After staying at Pop Century for the first five night of this Disney World in February trip, Mommy’s birthday began with a drive to her dream Disney hotel, The Contemporary Resort, and would end with Magic Kingdom After Hours. We splurged on a one-night stay in the theme park view room made even sweeter when discounts were released and we could upgrade to a club level room for $2 less!
breakfast – Les Halles Boulangerie
Impressions de France
Agent P mission in France
snack – L’Artisan des Glaces
Festival of the Arts – Animation Academy
Spaceship Earth [FP+]
Magic Kingdom After Hours
Happily Ever After
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
snack – complimentary ice cream bars
Astro Orbiter (Mommy and Jasper), Buzz Lightyear x2 (Daddy and Gavin)
Mad Tea Party
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Prince Charming’s Regal Caroussel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Daddy)
It’s A Small World
Pirates of the Caribbean
Peter Pan’s Flight x2
Our room not ready yet when we arrived early in the morning, but we were able to leave our car for the day and Mommy went straight to Bay View Gifts in the Grand Canyon concourse to buy a birthday treat – an Alex & Ani Mickey birthday gemstone bracelet. We then boarded a monorail to the TTC and on to Epcot for a delightful morning in France.
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We ate a delicious breakfast of French pastries from Les Halles Boulangerie on the “streets of Paris” before enjoying yet another showing, Impressions de France. We explored France further with an Agent P World Showcase Adventure mission and topped off our wonderful few hours in Mommy’s favorite Epcot World Showcase pavilion with our first visit to L’Artisan Des Glaces for ice cream and a macaron ice cream sandwich.
Next on the agenda was the birthday girl’s favorite Epcot ride, Soarin’, followed by a return to the Festival of the Arts’ Animation Academy where we all learned to draw a cat! Tigger! One final ride on the classic favorite Spaceship Earth and we were Contemporary-bound on the monorail to check into our dream Disney hotel room.
We returned to The Contemporary around 4:00 PM where we were escorted to the elevator for our reserved club level room, proceeded to the 14th floor, and were led down a hallway to a set of double doors. The cast member opened them to reveal a huge one-bedroom suite – a complimentary upgrade! This amazing suite had a living room, dining room, small kitchen, bedroom, two bathrooms, and three balcony bays overlooking the Magic Kingdom. [I wrote a separate complete review of the Tower Club suite at The Contemporary]
After the shock of this incredible sprinkling of pixie dust wore off, we made our way down the hall to the Tower Club lounge for a complimentary dinner that we’d enjoy at our room’s huge dining table (“big enough for Thanksgiving dinner,” according to the boys!). We only used the club lounge to fill our plates but ate all the food in our room because when you have access to a suite like that, you enjoy it! After opening gifts on the gorgeous balcony, we shared the complimentary box of Contemporary-branded chocolates for dessert.
This birthday was far from over and we walked over to the Magic Kingdom for the evening. Magic Kingdom After Hours, a limited-ticket event, was held on six nights this winter, one being Mommy’s birthday! We enjoyed nearly three hours of walk-on rides and free ice cream and beverages.
We arrived as the park was closing to day guests and Happily Ever After was in full swing, watching the show from the Tomorrowland bridge. We then rode a few nearby rides including the PeopleMover through a broken and lit Space Mountain. The boys and Mommy spun around the Mad Tea Party in separate tea cups (since crowds were so sparse!) while Daddy rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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Riding a few more Fantasyland rides and enjoying everyone’s favorite, Haunted Mansion, the boys were tiring as we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise. The clock had ticked past 10:00 when we returned to Peter Pan’s Flight, which was one of few rides that wasn’t a straight walk-on earlier in the evening and now had an extremely rare five-minute wait so we rode twice in a row.
On our way out of the park, we managed to snap a few nearly-empty Main Street photos including our new beloved train station view before walking two half-asleep boys back to the hotel. It was certainly as magical a Disney birthday as a Disney World-loving mom could have wished for!
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