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November 28th, 2020              

Time for a weekend getaway to one of our favorite places, Walt Disney World! Despite the increase in park capacity (from 25% to 35%), it still isn't easy to get in to the parks. We were lucky enough to schedule a day inside the Magic Kingdom park for today, and Disney's Hollywood Studios tomorrow.

Joining me this weekend was Tara, Drew, and Jayden, along with Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, Uncle Steve, and Aunt Erica.

We had checked in to the condo yesterday, so we ate breakfast there before we left this morning. As is always the case when visiting the Magic Kingdom, our first stop was at the Transportation and Ticket Center to go through the security screening process, and then make one of the toughest decisions of the day - monorail or ferry boat. Because we were sporting two wheelchairs today (Steve, as usual, and me, sporting a knee that is giving me trouble) we opted for the ferry, where we wouldn't have to transfer out of them.

Once we arrived in the Magic Kingdom, our first stop was the popcorn stand just to the left of the Walt Disney World Railroad station for a new popcorn bucket. While we were here, we also swung in to guest services at the Main Street Chamber of Commerce to enroll Steve in the Disability Access Service (DAS).

Now it was time to have some fun! After making a reservation with the DAS, we stopped by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to kill some time, with the added bonus that it was a ride that not all of us have been on before. Next on our list was Tomorrowland Speedway, which had almost no wait today. No matter how many times we ride this, one member of our party always ends up in the super slow car that holds up the entire line of cars! We then headed over to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to use our first DAS pass of the day. With the reduced park capacity some of the lines aren't as long as they used to be, but it is still nice to be able get a leg up on the line with the pass. This is one of those rides that we all enjoy, but dread waiting for because the lines can get excessive at times.

At this point we were beginning to feel a bit hungry, so we decided to grab a bite at Cosmic Rays Starlight Caf. The nice thing about eating here is that there are plenty of options for everyone - burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and more. We each found something to suit us, but struggled in finding a single table to eat at thanks to the social distancing procedures.

With food in our bellies, we made this mistake of heading to Space Mountain for our second DAS pass of the day. Well, not all of us - some of us were smart enough to not ride a rollercoaster right after eating. Unfortunately, Jayden, Drew, Steven, Tara, and I were not that smart. Despite the full stomachs, we still had a great time, and Jay was thrilled that she finally got a chance to ride on the right hand track.

At this point our group broke in two, as some of us headed to Frontierland while others headed to the car to get some forgotten items (ahem, Grandma Terry, ahem). Once we arrived in Frontierland we took a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, another rollercoaster favorite and our third DAS pass. We thought about riding Splash Mountain, but the lines were just too long to wait to get soaked today. While in Frontierland, we caught a character cavalcade with some famous Disney characters, such as Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Wendy, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Mickey and Minnie Mouse on their very own float, the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Mary Poppins, and Bert!

We met back up after the cavalcade ended, and headed toward Adventureland while we decided on our next... adventure. We ended up getting a DAS pass for the Jungle Cruise, but while we waited our turn we decided to fill our Dole Whip cravings at Aloha Isle. Not all of us like pineapple, but thankfully the raspberry was really good as well!

Up next was the Jungle Cruise, which has appropriately been rethemed as the "Jingle Cruise" for the holidays. I believe this was the first time that any of us experienced the "Jingle Cruise", which was a neat twist on the usual ride. Gorilla's in Santa suits, decorations and presents throughout, all making for a nice alternative to the standard fare.

We were able to make one final DAS pass before deciding to call it a day, and that was for the Haunted Mansion. Thankfully the wait was too long for this one, so we just hung around and took in the sights before it was our turn. It was enjoyable to be able to experience another classic Disney attraction, as not everyone in our family truly enjoys this ride.

It was after this ride that we decided to call it a day. We once again took the ferry back to the Transportation and Ticket center, before loading into our cars for the drive back to the condo. Once we made it back safely Tara ordered pizza for dinner from a local pizza place. It certainly hit the spot after a long day in the park!

 


Magic Kingdom


The family boarding the Admiral Joe Fowler for our ride from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom!

Cinderella's Castle coming into view.

The Walt Disney World Railroad station as seen from just outside the park.

A look down Main Street, U.S.A. towards Cinderella's Castle.

Instead of Meet & Greets, Disney now offers Character Cavalcades to see the parks characters.

A closer look at Cinderella's Castle from the end of Main Street, U.S.A.

Tigger and Pooh from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

A look at the new TRON Lightcycle Power Run ride under construction in Tomorrowland.

Drew going for a spin on Tomorrowland Speedway.

Jayden looking back before taking her turn on Tomorrowland Speedway.

Steven looking a little nervous climbing the first hill on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Steve, Rodney, Tara, Drew, Jayden, and Grandpa Gary on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Another look at Steve, Rod, and Tara on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Steve breaking loose as Tara and Rod enjoy the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as well.

Rodney's big ole' forehead, along with Tara, Drew, Jayden, Aunt Erica, Grandpa Gary, and Grandma Terry on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Another shot of us all on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

A look at Dopey from inside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

The dwarves dancing with Snow White on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Grandma Terry, Grandpa Gary, Aunt Erica, and Jayden on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Steve, Drew, and Rod on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Tara & Rod on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Steve waiting for the next Character Cavalcade to come by.

Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Wendy, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio making their way past.

Daisy, Wendy, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Geppetto.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse got to ride along...

...on their very own float!

The Mad Hatter, followed by Alice and Winnie the Pooh.

Another look at Alice, with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Mary Poppins right behind her.

A closer look at Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.

Mary Poppins was joined by none other that Bert!

'Big Al' taking in the sights above the Country Bear Jamboree.

A "snowman" spotted at the beginning of the Jungle Cruise, appropriately renamed the "Jingle Cruise" for the holiday season.

A palm frond reindeer spotted on the "Jingle Cruise".

The "Jingle Cruise" took us through the mist to reach our destination.

Many of the scenes were redecorated with holiday decorations to add to the "Jingle Cruise" ambiance!

Even the gorillas are in the holiday spirit!

Trader Sam, the head hunter, is offering some holiday specials!

On the "Jingle Cruise", they wish you a Happy Gnu Year!

A look at the Haunted Mansion before...

...and after our ride.

The Christmas Projections on Cinderella Castle...

...which are taking place of the major Christmas decorations and nightly fireworks show.

A look back at the Christmas Projections on Cinderella Castle from the ferry boat.

Space Mountain as seen from the ferry boat.

The Walt Disney World Railroad station as seen from the ferry boat.

A look at Disney's Contemporary Resort from the ferry back to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

One of the other ferry boats passing by on the Seven Seas Lagoon during our ride back to the Transportation and Ticket Center.


Below are some of the official Disney PhotoPass pictures from our day at the park...

 


Magic Kingdom - Official Disney Photos


Steven and Rodney on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tara, Drew, Jayden, and Aunt Erica on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Gary & Terry on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Steven and Rodney on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tara, Drew, Jayden, and Aunt Erica on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Gary & Terry on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tara & Rodney on Space Mountain.

Drew and Steven in the Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy.

Terry & Gary in the Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy.

Tara and Aunt Erica in the Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy.



 

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