Day 6 – Magic Kingdom
I’m not going to lie. Magic Kingdom has never been my favourite park and after seeing a lot of reviews on the It’s Orlando Time Facebook page slating the crowds, I was kind of dreading our visit.
We arrived at 9:45am, a little later than planned, and queues for most rides were already showing 30 to 50 minutes on the app. Coupled with the fact that it was a gazillion degrees, I was not optimistic for the day ahead. We queued for about five minutes and then the ferryboat arrived and we made our way over.
The park looked beautiful and is already decorated for Christmas. We had some lovely pictures in front of the castle then headed to Adventureland.
I originally had a Fast Pass for the Haunted Mansion but the boys didn’t want to go in (they definitely weren’t scared though!!) and so I quickly changed it on my phone to the Jungle Cruise which had temporarily been re-named the Jingle Cruise for Christmas. We also did Aladdin’s Magic Carpet and Pirates of the Caribbean.
It was 12:10pm by now so we headed to Columbia Harbour House for lunch. Me and Fin had gluten free chicken tenders and chips which were prepared especially and brought out personally by the chef.
Headed straight to Thunder Mountain and then made our way to the parade. We had a fab spot but we were in direct sunlight and I actually thought I was going to melt at one point. The parade was excellent but a lot shorter than I remembered from five years ago.
After this, we headed to Tomorrowland for our Fast Pass for Space Mountain. We then did Mickey’s Philharmonic, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Test Track.
We then had pictures with Buzz Lightyear, which made Andrew’s day, before heading for our next Fast Pass for the Buzz Lightyear ride. We still had an hour to kill after this so I made everyone go on It’s a Small World, the Little Mermaid ride and Peter Pan’s flight much to their disgust!
Next we headed to Liberty Tree Tavern for our dinner reservation. It is a thanksgiving type of feast and all I can say is Wow! The chef personally brought all the Gluten Free courses and everything was delicious.
We had warm gluten free rolls and salad for starters then beef pot roast, roast pork, roast turkey, gluten free stuffing and gravy and red skinned mashed potato. It was so tasty and expertly cooked. For dessert, we had warm gluten free brownies with vanilla ice cream.
Unfortunately, as we were so hungry, I forgot to take a picture until we had almost finished!
We left the Liberty Tree Tavern at 8:40pm just in time to get a decent enough spot for Happily Ever After. This was hands down the best ever show I have seen in Magic Kingdom. The projections onto the castle were so clever and the music and the variety of films they used really made it for me. Amazing!
The show finished at 9:20pm and despite a huge queue for the ferry, we were in the car and on the road by 10:15pm so not too bad at all.
After leaving the villa at 8:45am, we didn’t get home until just before 11pm so it was a very long day.
So….Magic Kingdom … was it busy? Yes
Were the queues huge? Yes
Did we have a blast? Hell Yeah!