I believe Day Two of our mini Florida vacation started out as just Magic Kingdom (mainly to see the Christmas decorations) and Epcot, because it’s our favorite and you can’t see it in California.
But then I realized that it was necessary to go back to Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom (the place I spent my College Program days, for anyone who happened to forget, or is new) since we were going back to Florida. And Jen wanted to ride Expedition Everest if we were going to go there too…
And we totally forgot that Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Christmas time! We hadn’t seen those before either, and there are literally millions of Christmas lights there. MILLIONS.
Yet, we also wanted to see the Holiday Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom…
So in the end our day ended up like this:
First, Animal Kingdom (at 8 AM! Rise and Shine!)
We got a Fastpass for Everest, rode Safaris, and…got a little turned around somewhere near the monkeys for a few minutes (it’s been two years! that’s a long time).
The baby giraffes are my favorites.
Then, we headed to Ticket & Transportation Center (or TTC, for those familiar with the ever-present Disney shorthand) where our car would live for the day while we park-hopped to our little hearts content.
This was where we picked up the monorail to go to Magic Kingdom, to make sure we saw all the decorations in the daytime (and got a Fastpass for Space Mountain!)
Next, it was back on the monorail to get to Epcot in time for lunch in France at Les Chefs de France – yummy!
Remy stopped by our table, and everything!
And I found out my CP friend Tyler was working at the Canada restaurant Le Cellier that day (très chic!) so I stopped by to say hello.
Seeing old friends always makes me smile 🙂
After a quick tour around the world:
Germany, all decked out for Christmas
…and a ride on Spaceship Earth and Journey in to Imagination, it was time to ferry it over to Hollywood Studios.
Here, we enjoyed all the lights; somehow forgot to take a picture with my friends Ryan & Alex, who came over to the park to say hi and see the lights; and took a quick pass in the Art of Animation store, which is one of my favorite stores in all the parks (yes, I have favorite stores.)
Then, we took a bus to the Contemporary Resort next to the Magic Kingdom, and walked over to the park (this is a semi-secret trick to avoid the insanely long lines to get a bus back to the TTC).
The grand finale
After fireworks, we rode Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ‘PeopleMover’ (an old favorite from my CP days, which is oft-ignored by guests when so many other big name rides are in the park and demand doing.)
Finally, at about 11:30 or so that night, it was time to head back to the car and collapse in a heap of exhaustion at the hotel before driving home the next afternoon (we stopped at Downtown Disney again on our way out for a quick pass through the ginourmous World of Disney store, and lunch at Earl of Sandwich)
Here’s hoping it’s not another two years before I can make it back!
[For those keeping count,
Total Parks Visited: 5 (MK, twice)
Modes of Transportation Used: 5 (Car, Tram, Monorail, Ferry, Bus)]
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