Florida Day 6: DISNEY!!!

On the sixth day of our vacation we headed over to Walt Disney World. We checked in at the Port Orleans Riverside resort (photos to come later) then headed up to Magic Kingdom for our first day of fun.

Driving into Disney World

Driving into Disney World

The parking lot for Magic Kingdom is actually across the lake, so you either had to take the monorail or a ferry to get to the park. We took the monorail on the way in, and the ferry on the way out.

The monorail pulling into the station

The monorail pulling into the station.

Riding on the monorail

Riding on the monorail

The front gate for Magic Kingdom

The front gate for Magic Kingdom

Kyle was just a *tiny* bit excited about going to see Mickey Mouse.

Kyle was just a *tiny* bit excited about going to see Mickey Mouse.

City Hall, just inside Magic Kingdom

City Hall, just inside Magic Kingdom

There aren't many places in the world where a marching band can just come along out of nowhere.

There aren't many places in the world where a marching band can just come along out of nowhere.

This horse-drawn trolley came along, a bunch of dancers jumped out, and music started playing. Only at Disney.

This horse-drawn trolley came along, a bunch of dancers jumped out, and music started playing. Only at Disney.

Some of the street dancers

Some of the street dancers

Katra, Kyle and Ian in front of Cinderella's Castle

Katra, Kyle and Ian in front of Cinderella's Castle

Karl, Kyle and Ian in front of Cinderella's Castle

Karl, Kyle and Ian in front of Cinderella's Castle

A topiary of... a snail? a swan? A guy holding his fist in the air?

A topiary of... a snail? a swan? A guy holding his fist in the air?

Some random evil step-relatives

Some random evil step-relatives

Pete's Garage, where they sell not gasoline or cartoon vehicle services, but food.

Pete's Garage, where they sell not gasoline or cartoon vehicle services, but food.

Minnie Mouse's house

Minnie Mouse's house

Mickey's bedroom, which was oddly right inside the front door of his house.

Mickey's bedroom, which was oddly right inside the front door of his house.

Mickey's mouse-shaped tomatoes

Mickey's mouse-shaped tomatoes

Mickey's mouse-shaped pumpkins. At this point I was beginning to detect a pattern. EVERYTHING at disney is mouse-shaped.

Mickey's mouse-shaped pumpkins. At this point I was beginning to detect a pattern. EVERYTHING at disney is mouse-shaped.

Everything, that is, except for the Goofy-shaped cactus.

Everything, that is, except for the Goofy-shaped cactus.

Kyle meets Mickey and Minnie

Kyle meets Mickey and Minnie

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Cutest. Picture. EVER.

Cutest. Picture. EVER.

My favorite photo from the entire trip.

My favorite photo from the entire trip. Yes, it really does look like that.

We had lunch at the Crystal Palace, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger dropped by to see the boys.

The Crystal Palace, where we ate lunch on the first day.

The Crystal Palace, where we ate lunch on the first day.

Kyle and Ian meet Winnie the Pooh

Kyle and Ian meet Winnie the Pooh

...and Tigger, too!

...and Tigger, too!

Tigger signs Kyle's autograph book

Tigger signs Kyle's autograph book

Tomorrowland!

Tomorrowland!

Kyle imprisoned with the Evil Emperor Zurg

Kyle imprisoned with the Evil Emperor Zurg

Liberty Square, designed to look like 18th century New England

Liberty Square, designed to look like 18th century New England

Kyle shows off his hula-hooping skills

Kyle shows off his hula-hooping skills

We headed back to the hotel in mid-afternoon to get moved into our rooms and rest a bit before heading out to dinner.

A ferry coming in, with the Grand Floridian resort visible in the distance

A ferry coming in, with the Grand Floridian resort visible in the distance

The ferry we took back to the parking lot. This is an alternate to the monorail.

The ferry we took back to the parking lot. This is an alternate to the monorail.

Remember when I wrote about everything being mouse-shaped? This was waiting for us on our hotel room bed. The maids do this as a special treat for customers.

Remember when I wrote about everything being mouse-shaped? This was waiting for us on our hotel room bed. The maids do this as a special treat for customers.

Dinner was at the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge resort. This is a really fun place to eat. If you make make certain requests of your waiter, the results can be pretty unexpected. If you ask for ketchup, the waiter will yell “I NEED KETCHUP!!!” as loud as they can, and soon you will have several dozen ketchup bottles brought to your table by every waiter in the place. Asking for a refill of your Coke will result in a GIANT bell jar full of Coke. The food was excellent, too – we ordered an “all you care to eat” barbecue platter, and received some of the best bbq we have had anywhere. We left stuffed, and ready for more fun at Magic Kingdom.

The entrance to Wilderness Lodge

The entrance to Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

The view from our table at Whispering Canyon Cafe, in the Wilderness Lodge.

The view from our table at Whispering Canyon Cafe, in the Wilderness Lodge.

The view from the dock at Wilderness Lodge as we waited for the ferry to take us back to Magic Kingdom

The view from the dock at Wilderness Lodge as we waited for the ferry to take us back to Magic Kingdom

The big attraction in the evening at Magic Kingdom is the parade followed by the fireworks display. The night we were there they had a special presentation of Spectromagic, where they turn out all the lights in the park and the parade floats come through all lit up with Christmas tree type lights. The lights alternate between pure white and multicolor, and the effect is really amazing. After the parade comes the fireworks show. We had seats right next to Cinderella’s Castle, so the fireworks were exploding right above us. It was truly an amazing experience.

Cinderella's Castle lit by the setting sun

Cinderella's Castle lit by the setting sun

While we were waiting for the fireworks, the castle was lit by a progression of different colored lights

While we were waiting for the fireworks, the castle was lit by a progression of different colored lights

As it turns out, doing a 4 second hand-held exposure of a fireworks display with an excited 5 year old sitting in your lap is no small feat. I thought this one turned out pretty well, though.

As it turns out, doing a 4 second hand-held exposure of a fireworks display with an excited 5 year old sitting in your lap is no small feat. I thought this one turned out pretty well, though.

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