Our fourth morning at Magic Kingdom was the one we were looking forward to the most. We had decided to book an early-entry special package called Early Morning Magic. It gives you unlimited no-wait access to three attractions that always have extremely long lines (7 Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh.) This lasts for 75 minutes before the park opens to the public. It also includes a lovely breakfast buffet that you can enjoy anytime before 10 am.
Value for these sorts of things is kind of subjective. I know a lot of people feel like this particular upsell package is not a good value, but it was absolutely perfect for us. We didn't regret a single penny spent on it. It checked a bunch of boxes off the boys' must-do list. We are morning people, so getting up early isn't a problem for us. Plus, we love to eat a hearty breakfast, and we would have spent money on a big breakfast anyway. From a planning standpoint, not having to use FastPasses for these 3 rides opened them up to use for other things later in the morning.
We were at the bus stop at around 7 am, and had no problem getting our wristbands and finding our way to the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom by 7:45 am. The boys were super excited to be there. It's quintessential Disney!
7 Dwarfs Mine Train was still being built when the boys were last at WDW, so doing it for the first time was their top priority. They were very excited about riding it over and over and over again. We were a bit worried that they might end up disappointed when got to the ride and saw that it wasn't running. It had rained like crazy throughout the night, so I'm guessing they had some trouble getting it working that morning because everything was so wet. They said to come back in a little while, and that we'd get FastPasses to use later in the day if they didn't get it running before the park opened at 9. I was very proud of the boys for accepting this with smiles.
They were just as excited about doing Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh, because they love those nostalgic little-kid favorites. We did each one twice, I think. I can't really put into words how happy we were all feeling. It was so relaxing. No lines. Freshly rain-washed walkways. Cheerful Disney folks. It's usually super crowded in this area in the mornings, so avoiding that circus was fabulous.
When we had done Peter Pan and Pooh enough times to be ready to move on, we went back over to 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. It was running! We all rode it together, and then the boys and I circled back through three or four more times. It's not an intense roller coaster at all, just relaxed fun with a combination of short roller coaster runs and slower sections through scenes from Snow White. We sang along to the Heigh-ho song every time...as you do.
It was around 8:30 by this time. It really doesn't take that long to do multiple rides on each one when there aren't any lines. We decided we were done, so we headed over to eat some breakfast. The buffet was laid out at Pinocchio's, and it was delicious. David was pleased to see lots of protein like fritatta, bacon and salami, and the rest of us gorged on yummy carbs. We sat at a table overlooking It's a Small World and watched the empty boats circling past us. We all enjoyed it very much, and finished eating just before the park officially opened.
While the crowds were running en masse for the rides we'd already finished doing, we moseyed down to It's a Small World. They let us in, even though it was still a few minutes before the park officially opened. It ended up being a very crowded park day, so it was great that we had a head start and still had FastPasses to use. We did all the classics on the left side of the park over the next three hours. We started with Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. This was the boys' first time on Splash Mountain. It was closed the last time they were at WDW. I really don't like Splash Mountain at all, and the ride broke down in the middle of our ride, so we sat in one place for about 15 minutes. I'm glad we'd had a FastPass for it, because I would have been really cranky if we'd waited in line for an hour and then gotten stuck.
It was crazy busy by the time we exited Splash Mountain. We watched the shows in the area next - Country Bears, Muppets Great Moments in History, and the Tiki Room. None of those tend to be very crowded in the morning. Then we used our second FastPass on Pirates of the Caribbean. It's always a favorite!
We stopped for some photos while we waited for our third FastPass window to open. I'm very proud of our silly matching shirts, although it's annoying that Tommy's faded in the wash.
We saved the Jungle Cruise for our last FastPass of the morning, and followed it up with a fun lunch at the Jungle Cruise themed restaurant. We were all still smiling by the time we stopped for lunch. We all loved the food at the Skippers' Canteen. We enjoy trying interesting things. Charlie had a giant bowl of ramen, and Tommy decided to try the WHOLE fried fish. I think clowning around for the camera over lunch was one of their favorite parts of the day.
It was a very successful Magic Kingdom morning. We decided not to stick around for the afternoon parade, and just headed back to our hotel for a rest after a quick stop at the candy shop on Main Street for dessert. I think David bought about 10 pounds of assorted rice krispie treats.
I needed a nap after that busy morning! I don't really remember if the boys went swimming or not. We may have just dozed in the room, watching Disney tv. It was probably raining. I do know that we decided to cancel our plans for any sort of sit-down meal in Epcot that night. We were just too tired to mess with anything that required a reservation. We walked through the hotel instead, and had a light dinner at the Crew's Cup Lounge. This was only a partially successful meal. We enjoyed the food, but the service was incredibly slow. We didn't mind too much, because we weren't in any hurry. While we were eating, I managed to pick up FastPasses for Soarin' in Epcot. These can be difficult FastPasses to get, so I was pleased (and a little surprised) that the boys said they were up for an after-dinner outing.
We stopped at the Coke-themed Cool Club area to try sodas from around the world on our way to Soarin'. They boys were not impressed with the Beverley soda.
Soarin' was a huge success. The boys much preferred it over the older version. David sat it out, because he gets vertigo. We all went on Living with the Land with him. A slow, gardening-themed boat ride is more his speed. ;-)
We were all REALLY tired by the time we finished doing these few things. They had no interest in sticking around for Illuminations, so we decided to be lazy and got an Uber from the front gate of Epcot back to the Beach Club. Yes, we could have walked back, but we were tired! It was another successful day, and we were all asleep before the fireworks started again.