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Vacation Second Day: Magic Kingdom

The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of vacations, but I finally have the chance to update again… and next up is our day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

After an amazing Caribbean cruise, I am back in Virginia.  I will be posting cruise details later, but right now I wanted to go back to the Disney vacation from April.  Be sure to check out the Vacation First Day: Disney’s Animal Kingdom post.

On the second day of our recent Disney vacation, we went to Magic Kingdom.

The first event on our Magic Kingdom schedule was another character lunch.  I just love doing character dining experiences.  It is nice to not have to wait for characters, and it is also a bonus that Layla still eats free at the buffets.  We had made reservations at The Crystal Palace since we had never been, and Layla loves Winnie the Pooh.  Layla loved meeting all the Winnie the Pooh characters.  Her favorites were Piglet and Tigger!

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After lunch, we had Fast Passes to use!

The first ride that we went on was The Jungle Cruise.  Layla enjoyed the boat ride through the jungle, and she may have thought most of the animals were real.  After The Jungle Cruise, we walked around Adventureland and Frontierland before making our way to Liberty Square.  We stopped by Liberty Tree Tavern to say hello to a family friend, and Layla enjoyed taking a break to color.

Then we headed over to another favorite ride – The Haunted Mansion.  Although Layla had been on this ride many times, this time she thought it was a little scary at first.  But, it didn’t take long before she was smiling and waving at all the ghosts.  We had originally planned on going on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but the ride was temporarily down.  Disney sent me an e-mail that I could instead use my Fast Pass for almost any other ride without needing to make a reservation.  Layla kept asking to go on the “up and down” ride so we took her to Dumbo.

More rides, photo ops, and Mickey Mouse…

We didn’t end up spending as much time at Magic Kingdom as I hoped because we had gotten there a little later than planned.  After watching the parade, Layla kept asking about Ariel so we took her on The Little Mermaid ride.  She has never see The Little Mermaid movie, but she loves watching the old TV show on the Disney Now app.

We had one more Fast Pass to use, and that was to meet Mickey Mouse.  Since we had used all of our Fast Passes, we could have added more, but we had to leave the park early so that we could go to the RunDisney expo to get our bibs for  The Dark Side 10K and The Dark Side Half-Marathon.

Before we left, I wanted to get photos in front of the castle.

By this point, Layla was pretty tired.  The heat was a little draining, and she is not big on napping while out and about (except for in the car).  It worked out though since we had to head over to the RunDisney expo anyway.  After taking some family photos, we left Magic Kingdom.  My husband and I each bought shirts and pins from the RunDisney expo.  Layla ended up sleeping during the entire expo, with my husband carrying her since strollers aren’t allowed inside the expo.

After getting our race bibs and souvenirs, we decided to meet up with my sister for dinner.  We went to a delicious Southern restaurant The Coop – A Southern Affair in Winter Park.  I had chicken and dumplings, and Darin ordered the chicken and waffles.

There’s always room for dessert.

We still like to quote my sister from when she was a kid and say, “My ice cream shelf is empty.”  No matter how much she would eat for dinner, she was always up for ice cream after.  We went out to Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream in Orlando.

It was delicious, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to the Orlando area.  Layla had cookie dough ice cream, and I had the most amazing smores ice cream in a chocolate dipped cone.  Smores ice cream is my absolute fave.  After dessert, we went back to my sister’s house to great ready for bed.

The next day was going to be an early one because Darin was going to be doing the 10K race, and I was going to go to support him.



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