Friday 25th July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 5
I’m not a massive fan of roller coasters but I was willing to give them a go as Miss A was so eager to go on anything. If a child can do it then I had to surely!
We walked around Magic Kingdom to Frontierland and skipped the not too long queue in the standby lane. I really enjoyed the short ride, but it was over very quickly and quite bumpy.
As we made our way around towards the castle, I realised we were in plenty of time to watch the morning Dream Along With Mickey show. We stopped right in front of the castle in a shady spot and took advantage of being out of the heat for a little while.
The fireworks at the end were great to see in daylight and a perfect end to the show.
As today was our second visit to Magic Kingdom, we realised just how much we didn’t see on Tuesday. Heading around towards Tomorrowland, we saw some amazing sights of the lake and the side of the castle, as well as discovering a whole new area we weren’t aware of.
The morning passed way too quickly and before I knew it whilst we were having lunch was the time. 1pm USA time meant it was 6pm UK time. It was also my Mum’s birthday today and we had arranged to Skype for a quick chat. It was great seeing my Mum on screen if only for a few moments and the sound was bad. She lives in the country where the internet signal is very slow so it was brilliant to get that connection across the world.
No visit to a theme park is complete without a go on the tea cups, and of course we had to go into the 100 acre wood and sit in a hunny pot. I did fall in love with the plush dwarfs when we came out through the gift shop. Grumpy is my favourite and I decided he would be coming home with me.
Time for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train now and at this point the standby queue was 70 minutes. It was great walking straight past everyone, but we did miss out on all the interaction that I have read about in the queue. Not that I would want to go back to queue for it though.
We were all really tired at this point and had started heading back towards the entrance to think about getting the bus back to the resort. As we walked through the shops on the side of main street (they’re air conditioned and all interlinked so you can escape the heat for a while), we saw that it was almost time for the flag retreat which happens at 5pm every day.
The whole of the park stands still as the National Anthem is played and the flag is lowered and taken up Main Street. It’s a very patriotic moment, and all the cast members join the parade.
At this point we realised it wasn’t long before the Move it Shake It Celebrate It parade so we found a section of the pavement in the shade and sat down to wait. I may admit to having another look in the shops at this point.
The parade is over very quickly, but the music is so upbeat and funky you can’t help but forget about your tired feet and join in with toe tapping and smiling and waving at everyone that passes you.
We really were worn out by the time the parade was over and decided to head back to the resort for a rest!
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