When I last left you, we had just finished up a rowdy meal at the Hoop-Dee-Revue and were now on our way to Magic Kingdom for the rest of the evening. We decided to hop on a bus from Fort Wildnerness and leave our car in the resort parking lot.
Our Magic Kingdom tradition is to always make a wish in Cinderella fountain since this is where we got engaged back in 2007 so that spot is my absolute favorite spot in all of Walt Disney World. Since they often close the back area of the castle due to shows and fireworks, we made sure we headed back there before all the nighttime festivities began.
Since moving here, we still try and throw a penny in to make a wish every time we visit the Magic Kingdom. I must say, that fountain never fails to make my dreams come true. But let’s keep that between you and me.
We moved on over to Tomorrowland to use our Space Mountain FastPass. It always seems like we ride Space Mountain after eating a large meal. Such a smart idea always. Haha! Not sure what I was doing here!Since I wasn’t feeling too hot the last we were at the Magic Kingdom, I really wanted to do Haunted Mansion again. Luckily, it was pretty empty and looked all the more eerie.
We headed to New Fantasyland next for a little Under the Sea fun with Ariel. I love how Prince Eric’s castle looks in the evening.
Since it was a short walk to Storybook Circus, we took the opportunity to ride one of my favorites: Dumbo!
This ride is just so much better at night, and by better, I mean magical. The lighting, the water, everything! We recently rode Dumbo in the day and it just didn’t have the same feel. I vowed to only ride it after the sun goes down from now on! Plus, there is virtually no wait if you ride it later so it makes it even more magical!
After this, it was time for our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass. I must admit, the first time I ever I rode it, it was not my favorite. It was fun, yes, but I always preferred other rides. Lately though, it is really growing on me and it is creeping into being my new favorite. The drops are just so much fun, even though they aren’t that big and I love me a good stomach dropping feeling! Plus the swinging motion of the cars and the smoothness of the ride, not to mention how it is probably the most beautiful roller coaster in the world just appeals to me. It also has the dark-ride feel of the classic Disney rides too. My only complaint is that it is too short!
I love our ride photo below, look how much fun all these grown adults are having? See people, Disney is not just for kids!
Keeping up with our Fantasyland tour, we decided to ride Peter Pan’s Flight standby to check out the new queue which takes you through the Darling Family house. There is so much magic in this queue and it was much needed mainly because Peter Pan’s Flight almost always has over an hour wait and the queue used to be so blah. I think we happened to catch it with a 40 or so minute wait, which is pretty short. It is definitely worth it to ride this one standby if the wait isn’t ridiculous because it is one of innovative queues I’ve ever seen. I almost love the queue more than the ride! Be sure to check it out!
Another nighttime favorite of ours is Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel. All the twinkling lights and fairy tale music makes me so happy! I even got to ride Cinderella’s horse this time. You can tell which one is hers by the ribbon on the tail. It is the only one that has one!
I highly suggest hitting up Fantasyland at night if you can mainly because the lines are shorter for almost everything. That way you can use your FastPasses on other rides!
We had another date with Splash Mountain next! Clearly I did not want to get water in my eyes.
Finally, it was time for Wishes and Main Street Electrical parade. Walking passed the new hub area we admired how beautiful it was lit up at night!
Pro tip: If there are two showings of Main Street Electrical Parade, stay for the later one if you can. It is much less busy because lots of people watch the earlier showing and then leave after Wishes. We always get a great spot and great character interaction during the second parade!
Having a much better evening than the night before, we headed back to the bus to Fort Wilderness so we could pick up our car and get back to Saratoga Springs.
We had another jam-packed day ahead with Animal Kingdom, dinner with some dinosaurs at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Hollywood Studios for some Extra Magic Hours! We jammed so much in because we knew in a few days, we’d be relaxing on the Disney Dream without a care in the world!
See you next Tuesday!