I'm finally getting around to posting about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom. I was a tad bit worried about how the day would go with a feisty 2 year old but, it went really well. I hope other mommies out there will appreciate some of these tips!
We arrived at about 8:45 am and Wyatt was already excited when he got on the tram. It was a quick ride to the transportation center, where we had to hop on the monorail (or you can take the ferry) to the park entrance.
TIP: The Monorail is faster and cooler than the ferry, which doesn't have a/c. But walking uphill to catch it isn't fun, especially if you are pregnant.
It was so nice to walk down Main Street and see Cinderella's Castle, it had probably been about 15 years since I'd been last. When I went in my late teens, I remember how I thought the mob of strollers was SO annoying! Hahaha... how life changes.
TIP: Bring a stroller (or rent one there if you have to) for your 2 year old! Even if they end up walking a lot, it's a great place to hold your diaper bag, distraction toys (for longer lines) and all the snacks you should bring for your toddler. Plus, they definitely need breaks from the sun and a nap.
We headed right to Tomorrowland and started going on rides. Some of the ones Wyatt loved were Dumbo, the Ariel ride and Small World. For the longer wait rides, we booked our fast passes online before our trip, but we didn't have any until 11:30 (for Winnie the Pooh). Before 11 or so, you don't really need them (unless you are going on the coaster rides), because most of the lines are under 20 minutes.
TIP: Buy your tickets in advance on the Disney website so you can book your Fast Passes! Fast passes book up on busy days so this is pretty crucial. Each person gets 3 initially (Peter Pan is a Fast Pass must for small kids). After you use all 3, you can go to one of 4 kiosks at the Magic Kingdom to get one more.
After the rides it was time for lunch. I was lucky enough to snag reservations at Be Our Guest. This is a new to me restaurant that is the only quick service lunch that you need reservations to eat at. It was delicious! I'll be posting the full review soon.
TIP: Be Our Guest reservations are hard to get! But, even if you book your tickets to the Magic Kingdom last minute (like we did), keep checking to see if reservations become available for Be Our Guest. People cancel at the last minute and that is the best time to get a reservation if you aren't planing 6 months in advance.
After lunch, we used another Fast Pass on the Jungle Cruise. That worked out perfectly since there was a 50 minute wait. A toddler wouldn't be able to handle that kind of wait, I know I couldn't. Wyatt loved that ride! We could tell he was getting tired after that so we popped him in the stroller with his pacifier (he still uses it for naps and sleeping) and doggy and he fell asleep quickly! Then we took the monorail to the Contemporary to relax while Wyatt napped for an hour.
TIP: If your child needs a nap, take the monorail to one of the hotels on the route.... the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, or Polynesian. They have lots of relatively quiet seating and cold a/c. Plus, the grown ups can enjoy an alcoholic beverage (which they don't serve in the park)!
When Wyatt woke up, we went back into the chaos. It was getting really busy since it was about an hour before parade time. We headed to the carousel, which is always a short wait. Wyatt cried at first... surprisingly the only ride he cried on, not sure why? But he ended up loving it once it got started.
TIP: Parade time is a great time to go on rides or see characters. But if you really want to see it, Fontierland seemed to be the least crowded.
We saw a few minutes of the parade but it was getting SO hot! We ducked inside the Country Bear Jamboree to get some a/c. The show was about 15 minutes and Wyatt loved it! Us grown ups thought it was... interesting... haha. Some of those lyrics are not made for kids, yikes.
TIP: For an inside break, Country Bear Jamboree and the Enchanted Tiki Room will do the trick, plus it entertains the kiddos for more than 5 minutes.
After using our last Fast Pass at Peter Pan, we walked through the Swiss Family Treehouse and then we took the train back to the entrance to the park and headed back to my mom's house. At this point it was about 5:30 and we all were pooped.
TIP: The train is a great way to get around without walking if you need a break! It goes all around the outskirts of the park and makes several stops.
It truly was a magical day! We can't wait to bring Wyatt back with his baby brother when he is a little older.