Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015 - Magic Kingdom Day 2!

December 12, 2015 ~ Today would be bittersweet as this was our very last day of a magical vacation at Walt Disney World. We decided to spend our last day at (what we think) is the best park... Magic Kingdom! It's been an incredible vacation with some people I love but we are all ready to get back home to Pops! (Remember he wouldn't go with us because he doesn't fly.... he is missing out on some wonderful places but we understand)

Our first ride for today would be The Barnstormer! 

An Acrobatic Skyleidoscope

Climb aboard a wacky stunt plane and become a part of The Great Goofini’s daredevil act.
Step underneath a grand circus marquee and make your way to an open-air barn where Goofy—known as The Great Goofini—has been known to perform his world-famous high-flying show. Once inside the red hanger, board one of Goofy’s very own stunt biplanes and hold on tight as you prepare to take to the skies above Fantasyland.
A Staggering Series of Stupendous Stunts 
The flying spectacle begins as your plane gracefully ascends to the top of a nearby wooden observation tower. Then, brace yourself as you rapidly swoop down and around the bustling barnyard, following the flight path made famous by The Grand Goofini. Dart around gentle bends, peel past trees and soar through the broken section of a nearby billboard before “landing” safely back inside the barn during the grand, fun-filled finale. 

 It was a fun Jr. roller coaster and watching Greg (6'7" tall) and Brandon (6' 2" tall) fold up to ride on it was hilarious! It was a quick ride but even Jaxon was over the "little kid" rides! 

Next up we decided to take a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad! 

All Aboard!

Embark on a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic tour onboard an authentic steam-powered train.
Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle as you travel aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad. Offering convenient stops at Frontierland, Fantasyland and Main Street, U.S.A., it's the perfect way to preview the magic at Magic Kingdom park and take in the picturesque scenery.
The Walt Disney World Railroad is also a handy way to get around quickly and easily. And because the trains are scheduled to arrive at each station every 4 to 10 minutes at most times throughout the day, you never have to worry about waiting a long time to ride one.
A Blast from the Past
There are 4 meticulously restored, working narrow-gauge trains you can ride, originally built between 1916 and 1928.
  • Walter E. Disney, named after Walt Disney
  • Lilly Belle, named after Walt’s wife, Lillian
  • Roy O. Disney, named after Walt’s brother
  • Roger E. Broggie, named after an original Imagineer who led the railroad project at Walt Disney World Resort
Each locomotive includes 4 sets of passenger cars.

"Aunt Shell, I sure do love my peach tea... it's really good! Can you take a picture of me?"
Silly little goofball!
Of course his Aunt Shell had to play.... 
(Wonder where he gets all his craziness from???)

So I talked him into taking another picture... You have to realize that some of the pictures don't turn out so well and then others are awesome.... so basically you must take lots of photos while in Disney! 
I had to laugh when I saw this one... 
Although the idea was there it was a fail on Disney adding in the mistletoe! Hilarious!

Brandon and I wanted to see the Hall of Presidents while everyone else did a little shopping! 

A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders

Discover the unique relationship between the President and the American people during this rousing presentation. Enter the pristine Hall of Presidents in the heart of Liberty Square—modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia—and make your way beneath an awe-inspiring grand rotunda. Peruse an authentic artifact collection nearby featuring such treasures as George Washington’s dental instruments and Abraham Lincoln’s leather portfolio.
The Presidents Will See You Now
Stroll into the 700-seat main theater, home to 3 massive projection screens and a grand proscenium. As the lights dim, sit back and enjoy an original film—developed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian—relaying the dramatic story of the United States of America.
During the presentation, revel in America’s enduring origins, the formation of our Constitution and the hard-fought struggles along the way—such as the American Revolution and the Civil War. Listen to the stirring words of John F. Kennedy echo throughout the theater and watch Abraham Lincoln—in attendance on stage—deliver his Gettysburg address.
Then, witness a very special display as the curtain rises to reveal each and every United States President, together for the very first time—followed by stirring speeches about the American Dream delivered by Presidents George Washington and Barack Obama.

It was really interesting to watch this show. All presidents moved and acted as if they were live.
Brandon and I hadn't seen this show since they had added in our current president so I am glad we saw it this time! (Last time we were here was 2008)

Love this statue and you know what's coming next....

The Spry's!
(Have I told you how much I love this man? Well sugars, I sure do!) 

Now it was time to see the big man himself.....
Oh Boy!
This was the only talking Mickey Mouse in all of Disney World!
(Jaxon wasn't really sure what to think but still thought he was cool!)

Check out his closet! Awesome! 

