Welcome to the “Magic In The Parks” series on Hannah In The Parks! Magic In The Parks will include my adventures at Walt Disney World during my Disney College Program in the fall of 2016.
The first park that I decided to visit was Magic Kingdom the day after my Disney Traditions class on August 14th. I wanted to start my program in the most magical land and see the brand-new Cinderella castle stage show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire (please click on the link and enlighten yourself if you have never seen the show). After I took the express monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to Magic Kingdom, I noticed the sky was getting really dark. That was just my luck.
After bagging checks and entry gates, I finally walked through the entryway to Magic Kingdom, and low and behold, there it was, the most magical place in the whole world with the most magical views. A split-second later, I was running for the Emporium because I had felt a raindrop. Yet another second later, it was pouring down rain, thundering, and lightning.
After waiting out the storm for 20 minutes, I walked down Main Street U.S.A. for the first time in nearly 2 years, tears in my eyes and all. I had no idea what I wanted to do first, so I did what I already knew and headed back to New Fantasyland.
I have many pins that I obtained on my trip that I went on when I was 5, and I’m not really into any of those movies or characters anymore, so I’ve been on the hunt to trade for Tangled and Star Wars pins. As soon as I arrived in New Fantasyland, a little girl came up to me and traded her Rapunzel silhouette pin for one of my Minnie pins!
Then, a loud automated voice echoed through the park and stated that Festival of Fantasy would begin at 3:45 pm instead of 3:00 pm due to the storms. Festival of Fantasy immerses you in Disney’s most popular film franchises from Snow White to Frozen. Characters and scenes come to life and greet you on the streets. I ABSOLUTELY had to see my favorite parade of all time, so I made my way to Liberty Square and got a front-of-the-line position for Festival of Fantasy!
As soon as the parade started, I actually cried a little bit. There’s nothing like seeing animated characters greet you on the street in real life. I felt like a little kid again! Here is a video of my experience during the Festival of Fantasy parade on YouTube:
I actually had a lot of character interactions that are hard to see from the video. Belle, Elsa, and Ariel waived at me (my camera was zoomed out too much); Minnie Mouse blew me a kiss, a random guy came up to me and screamed in the camera (the part where I laugh); and Flynn and I were playing Ulf and miming how great my shirt was, since it had him and Rapunzel on it (my camera was on Rapunzel doing her thing when this happened…darn it).
After Festival of Fantasy and Tears, I walked back to Main Street and realized people were gathering around the castle. This was it: Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. This is the show that I had watched on YouTube 10,000 times and became really attached to before I had even seen it in person. I actually wrote a blog post about how well done this show is, but I never got around to posting it. I was not recovered from Festival of Fantasy to say the least, and the waterworks came.
After Mickey’s Royal, I went to get my Mickey ears embroidered! They say, “Hannah DCP 2016” on them!
Then, I mentally prepared myself to see the final show of Mickey’s Royal, but it got cancelled after the first song because it started raining again. I was a little bitter…I had a front row position and everything!
I then headed back to New Fantasyland again, and I entered the Tangled area while the very end of Kingdom Dance was playing. It brought back instant memories of my trip to Disney in 2014.
At that point, I decided that I had to get the full Tangled experience at Magic Kingdom and meet Rapunzel. She absolutely loved my shirt, and we are now best friends. I mean, we’ve been best friends since 2011…she just didn’t know it.
I met Tiana for the first time as well! She was a doll!
At this point, my phone was on its way to dying and I didn’t want to be without a phone for safety reasons, so I decided I would do one last thing. I rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first time and only waited about 50 minutes. The queue was as cool as the ride since it was interactive, so the wait wasn’t bad at all!
Ok, so it wasn’t really as intense as some of the other mine rides I’ve been on, but the theme was perfect making the ride really enjoyable.
I hope you enjoyed this round of Magic In The Parks, including my video of Festival of Fantasy! Coming soon will be posts about my first visit to Epcot, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and Hollywood Studios.