Magic Kingdom, Mall at Millenia, Cheesecake Factory
Up at 6am today better than 4am. Today was the day I was most excited for Magic Kingdom :-). We wanted to be there for rope drop, so we left at 7:50 drove to Disney which took around 15 minutes. Parking was $17 and we got parked quite close to the front as we were so early. We took the ferry boat over as the monorail was closed as it was early, we reached the entrance at around 8:40am. The opening show started at 8:45am, it wasn’t too crowded which was excellent, we could get a good view of all the characters getting off the train. The opening was brilliant and I was glad we got up early to see it. I would definitely recommend this even if you do it once it is worth it.
There was a mad rush into Magic Kingdom as soon as they opened the gates, everyone was rushing down Mainstreet to take photographs of the castle. We took a few pictures down Mainstreet which was decorated for Halloween festivities. There is no blue sky in the pictures thought it was very overcast today but so humid again :-(.
I got some Minnie ears which were $19.12 everyone was wearing them and I felt it was an essential purchase for a Disney trip. I also purchased some Halloween Minnie ears for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party these were a little more expensive at $ 23.38.
The ride queues were brilliant we walked straight on the majority of rides in the morning however by afternoon some of the wait times were bigger. We downloaded the Disney app on our phones and this kept us up to date with wait times for the rides. We had fast passes for, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain. We also managed to do: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, TomorrowLand Speedway, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger (the highest score in the picutre is mine of course :-)), Monsters Inc Laugh Floor and Stitch’s Great Escape.
We had lunch in the Cosmic Ray Starlight Cafe which was $25.96 for two burgers and fries and a sprite. A little tip, cups of water are free in the parks so if you didn’t want to pay for a drink ask for a cup of water. The Fantasyland Parade was cancelled due to rain starting however they did drive down Mainstreet in the vintage cars this parade literally lasted 30 seconds though :-(.
We went to Mainstreet Confectionery Store and got a giant Mickey cookie which was $5.98 in tax. We then headed back to the ferry around 4pm as the rain was starting to get really heavy. We got the ferry boat back to the car and headed back to hotel in the heavy rain (not quite living up to its name as the sunshine state). We spent a few hours in the room recharging our batteries. We thought the rain might stop later so we planned on going to Hollywood studios after dinner for the Fantasmic Fireworks. Well this didn’t really go to plan we headed to Downtown Disney for some dinner – it was chaos and the rain wasn’t going anywhere it was just getting heavier, so we decided to have a complete change of plan and head to the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall at Millennia and abandon the fireworks as we didn’t want to stand in the rain. We reached the mall and had a look around. I got my mum a Little Brown Bag from Bloomingdales $25.56 inc tax and Sam got some t-shirts from Hollister that were $17.95 reduced to $10. We then headed to Cheesecake Factory for dinner only to be given the bad news of a 50 minute wait for a table 🙁 we decided to wait as we love this place and come every time we visit the US. After 50 minutes we were buzzed and went for dinner. Every time we go here we order something each and after it turns up we say we could have shared we both had chicken and pasta which was lovely then we had cheesecake to take away I had lemon meringue and Sam had chocolate caramel. The cheesecake counter looked amazing. We took it back to hotel had a little bit of cheesecake and put the rest in the fridge by now it was around 11pm and we crashed for the evening.