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October 19th, 2019            

After having a day at the parks with Samantha, it was decided that I should take a day and spend it with each of the other two kids. Today was Drew's turn to spend a day in the parks with his old man. He opted for the Magic Kingdom, since it had been a while since we had been to this particular park. Because the line for the monorail was long, we decided to take the boat from the Transportation and Ticket Center over to the park.

Once we got to the park, it was time to have some fun. Our first stop was Space Mountain, which was the first of our FastPasses. Although we have both been on this ride plenty of times, this was the first time that we got to go on the track with the line on the right. Although I couldn't tell a difference (likely because the ride takes place in the dark anyway, so it's hard to tell what is happening), Drew thought that there was a difference between the two sides.

Our next FastPass was for the Haunted Mansion. I enjoy this ride, but we don't get to ride it often because the girls don't really care for it too much. After we finished our ride in the doom buggy, we headed across to Tom Sawyer Island, to explore the land of Tom and Huck Finn. The part of the island we were able to explore was kind of fun, but we were disappointed to find that the part with the fort on it was closed off for today.

After hiking around the island we decided that it was time to get off our feet and into some air conditioning for a while. We opted to go see Mickey's PhilharMagic, the 3-D show starring Mickey and Donald, and of course the sorcerers hat! After resting up during the show, we headed over to Tomorrowland Speedway for a speedy race around the track - well, for one of us anyway. Poor Drew got stuck in perhaps the slowest car on the track, and I had to slow down and wait for him so that I didn't end up pushing him across the finish line!

Since we were close, we decided to hop on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, which had been closed most of the day but had just re-opened as we walked by. Since the line was so short, it was hard to say no to the opportunity. Plus, Space Mountain was shut down, so we were hoping for a chance to see inside with the lights on (no luck there, as it sounded as if it was running when we got inside). We did get some good looks at the construction progress on the new Tron ride, however, so not all was lost.

From there we hiked to the opposite end of the park, this time to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Being able to use our FastPass sure saved us some time in line, and the ride was enjoyable as always.

We headed back across the park to Tomorrowland once again, this time to ride the Astro Orbiter. Drew had been asking to ride, and the line was finally short enough to make it worthwhile.

We had one last FastPass to use for the night, and that was on The Barnstormer, the roller coaster geared towards kids in the Toontown section of Fantasyland. Drew didn't remember riding it beforehand, but thought that it was quite enjoyable despite how short it actually is. Aside from being a tight fit for the two of us and a backpack, it was quite a bit of fun.

By this point, night had fallen and a large portion of the crowd were trying to position themselves for the nightly fireworks show. This gave us an opportunity to get on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train without the usual long line. As an added bonus, when we emerged from one of the tunnels we were greeted by a giant firework going off directly in front of us, making for an impressive sight.

Since nighttime was here, and we were slowing down, we decided to hit a couple of more rides before calling it a night. We returned to the Tomorrowland Speedway with the hopes that Drew could get a car that could keep up with the old folks and their walkers, which he thankfully did. We also took a turn on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, which despite it's popularity just doesn't seem to measure up to its Hollywood Studios counterpart, Toy Story Mania!.

With that last ride complete, it was time for one last trip down Main Street U.S.A. Until next time Magic Kingdom!

 

Magic Kingdom

A ferry making its way to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

This little grackle was hanging around us on the boat.

A look at the Tron construction cranes behind Space Mountain.

The Walt Disney World Railroad to the left, with Cinderella's Castle to the right, as seen from the ferry.

Disney's Contemporary Resort from across Bay Lake while on the ferry to the Magic Kingdom.

The Walt Disney World Railroad from outside the entrance to the park.

The outside of the Haunted Mansion.

Madame Leota's tombstone, spotted while in the line for the Haunted Mansion. Her eyes moved as we stood in line.

The ghosts dancing during the dinner scene on the Haunted Mansion ride.

Another scene from inside the Haunted Mansion.

This white ibis was perched atop the roof while we waited for our boat ride over to Tom Sawyer Island.

Here is a look at the Haunted Mansion from Tom Sawyer Island.

It started to rain while we waited for our return boat ride to the mainland from Tom Sawyer Island.

We took a tour on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Here is a look at Space Mountain.

We got a good look at Cinderella's Castle from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover as well.

We also got a couple of looks at Tomorrowland Speedway while we were on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover...

 

Here is a look at the construction taking place on the new Tron ride, which we were able to see while on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

A couple shots of Cinderella's Castle, again from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover...

 

A dragon shrub near the moat surrounding the castle.

Another look at Cinderella's Castle.

The setting sun provided a pretty sky above The Crystal Palace.

One more shot of Cinderella's Castle.

The recently replaced Tomorrowland sign.

A duck was enjoying some dropped popcorn.

The statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, located in front of Cinderella's Castle.

Someone took the pine needles along the wooden walkway in Frontierland and turned them into a Mickey Mouse!

Even though Halloween hasn't happened yet, we were able to get this picture of Drew in a sleigh.

A shot of Cinderella's Castle with the lights on.

A look across Tomorrowland towards Cinderella's Castle from atop the Astro Orbiter.

The Tron coaster construction at night, seen fro the Astro Orbiter.

The fireworks were going off as we were riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride.

One last look down Main Street, U.S.A. before calling it a night.


 

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