November Trip Report, Day 5
We didn’t get to sleep until after 2 the previous night, so we slept in on Wednesday morning. We made it to Magic Kingdom just in time to get in line for lunch at Be Our Guest. We got in line at 10:45, had food at our table by 11:07, and were done eating by 11:35. For the near future, I highly recommend getting in line before 11 o’clock if you want to eat lunch here.
You can choose to sit in any of the three rooms at lunch. We chose to sit near the beautiful windows in the Ballroom. If you want to learn more about Be Our Guest, you can read our review.
After that, we finally start experiencing attractions. First, we got Fastpasses for Big Thunder Mountain, and then rode Pirates of the Caribbean. New since our last trip were the mermaids and their song. I’m not favorable to the way it alters the mood of the beginning of the ride, but many others like it. Maybe if I had watched any more than just the first Pirates movie, I would have like it more.
Up next was the Enchanted Tiki Room. It’s fantastic since the Tiki gods kicked out the new management.
We cut through one of the walkways between Adventureland and Frontierland and rode Haunted Mansion before using our Fastpasses at Big Thunder.
Something we noticed on this trip is that it seemed no one was getting Fastpasses for anything other than Soarin and Toy Story Mania. Return times were always the minimum amount of lag time, less than a hour after you got them.
Everyone coming off of Splash Mountain was soaked, and since we forgot ponchos, we skipped it and finished Adventureland with Jungle Cruise. We crossed over into Tomorrowland, and did Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear and the TTA before walking back to our room for a break. And apparently I didn’t take a single picture for two hours.
Soon it was time to hop on the monorail for our dinner at Ohana. We got there early, so we admired their lobby decorations before checking in.
A guy at our church designed and installed this lobby feature when the Polynesian was built, so we always think about him when we stop here.
Ohana seems to be sticking to the standby procedure they started last year. If you don’t have a reservation, you can line up in a standby line, and if space opens up, they are first come, first served from the line.
Something new was that our meat guy was everyone about how they cook and prepare the meats. We’ve been going here for years on end, and have never heard that much about the food. Knowing something about it made me appreciate the food even more! Our meal was fast paced, so I don’t think Tom’s stomach managed to tell his brain it was full before he ordered a second helping of bread pudding. He’s crazy!
After dinner, we mailed a postcard from the Polynesian’s gift shop, then took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The Main Street Electrical Parade had just started, so we walked up the steps of the train station and watched it pass. It’s comical how many times we’ve been “stuck” by parades. I think I’ve only ever seen the Main Street Electrical Parade on purpose one time.
This was our first night to really see Wishes, so we headed up to the hub and staked out a spot. This was one of those nights where right when something starts, a kid pops up on someone’s shoulders or someone shifts their stance to block your view.
I’d already had obstructed views of Celebrate the Magic from Top of the World Lounge and from the edge of the hub. This night, even standing in the middle of the hub, I didn’t have a good viewing experience until the very end. Maybe next time.
Assessing our viewing experiences at the end of our trip, it made me wish we had budgeted for the Wishes Dessert Party one night.
The Magic Kingdom had regular hours that night, so we were back at the hotel fairly early. First we tried to get a snack at Contempo Café, but it was temporarily closed due to a maintenance issue. That night our friends had gotten a yummy looking dessert from Top of the World Lounge, and it’s too bad we hadn’t had a similar thought.
It was cold and windy out that night, but we bundled up and walked down to Bay Lake Tower’s beach, then over to the Contemporary beach just in time to enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant. This is one of the great things about staying at a Magic Kingdom area hotel. It delights me that they still run it every night.