domingo, abril 2, 2023

Magic Kingdom • Kath Eats


Right here’s a recap of our Disney journey, put up 1 of 4! We spent our first day on the Magic Kingdom from solar as much as solar down. 

Disney Journey: Magic Kingdom

We’re house from Disney!

Hey hey hey!!! We’re again from a quick and livid journey to Disney final week. We had a GREAT time! I’m at all times so relieved once we are house and searching again that nothing main went flawed (illness, journey delays, blizzards, and many others.). 

This was Thomas’, Birch’s, and Mazen’s first go to to Disney World! And I hadn’t been in 20-something years. So we had been all so excited. 

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom

I’ll be sharing a recap of every of our three days on the Disney parks after which a last put up with all of my recommendations on the place we stayed, Genie+, eating reservations, and what we introduced. 

When you’ve got zero curiosity in Disney World, you would possibly wish to simply skip this week on KERF! 

Right here’s a high-level overview:

  • Day One: Magic Kingdom
  • Day Two: Epcot
  • Day Three: Hollywood Studios

We had a one-bedroom suite on the Swan Reserve, which is a Marriott property that has Disney resort perks like early entry and bus service to the Magic Kingdom. We had been SO HAPPY with our lodge selection. (I’ll be sharing extra on our lodge within the suggestions put up!)

We flew in on a Tuesday and began shiny and early on the Magic Kingdom! Right here we go. 

Family Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom

Day One: Magic Kingdom

We determined to start out with Magic Kingdom on day one since we had probably the most power, and I’m so glad we did as a result of it was our longest and most intense day! Thomas and I set our alarms for six:30 a.m. and obtained espresso and breakfast from the lodge that we introduced as much as our room. (We additionally introduced a number of issues from house, like cereal, so we simply had to purchase milk.) 

Mazen had the Mickey waffles!

Mickey waffles

I had an egg and cheese sandwich on a complete wheat English muffin. It served pretty much as good gas for the morning.

egg and cheese sandwich

Getting To Magic Kingdom 

We left our room at 8 a.m. and caught the Magic Kingdom bus behind our lodge. This was the one day we needed to catch a bus since we had been in a position to stroll to Epcot and take a fast boat to Hollywood Studios. We obtained fortunate with timing as a result of we solely waited one minute! Buses run from the Swan/Dolphin/Reserve advanced each 20 minutes or so. 

After we arrived on the bus station, we obtained on the Monorail that takes you to the Magic Kingdom entrance. 

Getting To Magic Kingdom 

“Get early entry so that you’ll have the park to your self,” they mentioned. LOL – there have been SO many individuals already there at 8:25 a.m.!! 

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom


I used to be in command of getting our Genie+ and making our first reservation every day round 6:45 a.m. We booked Area Mountain for our first Genie that day. I’ve famous which rides we used Genie+ for with a G+, and if we booked only for two of us, G+ for two. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! (Extra particulars within the suggestions put up.)

The Seven Dwarfs (Skipped)

Our plan was to go straight to the Seven Dwarfs, and we laughed when the road was already 80 minutes lengthy. Guess everybody else had the identical plan! Fortunately nobody was too unhappy to overlook it, and we went to Little Mermaid proper behind it.

Little Mermaid (No Wait)

Birch LOVED Mermaid!! It was an incredible first trip. 

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom review

Barnstormer (No Wait)

After Mermaid, we went to the Barnstormer. Proper once we entered the road we had been greeted by Stephanie who’s a KERF weblog reader!!! She acknowledged us straight away. It’s a SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL! 

Kath with Stephanie blog reader

The Barnstormer is a superb children’ first coaster, and my sister’s children liked it, so we hopped proper on with Birch. He did NOT prefer it in any respect! He mentioned he’s by no means happening one other coaster once more in his life. 

Barnstormer at Disney

Dumbo (5-Minute Wait)

We went to Dumbo subsequent and solely waited about 5 minutes to trip. Everybody liked it! 

