Lessons Learned from Being in the Magic Kingdom on the 50th Anniversary

I want that I could invite you over for a cup of espresso and convey to you all about the encounter of remaining in the Magic Kingdom on Friday, October 1st for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. In lieu of getting able to do so, remember to pull up a virtual chair at my kitchen area desk and settle in with this short article. I’ll pour you a cup of coffee (we’ll be consuming Joffrey’s 50th Anniversary mix, of study course) and let me step you via the day. If you’re planning a pay a visit to on a Huge Disney working day like the 50th, some of my encounters may well enable you alongside the way.

Being on Home experienced a Perk

My husband and I made the conclusion months ago to get a home on home at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for the 50th. We felt like it would just make issues less difficult all the way about. And that it did. We rose at o-dark-30, received all set, and built our way to the vacation resort bus stop. My hubby to begin with acquired conflicting facts when he requested about the time that the initial bus would arrive to take visitors to the Magic Kingdom. Thankfully, just after the to start with reply that he acquired did not quite insert up, he asked yet again and obtained the right information. Just in case you’re hoping to make it into a park initial point, if you’re keeping at a Disney resort, you are allowed Early Park Entry, meaning you can get into the park and ride pick out points of interest 30 minutes prior to the formal park opening time. Back again up an hour, and you have the time that the initially bus will get there to your resort. We approached the bus stop very well right before the scheduled very first bus at 6:30am, and there was already a line of 60 or so in entrance of us. Disney believed ahead and despatched charter buses, and so transported much more friends than a standard Disney bus would. The first bus pulled up, loaded up a bunch of guests (of which we ended up the last two), and headed off to the Magic Kingdom.

Because the Disney vacation resort buses bypass the Ticket and Transportation Heart, and thus the more time of possessing to navigate the monorail or ferry, and fall guests off at the Magic Kingdom bus depot, we were through the gates and taking photos of the train station at 6:54am. As a person who by no means created it completely by any of the 24-hour activities held in the previous at the Magic Kingdom, it was wild to be there ahead of dawn. The over-all temper was 1 of pleasure, and anyone was just joyful to be there. I didn’t even treatment about the deficiency of caffeine in my process. The most significant point on a early morning like this is simply just to get there. Anything else is icing on the cake. And, at a time when the benefits of keeping on residence are staying rapidly dissolved, this was absolutely 1 for the gain column.

A term of warning: the place for resort guests to wait in the Hub for the early morning welcome present does not give a superior see than just waiting with all people else in front of the castle does. If you’re seeking to ride sights, abide by the arrow and have exciting. If you’re seeking to observe the present, it is my tips that you stay in the heart aspect of the Hub.

Merch. Oh, the humanity…

The moment inside the park, we listened to murmurings that the digital queue for day-of merchandise had now loaded and closed. It turns out that MK leadership designed the contact to let friends into the park properly ahead of the marketed time for even resort attendees thanks to the sheer selection of individuals. I really don’t fault them for accomplishing so.

All day-of merchandise was getting staged in Significant Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus, and a digital queue (the bane of many a Disney guest’s existence, I know) had been used to let an orderly solution to promoting it. Thankfully, murmurings were also circulating that the queue would be reopened for the duration of the day as place turned available. Mercifully, open it did and we ended up capable to get into the queue. But be ye warned: if you are attending a massive Disney day like the a person we just celebrated on the 1st, know that you may possibly require to dig about to get the information that you definitely have to have. The distinctive working day-of merch was only formally marketed on a couple of sandwich board symptoms, so if merch would be a priority for you, be certain to ask a cast member or two about its existence and the purchasing course of action. And that now infamous video of a fight breaking out in the Emporium? Fortunately, that was an isolated incident. Is was not the Wild West on the 50th. I assure.

