Tuesday 8th July.
The first "proper" day of our honeymoon started with a 6.15am wake up call for me. Everyone else who goes to Orlando seems to have this problem where they wake up at 4am for the first few days of their holiday while they adjust to the time difference, but no not us. Maybe it was just with the busyness of the last few days with the wedding and everything, but we could have slept for hours longer!
I got up, still unsure wether or not Robert was going to make it up in time for our breakfast ADR but I had already decided I'd be going myself if didn't get up! I just started getting myself organised and ready; I went out on the balcony to do my make up where I could also watch the resort getting slowly brighter and busier as everyone came to life.
My notes here say "woke Robert gently @ 6.35" and this made me laugh reading back on it. At 6.46 (so precise) my notes say he got up to start getting ready. Yay, he was coming with me :D
We left the hotel about 7.15am, posing for a few photos by the Mustang as we went.
I was sooooo excited by this point, I couldn't believe we were heading to Magic Kingdom!! Of course I got the obligatory gate picture...
Arrrgh, so exciting!!
It was 7.30 when we reached the car park, and we walked over as we were really close to the Transportation and Ticketing Centee. If you're further away, the little trams are a better option. When we arrived at the TTC we were informed that the monorail didn't open until 9, and the next boat would be leaving in 15 minutes. I started to worry we wouldn't make it in time, but the boat actually left after about 5 minutes, so we stepped off at the MK turnstiles at about 5 to 8.
Approaching MK by boat is a definite must do for the first visit of your trip, or at least for your first visit ever. The monorail is fun, but there's nothing quite like standing on the front of the ferry watching the castle appear bigger and bigger on the horizon as you approach the magic!
It was mobbed outside the gates, obviously people waiting for the Rope Drop show. We went to find the ADR entrance and headed straight through. We headed on in, of course stopping for the must have castle shots.
We headed for Crystal Palace, to find ourselves in another massive queue. They eventually asked that while in line to check in, that only one member of each party wait in line, which weeded out quite a lot of people from the queue, but of course some families decided the rules didn't apply to them and the whole family of 5 or 6 stayed in the queue.
It actually went down really quickly anyway so we were soon presented with our buzzer, and we waited off to the side while watching some cute duckies.
Despite the crowds we had seen storming into the park about 15 minutes ago, the park still seemed relatively quiet and the lines for the rides reflected that. We headed straight over to To orrowland and went on Space Mountain. We were less than 10 minutes in the queue, so we could really see the benefit of being there for rope drop. Within the next hour or so we did Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear and Robert's favourite, Carousel of Progress. This wasn't actually his favourite, he called it the worst thing he'd ever been on haha! It's a bit dated but I love the catchy tune and it's a Disney World classic! We then headed to Frontierland for a go on Big Thunder Mountain, which had a queue of about 15 minutes.
Soon our Space Mountain fast pass was up, so we joined the FP line. The line to get through the fast pass entrance was really big, but it was moving quickly, and once you were through the entrance there was no queue right up until you got to the loading area. We were loving FP+ so far!
First time round I had managed to take a mental note of where the cameras were, so on our second go I managed to get this picture!
When I came off Space Mountain I realised I had an email from My Disney Experience, telling me that Seven Dwarves Mine Train wasn't running so we had to select a different fast pass. I was gutted; this ride is just newly opened so I'd been so chuffed to get a fast pass in the first place. The alternative options were mostly a bit rubbish (ie the rides you don't really need a FP for) but in the end we (or at least I) decided to go for Voyage of the Little Mermaid. This was cute and fun, obviously as a mermaid fan I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's just a slow moving sing songy ride so it didn't appeal so much to Robert.
We didnt get too wet, but the little bit wet we did get had dried up by the time we reached the front of the park. Once in the car, which was like an oven, we decided to head to Walmart to pick up a few essentials. We didn't do a massive shop, just got some bits and bobs like water, beers, shampoo and some crisps for the room.
On the way back to the resort I decided I was going to eat the cupcake, so I delved in to get the cup and this is what I found inside, whoops!
Back at the room we had a quick freshen up and a wee beverage.
Once we were sorted we headed down to ESPN cafe again to try get in for the football. Obviously I had underestimated how busy a sports bar would be during the World Cup (silly me) so there was a massive queue out the door to get a table. We headed in to the bar area instead, and managed to squeeze ourselves into a wee spot by the bar.
Now I don't know if you'll remember this game, but it was Germany v Brazil, so the bar was FULL of Brazilian families and groups. Unfortunately it didn't go so well for Brazil, as they were beaten 7-1 by Germany. I'm not even into football but this game was so unbelievable, especially after how hyped up Brazil were to do well! It wasn't pretty, there were little Brazilian kids crying as they left with their families, and grown men with their heads in their hands at the tables. The queue outside quickly disapeared as the Brazilian fans became more down heartened. Bit of a shame, but hey it's just a game isn't it!
By the time the football finished we were starting to get a bit hungry, so we got a seat at the bar and order some wings. I went for boneless, and Robert got bone in.
These were so delicious, and I'm actually getting hungry looking at the pictures!
After we had eaten, we were both feeling really sleepy, so we decided to have a wee wander round the Boardwalk shops then head back to the room to chill for a bit before bed.
I was very excited to discover that the shop sold Disney Monopoly, so I bought that along with a few other wee things -
We went back to the room, planning to watch tv for a bit, but from what I remember we were both out for the count by about 8.30pm!
It was a fabulous first day, lots of disney magic but also some relaxation in there too, just what I had hoped for.
Highlight of the day: Arriving at Magic Kingdom for the first time!
Food of the day: got to be a Mickey waffle with syrup! Yum!
Thanks for reading, hopefully day 3 will be along soon!