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Magic Kingdom at The Walt Disney World Resort

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

Oh what a day! We started our morning by taking a taxi from our resort to The Grand Floridian Resort. It was my first time at The Grand Floridian and I loved the southern charm of this hotel. We ate breakfast at The Grand Floridian Cafe. Colton had Mickey Waffles with fruit, bacon, yogurt, and chocolate milk. Brian had the chicken and waffles and I had the French Toast. They brought biscuits as a starter and they were served with an orange butter. 🍊 The food was fabulous. My French toast was lightly fried and it reminded me of the taste of a Cafe Du Monde Beignet from New Orleans. After breakfast, we took the monorail over to Magic Kingdom.

Waffles and French Toast at The Grand Floridian Cafe
Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Magic Kingdom greeted us with earidecent and Halloween decor. Our first stop was to Guest Relations where we inquired about a DAS Pass for Colton. This pass is for guests with disabilities and for Colton it helps us minimize the sensory overload that is inevitable at Disney. Today it worked like this. We went to an attraction and told them we had a DAS pass. They scanned Colton’s Magic band and they gave us a return time roughly equivalent to the current wait time. We then did other things nearby like play with a giant ball on water or admiring the decorations. Once we waited the line time, we returned to the attraction where they scanned our Magic bands again and we then entered the line via the lightning lane. I’m so grateful Disney has something like this especially since there aren’t any fast passes anymore and lightning lane hasn’t been rolled out yet.

We spent the majority of our day in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. The highlight for me was taking Colton on Speedway which is the ride I operated when I worked at Disney. I felt like I had come full circle! It was really cool seeing him so excited to drive a car! Colton really loved every ride we rode which included The People Mover, Buzz Lightyear, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Dumbo, The Tea Cups, and of course Speedway. It was also my first time on the Tea Cups! I had always been afraid of them because I get terribly motion sick on spinning rides, but after the success of using Bonine on the cruise, I decided to take some today for the rides. It worked well! Colton and I rode the tea cups. Lucky for me, Colton didn’t really get the hang of spinning them on his own so we didn’t really spin too much!

Amaris and her son riding Speedway
Speedway at Magic Kingdom

By the afternoon Colton was nearing what we call meltdown mode. Basically a state where an epic meltdown is on the horizon. This state can be reached from being tired, being hungry, or being overstimulated. We were approaching the trifecta so we needed to take care of things before meltdown mode got out of hand. First stop, Aloha Isle to curb the hunger. We enjoyed our very first Pineapple Swirl Dole Whips. It was just as refreshing and delicious as everyone raves about them. We tamed hunger but extreme tiredness and overstimulation were still problems. We reclined Colton in his stroller with the shades fully down and gave him his iPad and headphones. While he’s still being stimulated with the ipad, he’s in control and it brings him back down to his normal. Now we were left with being tired. We arrived late last night and woke up early this morning so Colton was missing a few hours of sleep. We headed back to the hotel in the hopes Colton would nap. We stopped by our food court for a quick lunch, but afterwards Colton insisted on swimming. We swam which meant no nap. The inevitable meltdown happened at the pool. I missed it, but Brian says he doesn’t know how I didn’t hear it in the room. The benefits of a high pressure shower! Now it was time for dinner.

Amaris and her family enjoy pineapple-vanilla DoleWHIP
Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom

Dinner was back at The Grand Floridian at Narcoossee’s. Disney transportation is a little tricky if you’re going from resort to resort. Our taxi this morning was $25 so we decided to use the free transportation for dinner. This meant we took a bus from Art of Animation to Magic Kingdom and then took a kind of long monorail ride from Magic Kingdom to The Grand Floridian. On the bus, Colton finally fell asleep and he was pretty much out for the night. Yay! Tonight’s dinner turned into date night.

Narcoossee’s is an upscale seafood/steakhouse kind of restaurant and it was fabulous. Our dinner reservations were for 7:45pm which ended up timing perfectly with the nighttime festivities. The restaurant has windows mostly around it with views of the lake and magic kingdom. At 8:15pm the final showing ever of the Happily Ever After fireworks took place. The lights dimmed in the restaurant and the music of the show began. We could see the castle and fireworks from our table and enjoyed watching while sipping some cocktails: a mango mojito for me and a margarita for Brian. Once the show was finished, our entrees came out. Salmon for Brian and steak for me. The food was incredible! As we finished up dinner, the electric parade went by on the lake. It was a really nice experience and Colton slept through all of it.

Amaris and her husband enjoy a lovely meal.
Narcoossee's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We headed back to our resort by taking a short monorail ride to Magic Kingdom and then a quick bus ride back to our resort. I walked 17,000 steps today so we were all tired when we returned. We’re off to Disney’s Hollywood Studios tomorrow.

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