April 16th

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Sunday, April 16th, 2023            

Jayden's Florida Hawks soccer team had their final game of the season at 9:00am this morning in Orlando, so we decided to spend the remainder of the day at Walt Disney World. Jay and I were already close, but Drew rode over with Grandma Terry and Uncle Steven and met us at the Transportation and Ticket Center - despite not planning it, we each arrived within five minutes of each other! We opted for the boat over to the Magic Kingdom as it was leaving shortly after we got on.

The first thing we did at the park - after setting up Steve's Disability Access Service (DAS) pass - was eat the lunch that we had packed, since it was already after noon by the time we arrived. We found a a table near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and settled in.

Once lunch was over, we headed over to Tomorrowland to take a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. We got to see a lot of cool sights during our ride, including the outside of Space Mountain, the Tomorrowland Speedway, and TRON Lightcycle / Run. We also went through the Space Mountain building and saw something pretty cool and unique - the ride with the lights on! Unfortunately for the people on the ride, it was stuck, but it was a neat sight for those of us looking in!

After wrapping up our tour of Tomorrowland, we headed off to Fantasyland for a ride on Peter Pan's Flight. We used the DAS pass on this ride, as it had one of the longest waits in the park, and because it isn't one that we get to ride very often. Although the ride was enjoyable, it was certainly shorter than I remembered. I'm definitely glad we didn't have to wait 45+ minutes to take our trip to Neverland! Since we were in Fantasyland already, we walked over to Gaston's Tavern so that Drew could try a LeFou's Brew and get the souvenir stein that it is available in. Sticking to Fantasyland, we wandered over to see the Enchanted Tales with Belle show. Grandma Terry had never seen this one, so it a successful "first" for this visit to the park! Up next was yet another Fantasyland attraction and our second DAS ride of the day, this time the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is always a favorite of ours despite being a short roller coaster.

The next ride was definitely our most anticipated ride of the day, although we weren't certain that we'd even get a shot to ride it today. I had set an alarm so that I could sign up for the TRON Lightcycle / Run virtual queue at 7:00am, only to immediately have it be unavailable. I was almost certain we had missed our opportunity for the day, but Drew, Grandma Terry, and I all got on our phones at 1:00pm to try to get into the second section of the virtual queue, and while Grandma Terry and I were unsuccessful, Drew managed to get in and get us a return slot! The time had finally arrived, and we were excited to get our turn on the newest ride at Walt Disney World. Although I've never seen the Tron movies, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride overall. It was a cool experience overall, and one that I look forward to trying again. The queue was cool, and although the Lightcycles weren't the most comfortable to set on, I didn't find them anywhere close to unbearable. Definitely glad we got a chance to ride it, and would highly recommend it!

After our turn on TRON Lightcycle / Run, Drew and Jay hit up the nearest Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company to grab a couple of donuts and a beverage. Unfortunately, Drew ended up spilling the drink before he could fully enjoy it.

We were getting tired at this point even though it wasn't all that late. Jayden and I had to be at the soccer fields at 8:00am this morning, so that meant an extremely early wake up call for us this morning, Drew had his Senior Prom Saturday night, and Grandma Terry and Uncle Steve had to make the extra drive up from Sarasota, making it a long day for all of us. We were ready to call it a day, but wanted to hit up one last ride - one we haven't been able to make since we've had our annual passes as it has been closed for the past four years! I'm referring to the Walt Disney World Railroad! We got on in Fantasyland, as it was the closest stop from our exit from the TRON Lightcycle / Run ride. The next stop was the station at the front of the park, but we wanted to complete the entire loop, so we continued on around the rest of the Magic Kingdom, before finally departing at the Main Entrance station. This was the first time that Drew and Jayden have gotten the opportunity to ride the train, so another "first" for this visit!

We opted to take the monorail back to the Transportation and Ticket Center, as we take the boat so many times that we wanted a different experience. We headed off to our separate cars to make the drive home. We continued our tradition of making one additional stop on the way home, for dinner at Chili's in Champions Gate. We enjoyed our meal, even if the service here is still a challenge - I mean, how hard is it to get refills to a table? Regardless, it was a great day spent together with family. Until next time!


Disney's Magic Kingdom


Jayden and I got our first ride on the Disney Tram since they were closed down during Covid.


Construction cranes seen behind the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort while taking the ferry boat from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom.


A look at Cinderella Castle during our ferry ride from the Transportation and Ticket Center.


Uncle Steve's hat has three tails!


Construction of the new Disney Vacation Club tower at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort seen from the ferry boat.


The Walt Disney World Railroad station.


The Disney100 logo in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad station outside of the park.


A look at the Maleficent dragon in the Festival of Fantasy parade going around the front of the park...


...and a closer look at the dragon.


Steven posing for pictures near the front of the park...




Steven and Jayden together.


Stitch on stage as we wait in line for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


Grandma Terry, Uncle Steve, Drew, and Jay in line for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


And now for some of our sights from our ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover...

...up first, Space Mountain.


The canopies of TRON Lightcycle / Run.


The model of Walt Disney's prototype community, EPCOT, as seen inside of the Space Mountain building.


Another look at TRON Lightcycle / Run.


Uncle Steve riding Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


We got a special treat while on our Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover ride - we got to see the Space Mountain ride with the lights on!


Here are a few more shots of the Space Mountain ride with the lights on...






If you look closely at this picture you can see a ride train with people on it stopped on the ride.




A couple shots of the Tomorrowland Speedway from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover...




Cinderella's Castle as seen from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


A shot of the Astro Orbiter as seen from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


Jayden and Steve going down the ramp of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.


For the first time in a long time, we got to take a ride on Peter Pan's Flight. Here are a few shots from that ride...






A "Tribute to Gaston", a statue outside of Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland.


Nice Shirt!

Hakuna Tequila - It means no memories for the rest of your day...


The sign for Gaston's Tavern.


Jayden doing her best to replicate Gaston's pose from the souvenir mug from Gaston's Tavern.


The Beast's Castle located above the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland.


A magic mirror inside of Enchanted Tales with Belle...




The wardrobe inside of Enchanted Tales with Belle.




Lumière talking with Belle during the Enchanted Tales with Belle show.


After the Enchanted Tales with Belle show, Uncle Steven got a chance to go up and meet Belle!




The sign near the entrance to TRON Lightcycle / Run.


Some of the queue theming of TRON Lightcycle / Run.


One of the walls in the at TRON Lightcycle / Run queue.


A group of riders on their lightcycles preparing for their ride.


The empty loading area for the lightcycles on TRON Lightcycle / Run.


A look at the canopies of TRON Lightcycle / Run after our ride...


...including one as the lightcycles passed by.


Drew looking over the crowd on the Walt Disney World Railroad during our first ride since... what feels like forever!


A Disney100 balloon spotted at the railroad station.


Uncle Steve on the Walt Disney World Railroad train.


Some of the sights we saw while riding the Walt Disney World Railroad train...

Including this building between Space Mountain and TRON Lightcycle / Run...


...and the Contemporary Resort...


...and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad...


...as well as a couple of scenes that are only spotted from the railroad ride...




After a great day in the parks, it was time to climb back on the tram for our ride to the car!



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