Friday, February 8, 2013
We began my birthday with a trip to Fantasyland to jump on the queues when they were as short as possible. Peter Pan’s Flight was up first. This is another ride that I love because it hasn’t changed since Disney World first opened. The boys enjoyed flying in our pirate ships around scenes from the Peter Pan movie. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was next. I’ll probably never forgive Disney for replacing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, but the Winnie the Pooh ride is very cute and the boys loved it, particularly when the honey pots we ride in “bounced.”
Next, we ventured into New Fantasyland! This section of the park just opened last December. We planned on going to Enchanted Tales with Belle first but noticed a line forming next door outside the Be Our Guest restaurant where I wanted to eat a birthday lunch. An attendant told us the line was for the restaurant’s opening but that there is typically a long line all day. We decided to stay in line and eat an early lunch. The restaurant is quick service for lunch, ordering at a kiosk and then seating yourself in the dining room with an electronic red rose to indicate your location to the servers. The menu featured mostly French food and I had a Croque Monsieur while we ordered something for the boys that I don’t recall but do remember they didn’t eat any of it which was a problem (hungry boys = cranky boys). Kristen also bought me two gourmet cupcakes that were delish! The dining atmosphere was amazing, though. We ate in the ballroom and quickly visited the West Wing before leaving. The attention to detail at this restaurant was imply incredible!
Afterward, we entered Maurice’s cottage for Enchanted Tales With Belle. After congregating in his workshop and walking through the magic mirror to the Beast’s castle, we were introduced to the story and storytelling volunteers were requested. Gavin was one of the first select to be the Beast but he was too shy. After all of the character parts were assigned, there was still no actor to play the Beast so Jeff was chosen. He did a wonderful job acting out the Beast’s part in the retelling of the story to Belle in the next room, the library. Gavin, in particular, was excited to watch his dad have such an important role in the story!
I loved all of the lamps along the outdoor queue. Each was unique and evident that Maurice had created them all from miscellaneous supplies and gadgets laying around his workshop.
Gavin in Maurice’s cottage – as tall as Belle at six years old.
We walked deeper into New Fantasyland to the new Journey of the Little Mermaid ride. This was a cute, classic, slow-moving, continuous-loading Fantasyland ride where gusts sit in clam-shell-mobiles and travel through scenes depicting the story of the Little Mermaid. It’s basically the entire movie in ride form.
Both New Fantasyland attractions had long lines, so we were already getting hungry. We wanted to visit Gaston’s Tavern before departing this land anyway, so we hopped on yet another line, this one extending to the door of the tavern. We ate a few snacks including a humongous cinnamon bun and Lafou’s Brew.
After exiting New Fantasyland, we rode Jasper’s favorite carousel yet again, and then hopped on the WDW Railroad at the Fantasyland station. We rode the entire loop and then halfway again this time before disembarking at Frontierland station. By now, the boys were overloaded on Disney magic and fading fast on us. We rode the Jungle Cruise and then hoped to satisfy Jasper’s frequent request to ride the flying Dumbos again by going on the nearby Magic Carpets of Aladdin. The Dumbo ride was on the other side of the part so we figured this would fulfill his “flying in a circle” request. He enjoyed the carpets but, as soon as we exited the ride, asked to ride Dumbo next!
Instead, we agreed upon a brief action plan for the remainder of the day and decided to repeat another nearby ride the boys enjoyed so much – It’s A Small World. Now back in Fantasyland, we ate dinner afterward at the adjacent Pinocchio Village Haus for flatbreads.
The boys were ready to leave, so we all ventured back through the Emporium on Main Street where the boys selected their last Disney souvenirs: Mickey Mouse for Jasper and Bullseye, the horse from Toy Story, for Gavin. Kristen and I stayed in the park for additional birthday Disney magic after dark while Mom and Jeff took the boys back to the hotel.
Kristen and I returned to Big Thunder for an after-dark ride, enjoyed another Dole Whip from Aloha Isle, and then sauntered around a bit to take photos and shop.
Overall, three days of Disney magic was plenty for the boys. While I’m disappointed that we had to cut the Disney portion of our trip short and miss Animal Kingdom entirely, I don’t think the boys would have lasted a fourth day so the change of plans was for the best. Jasper’s favorite attractions were the carousel, flying Dumbo, WDW train, and It’s A Small World. Gavin preferred the train, flying carpets, speedway cars, Buzz Lightyear ride, and the PeopleMover. We all enjoyed making life-long memories for the boys and can’t wait to return!
Daily Disney Summary – Day 3: Magic Kingdom
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Be Our Guest restaurant – lunch
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Gaston’s Tavern – snack
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- WDW Railroad – New Fantasyland to Frontierland
- Jungle Cruise
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- It’s A Small World
- Pinocchio Village Haus – dinner
- Emporium – shopping
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Kristen and Traci)
- Aloha Isle – snack (Kristen and Traci)
- pictures and The Yankee Trader shopping
Total distance: 13.65 mi
Max elevation: 620 ft
Min elevation: -148 ft
Total climbing: 3455 ft
Total descent: 3478 ft
Total Time: 10:19:45