After a great night’s sleep, our alarm went off the next morning way too early, but I was excited for breakfast so I slowly pulled myself out of the bed… We had a bus to catch at 6:30am! There was only one other family on the bus besides us (and we stopped at all three All-Star resorts), and very little traffic on the road so we made it to our destination quite quickly – MAGIC KINGDOM! It was a little before 7am when we were dropped off, so we had some waiting to do. It was really cold that morning too (this is not how I remembered Florida from my two previous trips to this state!). I spent a lot of time hopping around trying to stay warm, but I did stand still long enough to get these pictures as the sky started getting brighter:
Around 7:30 they started letting people through security for bag check, and since we had got there so early we were one of the first few in line so it went really fast. From there they were checking names/Magicbands – if you had a breakfast reservation between 8-8:45 you could get into one line, there was a Steam Engine tour happening that morning, and some people are just really eager to watch the opening show so they just had to stand around and wait longer. After they scanned our Magicbands to ensure we had a breakfast ADR, we were directed to stand in line. Around 7:45am, they opened the gates and let those of us with ADR’s enter the park – we were one of the first few dozen to enter the park that day! That was an awesome feeling!
We hurried down an empty Main Street to see the Castle with no one else around it! What a sight!
We noticed a Photopass photographer all ready to go, so we went over to him and ended up being his first people of the day! I love that these are basically private pictures in front of the castle, this was so cool to me!
After getting our Photopass pictures, it was still not even 8am yet. Our reservation was for 8:15, but we decided to see if we could check in early – no problem at all! Where were we going, you ask? Why Be Our Guest of course!!
After we finished eating, we each grabbed a new cup and filled it with water, and put a coffee lid on it so it wouldn’t spill. It saved us from buying a bottle of water right away! I stopped to snap these pictures on the way out:
When we left Be Our Guest, it was still only 8:45am, so the park did not officially open for another 15 minutes. We realized that the Mine Train was already up and running, so we quickly headed in that direction, which isn’t a very far walk at all from BOG.
We had planned on skipping this ride today, since we didn’t have a Fastpass for it, but since the line was non-existent we actually walked right onto it! We even got to admire some of the queue line at our own pace! There were not even enough people to fill the entire train, and we ended up riding with only 6 other people!
On January 6th when we were on this ride, the cameras must have been broken or my Magicband didn’t work properly, because we didn’t get any pictures or video from the Mine Train that day . I didn’t realize this until way too late to try and do something about it. You’ll notice in the pictures above, Luke and I were actually taking a selfie since we didn’t realize there were pictures on this (if we did know, we would have been making funny faces…). Here’s proof of our selfie :
By the time we got off, the park had started opening, so we headed straight for Peter Pan’s Flight. We had less than a 10 minute wait until we were in a ship, sailing over London! It was a really cute ride, but there’s no way I would wait for over an hour for it! The standby line is really great too, so much detail! We actually had a Fastpass for this scheduled for later in the day, but we didn’t feel the need to re-ride it so we went on our MDE app, dropped that FP+ and managed to pick one up for Haunted Mansion in the afternoon. Score!
From there, we decided to go on Winnie the Pooh. I had my entire bedroom done in Pooh bear when I was younger, so I love this ride! So cute! And the interactive queue line is fantastic! I also prefer the motion of the ride over the Pooh ride in Disneyland. (They are practically the same ride, but I find the one in Florida has better movement during the windy day part).