Know Your Priorities

The area around the flagpole was fairly packed at 7am. That is a detail about these large times: there will be loads of peeps. Do not get me completely wrong you will come across pockets of place below and there, but be well prepared at moments to be a single amongst several. Also, if you are seeking to acquire merch of any kind other than the day-of wide variety, remember to know that you will be waiting around. Trip times throughout the working day have been low (hello, Peter Pan’s Flight at 40 minutes), and it was owing to the wide quantity of company who were being ready in unbelievably long strains for the Emporium and for the collectible popcorn buckets. 4 diverse buckets were staying available for acquire on the 1st, and you had finest believe that that the traces for them ended up very long. If you drop into the classification of seeking 1 (or four) of people buckets, make sure you seize your caffeine prior to producing your way to the park ‘cause you are likely to be in that line for rather a when, and you’re likely to require it.

Mobile Order in Advance

On a ordinary Disney day, I have no trouble cellular ordering and finding out there time slots just minutes absent. On a day like the 50th, mobile purchasing in advance is the way to go. In point, it is a single of the only strategies to go. Certainly, you can wait around in line for Starbucks, The Lunching Pad, or Sleepy Hollow, but you will be ready for fairly a bit. Fortunately, my spouse had the forethought just a minimal while right after getting into the park to open up My Disney Knowledge and get a cell purchase time at Sleepy Hollow. Waffles for breakfast? Yes, remember to. My advice is to do the similar for lunch and/or evening meal at that time as perfectly. And don’t forget: on the enormous Disney times, it can even acquire a bit to decide up your order. I talked to a visitor who was instructed the hold out to decide up her purchase from Pecos Monthly bill after she received to the site would be 2 hrs. Yikes. No, thanks. Just a little little bit of setting up can make mealtimes a delight rather than a chore.

Rate Oneself

If you’re performing a big Disney day, odds are good that you’re in it for the extensive haul. Dawn to dusk (and over and above), newborn. If that’s the situation, for the really like of all matters sanity, remember to approach for a little bit of downtime. We selected to have evening meal at Crystal Palace at 5pm, and it turns out that it was the fantastic issue at the excellent time. A tiny air conditioning, a small place, and all the foodstuff we needed. The team at Crystal Palace has just extra a ton of Walt’s favourite meals to the buffet in celebration of the 50th, and while Pooh et al aren’t traipsing all around the position correct now, the meal is really excellent and it’s priced at $39. In my belief, for a Disney buffet positioned in the middle of the Magic Kingdom, which is a actually fantastic worth.

If a table company food is not in the playing cards, a Dole Whip could be. A chilly Dole Whip and a bench in the shade seems like paradise on a chaotic park day. Whatever your velocity, consider to operate a little bit of margin into the day.

If you’re thinking of leaving the park on a huge day like the 50th, know that visitors whose original park go/reservation was for the Magic Kingdom had been getting authorized to return with out the panic of becoming shut out because of to ability. Park hopping was paused here and there in the course of the afternoon for company whose initially park move/reservation was not for the MK. So, if your downtime contains leaving the park, just double and triple examine with solid members right before carrying out so.

Seeing Disney Enchantment

We all want to be in the Hub for fireworks, suitable? Effectively, for Disney Enchantment, the urgent need to be in the Hub is a tiny fewer so. The storefronts together Major Street, U.S.A. get into the nighttime magnificent action with Enchantment, so even if you are back again a bit, you will nevertheless be a section of the entertaining. And just think…the closer you are to the exit, the closer you are to beating the throngs out of the park. And on a Large Disney day, there will be throngs following the fireworks. My hubby and I viewed Disney Enchantment around the coach station and had been out of the park in a shot. We had created it from prior to dawn to immediately after the 9:45pm fireworks our day was performed, and we zipped ideal out of there. Of training course, if you were being of the thoughts that the night was nevertheless young, the park was open up right up until 11pm. Occasion hearty, my close friends.

No subject what Massive Disney day you attend (and actually any day at Walt Disney Environment is significant, appropriate?), I hope that you really like every single moment of it. There’s magic all all over on times like these, and if you do a little planning, it’ll allow you to savor that magic just a little bit additional.

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