Welcome to our Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Theme Park experience from our February half term family holiday. We are sharing our photos and videos for each park individually and giving you lots of tips, advice and tricks as we go along. We are also sharing how we planned our quick week trip and packed in as much family adventures as we could but still made it a relaxing, fun family vacation.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our hotel Animal Kingdom Lodge it’s worth the few minutes to pop over and have a read or watch our video. It’s one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in and perfect with those that have young kids visiting Disney World. We can’t wait to go back again.
Our first day we went with friends to Epcot Theme Park so we had our first Disney theme park experience in using the app and what we had planned for each day out ready when we arrived at Magic Kingdom.
I was in my third trimester of my pregnancy and the weather was hot so we did our best to stick to the plans and reservations we had made prior to getting to Disney but the beauty of the Disney Experience App is that you can move things around and reschedule things while you are there too so easily. This is not an ad for the app it truly made our vacation so easy to schedule and plan out. I love that it wasn’t set in stone either if we showed up to a ride that didn’t have a line we just cancelled our fast pass for that ride went on it and used our fast pass at a busier ride. I will get into how to use the app the most effective way and how we planned our trip out in detail in another post.
Magic Kingdom is named this for a reason. It was my favorite of all the theme parks. The castle is just mesmerizing both inside and outside. From the moment you step into Magic Kingdom you feel like you are truly in an enchanted place. Our first stop was to get in line as quick as possible to see Talking Mickey Mouse. Worth every minute in line and if you can use a fast pass for this I would. It was about an hour and a bit and we got there when the park first opened.
There is also magic hours that you want to use if you are staying at a Disney Hotel you can come to the park an hour earlier and beat the lines. The Disney transport is amazing from hotel to theme parks too.
My two seeing Talking Mickey Mouse was worth the entire Disney vacation. Even Mr P and I were star struck and amazes at meeting him. He was so fun too. he got the kids to play a game with him and talk to them for a while instead of just a quick photo so it was really a special treat for us all.
Watching Mickey Mouse and the kids play ring around the rosy was a highlight. The kids smiles were so big their faces froze in that permanent happiness all day. It really kicked started our Magic Kingdom experience.
We spent two whole days at Magic Kingdom. We had lunch at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. It was the best food we had so far at Disney with a big buffet full of fine dining cuisines from roasted salmon, steamed garlic potatoes, steaks, casseroles, chicken, and more. There was so much to choose from for us all. The kids had their own separate buffet and there was even a dessert buffet which we might have picked one bite of each dessert on offer.
I can’t rave enough about how great Disney World is for people with allergies. Holidays have always been a stress point for me watching out for eggs and nuts in food for my son. It’s almost impossible to get a direct answer when you ask restaurant is this safe or does this have any of this in it. Disney give you full separate menus at most places and B had his allergy chef and corner of the kitchen at our hotel so I knew it was safe. It was the most relaxed I have ever been feeding my son while we were there. Even the little hamburger/hot dog stands throughout the parks had photos of all the labels of the products they used to ensure I could even grab him a quick bite safely. It was impressive.
While I grew up with Winnie the Pooh and all his pals, it was my favorite show growing up, the kids knew the characters but hadn’t really watched much of the cartoon so I wasn’t sure how they would respond to the characters, if it would be as magical as meeting their favorite show characters. It was still amazing to watch their faces light up every time a character came by to say hello at the table. They give each child, at each table special time with each character. It’s worth it to book these dining character meet and greets. We tried to do one a day either for breakfast, lunch or dinner to change it up.
It was time for some rides. I couldn’t go on much with suffering from vertigo but I went on a few kiddy rides with the family and Daddy was the ride master taking them on the rides that spin or go round and round. I am glad Daddy is a trooper and love rides himself. We had two kids that haven’t really been on that many rides before and they were absolutely loving it. It has always been they weren’t tall enough or they were too scared. B even had his first ride on a rollercoaster and he was in love with it and wanted to go again and again.
With the hot temperatures and amazing weather we just had to stop for some soft ice cream. We found a place that’s egg free nut free for B to have some too. It was delicious. What’s a holiday without ice cream?
The parade was amazing.The floats are something out of this world. I only snuck up front for a few snaps but check out my video below it shows so much more live action and the detail they go to is outstanding. The fire breathing dragon in the video is worth the watch. The kids were shouting out all their favorite characters names as they went by. We watched it both days it was just that magical.
