Just as a quick disclaimer, on this second trip to the Magic Kingdom there was only one machine I needed to check out so most of this post is going to be non-pressed penny related (Gasp!).
On our second day in Florida when we first visited Magic Kingdom there was a machine in the Emporium on Main Street that was out-of-order when I tried to use it. I had sent a TXT to the number on the plaque, and I don’t want to take full credit for it but the machine was working this time, so I’ll take the credit anyways.
I didn’t update the picture when I went to use the machine, but I can say it was working perfectly. There were 3 designs: 2015 Cinderella’s Castle, Sorcerer Mickey, and Anna & Elsa standing back to back. That was the last one, I had managed to visit every machine I had on my lists and only the one in Downtown Disney at Cirque du Soleil was the only one I couldn’t get. I was having mixed emotions (I really need help) because I was excited to have collected 99% of what I had come for, but on the flip side I was done for this trip and would have to wait until next time for more.
I put that aside for now and wanted to just enjoy our last full day as much as I could. We had spent the night before making a list of the rides we wanted to do and with that in had headed to our first stop. A great perk we had this day was that by staying at one of the resorts we were able to take advantage of the extra magic hour. This allowed resort guests to access the Magic Kingdom 1 hour before it opens to the general public. This really was a great time to get on and off as many rides as we could before the crowds and wait times really got crazy.
With our hit list in hand we made a our way onto rides with very little wait and would quickly get on the next closest ride on our list. We bounced from Peter Pan’s Flight, to It’s a Small world, then The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid, and back to one of our all time favorites the Haunted Mansion.
Are we going down? Or is the room stretching up? I’m still not 100% sure, but love this ride either way. Next up we headed into Frontierland and took the train over to the Fantasyland station. There we jumped on Goofy’s The Barnstormer roller coaster.
Next we went back on the famous Dumbo ride for one last trip with our favorite elephant. Then we went over to the Tomorrowland Speedway so Hanna could try her hand at driving (It’s didn’t go so well but thankful for the center rail keeping our car on the road). After that we headed back on the Carousel for another ride on the horses.
I sat the next ride out which was never one I overly enjoyed. The Mad Tea Party with those spinning tea cups, yikes I’m getting nauseous just thinking about them. The kids like the spinning but I think the adults kept it to a minimum just to make sure no one got too dizzy.
Now that everyone was walking sideways trying to stop their heads from spinning we had our first Fasspass of the day. We headed over to the Princess Fairytale Hall to meet who else but Anna and Elsa from Frozen. This was another great moment of our trip that I hope the kids will remember when they are older. We first met with Queen Elsa and really too her time with our kids and spoke directly to them not to us adults. She signed our autograph books and took a lot of great pictures.
Located on the opposite side of the room we got to meet Princess Anna. She was also very nice and spent a lot of time with our kids. She was very sweet and told a lot of cute jokes and told us stories about Olaf. The kids were really excited by this time and it took a little work to get them all together for some pictures, but we managed to get some really great shots.
We were sad to say goodbye to both Elsa and Anna but they had many more guests to visit with and we were really happy with the time we got to spend with them. Another highly recommending thing to do if you or your kids are Frozen fans. By this time it was almost lunch time so we headed to the Liberty Tree Tavern which we luckily had a reservation for.
After eating our lunch we headed over to use our last Fasspass for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. The only disadvantage of having the Fasspass is we walked right through the queue and didn’t have much time to see all the details you would usually get to experience while waiting in line. We got right on and have a great time. The only issue is the ride is really short, but still a lot of fun and I think our niece Ava enjoyed it too.
With the last ride on our list checked off we were ready for some much needed rest. It had been a busy day and as much as we would have loved to stay all night in the park it just wasn’t feasible with the kids (and adults) utterly exhausted.
Later that evening after we had rested and had dinner in our room I took Hanna for one last trip around the monorail. We stopped and got off at each monorail resort just to walk around and enjoy what we could before having to leave. During our first stop at the Polynesian Village of course had to get one last treat as well.
Mmmm…Dole Whip! As we made our way around the last few stops on the monorail before heading back to our resort I sat with Hanna and thought about the truly amazing trip we had. We were so thankful to be able to have the whole family together and with all the pictures, videos (and pennies) I’m sure we will be able to enjoy the memories for a long time.
Until next time Disney, thanks for a great time!