While my wife was spending time with her sister and niece at the Bon Voyage Breakfast, my daughter and I headed into the Magic Kingdom for some exciting time in the parks. We hopped on the monorail for the short ride from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom. I really wish there was a way to make a walkway from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom like the walkway from The Contemporary but, alas, the water way where the Electrical Water Pageant floats are stored gets in the way. Still we were in the park before 8 am. However, we could not beat the end of the opening stage show and had to walk through the crowds to our first stop, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
After a fun but long day 1, we got a good night’s rest. For those just joining the trip report, you can catch up on day 1 here and here. One of the nice things about being on east coast and staying on the west coast….making a 7 am breakfast reservation is not a daunting task especially when the restaurant is at the resort you are staying at.
On our first full day at Disneyland, our reservation was at Storytellers Cafe and because we were on “east coast time,” we had the first dining reservation slot at 7 am. As a result, we almost had a private dining experience at Storytellers Cafe. There were only about a four or five other families in the restaurant with us. This led to LOTS of time with the characters and multiple character visits.
In three weeks, I’ll be hopping on a plane for Los Angeles to make my first trip to Disneyland in over 30 years. A lot of things of changes in those 30 years but I’m sure some things have stayed the same as well. I did this for my Walt Disney World trip, last November, and I think it’s fitting for this trip as well: Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most out of my trip to Disneyland.
Walt Disney, when designing Disneyland, wanted to create a theme park where families could enjoy attractions as a family. As a result, there were not a lot of what we consider thrill rides when Disneyland opened. This concept could be seen in the Magic Kingdom when it first opened as well. As time moved out, Walt Disney World and Disneyland started to add more and more thrill attractions. There are still plenty of family attractions at both parks. Today, we are going to countdown the top five thrill attractions at Walt Disney World.
Most people going to Magic Kingdom focus on one of two mountains…Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. I’m focusing, today, on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Tucked away in the back corner of Frontierland, it gains a lot of foot traffic due to its proximity to Splash Mountain. It doesn’t have the indoor roller coaster allure of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. But, it is still worthy of a ride or two during your Disney stay.
Like most “thrill rides” at Walt Disney World, it is tame enough that all members of the family can enjoy the attraction. My family isn’t one of those families but it is still an attraction that I enjoy with my daughter.