My First Trip Report
March 17th, 2007 – St. Patty’s Day
Hello everyone so I moved down to Jacksonville, FL about a month ago for my job and have finally settled down enough to where I could take my twin boys to their first trip to the Magic Kingdom.
I worked until 12:00AM on Friday then woke the family up at 5:30AM on Saturday, grabbed the theme park survival kit we assembled during the week and headed down to WDW.
For the over-curious we have included in the theme park survival kit (Small Backpack) the following:
Sunblock (In small individual packages)
Waterless Hand Cleaning Sanitizer
4 Ponchos (2 for a $1.00 at the Dollar Tree)
Pirates of the Caribbean Fruit Snack Packs, Candy, Granola Bars
Digital Camera and 3 sets of extra Batteries with an extra memory card
Capri-Sun Fruit Drinks
4 bottles of Water
We arrived at the TTC at 09:00AM and we went up to a ticket window and met Cast Member Lou. I was going to buy all members of my family the "FL Resident Seasonal Pass" but Lou advised me it would be better to have one of the passes be an Annual so we could save on Parking so I bought 2 Adult FL Seasonal Passes, 1 Child Seasonal, and 1 Child Annual. Lou advised me that we could take the parking pass we bought on this day up to Guest Relations on our next trip and they would refund our money. Lou was having computer problems on this day and since he had to reboot his system he provided us with no strings attached Fast Passes we could use on any attraction. Lou was a outstanding Cast Member and I was very impressed with his performance.
We then headed to the Monorail and I was able to get us into the front Cabin where we met the Pilot Jess who was very casual. We had a nice ride to MK and when we exited the cabin he handed us all Co-Pilot Licenses.
When we arrived in the MK I took my two boys into Guest Relations and the Cast Members provided them with First Time Button’s which the kids proudly wore all over the park.
We took the boys into Fantasyland and spent the majority of the day in that one area since the park was extremely busy with the combination of Spring Break/ St. Patty’s Day. Guests all over the park were dressed in green and seemed to be enjoying the day with their families. We were able to go on everything in Fantasyland with the exception of Peter Pan. My boy’s favorite attraction was Winnie the Pooh and we had to go on that one at least twice to appease them.
Before lunch we went into a Hat Shop and bought the kids their first set of Mickey Mouse ears complete with name embroidery which they looked absolutely adorable in.
For Lunch we did go into a Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe', a Tomorrowland fast food joint. It was crushing with people and I bought the wife and kids a couple of cheeseburgers and fries. We did look at the kids meal but decided the kids would most likely enjoy a burger better than the kids meal offerings. (Complete with Capri Suns from the survival kit) Due to the crushing amount of people we sat down and ate quickly. In doing this we did grab condiments off a nearby condiment bar but failed to realize that there was a toppings bar with Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Onions on the opposite side of the resteraunt. Oh well live and learn. My kids did get a kick out of Sonny Eclipse and I did find the character interesting enough for the short time we were with him.
Then we headed into Mickey’s ToonTown Fair to stand in a very long line to meet Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy. Minnie and Pluto were very animated and fun and we grabbed some great pics. Goofy on the other hand seemed to be tired and not as animated but he got a hug from both boys regardless. Of course my wife and I were completely happy with the three characters the kids were able to meet and did not see a need to stand in another line to meet additional characters. The kids however had other plans because they knew that, "Mickey lives here," so due to them asking about the mouse we had to go stand in yet another long line to meet the Big Cheese himself. I mean could you tell these faces no?
By this time the wife and I have had enough of lines so we took three trips around the kingdom on the Train. We finally got off at Main Street and had ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor down at a bunch of tables set up near Tomorrowland and the castle moat. It was a beautiful area to enjoy the ice cream and each other's company.
We then went into Tomorrowland as it was starting to get dark and went on Stitch. I was worried since most people have stated that this attraction could be frightening for children but both my boys enjoyed the ride and both are familiar with Stitch and love the character dearly.
After Stitch took away my fondness for Chili Dogs we went on the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor attraction and we enjoyed it. However I agree that we would probably not enjoy repeated viewings unless the scripts continue to change throughout the weeks and months ahead.
After that attraction we went over to the Noodle Station and grabbed seats for Wishes. My wife had never seen this show and she loved it. I didn’t enjoy this spot for viewing since they did not shut off the Noodle Station lights like I had hoped they would and the station amplified the ambient noise around us so it was difficult to hear the show on our next trip we will definately select a different spot to see this wonderful show.
After Wishes we spent the rest of the evening in Tommorowland since I really enjoy this area of the park at night with the lighting effects. We took in a 10 min ride on the TTA and were able to see Space Mountain with the lights on. We took a trip on the Indy Speedway and then took a ride on the Rocket Ships.
We left at Park closing at 12am and I was surprised that our boys displayed so much stamina. They looked like zombies but kept insisting that they were not tired and wanted to stay.
However it was time to go and we returned home that evening but we will be back to fully utilize our passes to see the rest of MK and of course WDW.