Monday, February 3, 2014

Disney Adventure 2014 -- Day 3

On day 3, also known as Pooh Day, we wandered back to the Magic Kingdom. My daughter came to Disney for the first time when she was 4 years old. At that time it was very unusual to see characters. One day right by the train station at the Magic Kingdom we ran into Pooh, and Pooh has been her favorite ever since.

The most guaranteed way to see Pooh is to go to a meal at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, so we made a reservation for 3:20 PM.

We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 10 in the morning and went to a FP+ kiosk to make some fast passes. Our first ride was through Buzz Lightyear, one of my favorites. I didn't make a very good score, but we had fun.

Next we rode the People Mover.

Then we did the Carousels of Progress Show.

By this time we were ready for a coffee break so we walked into Fantasy Land to Gaston's Tavern. I remembered the cinnamon rolls from my visit last year. Certainly one was enough for the two of us. Take a look at the size of it in the photo below.

After this it was close to the time for our Fast Pass for Dumbo so we headed in that direction. My daughter loves elephants and so Dumbo is necessary.

We then went back to the Under the Sea ride where we saw Ariel and Ursala on the walls.

Our next stop was the Liberty Belle boat ride.

From the boat one gets a great view of the Haunted Mansion.

Here is a more typical river picture.

After this ride we went to the show in the Hall of Presidents.

When leaving we saw ropes up, looking like a parade was coming. I didn't think there was an afternoon parade, but a cast member told me it would be at 3 PM.  Then about two minutes later I asked again, and another cast member told me it was "more like a celebration" and would be along around 2:20. So we decided to wait. Finally an announcement came explaining it would be the MVP from the Super Bowl -- you know, "So and So, what are you are doing next? I'm going to Disney World. "

Following the parade we walked over the Crystal Palace. We were a bit early, but they gave a buzzer and we waited and we seated about 3:00. We had hardly sat down when my daughter's wish came true.

We also got photos with Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. And we had a fine lunch, too. One thing I had was kielbasa with red cabbage -- a taste of Poland!

Leaving the restaurant we stumbled into a Celebration Street Parade.

Every character you can think about is this parade except for the Disney Princesses. Hope the video gives you an idea of the energy of the parade and street celebration.

From this parade we walked to the Winnie the Pooh ride, where we had to stand in line for bit. The new FP+ system which is supposed to be better actually made us stand in more lines than the former system. After that we did Small World again, and then used a Fast Pass to ride Peter Pan.

We were getting tired and headed back to the resort for an evening of rest. A great day at the Magic Kingdom!

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