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Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
On our last visit my 7 year old niece was adamant she wanted to spend as much time as she could in Fantasyland. As the Easter holidays were fast approaching we set off, after an all-can-eat breakfast at Golden Coral of course, shortly after 9.00am
My 11 year old daughter who for the past few years considered herself too grown up for Magic Kingdom decided she would like to join us and even she admitted at the end of the day to having had a great time.
Disney have introduced a new system whereby when their photographers take your first photo they give you a Photopass card which you hand to every subsequent Disney phtographer at that particular park. This allows you to access your photos online when you get home (I think you have 30 days to do this). I thought this was an excellent service avoiding the hassle of viewing your photos before you leave the park and great to log in to see them and order from the comfort of your own home.
We decided if the lines were long, as they actually were that day, we would get Fastpasses for Mickeys PhilharMagic, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan’s flight( in that order ).
After getting our first Fastpass we headed for It’s a Small World. This is a lovely gentle ride where you sit in an imaginary boat whilst you sail through many countries whilst you are serenaded by models of children in their national costumes. Great ride for younger children and for Grandmas too judging by my Mother’s re-actions!
The girls sped from here to Cinderella’s Golden Carousel knowing that it is usually easy to get a ride on this carousel they had decided that if they had a ride early in the day they could fit another one in when the other rides got busy.
When you look at your Fastpass not only does it give you the time when you return for your ride but also the time you may go back and get another Fastpass for a different ride. We now did this for Winnie the Pooh.
The line to meet Ariel was not very long so we all waited to see her and have the girls photo taken. My niece was very scared of Ariel when she was young and I have seen particularly young children re-act in the same way.
Now time to use our Fastpass for PhilharMagic which is a relatively new 3D adventure featuring Mickey Mouse and a conDUCKtor. It is not a long show but very funny and beware you do get wet – but not very!
It was time to go to the Fairytale Gardens to see Belle and hear her read a story. You will need to consult your Times Guide to make sure you include this.
Straight onto the Mad Tea Party to go on the giant teacups that spin round – girls love this but Grandma declined a ride and instead got ice- creams for when our ride had finished.
Fastpass time at Winnie the Pooh, this really is great for the young ones. A magical ride to visit friends in Hundred Acre Wood for an adventure. You are part of Poohs
crazy day and you bounce along with Tigger as well as meeting Piglet.
Snow White’s Scary Adventure was next, this ride took us through the fairy tale but be aware there are several encounters with the wicked witch so not too appropriate for more timid young ones.
A ride on Dumbo the Elephant followed, the girls love this because they can make their Dumbo soar up and down at will.
We had decided earlier that we probably would not need a Fastpass for Peter Pan’s Flight as the lines were quite small, however by the time we went back there was a 45 minute wait. As surprise I had booked a meal at Crystal Palace for the girls to meet the characters so unfortunately we did not have time for Peter Pan. This was a shame as this is a nice ride in a pirate ship high above Neverland.
One last ride on Cinderella’s Carrousel then off to Crystal Palace. Here we enjoyed a fabulous buffet whilst meeting the characters. I can thoroughly recommend it but advise pre-booking.
We returned to our villa happy but tired and it was great re-living the day when we viewed our photos on line after came back to the UK.
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