Doesn’t everyone start their day at the Magic Kingdom with a family photo in front of the train station with the Mickey Mouse flower bed??It was a cold and cloudy day last Saturday when we made our visit there (which is why everyone was wearing a coat!) And unfortunately our 8:30 Fastpass was to Splash Mountain – where you can get wet! But it was still a very fun day…a day to be a kid.
Since my very first visit there, I have loved the gorgeous architecture you find all over the park, and Main Street has to be my favorite area. Perhaps we should be living in an old Victorian home…hmmm? The gingerbread trim, the awnings, the columns, the windows…all of it – just evokes a sense of Americana. Even the flagpoles and lampposts add to that feel.
Even…Starbucks?? I had to get a photo of this because when my daughter told me there was a Starbucks in the park I was very surprised. It just seemed out of character to me, but on a cold day in the park, a hot Starbucks coffee or cocoa is a treat.
Back to the architecture..the very first time we visited Magic Kingdom in the early 1970’s we ate at the Crystal Palace. As a lover of light and windows, the Crystal Palace was a beautiful place to me with all those walls full of glass!
I guess you know about the forced perspective of the building designs right? As you go higher in the building the scale is changed. The second floor is shorter than the first, and the third is shorter than the second..all to give the illusion of taller buildings. This works especially well with Cinderella’s castle.
We rode a number of rides last Saturday, but my favorite in that park was the Haunted Mansion. I always find it to be hilarious – not scary- for some reason. I also think the ballroom scene with all the ghosts dancing is so pretty. (Does this sound strange to you? A pretty haunted mansion??)
I shared with you about our lunch at Wilderness Lodge the other day. After that lunch we returned to the park, rode some rides, watched a couple of shows, and then went to dinner at Animal Kingdom’s Boma restaurant. After dinner we returned again to the Magic Kingdom…this time after dark. It is at its most beautiful to me when all the lights come on.
The train station at the entrance again…this time at night
Main Street USA at night
The Crystal Palace again…this time at night
and Cinderella’s Castle at night.
There are three night time events at the Magic Kingdom that are not to be missed: #1 – The Main Street Electrical Parade with a perky Tinkerbell leading the way on the first float. (You can watch a video of it here.) You really have to scope out a place and sit there for a couple of hours before the parade in order to have a good spot for viewing it. (Considering how full we were from dinner at Boma, sitting for a couple of hours was fine with us.)
#2 – Celebrate the Magic – an amazing film and music event shown on the exterior walls of Cinderella’s castle following the parade. This is THE best thing in all of the Magic Kingdom to me. My daughter and I both cried through parts of it…yes, we are sentimental babies. If you have grown up with Disney (and your children have grown up with Disney) the memories are forever a part of you. So seeing film clips and hearing music from so many of those movies, really touches a heart-string. Please don’t miss it if you go.