We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning, excited to start our Disney Trip in the Magic Kingdom! It’s the best place to start your Disney experience (I think) because it’s just so magical and festive!
Because we were staying on Disney property, we were able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and enjoy the parks before they are officially open. I snapped this incredible view of the train station at 7:30 AM!
We headed right down Main Street USA and enjoyed taking in the castle, Frontierland and Adventureland with such low crowds.
Our first stop was breakfast at Gaston’s Tavern! We shared a huge cinnamon roll (a snack credit if you’re on the dining plan) and I got a cup of coffee. Here’s Paul’s best smug Gaston impression. I came back from fixing my coffee to find him posed like this, waiting for me to take his picture! 🙂
The detail and theming all over the parks always amazes me – and I love the detail in Gaston’s tavern!
He really does use antlers in all of his decorating! 🙂
It’s a tradition that we ride It’s A Small World first!
Next up, The Little Mermaid – another ride with such fun detail!
We jumped on the Ferry Boat and were able to stand in the sun without getting too hot! It was sunny but very breezy for our first morning. Paul was wishing he’d worn his sunglasses – it’s not on your mind when you leave the room before sunrise! 🙂
From there we grabbed a ride on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, which I am not ashamed to admit was my favorite ride of the whole trip! We rode it again on our last night, in the dark after the fireworks. So much fun!
We caught a peek of Aladdin and Jasmine while we were there!
Between fast passes and short lines, we packed so much into this morning! Before noon we’d also done The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean.
We ate lunch at Columbia Harbor House – one of the restaurants I really wanted to try this trip! It was really busy, so Paul found us a table while I waited in line to order.
We both ordered plates with fish and chips – mine also had hush puppies and Paul’s also had chicken. We both enjoyed our food, especially the shrimp! Our table had a lovely view of Fantasyland, which I did a terrible job of capturing in this photo. Just trust me. 🙂
After lunch we headed back for our afternoon rest. Each day we took at least a three hour break from the park – giving us time to put our feet up, take a nap and recharge for the rest of the day. We walked back to the bus stop and headed to Epcot for supper!
Paul’s magic band decal shown below is from The Skin Dudes on Etsy. 🙂
Our first day at Disney was also my 35th birthday! When we checked in they gave me a birthday button which I was more than happy to wear all day long. 🙂 Each time a cast member saw my button, they wished me the most energetic and heartfelt “Happy Birthday!” It was really special!
Epcot is under a lot of construction right now, and that combined with the heavy evening crowds in the World Showcase due to the Food & Wine festival made it our least favorite park this trip.
We had a little bit of time before our supper reservation, so we rode The Three Caballeros Gran Fiesta Tour to cool off! It’s a relaxing ride (a lot like Small World) with some really cute details.
Paul told me to choose a table-service restaurant where I wanted to celebrate my birthday, so we made reservations at La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion. It sits on the water and provides a beautiful view of the sunset! This restaurant was recommended by our Magical Vacation Planner, Amy from Magical Moments Vacations.
The food was amazing! We ordered this dinner for two that came with steak, chicken, chorizo, grilled vegetables, beans, rice and corn tortillas. Each component had amazing flavor, and this was a truly unique entree. It was delicious and more than enough for the two of us.
Paul ordered this amazing Mexican caramel apple pie that was equally outstanding. We were SO full and could hardly move as we worked our way back through the World Showcase!
Since we had another early morning the next day, we left the park as the fireworks were starting. It was a beautiful end to an amazing day!
Thank you for indulging me as I share the details of our vacation! Next Friday I’ll share day 2 in Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs. There’s also a new video on YouTube today – a quick haul of the things we bought at Disney. Paul is in this video and it’s one of his best! 🙂
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