Magic Kingdom, Day 1

Current Location: Fort Wilderness Campground, Disney World, Florida

What a long day. We headed out from the trailer at about 8:00 this morning and caught the bus up to Trail’s End restaurant here at Fort Wilderness. We went ahead and used a couple meal passes to eat a great breakfast there. To be honest, I was more impressed with this morning’s breakfast buffet than I was with last night’s dinner buffet in the same restaurant.

After breakfast, we boarded the boat to take us over to the Magic Kingdom. As soon as we got there, we went ahead and rented a locker to put our sweatshirts in as it was already getting warm. We figured we would need them before we were ready to go back to the trailer, so it was nice having a place to dump things during the day. Besides getting camping spot 1414 (easy to remember), we scored locker number 0001 (out of who knows how many).

We spent the better part of the day walking around the Magic Kingdom, riding the easy rides for the most part – what Malcolm terms the “boat rides” like the Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, etc. Malcolm did ride the Thunder Mountain coaster while Val shopped. Speaking of shopping, we had fun finding different Disney pins of our favorite characters. Apparently, trading pins with park employees is a long-standing tradition.

Some Disney pins.

Some Disney pins.

We ate lunch in the park, shortly after we both bought hats. That sun sure is bright, even though we both remembered our sunglasses. We just enjoyed walking around and remembering some of the rides and sights we had seen when we had been here before – in Val’s case, way back in 1976. Malcolm had been here twice before, once in 1972, and again in 1985.

We couldn’t make any dinner reservations in the Magic Kingdom, so Malcolm used the Disney app to make dinner reservations at the Grand Floridian Cafe. We rode the monorail around to the Grand Floridian and had a great meal there. It’s a lovely resort and one we’d probably pick if we weren’t here in a travel trailer.

At the dinner table.

At the dinner table.

Cool "glowing" drink (light-up plastic ice cube).

Cool “glowing” drink (light-up plastic ice cube).

After dinner we rode the monorail back to Magic Kingdom to catch the fireworks show. No pictures of that here (Malcolm took a lot of pictures with his good camera, but they are still loading onto the computer as he types this blog post), unfortunately, however, here is a picture of the castle all lit up.

Purple castle.

Purple castle.

While we waited for the fireworks show, we took the opportunity to ride the carousel. Here’s Val on her trusty steed.

Ready to ride.

Ready to ride.

After the fireworks show, we took our time to get to the front gate to empty our locker and return the key. Then we rode our boat back to Fort Wilderness and took the bus back to our loop. We dropped everything in the trailer and rode our bikes back out to the beach to watch the floating light show that happens every night at 9:45 PM. Then, it was back to the trailer. We are just worn out.

Tomorrow, we visit Epcot. Malcolm promises better pictures tomorrow.

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