Day 5 – 5/25 - Magic Kingdom & PhotoPass Phun
After staying out late the night before watching fireworks,we slept in a little this morning, got ready in a leisurely fashion and arrivedat the
around 10:00. We grabbed someFastPasses to see Mickey Mouse at the Town Hall, and headed straight forFrontierland to see what kind of waits were in store at Big Thunder MountainRailroad. Magic Kingdom
We grabbed a FastPass for
and hopped on BTMRR. This time DD was much better about holding the ‘big arms”a little longer… Splash Mountain
From here we made our way over to the
.We hadn’t had a chance to check out the new interactive queue, which had justopened. We had DD pose near the busts. Apparently, by reading the inscriptionsand solving some kind of riddles, you’re supposed to be able to figure out whokilled whom. But when it’s 90-degrees and sunny, playing Encyclopedia Brownwasn’t on the agenda. Haunted Mansion
The new “hitchhiking ghosts” portion of
we walked throughto Fantasyland, grabbing FastPasses for Winnie the Pooh and riding theCarousel. Haunted Mansion
It was about lunchtime at this point, so we headed over toCosmic Ray’s. As per usual, it was a mad house. DW and DD secured a table whileI went to the different stations to get the food. I like that there’s a wideselection of menu items, but it gets so crowded in there.
After lunch I grabbed some FastPasses for Buzz, in case wecame back to MK later in the evening, and we headed over to use the Pooh FastPasseswe had collected earlier. From there we used the Splash Mountain FastPasses,and headed into Adventureland.
One of the attractions DD read about and wanted to try wasthe Swiss Family Treehouse. So while DW wisely waited in the shade below, DD andI climbed the gajillion steps and looked at what the Robinsons had built. Ihadn’t been up there before, so it was kind of neat. DD absolutely loved it.When we were just about all the way to the top, I looked back down and noticedthis:
Under that pavilion is an overflow queue. I *never* want tobe at WDW when that overflow queue is needed for Swiss Family Treehouse. It’s anice enough attraction, but really.
On our way out of the park we went in to see Mickey andMinnie at Town Hall with our FastPasses. What a great system! It’s so easy andquick to see them now. It used to be a long wait in ToonTown to get a picturewith Mickey, but this new procedure is so much better.
It was when we were going to hand our PhotoPass card to thephotographer that DW realized that she couldn’t find it. She searched througheverything but couldn’t find it. We got a new one from the photographer, andthen headed to the PhotoPass counter in Town Hall to see if they could help usout.
We had been using the card we lost for most of the trip, andit had all of DD’s
and Star Wars Weekend pictures on it. By telling the CM at the PhotoPasscounter the time and location of one of the pictures, we was able to identifyour card number and pull up all of the pictures that had been on it, transferthose over to a new card, and we were back in business. Jedi Training Academy
He left us with this advice – take a picture (with a regulardigital or cell phone camera) of the number of your PhotoPass card. That way,if you lose it, you’ll still be able to load the pictures into your PhotoPassaccount when you get back home.
With this lesson well learned, we headed back to the hotelfor a quick rest, before cleaning up and heading over to the Poly for dinner.The Poly reminds us of a
resort. It kind of smells like the Mirage or Las Vegas Treasure Island. The foliage inside is beautiful and they do a great jobwith the overall themeing.
Kona Café is one of our favorite restaurants. The food iswonderful – we’ve never had a bad meal there. It’s our usual “date night”place, when we drop DD off at Simba’s Cubhouse. But tonight we decided to bringher along.
After dinner it was back to the hotel. Tomorrow is DD’sbirthday, and we’ve got to get to Hollywood Studios for Rope Drop in themorning!