Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center
09 Nov 2013
On the agenda for our first day at Disney World was Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. It was an early rise, with a quick breakfast. The runDisney folks set up a really nice hospitality suite in one of the other buildings for all the run participants and their families. This was great as it allowed us to have breakfast on the resort, without the large crowds.
We boarded the monorail. There were a lot of other excited families on board with us.
As it started to speed up, Rachel and Wendy hung on tight.
We did a quick fist bump and got ready to enter the park.
Once in the park, we took a few minutes to soak it all in.
We were here. Magic Kingdom. Let the magic begin!
There was so much to see on Main Street, USA. The street was lined with restaurants, bakeries, cafés, ice cream shops, boutiques and souvenir stores.
As there were a lot of people around, and Lauren was in complete awe, Rachel took her hand to make sure she didn’t wander off. Wendy and I were right behind them… happy to see how excited the both were!
We got to the end of Main Street, where a statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stood. We stopped to watch the show at the Princess Castle.
After the show was over, we headed towards Tomorrowland.
Our first stop was the Monsters, Inc. “Laugh Floor”. It’s a fun show that really gets the audience involved.
The first ride we went on was the Tomorrowland Speedway. Rachel got the pole position, Wendy and Lauren were in the next car, and I got the back of the pack. I felt like a little kid again!
Lauren chose our second ride… the Mad Hatter Tea Party. A tea cup that seats 4, spins around a big tea pot. Lauren quickly learned that the more she turned the wheel, the more the tea cup spun.
Wendy chose the next ride… Space Mountain! It’s an indoor roller coaster that runs at high speed… in the dark.
We were all pretty excited to go on one of Disney World’s most popular rides. We loaded onto the ride, and started to climb the first hill. Lauren got a little scared, but Wendy called back to her and said it would be okay. As we flew through at high speeds, the coaster curved left, right, up and down. The cries of concern quickly turned into giggles and cheers. I was in the front car, and couldn’t see a thing. As exhilarating as it was, there were parts of the ride where I cringed in pain as I wrenched my back,
I was a little sore when I got off the ride. I needed to rest before moving on. The girls wanted to go on it again! As the lines were a bit long, we decided to move on and come back if there was time. Wendy and I wanted the girls to experience as much as possible.
One of the rides Wendy was looking forward to going on was “It’s A Small World”. Rachel and Lauren loved the many animated characters, and all the lights. It was a relaxing ride… a nice follow up to Space Mountain!
Everyone was getting hungry, so we decided to head back to the resort. The girls asked if we could take the boat back instead of the monorail. It was nice to be going for a boat ride in November!
Magic Kingdom was amazing! In our planning, we had decided to return on the second day after Wendy’s 5k run.
Wendy had to leave to pick up her Jungle Jingle 5k number and shirt. The girls and I had lunch, and then relaxed in the room until Wendy returned. Once she did, we left for Epcot.
Seeing Epcot Centre from the monorail was quite the site. There were waterfalls, lights, interactive activities, and a Starbucks (which was our first stop).
Epcot has a lot to do for families. I was impressed that they had activities to do for the girls. Rachel and Lauren saw a sign for “Agent P World Showcase”. They were given a cellphone with a mission loaded.
Their first mission took them to the Mexican pavilion, where they had to stop Doctor Heinz Doofenshmirtz from destroying the world. While they were taking out the doctor, I decided to get my Mexican on. Ariba!
The fireworks at Epcot were amazing! What’s more amazing is that they do this every night. At one point, it looked like the barge the fireworks were launching from was on fire.
Our experience at Epcot was short, but a lot of fun. We all want to experience it again!