Wednesday 30th July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 10
Today we had booked some fast passes in Magic Kingdom to meet princesses, and ride Splash Mountain. It turned out to be a REALLY full on day today without us realising it would be.
We arrived at Magic Kingdom fairly early to get our fast pass for Splash Mountain. It was so nice not to have to queue in the heat and we were on the ride within five minutes. We were lucky to be at the front of the boat so when the photo was taken going down the mountain we were clearly in the shot.
With some time before meeting Rapunzel and Cinderella (they come as a pair and Miss A really wanted to see Rapunzel), we met up with Marie from Aristocrats, rode some smaller rides and went on The Pirates of The Caribbean.
I made sure we passed Aloha Isle the stand in Magic Kingdom selling dole whip floats. It’s pineapple juice topped with your choice of ice cream in either vanilla, orange or pineapple. They are so refreshing and yummy. You can use a snack credit too which is a bonus.
After a late lunch, we were in time for the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade. We ended up getting a little stuck in the crowds though as we were facing the wrong way. Still we made it out in time for the girls to go onto the Tomorrowland Speedway before heading back to the hotel for a dip in the pool.
I really wanted to make sure we made it back to the parks at night to see some fireworks. Everyone was so tired each evening that we didn’t seem to be going back out, but I wasn’t going to miss out on seeing the castle lit up at night. We agreed we would stay for the Main Street Electrical Parade and give the fireworks a miss.
We made it back to Magic Kingdom a little later than I would have liked and it was already really packed with people. The streets were four deep, so we walked right up to the castle and found a spot around three people deep in front of the castle.
As we couldn’t see very clearly , I took my phone and clicked away hoping to get some decent shots to look back on. It almost didn’t matter that we couldn’t see everything, the atmosphere was brilliant.
The castle is breathtaking during the day, and it is as breathtaking at night. Despite not planning on staying for the fireworks, we realised the spot we were in, we weren’t going to be able to leave the park any time soon, and we had a brilliant view of the castle and the show that was about to start.
There is something surreal about sitting on the tarmac at 9.30pm at night in darkness and feeling the warmth coming through the ground. It was an experience never to be forgotten. So was the Wishes fireworks display. I was in awe for the whole time, watching the light display change the castle so many times with a huge variety of Disney scenes.
Leaving the park was an experience. We were moved along by the crowd very very slowly. It was a little treacherous at times when you couldn’t see the pavement raise in front of your feet, but we all made it out safely and together. We even made the queue for the bus without having to wait too long.
An amazing day and I would have been so gutted to have missed out on Magic Kingdom at night.
If you planning your first holiday to Disneyworld then check out my list on what to buy before you go.