Three days of blogging in a row! I can’t tell you the last time that’s happened (or ever?). I haven’t felt too well the past few days so I’ve been enjoying my relaxing evenings on the couch, obviously!
So, where were we? We had just caught our shuttle back to our resort from Islands of Adventure to relax a little bit before heading to Magic Kingdom.
Not only did our honeymoon fall during Disney’s Free Dining promotion, but we also stayed at one of the resorts that was testing the new Magic Bands as a part of Disney World’s new MyMagic+ system. There are multiple parts of this “expansion” of sorts, and you can read more about it here, but I’ll do my best to summarize:
- My Disney Experience – a new online and app planning tool that shows all of your reservations including lodging, dining and FastPass+. It’s a lot cooler than how I describe.
- FastPass+ – this is the new and improved version of the old FASSPASS program, which allows guests to choose up to 3 attractions at 1 park per day (for now, apparently this can change), well in advance of their trip. For example, we selected Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain as 3 attractions we definitely wanted to do on the Tuesday we were there. We didn’t have to worry about racing to get a FASSPASS at the beginning of the day for those super popular rides. We also double-dipped, meaning we used the regular FASSPASS system sometimes, as well as our FastPass+ reservations we made well in advance of our trip, which I guess is technically cheating but we weren’t the only ones.
- MagicBands – these babies are amazing! Kevin and I didn’t have any problems (some people report that they did) and we used them every day, from the moment we stepped off the plane to access our reservation for the Disney Magical Express. Wearing the bands didn’t bother us so we kept them on all the time (they’re waterproof, etc.). We used them to get into our resort room and lounge, purchase souvenirs, order food and access our FastPass+ reservations. They do make you choose a PIN number associated with your MagicBand in case one gets stolen or goes missing, which we thought was a nice security measure.
So once we got back to our resort from a long day at Islands of Adventure, we both wanted to relax by the pool. Unfortunately, a kid just threw up in the pool so we were forced to grab a margarita from the poolside bar and enjoy laying in the chairs. Rough alternate.
Soon enough, the Business Club lounge opened so we headed there to grab some light snacks (they offered cheese and crackers, salsa, fruit and chips) and a few drinks. Unlike our first night where I had one of every type of booze offered (and paid for it the next day), I stuck with their sangria this night.
Nathan, our favorite Cast Member in the lounge, was awesome and totally made our trip even more enjoyable than it already was. Each evening, he’d offer to give us a plastic cup for our alcohol to take to go because glass wasn’t allowed on the grounds. He’d even give us a few extra to take straight to our room for later if we wanted! Like I said, awesome. Give Nathan a raise, Disney.
Oh, and when we checked in, Disney gave us these cute little “Happily Ever After” buttons to show people that we were on our honeymoon. It was really sweet and we got a lot of congratulation wishes from Cast Members.
We arrived at Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party right as the sun was setting, which was really eerie looking.
Kevin and I didn’t think to bring a costume for the halloween party and almost everyone was dressed up (even adults without children, like us!). We decided that since we weren’t in costume and we didn’t own any Mickey ears, we should buy the bride/groom set as a souvenir and wore them as our “costume” that night.
We made our way to Main Street and caught our first glimpse at one of the best views ever: Cinderella’s Castle.
We tried a bunch of different settings on our camera to figure out what worked best. The Castle was tinted with a green light so we had a hard time with the lighting, but I think this one turned out well.
We walked around for a little bit and found a good spot to watch the Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween parade.
As a childless adult at Disney World, some of you may be thinking we’re either insane or completely silly for going to such a “childish” place for our honeymoon, but the whole atmosphere is pretty amazing and well…magical. All of the details and effort that go into every attraction, dining establishment, building, parade, firework show, etc. are above and beyond and unlike anything else we’ve experienced and I’d argue that it’s just as much fun for adults as children, albeit in different ways.
So even though we didn’t jump up and down like we were 5-years-old seeing Mickey Mouse for the first time, we thoroughly appreciated our first parade at Disney World.
The headless horseman…man…we’re still trying to figure that one out.
Mickey is a little blurry (still trying to figure out the camera at this point), but here’s where all the 5-year-olds in front of us were jumping for joy. 🙂
Once the parade was over, we headed straight to The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain to get in two of our favorite rides before dinner at Peco Bills Tall Tale Inn & Cafe.
I got their southwest chicken salad, and Kevin got a burger (not pictured). And because of our Dining Plan, we got dessert with our meal which we struggled eating because we were so stuffed from dinner! Rough life 😉
We finished dinner just in time to catch a great spot for the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular firework show.
So long for now, Magic Kingdom!