The Great Disney Adventure – Part 2

Disney – Day 2 – Magic Kingdom and the Arrival of Grangran

We woke when we woke… no alarms… no schedule… and made our way in to the resort centre for breakfast.
We thought that it was busy the previous day for late lunch? O_O

We muddle through, again having to ask castmembers if we were “doing it” correctly… we did. Scott got the World of Flavours breakfast platter, I got the Breakfast Sandwich (hhmmm …. naan at breakfast)… and Bean went for the character waffles with fruit and bacon.


… we head out for a bus, and truck on down to the Magic Kingdom.
In my head… I had this GLORIOUS tear jerking moment when we would enter Main St, look at the Castle and just hold hands – or something equally cheesy, eyes moist with happy tears.
The reality was – it didn’t happen.
We walked up to the bag search with all the other cattle, and through to the ticket point – scanned our passes, left our fingerprints, and followed the masses into the park.
… the amount of people overwhelmed me. I didn’t expect so many – naive, yes, but still.

We walked around and positioned ourselves on Main St, and I nudged Bean – “Look! It’s the Castle”

… Bean squinted “THERE’S A CRANE!!!!!”

… and there was.

My Hallmark moment – gone.
Well… there will be more – right?

We trudge through the throngs of people up towards the castle as I want to ride the Prince Charming carousel. This is an iconic ride to me, something that HAS to be done πŸ˜€ … but first of all, we have to watch this wee show that’s on… there’s Mickey – AND – Princesses… πŸ˜‰
… so we did, and we did.But only after we explored the area UNDER the castle and the beautiful mosaics!!
What a hidden gem THEY are. Bean couldn’t stop touching and looking at them. Beautiful.

And… then!!! I got to ride the carousel.

And we played tourist with the Sword in the Stone sword.

Next… “it’s a small world”. Mum had demanded (yah, she’d pretty much DEMANDED) that we do NOT attempt to go on that ride with her. So, now was the time, before she got arrived.

And you know what? It wasn’t THAT bad. For all Mum and Le Bro complained about it – it was a sweet harmless little ride.
… and the song didn’t stick with me all day, and Bean loved it πŸ˜€

By this point though… it was heading towards the noon hour, and I figured Mum would be arriving at 2:30pm-ish – so we should head back for that mandatory nap.

… the naps? NEVER HAPPENED. EVER. Not at all.

Anyhoo, on the way back to the room we stopped at the cafe and grabbed some lunch for takeaway. I couldn’t resist a Mickey cupcake πŸ˜€
Back at the room, some “Mickey magic” had happened. There were towel animals in our room… Bean surmised that Mickey had been here “Pesky Mickey” πŸ™‚ (nothing to do with the $5 tip we left in an envelope then, on purpose, hoping that this “Mickey Magic” would happen? πŸ™‚ Β hehehehehehe)

Meeting Mum? Almost never happened. Despite the people at the check-in desk assuring us that we would be notified when Mum checked in, and that it wouldn’t be a problem to call done and find out where she is – NOONE WOULD DO IT.
We were neither notified nor given information about Mum. ONE call? I was told “Yes she’s checked in – unless you did it for her” … eh? What help is THAT? ANYHOO.
After 30-40 mins of heartpumping worry… Mum was checked in, but where was she? Did we get the adjoining rooms? Who knows? FINALLY… we found each other… wheil poor Scott had trudged BACK to the check-in lobby to speak to someone else. Just as well – because that person forwarded Scott to OUR room phone… egads.

ANYHOO… we had fastpass reservations, no time for lengthy reunions… we have to be off, and now we’re late.
We hoofed it down for the bus, and back to Magic Kingdom.
This time – I got my shot of the castle sans crane πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


HOORAH!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ … and even Bean looked happier as she took off running down Main St.

First up was our fastpass to meet CInderella & Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). This is it.
This is it.
Her first character meeting… how would it be? Would she play shy? Would she baulk?
THIS is what we came here for.
This is the BIG DEAL!

Was it anything to worry about?
NOPE!!! She patiently waited her turn, making sure that her autograph book was open at a blank page, ready to receive its first Princess signature… Sharpie in hand and away she went. Cinderella and her exchanged a pleasantries about her birthday and what age she was πŸ™‚ Bean just raised one hand as an answer – poor lamb – she was quite star struck!!!
… hugs and waves goodbye, and then she’s waiting to meet Princess Aurora. Same again, bravely steps forward, but is then in quiet awe of her idol.
Princess Aurora was a little quick and colder than Cinderella (and certainly no Snow White)… but whatever… Bean was happy.

