Up stupidly early to get a Lynx bus at 6am to get to Magic Kingdom. Both buses (8 and 50) were packed, and I was desperate to get to the gates for rope drop. Unfortunately the 50 broke down and the monorail was not working, so we got to the gate just as the performance was finishing. Gutted! But I highly recommend getting the ferry as watching the castle get bigger as you move across the lake is very special. I didn't let this get me down as I purchased my Minnie Mouse ears and headed into the park to get started. We started in Adventureland with the Jingle Cruise and Magic Carpets then moved on to Frontierland. Splash Mountain was out of action, so we went to Big Thunder Mountain. Just about to step on to the ride when it was announced that it too was out of action! Oh well we got some fastpasses out of it. Back to Adventureland to ride Pirates and then Liberty Square for the riverboat and Hall of Presidents. I fell asleep in Hall of Presidents and left feeling very unwell. I think the tiredness hit me hard, but it was time to make our way to the Contemporary for Chef Mickey's breakfast.
Breakfast with Mickey was by far the best experience of the trip. The food was great, but meeting the characters was just really special. I really enjoyed it and I was so glad that we went. The characters interacted with everyone and allowed us to take loads of pictures. My OH and I were the only people there without kids, which I didn't even know until someone mentioned it to me about 10 hours later in the queue for the monorail. Who cares if it's weird that we were there without kids? I loved every minute of it!
Spent a few hours exploring the Contemporary and the Floridian (for the gingerbread house!) to recover a bit before making our way back to the park. Headed for Fantasyland where we rode the tea cups and the carousel and sat in on Mickey's PhilarMagic. Then on to Tomorrowland for Monsters Inc, Carousel of Progress, Stitch's Great Escape and Buzz Lightyear. Finished with Under the Sea before getting on the Railroad to Main Street to see the parade and fireworks. Aside from some exceptionally rude people, the parade and fireworks were truly magical. As a grown woman I'm not ashamed to say that they brought a tear to my eye. After a very, very long day (16.5 hours after leaving the hotel that morning) we dragged ourselves on to the bus and made our way back to the hotel.
We literally did nothing on this day except hang out, chat and eat a late lunch/early dinner at Denny's.
Back to the parks today, and it is time for Islands of Adventure. I has been looking forward to this one the most as I love Harry Potter. And it did not disappoint! Crowds were already manic in Hogsmead at 9am, so we quickly got in the queue for Olivander's, before heading to the Three Broomsticks for breakfast (and a Butterbeer). Food was ok and the Butterbeer was amazing (not as sickly as the one at the studio tour in Watford). We were advised to go out on to the patio at the back of the pub, and it really is a perfect spot - quiet with a great view of Hogwarts. We did the castle tour and had a good look around the shops before heading to Jurassic Park (OH favourite) to ride the river adventure where I got very wet (don't sit in the back row!!) and look around the Discovery Centre.
We kind of skipped Toon Lagoon, but did stop long enough to shoot water at people on Ripsaw Falls. This one girl thought she was being funny and gave us the finger, so I shot her in the side of the face with the water cannon. I thought it was hilarious! Simple things and all! Then on to Super Hero Island to look around the shops and ride Storm Force Accelatron. As it got dark, we went to Seuss Landing, rode everything and ate the most delicious cupcake ever (chocolate and peanut butter). On our way back to Hogsmead, we took in Poseidon's Fury, which was very impressive, especially the bit with the spinning water. Hogsmead is even more impressive/beautiful at night and a perfect way to finish the day with a frozen Butterbeer in hand!
More to come!