So the bus pulled into the MK at approximately 8.30pm, and the excitement builds as we see the Halloween Pumpkin Mickey in front of the train station.
Once through the gates the gates the full effect hits us - Main St decorated for Halloween looks amazing by night!
Kathryn (my lovely wife) poses for our very first MK photo of this trip.
But as we walk towards the hub something else hits us - this place is busy.
Busier than I have ever seen any park before.
From Casey's to the castle and all around the hub, it's chock full of people and strollers.
A view of Main St that doesn't convey just how crowded it was behind me.
Maybe this was a bad idea! Reasoning that everyone is packed in like sardines to watch "Wishes"
we fight our way slowly through the crowd and stagger into a very quiet Adventureland.
Iguess everyone really is watching Wishes.
We walk on to the Jungle Cruise - this is the first time I've ridden it at night and it's a completely different experience.
Our skipper was great too - everyone joined in for "backside of water"!
As we exit JC we notice that there's no line for the Magic Carpets.
I'm a big Genie fan, and couldn't pass up a chance to ride - the lack of any line made it an easy decision to hop on board.
An arty shot of the Magic Carpet's central lamp, with Wishes smoke in background.
Next it's off to Pirates for our very first meeting with Captain Jack Sparrow...