As we exit via the gift shop – a cast members sprinkles Bean with some pixie dust πŸ˜‰

ONWARDS!!! … We have Enchanted Tales with Belle to get to… another fastpass selection.
But we were early… πŸ˜› oops.
So we hung out and waited… tum-tee-tum…

… and then we went into Maurice’s workshop.
As I’m snapping photos, I’m reprimanded for using my flash… oooppss… sorry… *eep*
… and we enter into the foyer and there is a cast member with the wardrobe. They’re setting the scene and asking for volunteers – without prompting, Bean volunteers and is picked for the part of Chip (and very well, I may add, remaining in character for longer than the other kids πŸ˜‰ hehehehe)… and we enter the library… the cast members introduce one of my favourites – LUMIERE!!!!
(VERY well done too, I thought)… and then we all wait to surprise Belle.
… and the tale begins.
Part are played, beast roared, dance was had πŸ˜€
It was lovely.
Belle then posed for photos – but would not sign autographs – cue pout from Bean. We asked a cast member, she advised that Belle doesn’t do autographs and doesn’t make any other appearances in Magic Kingdom. Crap. I asked “Where else can I meet Belle?” … cast member replied that “She’s sometimes in France…” … “At Epcot?” … “Yes” …. Β “and we will be able to meet her and get her autograph?” … “You’ll be lucky” was her reply.
We were TOTALLY bummed out. One, no signature. Two, BAD ATTITUDE Ms CastMember.

We will not be beaten… ONWARDS!!! We have reservations to meet Ariel at her Grotto… and off we went.
Ariel was lovely, and this time – having met 3 of her stars – Bean was more relaxed… and Ariel was engaging. They talked hair, and birthdays πŸ™‚ Bean sitting beside her and completely focussed… πŸ™‚ It was fab.

Then… we realised “we were done”, the night was ours… and Bean was NAGGING to go back to the Princess Fairytale Hall thing – as she’d spotted that Rapunzel was there.

But first… dinner… and we went to the Pinocchio VIllage Haus.
Bean order pizza, again… πŸ˜‰ while I ordered the Caprese Flatbread (delicious!) and I think Mum went for the chicken nuggets, and Scott the meatball sub (I think).

ONWARDS!!! πŸ˜€ hehehehe…

We got to the Princess meeting hall, and used one of our freebie fastpasses to get in.
And oh my!!! πŸ˜€ What a difference these ladies were compared to Cinderella and Princess Aurora.
Snow White. She was, without a doubt, the best Princess. “Oh my!!! Well, look at you!!!” she instantly made it all about the little girl (or girls, there were triplets ahead of us – they were darling to watch πŸ˜€ ) … and she came down to the kids’ level, sitting on the floor with them, engaging with them… we LOVED Snow White. Same applied with Bean – she was engaging, warm – a dream come true. Spent some real, proper time with her, it was lovely.
Rapunzel was completely warm and welcoming too, engaging in chitchat with Bean (who is now well practised in making sure that her book is open at a blank page, and she has her sharpie in hand)… fabulous. On a par with Ariel she was. She was no Snow White – but she was still GOOD.


ONWARDS!!! I wanted to go and ride those blasted teacups. Another iconic ride. I had dreamed of riding those teacups. This was definitely more for me than anyone else I think.
So via a little frolic at Mr Saunders’ house, we went to the Alice teacup ride… πŸ™‚ HOORAH!!!
… Bean watched as we queued and she was OK with this.
We all clambered into one… and we’re off.
With Scott at the wheel? It lasted 3 seconds before I looked at Bean. She was pale and silent.
Scott killed the teacup ride.


He slowed it down, and Bean regained herself… but it was done.

We exited and went on a looksee to see what else we could find…

Grangran and Bean rode the Dumbo ride, and then we all went on BARNSTORMER – twice!!
We had no option, the chap at the lever said “Want to ride again?” … and off we all went πŸ™‚ hehehehe.
It was fun!!!! We enjoyed it.

Then we took some photos, and Bean spotted the soaking/water/play area – and she got soaked.
So then we went to a store as someone needed a dry t-shirt… πŸ˜‰

Then we headed back to the castle for a spot to watch the Wishes fireworks from… and on the way… we spotted that there was a small queue to meet Tinkerbell… πŸ™‚ Β so in we went… via our 2nd free fastpass of the day… πŸ™‚ Β Bean wasn’t too keen with Terence – NOT HIS FAULT – he was fabulous and totally in the Terence Zone… Bean just didn’t dig him, she was getting tired… it had been a big day!!! … even while meeting Tinkerbell, Bean was subdued… I could see the exhaustion was hitting her.

After the quick meet and greet, it was back to finding our spot for the fireworks…

They were beautiful!!!! … and I wonder how many people appreciate the story… the message…

… and I wondered how many people appreciated all the tiny details that are throughout the park… I hoped they did.

… We all thoroughly enjoyed them… and were thrilled that we were at a spot to see Tinkerbell!!! We saw her πŸ˜€

But then… it was definitely hometime… no more walking, no more magicband gambles… (sometimes it’d charge, sometimes it wouldn’t… sometimes it would say I was “OVER LIMIT”?!?!?! embarrassing.) Urgh.

No… time to dawdle home to our perfectly CHILLED bedroom, cool cotton sheets, and soft pillows…

Off to ride the happy bus back to the resort…









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