I had the most delightful day alone at the Magic Kingdom, I also managed to visit a place I hadn't been to since I was a child and tour another hotel that I've never been to at all! Holiday's are in the air and the Magic Kingdom is definitely in full swing.
Should you wish to see all the photos I took yesterday (all 380 of them), click here.
I arrived to the TTC and tried to decide which mode of transportation to take.
As the day was JUST beautiful, slight breeze but no humidity, I opted for the ferryboat!
Unfortunately I was too late for the opening ceremony but that meant a lot less people to weed through.
As I walked in I found Main Street all decorated for the holidays and Christmas music being played all along Main Street!
There was this area next to City Hall that had a lot of Santa Claus decorations, I can only assume that's where you will be able to meet Sir Nicholas closer to the holiday season.
40 Days until Christmas? I don't want to know that! LOL
I tried to pick up the bag of coal.
Roy and Minnie has been temporarily moved to another location and this is the current backdrop for the new holiday season.
Even some of the windows have been given a special overlay.
Even the residents of Main Street were in on the fun. This wonderful lady offered to teach me how to sing, I kindly denied her offer.
Time to check the Information Board. Huh, not bad, oh! Very nice! Wait a minute? What's Cinderella's Holiday Wish?!! They are lighting the castle today?!! OMG YAY!
I just love that in the middle of November we can still have gorgeous flowers out.
I decided to take my usual route, through Adventureland. I love that no one goes this way first thing in the morning.
What a beautiful flower, I've never noticed these before!
Time for Pirates! It was a walk on, only 2 other people were in the boat with me.
This is where I get to complain, I never do but this was just SO bad I couldn't ignore it. First, the Davy Jones waterfall wasn't even on in the beginning, most of the lighting was off throughout the ENTIRE ride, the chase scene with the fat lady wielding a broom was off, the lights in that portion were ON and the construction drapes were wide open. There was also 2 CM's standing IN the attraction, talking on a work phone and the boats were backed up all the way into the burning city room. Oh and the multiple hat guy, only had one hat on his head?? I was disappointed, most of the time I can look the other way but this just made me sad.
If they are going to work on it, close it for a day, really, I don't think people will complain that much.
It did not however, ruin my day, but I thought I should mention it here.
Get me outta here fast me harteys!
Next, I redeemed myself on BTMR, which was also a walk on. *sighs with happiness* I did the rock trick, the same as DL's goat trick but not as fun to say I'm afraid. LOL
I started walking toward Haunted Mansion when I noticed Country Bears was back open, I thought I would stop by and see the changes that were made. Sadly, no holiday overlay could be found and other than some new entrance boards on the porch area, not much difference in show either. I'm not as critical as others though, so the little nuances I tend to miss, I'm sure there was something! LOL
Can you spot the hidden Mickey?
It was lunchtime, so I stopped by Pecos Bill for some BBQ.
I like the mushroom bar.
Of course there are new Christmas cups everywhere.
Diamond Horseshoe has been turned into a permanent food establishment.
I didn't see any mention of showtimes anywhere but they had this on the stage.
And this on the way out.
Next stop, the Haunted Mansion! Another 5 minute wait, I was on a roll!
I skipped over Fantasyland as I didn't have my daughter but I did stop by and say hi to an old friend, Mr. Scrooge McDuck!
Decorations of the Toontown variety were out and about!
I stopped by to check out the new Pixie Hollow.
60 minute wait? Well, I got lucky the rest of the day I needed to wait sometime. LOL
The main waiting area is pretty much the same, they painted the ceiling and have TV's hanging up, playing different cartoon shorts.
A CM comes out and hands out 3 photopass cards, they are now giving out the photopass cards you can attach to your wrist. Much like the Food and Wine Festival gift cards they had, I'm sorry I didn't take a photo.
Then she walked us down this REALLY long hallway, this is the area where you "shrink" down to the size of a pixie.
See that? It's a fairy!
Like the movie, every once in awhile you hear a baby laugh. As the CM takes families one at a time, I admit it was rather creepy to hear that baby laugh standing there all by myself. LOL
Then it was my turn to head into Pixie Hollow, the CM's were VERY interactive, explaining about the area you are entering and to keep your eyes open as you never know what you might see on the floor and ceiling. He then led me over to the waiting area, next to this wintry spider web.
Then the yellow fairy comes over to get you and brings you to her area. We had a nice conversation about where flowers get there color from. I kind felt bad because I was only there to get photos of the pixies but all of them were really great and totally in character, they do a really great job of making it personable, even if your alone. LOL
Tinkerbell was FABULOUS! I told her my daughter couldn't come and I showed her a photo and she told me this WONDERFUL story to tell her when I got home. She made up the story around something she saw my daughter wearing in the photo, it was really great.
Another way they make it personal is they walk each family to the next character, I thought that was so much better than CM's directing you to the next spot.
That's it for Pixie Hollow, my overall opinion is anyone with little children will appreciate this. They were excellent with the children and really did a great job of taking time with each one, which probably explains the wait. I can't wait to bring my daughter back to this, she's going to love it!
I had decided I wanted to see the parade today, I don't see it as often as I like so I grabbed some corn dog nuggets from Casey's and headed to the end of Main Street to claim my spot, upstairs at the railroad station. It's such a great place to people watch and relax, you have to get there about a hour early though because it fills up fast!
About 15 minutes before they had this great band from Ohio play, I heard the Fantasmic theme and a song from Illuminations, they did a really great job!
I had forgotten that it was still Year of a Million Dreams, this lucky family was the Grand Marshall for the day. They did not mention that they won a night in the castle though, so I'm not sure if they are still doing that.
I liked being up high as it put me on level with some of the floats and gave me an unobstructed view of the parade.
Aww, look! It's the Rescuers!
I love this fairy Godmother, I see this same one every time FG is out, she does a really great job. You can really tell she loves her job.
Part 2 will be posted shortly. Stay tuned for some local hotel exploring and the lighting of the castle, still to come!