This day at the Magic Kingdom during our Disney World in February trip would be one full of new experiences and starting new traditions. The welcome show at the train station had been replaced by a castle show and Main Street USA from Town Square to the castle hub was now open prior to rope drop. We arrived during this pre-rope drop opening hour, continuing our brand new tradition started two days earlier by viewing the castle for the first time of the day from the elevated viewpoint provided by the train station balcony.
Seeing the omnibus already making the rounds below, we quickly made our way over to the bus stop in front of the Town Square Theater to hitch a ride to the castle. This would be another new Magic Kingdom tradition that would not be the last of our annual passholder year – riding the Main Street Vehicles prior to rope drop. That’s how you begin a Magic Kingdom day in style!
Space Mountain [FP+] (Mommy), TTA PeopleMover (the boys)
Carousel of Progress
lunch – The Plaza Restaurant
Peter Pan’s Flight [FP+]
Mad Tea Party
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train [FP+]
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh [FP+]
It’s A Small World [FP+]
Tom Sawyer Island
Haunted Mansion [FP+]
snack – Aloha Isle, Sunshine Tree Terrace
Tomorrowland Speedway [FP+]
Dumbo the Flying Elephant [FP+]
dinner – Captain Cook’s
Following our escort to the castle, we walked to the Tomorrowland rope and when the park opened, chose to ride the Astro Orbiter first. This ride does not offer FastPasses and has a very slow-moving line with a consistent 30-minute minimum wait nearly all day long. Rope dropping the Astro Orbiter is another new tradition that would continue throughout the year. Jasper loves this ride so we flew again since there was still no wait while Daddy and Gavin opted for the PeopleMover instead.
The morning continued in Tomorrowland with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the Carousel of Progress, and another ride around the TTA Peoplemover while Mommy rode Space Mountain solo.
We enjoyed one of only two table service meals of the trip at The Plaza Restaurant on the end of Main Street. This small, moderately-priced table service restaurant is a great option as it’s just on the edge of Tomorrowland where decent food is severely lacking (Sorry, Sonny Eclipse! We’re really not Cosmic Ray fans!). We all filled up on food and bottomless milkshakes before moving on to Fantasyland for the afternoon.
In addition to old favorites like Peter Pan’s Flight, the Mad Tea Party, and It’s A Small World, we watched Mickey’s PhilharMagic for the first time and wondered why it had taken us so long!
By mid-afternoon, we escaped to the peace and quiet on Tom Sawyer Island for over an hour, rocking in the rocking chairs overlooking Big Thunder Mountain and playing checkers while catching glimpses of the tops of parade floats as Festival of Fantasy began its journey in Frontierland. It was the perfect way to relax and recharge.
After a ride on our favorite Haunted Mansion, we cooled off with Adventureland treats: pineapple upside down cake with Dole Whip from Aloha Isle for Daddy and Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace for Mommy. Yes, we are a house divided by the Dole Whip vs. Citrus Swirl debate! (Citrus Swirl FTW!)
We made our way back to Town Square for something new to us: the daily 5:00 PM flag retreat. This lovely flag-lowering ceremony features Dapper Dans serenades, the Pledge of Allegiance led by a young guest, and flag presentation to sister veterans, on this particular day. We stayed afterward to poke around the train station a little longer (we certainly loved the train station on this trip!) and took a sunset drive around the Tomorrowland Speedway. Gavin’s steering skills were quite impressive!
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Following a beautiful sunset elephant flight on Dumbo The Flying Elephant and riding the PeopleMover AGAIN but for the first time all together for the day, we hopped a monorail to the Polynesian for a late dinner at Capt Cook’s. Mommy was intrigued by several unique items for a quick service menu, but was only mildly impressed by the Thai coconut meatballs. Still, it was another wonderful new-to-us Disney experience to finish off an absolutely perfect Magic Kingdom day.