of The Little Mermaid. To kill time we went around the Magic Of Disney Animation and to One Man’s Dream. I did not get to spend nearly enough time in these little gems, but it will give me more to look forward to in the future. Oh but don’t both of these places just give you goose bumps and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? My hats off to Walt Disney and the rest of the Disney family for all the magic they have given to us.
Well....we of coarse loved Ariel’s show even though we were all the way over to the left side of the theater and had a hard time seeing some of it. This family follows the directions when they say to move all the way down the rows.
Let’s see afterwards we did the Backlot tour and noticed the stunt show going on while we were on it. From here we did the I Shrunk the Kids playground for a bit (boy is it hard to keep tract of your own kids in this "zoo"), took in the scenery as we walked around, let Jim get on Star Tours, looked in Al’s Toy Barn, took pictures with Woody, and just looked like the tourists we are. We were also wilting. By 4 I had seen most of everything I wanted to see at MGM with a few exceptions. I really wanted to see Fantasmic, but thought we could come back later that night for that. We figured it was a good time to try to find our resort hotel and check in. So we back peddled out of MGM. I stopped in the Legends of Hollywood store to get some cute Pooh postcards and some Pooh pony holder’s for the girls and in Cover Story for our pictures taken when we entered. I left only about $30 lighter after those stops so I think I showed much reserve.