Day 3 – Magic Kingdom

I realize that I am horribly delinquent in posting the rest of our Disney trip. I will eventually get all the days posted. It’s kind of fun taking my time though, it helps me to “relive the magic.” Anyway, here’s what I had to say about Day 3. -Dan

The Magic Kingdom opened this morning at 9:00, but because we are hotel guests, we could get in at 8:00. None of that mattered to us. We slept in. Not too bad, though. We made it to the park by 9:30. Daniel had been talking about Splash Mountain for months. I was sure he would chicken out when he saw the drop, but he said he wanted to do it, but not just then. So we fast-passed it, and went on Pirates of the Caribbean. Pirates was great. It has changed in recent years to add Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie. Don’t worry, it still has its original appeal. Daniel, of course loves it. Luke loved it. He clapped at the scene where the fortress and the ship are exchanging canon fire.

After Pirates, we went to the Haunted Mansion. It has just recently received an overhaul which has added many new spooks to the house. Haunted Mansion remains one of the corner stones of the park. We came out to find it pouring down rain.
We were within our fast pass window for Splash Mountain, so we went in that direction. Daniel started having second thoughts. They started out as calm questions, and became stronger objections the closer we got the boat. I didn’t want to force him on the ride, but by the time he said he didn’t want to do it, we were already at the boat, and the cast members were really good about not giving us the choice of just going through to the exit. They put our boat in motion as soon as we stepped in. There wasn’t time to question. Daniel remained somewhat anxious throughout the ride, but as we went underway, he actually calmed down enough to enjoy the ride. He cackled when another boat splashed ours and drenched us. He loved the small and medium drops. We hit the big drop, and he just laughed and laughed at the bottom. I’m not sure he really liked it, but he took it like a trooper. We celebrated and laughed together for the rest of the ride into safety. That was a big experience for him. Daniel survived Splash Mountain.

From there, we ate lunch, and then rode Small World. Small World continues to be one of Cindy’s favorites, and it is a favorite for Luke, too.

Next we went on Winnie the Pooh and watched Mickey’s Philharmagic 3D movie (Luke still would not wear glasses).

Now we were getting pretty warm, so we stopped to eat ice cream. Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are a tradition, and as you can see in the pictures, the kids enjoyed it!

Next, we rode Peter Pan, and then headed back to the hotel for an early night in. On the way out of the park, we decided to embrace another tradition, and get Daniel an embroidered set of mouse ears!

At the hotel, we ate dinner and then went to the kiddie pool. Luke didn’t take to it right away, but by the end of it, he didn’t want to leave. The kids were sufficiently worn out when we left the kiddie pool, and both fell asleep early. Luke seems to have come to accept our hotel room.

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