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Our 5th day at Disney was interesting. We mentally prepared ourselves for the possibility of rain during our trip planning but I wasn’t prepared for an entire day of showers.
This is the driest picture you will see of the entire day taken right before we left our room to start our Magic Kingdom adventures. These are also my favorite set of Disney shirts my Mother-in-law made for them. Makes my heart smile. 🙂
Our first stop was breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. We, of course, rushed to our bus at Port Orleans Riverside to take to MK and then ran (literally) to the Contemporary. I was starting to have a love/hate relationship with the fact that we booked all character meals for breakfast- getting up and out the door in time was TOUGH after full days at the park.
We have heard mixed reviews about Chef Mickey’s but I can say our experience was excellent. Service was great, characters made their rounds quickly and the breakfast was delicious.
First to come to our table was Minnie Mouse. Daddy was off already getting his breakfast so he missed the fun…and by fun I mean me getting Layla’s picture while Jack fell off his chair in fear and hid under our table. Minnie tried to wave to him but he was having NO part of it.
Ditto with Mickey. Jack wanted nothing to do with him. He did manage to stay in his seat with a scared to death look on his face. Luckily we had a great view of the monorail from our table and that seemed to make things a little better for him.
Next up was Pluto. As you can see Jack started warming up a bit. Pluto made him laugh but he still didn’t want his picture with him. Notice the weather outside…I was dreading leaving the warm, dry restaurant at this point.
Goofy was up next and I’m pretty sure Jack was in the bathroom for this one.
FINALLY – Donald Duck. Jack’s favorite character- he didn’t’ speak to one single character until Donald showed up, then his mouth would NOT stop moving. He showed Donald the monorail, his toys, his breakfast…he couldn’t talk fast enough. Donald just politely nodded his beak up and down and posed for our photo. I’m so glad we got at least one with him!
After meeting everyone and leaving on a high note (Jack talked about Donald all the way to the monorail that we decided to ride to the park) our first FastPass was Tinkerbell. Luckily she’s at the front of the park so we didn’t get too wet before our meet and greet.
Tink is L’s favorite so she HAD to tell her all about her loose tooth. I was hoping she’d lose it during our vacation but no such luck. Tink did say she knew our tooth fairy and she couldn’t wait to hear all about Layla’s missing tooth from her friend. It was so sweet, I think this was my favorite character meeting because Tink made it so personal for L. Jack, of course, was hiding behind Bryan the entire time.
Our next FastPass right after Tink was Pirates of the Caribbean. We had a break in the rain but we were still in a hurry to make our FP time so we were rushing a bit (do you see a theme to our vacation?). We pull up to the ride to have Jack start freaking OUT because he lost his toy monorail train we bought as a souvenir at the Contemporary. Bryan turned back and we looked around a bit but didn’t see it. So he headed over the lost in found at the front of the park to report it missing while I took the kids into the Pirates gift shop.
Jack immediately got scared of the pirates and general spookiness of the area and try to book it out of there. Where did this child come from? He’s supposed to love this stuff! I’m really hoping he grows out of this, I’m ready for this phase of childhood to leave at anytime.
Daddy comes huffing and puffing back to the line with a plastic hook in his hand. The sweet people at the lost and found didn’t have the monorail so they gave him a hook. It made Jack feel a lot better and I now understand what all that Disney magic is about- big thumbs up for customer service. I should note that we found the monorail that night hidden in a crack of the stroller. Oops.
Layla and I rode Pirates. She didn’t love it, Mommy did though! Jack and Daddy went to play in the tree house just down the way while we were doing the ride. As soon as they got to the top of the tree house it started POURING down rain. I mean, the rain clouds showed no mercy guys…it was bad. Disney tip- you do NOT want to be stuck in the tree house when it is raining. They boys were absolutely soaked when we met up with them.
So what do you do when it is pouring down rain and you have a full day of Magic Kingdom fun planned? You hop on It’s a Small World. We had zero plans to ride this ride. Everyone I know has been stuck on it, including myself, and I just can’t handle the music. It is my worst nightmare. I love Disney and I know this ride is just about the Disneyest thing you can do but I just really had no desire to subject my family to it.
We rode It’s a Small World 3 times as a family that day. I think Jack and Bryan rode it 2 more times without us. Layla and I were over it but we were also over being soaking wet outside. It was, hands down, Jack’s favorite ride. He could NOT get enough of it. He still, almost 6 months later, sings the song when we get in the car sometimes. This video was for Grandma Barton because this happens to be her favorite ride and I feel bad that she didn’t get to ride it in loop with Jack:
In between rides of It’s a Small World we did Peter Pan which is also a covered/indoor line right across the walkway. We FastPassed it during our first visit to MK which was great but on this rainy day we didn’t mind waiting 90 minutes in line. I have to say, some of the lines were really fun to wait in. Besides the fact that we were dry, they had lots to do and see! The kids loved that Tinkerbell flew through the bedroom of Pan and they got sprinkled with pixie dust.
The kids were dying to ride the Mine Train again so we waited an hour in a mostly covered/indoor line for that. Again there was lots to do including playing with gems.
It was just lightly raining when we got in that line but when it was our turn to ride the actual coaster, it was POURING. I thought we’d be OK in our ponchos but it was anything but OK. Layla was ticked, Jack was screaming, our faces hurt from the rain pounding them and the experience was overall horrific. I think all four of us were ready to call it quits for the day after that but we still have FastPasses for the princesses that we weren’t going to give up!
So we took our time eating a late lunch in a sit down restaurant and made our way to Cinderella. Guess what? Jack was terrified.
Both of the kids were excited to meet Anna and Elsa. They were SO excited that we had to leave the line twice to take them both to the bathroom, which was a decent walk in the rain. The staff attending the line just laughed and let them both right back in with no issues.
Finally Elsa was up first! Jack wanted nothing to do with her because “she was mean”. Obviously she looks vicious.
But he did like Anna. And Anna loved him. She kept trying to get him to talk but he just wanted to show her how wet he was. And check out his cute little hand in his pocket- he was trying to play it so cool.
Tangled is L’s favorite Disney movie so she was thrilled to meet Rapunzel. They talked about art a bit and L showed her some of her drawings in the same book we were using to collect autographs. It was so cute!
As we were leaving the princess hall Jack insisted we take a picture of him with Minnie Mouse in the gift shop. Apparently he can get on board with plastic statue characters that don’t move.
We did decide to call it quits after that which was SUCH a bummer. But we were completely soaked to the bone and all extremely grumpy. We ate dinner back at Port Orleans but not after going back to our room and spending every bit of an hour blow drying our tennis shoes. Next time we are bringing an extra set!
I have one more day to post about- Epcot is coming up soon as well as some Disney tips for first timers!