Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Trip Report, Day 3

Who doesn't love a picture of the Main Street Train Station?
I'm not sure if any day I've ever had could match up to my 19th birthday, but the rest of our trip was certainly awesome as well.  And that awesomeness continued at the Magic Kingdom.  We had an 8:30 am ADR at Crystal Palace for breakfast, and I was very excited to get into the Magic Kingdom before it opened!  We arrived at the park at around 8:05, and we took our time walking up Main Street, stopping to take plenty of pictures.  We even stopped to take some castle photos with a Photopass photographer, but honestly, the one she took with my camera came out just as good as they one they're trying to sell to me. 

Crystal Palace is a beautiful building
By 8:15, we were at Crystal Palace, and by 8:20 we were sitting down.  A full review of Crystal Palace is coming in the near future, but in the mean time, I will say that it was quite a good breakfast!  It is a little pricey, like all Disney buffets, but the character interaction is awesome.  The food is quite good as well!  They have all your normal staples like scrambled eggs and bacon, but they also have some different foods like chocolate Mickey waffles, breakfast pizza, and puffed French toast (okay, those last two were from the kid's buffet... so sue me).  We got to meet Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, and, of course, Winnie the Pooh!  We got some great pictures, and at one point, the kids did a parade around the restaurant... very cute!  We also got free cupcakes for our birthdays!

James and I on Buzz!
By around 9:15, we were ready to go, and we were just a little behind on our Touring Plan.  We skip Space Mountain anyway, so we headed straight to Buzz.  After James beat me (again), we went directly to Fantasyland.  We saw the new Winnie the Queue, which was cute.  The honey wall was cool, but I did have a "I can't believe I'm touching this" feeling.  I try not to think about how germy it probably is.  Anyway, we waited 15 minutes for Peter Pan afterwards, a certain sign that we were a little lagging on our Touring Plan.  But I love Peter Pan, so I didn't mind too much.  Next we hit the new-and-improved (I mean the loading system, of course) it's a small world, and soon we were over in Liberty Square for my all time favorite attraction: the Haunted Mansion! 

Magic Kingdom Christmas tree
The line for Big Thunder was crazy by this time (presumably because Splash was closed), so we grabbbed Fastpasses and headed to Pirates.  I love Pirates, but I absolutely hate when people use flash photography on it.  I mean seriously, I'm sure you're not getting good pictures anyway.  Please don't ruin my time because you want some blurry photos.  Ranting aside, we enjoyed Pirates and headed to Jungle Cruise next.  Our skipper wasn't bad, but she didn't really have any jokes I've never heard before (then again, I've been on the ride so many times, I may have heard them all).  Next we headed back over to Frontierland to ride Big Thunder Mountain with our Fastpasses.  James was amazed at the efficiency of the Fastpass system because we walked right on the ride.  And then we were ready for lunch at good old Pecos Bill's.

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom
James had the big burger with the onion ring on top, and I had chili cheese fries for lunch, since I wasn't terribly hungry.  I proceeded to essentially break the self-serve kiosk with my Disney gift card (apparently they have to restart the computer when you put one in... but it doesn't say that anywhere!), but soon we were eating and planning our next moves.  We decided to hit Mickey's Philharmagic and then head into Tomorrowland for the TTA and the Carousel of Progress.  And then some pixie dust came into my life, and I met Push!  I had always heard about Push, but I had never seen him in real life.  But on this day, somehow I was just walking along, and suddenly a talking trash can was in front of me!  He sang happy birthday to me, and he asked for a hug.  And gosh darn it, I gave that adorable little trash can his hug.  At this point, all the children in a half mile radius had surrounded us, so I left Push with them.  I must say, Push stays very close to his "bodyguard," but when you're talking to him, you don't even notice.  Push is one of those very Disney things that I just love.  They don't have to do that, but they do.  I love it.

Nothing puts you in a Disney mindset like a picture of Cinderella castle
At this point, we were exhausted, so we headed back to the resort for a nap.  Unfortunately, at this point, my knee was killing me.  To make a short story shorter, I have tendonitis in my knee from running.  I haven't run in months because the tendonitis acts up after about half a mile.  And on this, I made a fatal error in our trip:  I skipped down Main Street USA.  Which caused my tendonitis to act up.  And it turns out when you walk three to eight miles a day in a theme park, tendonitis doesn't go away.  I popped some Advil, hoped I would sleep it off, and when we awoke, we decided to go over to Epcot.

Me with our piggy at the Great Piggy Bank Adventure
We started at the Great Piggy Bank Adventure (so cute!), and we decided to have dinner at Sunshine Seasons.  I thought it was good but not phenomenal.  (At this point, my knee was bothering me so much that I almost decided to go to First Aid and try to get some kind of knee brace.  But I didn't want to waste our time going all the way over by the Odyssey, so I chose not to.)  Next we headed into James' favorite store, Mousegear, and we hung out a bit with our favorite Mousegear employee, Jillian!  She had to skedaddle after a while, though, and we decided to tour the World Showcase. 

Turns out that many of the pavilions in the World Showcase have a quiz about their country, and James and I got a kick about going to all the different pavilions and seeing how much we knew.  We did alright on Canada, well on the UK, aced the American Adventure, and totally failed at German knowledge.  Along our travels I also got a kaki-gori in Japan, and by the time we got around to Norway, it was 8:50, so we settled down for IllumiNations.

Afterwards, we decided not to rush out of the park, and we hung out, listening to the Tapestry of Nations loop.  I don't think I ever got to see that parade (I certainly don't remember it if I did), but I love the music.  When the loop ended, we finally walked out of Epcot and got on a bus to go back to the resort after another great day.  (For those of you that are wondering, though, World Showcase is never a good idea with a bad knee, and I was really hurting when we were on our way out of Epcot.  It was so bad that I actually looked up wheelchair rental prices for the following day, although luckily we didn't have to do that!  If you ever have a bad knee, ice and rest it, not run it ragged like me!)  Although we didn't get to our resort until past 10:30 that day, we went to bed right away because we had Keys to the Kingdom the next morning to look forward to!


  1. Crystal Palace has chocolate Mickey waffles? That might be worth the price of admissions! Yum!