Area Mountain (G+)

After Dumbo we went to Area Mountain for our Genie+ reservation. Mazen has been to Disneyland earlier than, so he has been on the California model of most of the rides. He was not within the temper for Area in the mean time, so we ended up simply going one after the other. With our lightning lane, Thomas and I had been each by way of in 10 minutes!

It was nice – simply as I remembered! However in comparison with Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot, and Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster at Hollywood, this was now seems like a child coaster to me!

Buzz Lightyear (G+)

Whereas I used to be in line at Area, I booked our subsequent Genie+ to Buzz Lightyear. The standby traces had been all 25–40 minutes at this level, and we had been strolling proper on with our Genie. 

Birch liked buzz! (He was somewhat fearful of the massive robotic.) 

Buzz Lightyear ride

It’s A Small World (G+ for two)

After Buzz, we headed as much as It’s A Small World – one among my all-time favourite rides!

It’s A Small World ride

Everybody else hates the track on repeat, however I adore it! Mazen and Thomas opted out of this one, so I booked their subsequent Genie for the Haunted Mansion.

Birch liked Small World too! 

It’s A Small World Disney

Lunch at Columbia Harbour Home 

Our information guide advised us that Columbia Harbour Home was a great lunch spot and we had been proper within the space, so we took a break for an early lunch. Sadly, we didn’t assume the meals was actually that good in any respect. French fries and shrimp skewers in a darkish room. It wasn’t too crowded although, in order that was a plus.

Lunch at Columbia Harbour House 

I obtained the healthiest factor I may discover, haha! It was so bland. 

Lunch at Columbia Harbour House 

Jungle Cruise Reserving (G+ for two)

Mazen actually wished to go on Jungle Cruise, and I seen that the Genie+ reservations had been already round 7 p.m., so I snagged 2 spots for 7:15. This held up 2 of our spots for a number of hours, however it ended up being good in the long term. 

Haunted Mansion (G+ for two) + Parade

Mazen and Thomas then went on the Haunted Mansion whereas Birch and I watched the midday parade!

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom Parade

He liked seeing the princesses. 

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom Parade Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom experience

Aladdin (G+ for two)

Birch and I went on Aladdin’s magic flying carpets. He liked it! Mazen and Thomas watched. We additionally obtained to see Aladdin and Jasmine from the aspect (the road was too lengthy to attend, and Birch was a bit too fearful of the characters to wish to meet them up shut). 

Dole Whip Snack!

It was HOT at the present time, and we cooled off with Dole Whip. 

Dole Whip Snack

Swiss Household Robinson Treehouse (No Wait)

Whereas we waited for our subsequent G+ reservation, we went by way of the Swiss Household Robinson Treehouse. I want this had been a bit extra interactive as a substitute of only a strolling path. The boys favored it! Birch particularly liked the cannons outdoors. 

Tiki Room (10 min wait)

We had about 20 extra minutes to kill earlier than Pirates, so we went within the Tiki room chook present. It was simply as odd as I bear in mind from 25 years in the past! 

Tiki Room | Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean (G+ for two)

Our little pirate had ZERO curiosity in happening the Pirates trip!! We had been a bit shocked, however it was sort of scary so I believe he made the precise selection. Mazen and I went and took movies for Birch to look at. 

Pirates of the Caribbean

Whereas we had been inside, Birch obtained to see Captain Jack Sparrow! He was too scared to do the meet and greet, however he favored seeing him in individual. 

Captain Jack Sparrow

Cinderella’s Fort

The boys loved seeing the fort up shut and getting an ice cream. 

Cinderella’s Castle Disney mickey ice cream

Tomorrowland Speedway

The standby line for the Speedway trip was solely 10 minutes once we obtained again to Tomorrowland, so we hopped on that. This was my least favourite trip of the entire journey! It was sizzling and soiled. 

