It was Thursday, the day I had been looking forward to. We were going to Magic Kingdom, the place with the Cinderella castle.
The Magic Kingdom was surrounded by water, you couldn’t get there by car. We parked in a lot for all Magic Kingdom visitors and took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The monorail reminded me of the subway in D.C. but it doesn’t go as fast. Magic Kingdom was huge, there was alot to see and do. It was crowded, people were everywhere.
The first thing we did was to make a picture in front of City Hall. Jeff wanted to do this because he had his picture made in the same spot in 1972. He also got a picture of the fire truck.
It was already getting hot. It was supposed to be 92 with a heat index close to 100. We’re from Alabama, so although we are exposed to hot weather, we stay indoors a lot . We were not accustomed to being out in that kind of heat for that long. There was not a lot of shade or a breeze.
We looked around until it was time for our first Fast Pass, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. All of our Fast Passes that day were for roller coasters. Next we rode the Haunted Mansion, it was a slow ride in the dark, it provided relief from the heat. While we waited for our second Fast Pass we had a milkshake and tried to get in some shade.
After our second Fast Pass, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, we rode a train around Magic Kingdom.
Then it was time for our third Fast Pass, the Barnstormer, this was a junior roller coaster. This was probably more my speed.
By this time it was almost 3:00 and we were both miserably hot. We decided we would leave and come back Friday since we had five-day Magic Your Way tickets. We rode the ferry boat back, it was starting to get cloudy, it came a shower while we were getting cleaned up to go eat.
It was almost 8:00 when we finished eating, we decided to go back to Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks. We took the monorail back and were talking to one of the workers. I told him it was too hot. He said the best time to come was around the first week of December; it wasn’t too hot, kids were back in school, and it was decorated for Christmas. We will have to remember that.
We got there in time to watch the parade. The fireworks were magical and they seemed to go on forever. It was like when I was little watching the Wonderful World of Disney on television except I was there.
It was so crowded in front of the castle that you could hardly move. We made our way back behind the castle and it was much less crowded and we thought we had a better view as well.
We had to ride the ferry boat back and it was so crowded. Once back at the hotel we went straight to bed.
When the alarm went off Friday morning, I didn’t want to get up. After I dressed Jeff asked, “Do you really want to go back?”
I said, “No, not really but if you do…”
Jeff said,”Let’s just go home”
I said,”Good!” I was overjoyed!
It had been so hot the day before, we had both been miserable. We had seen everything we wanted to see and we were exhausted from the heat. Even though we had another day on our tickets, the thought of that heat was too much. We loaded the car and double checked the room. We checked out and headed back to Alabama.
We are planning on going to Universal in the future, which is also in Orlando, but I think we will take that guy’s advice and go in December.