Time to rise and shine. One land – NEW Fantasyland – calls. I know how busy the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World can be so I plan early my must see’s and must do’s–an introduction to the inpark interactive game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Main Street and its Emporium windows, photo pass picture opps, a topiary search, a character meet and greet, and a midday parade celebrating a dream come true.
I remember my first visit to Fantasyland in 1972 when Disneyworld was only one theme park. Although its classic attractions like the skyway, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Mickey Mouse Revue, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride are long gone, this renovation which doubles this land’s size is a real child pleaser with loads of eye-candy. I can hardly wait for the 2014 openings of Phase III’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride and Princess Fairytale Hall.
Since I have been to Walt Disney World literally hundreds of times, I skip the show outside Cinderella’s Castle and pass Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan’s Flight for today. Instead I head directly to Storybook Circus, The Little Mermaid, and Prince Eric’s Castle.
Phases I and II (Storybook Circus, The Little Mermaid, and Prince Eric’s Castle) are complete. Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, Pete’s Silly Sideshow, and Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini, and Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station are now fully up and running as are Enchanted Tales with Belle, Gaston’s Tavern, the Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Arielle’s Grotto. They compliment Cinderella’s Castle.
The counter service menu at at Be Our Guest is excellent. Available entrees include tuna nicoise salad, carved turkey sandwich, grilled steak sandwich, quinona salad, vegetable quiche, braised pork (coq au vin style) , and croque monsier, a grilled sandwich of carved ham, gruyere cheese, and bechamel with pommes frites. Its tasty food and ample portions make me decide that I must make reservations next trip for its dinner table service.
I think about Walt Disney’s words, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Having seen WDW grow and grow and grow in the last forty years, I wait excitedly for its new vacation club addition at the Grand Floridian. I feel much like Cinderella when the clock signals it is time to leave.
My fellow bloggers and I get together for a farewell dinner and XLVII’s Superbowl New Orleans with the 49 ‘ers vs the Ravens. I pack for tomorrow’s departure then go to bed. I wake up early and think about Visit Kissimmee‘s #kiss10 celebration. It’s all about good times with good people.
Today we stop along the route to McCoy at the Central Florida Everglades of Boggy Creek. The 100% handicapped accessible Boggy Creek airboat rides (on Facebook and Twitter) are open 364 days a year and have tours leaving every 30 minutes with no reservations required. Our scenic airboat ride followed by no fast food but instead a down home light lunch–stuffed potato skins, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, chicken fingers, and fried gator–means departure is imminent. A gator handler brings a young gator by and shows me how to pet it. He also shows how to put it to sleep.
Visit Kissimmee is sponsoring the contest of a lifetime that will allow one lucky reader and his/her family their chance to come to this area not one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine but ten times. That’s right, for one Grand Prize winner, the chance to discover a Decade of Memories with ten vacations to Central Florida’s premier vacation destination now awaits. Visit www.decadeofmemories.com to learn more and enter. Hurry, the contest ends on February 28!
I attended this event as a guest of Visit Kissimmee, with all expenses paid. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.