Tomorrowland Speedway Tomorrowland Speedway Disney


I booked 2 seats on Thunder Highway Railroad for five p.m, and so all of us went to Tomorrowland to relax for a bit. Whereas there, we went on the Carousel of Progress (the boys actually favored it!), the Folks Mover (additionally liked by Birch!) and lastly the Monsters, Inc. Chuckle Ground (which had me laughing so laborious – it makes use of viewers members for content material!). 

Tomorrowland ride Tomorrowland Disney World

We didn’t use Genie+ for any of those and had been principally in a position to stroll on. They had been nice afternoon actions as a result of we had been drained and all three of those sights are seated and enjoyable! 

Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom

Massive Thunder Mountain Railroad (G+)

We had hoped to do that as a rider change, however they wouldn’t let Birch go within the line. We’d have needed to undergo in two line cycles and we didn’t have sufficient time to try this twice, so I opted out. Mazen and Thomas liked it and it made each of their prime 5 lists!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Dinner at Skipper Canteen

We had a 5:30 dinner reservation at Skipper Canteen per my sister’s suggestion. We thought the meals was fairly good, however we didn’t love the darkish décor. Really, the solar set whereas we had been in dinner, and I used to be shocked once we left and it was darkish outdoors! 

Dinner at Skipper Canteen

Displaying Birch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies

Showing Birch the Pirates of the Caribbean videos


I had a margarita that was scrumptious, and Thomas had an IPA.

Salad to start out

Salad at Disney World


Noodles at Disney World


Dessert at Disney World

Jungle Cruise (G+ for two)

We arrived to Jungle Cruise a couple of minutes early and because it was darkish, they allow us to on early. AND they let all 4 of us on although we solely had 2 Genie reservations. (I’m undecided there was even a standby line although as a result of it was darkish.)

The trip was cool at the hours of darkness, however I might advocate going within the mild. It was sort of scary! 

Jungle Cruise | Disney Trip: Magic Kingdom

Bus Dwelling

We referred to as it an evening round 7:45 and headed to the Monorail after which the bus station. We had some hassle determining the place our Swan/Dolphin bus can be, so ensure you ask earlier than you allow! Oops. 

Magic Kingdom at night

Night time evening

We had been again to the lodge simply after 8 and needed to do 4 showers earlier than going to mattress. Everybody was overtired!! 

Brothers at hotel bed

Magic Kingdom Overview

At some point was fantastic for us

Everybody mentioned to do two days there, however one was good for our household. And we didn’t do numerous the reveals, meet and greets, or procuring although. We tended to be fairly go go go!

We hit the rides, took within the completely different lands, and obtained on virtually every thing we wished to go on. The one rides we needed to miss that might would have accomplished in any other case had been Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan. 

It was so crowded!

We had been shocked at how crowded it was. And February is meant to be a low time! I can’t think about this park on a peak day. 

It was smaller than anticipated 

The park wasn’t as large as I assumed it will be wanting on the map. I believe we circled virtually every thing twice! 

Genie+ 2 and a couple of

Splitting up our Genie+ into 2 and a couple of actually helped us hit extra rides and reserve among the extra in style ones. When you’ve got two completely different ages, I might contemplate doing the identical. 

Our Magic Kingdom Itinerary

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Barnstormer
  • Dumbo
  • Area Mountain (G+)
  • Buzz Lightyear (G+)
  • It’s A Small World (G+ for two)
  • Lunch at Columbia Harbour Home
  • Booked Jungle Cruise (G+ for two)
  • Haunted Mansion (G+ for two)
  • Parade
  • Aladdin (G+ 2)
  • Eat Dole Whip
  • Swiss Household Robinson
  • Tiki Room 
  • Pirates (G+ 2)
  • Cinderella’s Fort 
  • Speedway
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Folks Mover
  • Monsters, Inc. Chuckle Room
  • Massive Thunder (G+)
  • Dinner at Skipper Canteen
  • Jungle Cruise (G+)

Magic Kingdom Overview

See you tomorrow for our Epcot evaluation!


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