Farewell Summer

Monday was the first day of school for all 3 kids, and like proper Disney addicts and passholders we celebrated the last day of summer in the Magic Kingdom! This was also our first time using our MagicBands and taking all three kids. There was a lot of excitement in the air!

MagicBands

Sunday August 23, 2015

We got a late start for our adventure because we had an overnight guest, but we hit the ground running from the minute we hit the boat. We had planned to take the monorail, but it was down…booooo. It was pretty darn warm (in the mid-90s with a heat index over 100) and we could not wait to make our first stop…lunch!

We had a  FP+ for Buzz Lightyear right after lunch so we knew we wanted to hit Tomorrowland to eat. Our Quick Service restaurants are pretty limited there so we went to Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe.

Never. Again. While the food was tasty and filling (there was even a veggie sandwich option), this restaurant gives me hives with how busy AND slow they are. I’m also not a fan of the fact that you must have your food before you can be guided to your seat by a castmember with a lightsaber.

We spent a lot of this day split up based on what rides the kids did or did not want to go on. My husband took Kid #1 on Space Mountain, while I took the other two on the Mad Tea Party and Under the Sea. I tried to Periscope from MTP, but was having connectivity issues, however I did get a little clip from Under the Sea.

I LOVE this Ursula! The combination of animatronics and the video in the globe are so cool.

While we were split up the little kids and I had a few different character meet-ups and THEY DIDN’T WANT TO DO ANY OF THEM! I was so sad! We were *right there* to meet the White Rabbit, Merida, and Gaston. *sigh* The only character s that they seemed excited to try to meet was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger…who had a LONG line and both kids had already met them.

Its a Small World - Magic Kingdom

Next we met back up with the rest of our family and headed to Splash Mountain by way of the Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World. Last week on his birthday trip Kid #3 loved this Splash Mountain, however on this particular trip he was kicking, screaming, and begging not to ride. What!? It was so hot and sticky that the rest of us were craving a water ride. We got all the way up to our turn and he still wasn’t having it. I decided to not torture him and we didn’t ride. The very nice castmember gave me a Kid Swap ticket so that I could take the older kids back on the ride while the kiddo hung out with Daddy.

Rider Switch - Magic Kingdom

I was so grateful for this because I really wanted to go on Splash Mountain. While the little guy and I were waiting at the exit another castmember (more manager-y because they weren’t in costume) came up and started talking to us. She was so nice asking about his birthday the previous week and really trying to connect with him. Before she left she actually gave him a special ticket to get a free ice cream from any of the carts while I took the big kids back on Splash Mountain. She did this so that he would have a positive association with the ride in the future and it apparently worked. My husband said that as soon as he finished his ice cream he said he was ready to go on the ride.

Kid #3 Ice Cream - Magic Kingdom

The other kids were a little sad that they didn’t get ice cream (okay, the whined and shed a tear or two) but quickly rebounded and talked about how the ride was cooler than ice cream anyway. Good job big kids.

After our next FP+ (Peter Pan) we split up again because Kid #1 wanted nothing to do with Storytime with Belle, so my husband took him to find a rollarcoaster to ride. I took the little kids on Winnie the Pooh and to see Belle.

Pooh, as always, was amazing. I love how excited the kids get for this ride…it’s really nothing special, but their reactions are. Then we headed over to Belle with our final FP+ of the day. I was a little upset using our FP+ because there was only  a 10 minute wait, BUT I knew that we were leaving shortly after so we went with it. Kid #2 was all about being in the show. For her 3rd birthday trip she was a teeny tiny Beast and really wanted to do that again, but we were with some bigger kids and they chose a boy to be the Beast, however, she was Maurice and had an amazing hug with Belle at the end. Kid #3 was completely attached to me with glue and wanted NOTHING to do with the show or meeting Belle.

Belle - Magic Kingdom

Last on our agenda was a quick zip around the People Mover and then Monorail to the car. What a perfectly exhausting day, but a great way to end the summer.

Monorail - Magic Kingdom

Our Experiences – not necessarily in this order

  • Buzz’s Star Command
  • Space Mountain
  • People Mover
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • It’s a Small World
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Incredibles Dance Party
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle

Sidenote: Are my daughter and I the only ones who HATE that there isn’t a Tangled attraction other than a tower and themed bathrooms? We LOVE Rapunzel and think she deserves more than she gets…but then again…so does Merida!

Floating Lanterns - Magic Kingdom

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