We boarded the hotel shuttle bus around 7:50am and took the designated bus at Disney terminal to Magic Kingdom first as we thought it would draw more crowds later in the day due to firework display at night.
When the park opened, we were greeted by Disney’s songs and characters dancing on the stage. It was a storybook fantasy came to live. We didn’t stay on to watch the performance, but we scurried off to the Railway to take the monorail to transport us to our first attraction – Frontierland.
Our first thrill ride was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was a mild ride on a “runaway train” in which we careened through an abandoned mine complex.
Next, we “conquered” the Splash Mountain. The theme of this ride is about Brer Rabbit’s mischievous escapades as he tries to flee the clutches of Brer Fox and Brer Bear. We were seated in a log flume during the ride. The climax of this ride was when we plummeted from 5-storey high, with a big splash! We were not as wet as the first row riders though.
A touch of fantasy here, with the typical Disney cartoon-like houses, castles, towers… Many kiddy rides in this land but we didn’t take any.
The World’s famous Cinderella Castle.
Different views of the castle.
We “reported for duty as security recruits in the Galactic Federation Prisoner Teleport Center” in Stitch’s Great Escape! We were restrained in our seats during the “training” with Stitch, who wreaked havocs in the Center. At one point, Stitch burped and our seats released the smell of Maggie Mee! Very gross!
Look like a racing track, but with slow racing cars…
Mickey’s Toontown Fair
Minnie’s House is a lavender and baby pink lovely bungalow decorated with hearts and flowers.
In the living room, resting on Minnie’s sofa.
Minnie’s prize-winning painting of Donald Duck and sewing machine in the craft room.
Minnie’s tea set.
Baking cake in Minnie’s kitchen.
By touching a button on the oven, the popcorns inside the microwave would pop up noisily.
Minnie’s fridge, with plenty of cheesy dairy products!
Done with the kitchen, wash hand first!
Checking out what Minnie is reading.
Minnie’s work area.
The mail box is just so “Minnie”.
Mickey’s House is just next to Minnie’s House.
The mail box is also very “Mickey”!
Mickey’s bedroom. He keeps many white gloves in the drawer of the cupboard!
The mess could be created by Donald Duck as webbed foot prints are seen here.
Mickey’s recreation corner. I didn’t know that he plays table tennis too!
Pluto’s kennel. It is not in.
At the Judge’s Tent.
Cactuses of Goofy, Mickey and Donald.
Walter Elias Disney, the co-founder (together with his brother) of Disney Productions, with Disney’s alter ego – Mickey Mouse.
Taking photos with the Disney’s cartoon characters would take up time to queue up; so we just snapped some photos from a distance.
Captain Jack Sparrow and the don’t-know-who acting in front of the crowd. They looked very much like the real actors who casted Pirates of the Caribbean.
We took a water ride at Pirates of the Caribbean. It was a slow ride along the “canal” and the movie characters were on either side of the banks. Err… quite disappointing.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
Swiss Family Treehouse: The walk-through attraction is centred around a giant artificial treehouse where you can hear and see various scenes based on the Disney movie – Swiss Family Robinson. Err… nothing fanciful at the Treehouse.
The Disney’s family were preparing for the parade. We tried taking photos of the cute cartoon characters but they would coldly turn away from us when they saw our camera aiming at them, even though we were standing at some distance away.
Princess dresses, Princess dolls.
Getting friendly with the Mainstreet Fireman.
To MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) in the afternoon …[more]
Back to Magic Kingdom in the evening for firework display.
At the end of the day, we returned to Magic Kingdom to catch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, the biggest, brightest fireworks extravaganza in Walt Disney World.
Disney’s beloved characters were glowing brilliantly in the dark during the parade march.
Dreamy lights emanating from the Cinderalla Castle.
Just before the firework display started, lights in the theme parks were either switched off or dimmed. The magical moment began when the theme song “Wishes” was played and very soon, the sky was dazzled with the awesome display of fireworks emanated from the Cinderella Castle, accompanied by voices of the beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and Pinocchio. The lights and brilliant firework display synchronizing to the Disney songs had touched every childlike heart . Toward the end of the show, “Tinker Bell” “flew” across the sky. It was the most breathtaking moment of the 3-day theme park tour and the best firework display we have ever seen.
After the firework show, we had a hard time moving through the crowd. So, we made our way to the shops first, trying to be funny with cartoon head designs.
Next day: Leaving for Virginia!
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