When it Disney World do as everyone else does? I had to join the ear wearing. MM and I got these gorgeous and bright Minnie ears while the boys were on the rollercoaster ride. Adults can be kids in Disney that’s half the fun.
There are so many parts to Magical Kingdom that even though we were there two days we didn’t see half of what’s there. We can’t wait to go back and tick off the list of the things we missed. We tried walking around the whole theme park just to make note of all it had to offer.
On the second day we had breakfast with all the princesses in Cinderella’s Castle. It’s so beautiful and while we were disappointed to have our photo taken with Cinderella in a very dark, dark room the breakfast was well worth the spiral steps up to the dining room. MM was over the moon when her waffles came with Mickey’s face as I was with my blueberry muffin in the shape of Mickey too. They think of everything. The breakfast was delicious. The kids loved being treated as a princess and a knight receiving a wand and a sword while they waited for each princess to greet us at the table.
There was Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White and more. As I mentioned before these character dining experiences are all worth every penny. The food is always amazing and great portions, good service and friendly staff and you get to see more characters than outside if you don’t have time to wait in character meet and greet lines all day. I have heard the Cinderella’s Castle dinners are even more magical. They get the boys involved or ‘knights’ I should say.
I have to mention a big tip I was given was to buy MM’s princess dresses before we went to Florida. I got her Cinderella and Bell gorgeous dresses in the sale at xmas at more than 50% off. They were amazing quality and not itchy. I packed them and just presented them to her on the day we were going to do dining experiences. They rolled up perfectly in our backpack without creasing and I just slipped them on before our dining experiences both days and let her wear them in the morning so that she didn’t get too hot. She had her normal clothes underneath and we slipped the dress off when the temperatures started to rise. It gets hot and humid, I can’t imagine a child being comfortable wearing a princess dress all day even if that’s all they have on. They will sweat and the material will rub we saw numerous little girls fighting the heat in theirs unhappy and I was so glad someone gave me this tip before we came. Plus, the dresses are very, very expensive at the theme parks themselves and they were identical to the ones we brought with us.
The kids couldn’t go on the race cars without a parent each with them so I had to brave my son driving me while Daddy drove MM around the track. It was worth the fast pass to use for this one. We had canceled our fast track pass for another ride as the line was short, went on it and then quickly booked a fast pass for this one instead as you get three fast passes each.
I think my son gave me my first lesson in never let your child drive….. I think I came out with whiplash but never laughed so hard in my life.
The circus corner was one of my favorite areas. Having a circus in the middle of a theme park is double the fun, and double the excitement. My two kids love the movie Dumbo. We only got to do three rides and two character meet and greets there as the kids wanted to get back to the hotel for some swimming. It was really heating up and we were up early having breakfast in the castle.
Just like that Magic Kingdom experience ended on our second day there. We had two packed days trying to experience all it had to offer. I may have needed just 10 minutes ride in the kid’s double stroller on the way out. After three full days of walking with my heavy pregnant bump (3rd trimester not ideal) I was hurting everywhere. I kicked B out of his side of the stroller and was impressed it fit me, bump and MM still in it for hubby to push. To say we got some looks on the way out was an understatement but I didn’t care. It gave me the few minutes to the gate to recharge my legs. MM thought it was hilarious. Daddy had to be talked into pushing me. hahaha Definitely get a stroller if you have kids about 8 and under it is a lot of walking and nice to have somewhere to sit down if you just need a few minutes. When it’s hot it’s even harder and we saw kids as old as 10 years old in them. Just helps keep them cooler, happier, and get from A to B faster too. There is stroller areas outside all rides, shows, and character meet and greets too so it’s not a hindrance at all. If you know you want it two days in a row it’s cheaper to by two day passes. Another tip!
We saved the fireworks for the last night of our trip and came back on the Disney bus our last night as they weren’t on due to an event on the day we were there late. It works better if you have a park hop ticket so you can go back and see things like this you might have missed or if you want to go back to the hotel for a few hours of swimming and relaxing and then come back for light shows and firework shows.
We still have so much more Disney World to share with you in our whirlwind visit. Definitely make note of the tips I have given you above, they were so helpful for me at each theme park. We can’t wait to come back as there was so much more to see. Next up, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Stay tuned.