Now it was time for lunch!
(A late lunch that is....)
This is where Lady and the Tramp shared their first kiss!

Relive the Romance

Share spaghetti and meatballs and more at this fun eatery near the entrance of Magic Kingdom park. Step inside this charming turn-of-the-century trattoria on Main Street, U.S.A., with its whitewashed balustrades, French doors and expansive front porch, which offers a fantastic view of evening parades. Take in the classic 1955 film Lady and the Tramp playing in the lobby and pictures of the 2 pooches gracing the wall.
Hopeless romantics are bound to gush over the central fountain depicting the cute canine couple, and more characters and scenes from the movie get you in the mood for food, friends, fun times and perhaps even amore!

We had heard great things about this restaurant and decided to check it out! (Now something that you might want to know... when you get to Walt Disney World your options for sit down dinning is few. We decided at last minute to visit Magic Kingdom for our last day and didn't want to miss out on the flavors of this park. We had a late lunch and dinner reservations a short 2.75 hours later.... not recommended but what the heck... we're on vacation!) 
This steak was awesome! (veggies... not my style)
Dessert.... YUM! 

So no one wanted to go see Tinkerbell... with a 10 minute wait to see her I decided to sneak away from lunch and grab a photo! (Of course I didn't tell anyone where I was going which was the best part!)  You know me... always up to something!Ha!

Another quick photo op!

Remember how I told you that we had dinner reservations just 2 hours later? We just got done eating an amazing meal and Jaxon asks where we are going now.... When his momma told him we are going to go eat again the look on his face was priceless followed by the almost crying "But I just ate and I'm not hungry anymore" OMG... Hilarious!

We walked the nearly 1/2 mile to the next stop on our trip... 
Liberty Tree Tavern! 
(You thought I was kidding didn't you?)

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Deliciousness

Tuck into roast turkey and other American favorites in one of 6 historically themed rooms. Step back in time to the days of Colonial Williamsburg and sup in splendor on the fall harvest bounty proffered by the Sons and Daughters of Liberty Tree Tavern.
Home of the Brave
Rich wood paneling, candelabra chandeliers, large brick fireplaces, and walls lined with period portraits and curios welcome the weary time traveler. Each of the 6 rooms commemorates a pivotal figure in U.S. history:
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Paul Jones
  • Paul Revere
  • Betsy Ross
  • George Washington
Be sure to wander the rooms and see if you can spot the signature artifacts famously associated with each American hero.

 Jaxon was sooo done with us!
(He didn't even want something to drink!)

We were beyond stuffed however this was a family style buffet where they brought ham, turkey, dressing, taters and the fixin's to you! It was good but please come hungry!

Loved the Memory Maker package... Well worth every penny!

 The last ride....
Ashley made the mistake of asking Jaxon if he wanted to ride Splash Mountain... Heck yes he does!

A “Hare-Raising” Adventure

Glide along a colorful bayou in a hollow log—past delightful singing critters—to a thrilling 5-story splashdown. Gently drift past rocky caves, vine-strewn swamps and sun-drenched meadows as you accompany happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit on the adventure of a lifetime. But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of the roaming rabbit and they’ll do anything they can to catch him!
Much To See and Do
During your log-flume adventure, visit such whimsical watering holes amid Chick-A-Pin Hill as:
  • Critter Cave
  • the Fishing Place
  • the Old Swimming Hole
  • Br’er Fox’s Lair
  • Br’er Rabbit’s home in the briar patch
Songs to Make You Sing
Splash Mountain invites you to clap and sing to several classic Disney songs, including:
  • “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”
  • “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place”
  • “How Do You Do?”
A Colorful Cast of Southern Characters
Over 100 talking, singing, storytelling Audio-Animatronics critters call Splash Mountain home. In addition to Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear and Br’er Rabbit, a multitude of characters, including geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees and alligators, offer up their own slice of southern hospitality during the adventure.

 I got a text message they were getting on the ride....
 While it's hard for me to switch between settings on my camera this is still kind of a cool photo!
Here's the official Disney photo!

 I think for their very first trip to Walt Disney World they had an awesome time!

I can tell you we had a great time! Such a magical place to make many memories!

Because we hadn't ate enough today my sister booked dinner at our resort.... Go big or go home right? We sure did and this steak was awesome! Poor Jaxon just wasn't hungry but managed to eat a few bites!

Finally it was time to get some rest! (I mean our bellies were very full and we have walked nearly 47 miles this week so sleep would be awesome!) We would have to get up super early to catch the Magic Express that would take us to the airport. Truly wonderful trip with people I love!

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