The Magic Kingdom is so large we had to have another day exploring the rest of it!
After Amanda let us in, and generously offered a backstage look into Tomorrowland, we started off easy at the Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor. It was truly hilarious. The interactive show can put a smile on even the grumpiest face!
Afterwards we went to the Carousel of Progress. It’s an actual moving carousel with a super catchy song that was stuck in my head for the rest of the day! It’s cool to see how the world changes over time, especially the families.
Haunted Mansion, one of our fast pass rides, was cool too. The ride itself isn’t that scary, but the anticipation leading up to it was pretty creepy. You’re literally left in darkness for a good few moments. But what was really impressive was how Disney managed to create dancing ghosts that visitors could interact with. The air conditioning is also welcome on a hot day in Orlando.
After visiting the store Fantasy Faire, we went to have lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where I basically died and went to heaven several times. The castle is, of course, a dream itself. But the entrance to the restaurant has gorgeous walls of art depicting Cinderella’s story, with columns decorated with blue birds and her trusty mice, Gus and Jaq. There was even a glass slipper on display!
Upon entering the castle, visitors are immediately welcomed in by Cinderella herself! Once you’ve taken pictures and talked with her for a bit, you head upstairs to dine. You’re offered either a sword or a wand. I chose the wand while everyone got swords. The food is decent, but it’s the princesses that you go there for! Aside from Cinderella, four others walk around the room to talk with the people. They even refer to things from their films and it’s so cool!
Snow White was the first one to arrive and talked about Dopey and all the other dwarves. Then Aurora came, gave me a huge hug, and said she liked my hair. Apparently her eye color can change depending on her mood, just like how her dress changes color! Afterwards, Ariel came by nd asked how far we swam to Disney World. She even adds bubbles when she signs something. Jasmine was the last princess to join us, and by then I was exhausted from my constant smiling.
Once we finished lunch, we headed to Space Mountain. Now that’s a ride that’ll give you serious whiplash. Even though I personally thought it was a little too long, it was still a pretty awesome ride. The great thing about fast rides is this sense of comradery amongst the people. It’s like a mix of “oh-my-god-we’re-all-gonna-die” and “let’s-do-this-thing-squad!” Once we were done we went on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
We then had some time to kill before the fireworks show. So we went to Mickey’s Philharmagic show which is 3D. It’s a really cute show that centers around Donald Duck being a fool with special appearances from other Disney characters.
We also explored Main Street U.S.A. and got our Mouse Ears from The Chapeau. I got a The Little Mermaid inspired ears with purple conch shells for the ears, Momma got one covered in pale pink sequins, and Michael got a cool sap that’s personally engraved.
Happily Ever After fireworks are truly spectacular!
After a nice dinner at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen (super delicious), we braved the intense rain and headed to Cinderella’s Castle for the show. Despite the cold rain, the amazing show put a smile on everyone’s faces. From the medley of songs, to the clips of movies like Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the gorgeous lights illuminating the castle itself, and of course the fireworks blazing across the night sky. The uplifting song by Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer was also a beautiful addition. The fireworks show is truly as amazing as people make it out to be.
Once it ended we fled to the Starbucks, yes there’s one is Disney World too, and got ourselves some hot chocolate. Even the cups are adorable!
But then we saw that another show was playing and made sure to stay for that too. Thankfully it seems that we only missed the first few minutes. It was Mrs. Potts telling stories to Chip, such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen. But of course they ended with Beauty and the Beast 😀
By the time we returned to our hotel room, we were drenched and exhausted. Despite how late it was, the day was incredible. Staying out late in the rain to watch the fireworks was definitely worth it!
A massive thank you to Amanda who took time out of their day to get us into the park.