Monday, March 9, 2009 - Magic Kingdom
Today was an all-day trip to the Magic Kingdom, which was something that my brother and I haven't done in ages. Except for our all-day stay in Epcot for New Year's Eve, staying all day in one theme park is unheard of for us as we're avid park hoppers. We normally schedule our lunches for different resorts depending on which parks we're visiting that day. But with the shorter hours and lighter crowds, the three of us brought extra batteries for my dad's electric power chair and planned on staying all day inside of the Magic Kingdom.
Outside of the park we had a difficult encounter with one of the Disney security guards at the checkpoint. An older worker gave us a hard time and was being a bully by throwing his "do you want me to get my supervisor?" weight at us, and even holding a camera bag hostage when we questioned his pointless motives. Why do some of the security guards make it a point of searching through the smallest of pockets in your gear when you can easily hide so much more in your shorts, cargo pants, and jacket pockets? Clothing is never searched at the Disney and Universal security checkpoints.
Anyway, be warned that if you point out this flaw in their security, then the "security" guards get upset. As always, when it comes to real security at Disney and Universal, it's what you don't see that makes the biggest impact on guest safety, and not those (mostly) useless "security" guards at the checkpoints.
Apart from the jerk security guard, it was a near-perfect day at the Magic Kingdom. The air was clear and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
The park was already open for almost two hours, but Splash Mountain still had only about a twenty-minute wait. The FastPass line didn't even open until 11 am.
The Diamond Horseshoe was closed for refurbishment and hidden behind the construction wall.
Like Diamond Horseshoe, The Hall of Presidents is also closed for a refurbishment. Presidents has been down since November and isn't scheduled to be open again until July of 2009 as they make the necessary changes to the show along with the addition of President Barack Hussein Obama II.
Looking across the hub at the start of the new Disney Dreams Come True Parade as it crosses in front of Cinderella Castle.
Looking down Main Street as the Disney Dreams Come True Parade moves to the front of the park.
How can this be? Nobody is posing in front of the Main Street Train Station even as the train arrives in the station. This is insane!
There is construction in Tomorrowland as work continues on the new stage. Sadly, there will be more construction as Space Mountain goes down for an extensive refurbishment starting next month in April.
A quiet and peaceful day in this part of Tomorrowland.
The new Celebrate Today banner in the Magic Kingdom. Unlike in the other parks, the Magic Kingdom just has a generic theme to it without a special balloon for the park.
It may not have a separate balloon symbol, but the Magic Kingdom does have a special birthday party confetti banner not seen in the other parks. I'm sure that will thrill the park guests and just fill them with magical glee. Or maybe not.
Springtime in the Magic Kingdom. Could you have asked for a better day in the theme park?
Racing down the main drop on Splash Mountain later in the day. Like before, the wait was extremely short.
Good times for all on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The stand-by wait was a whopping five minutes long.
A scene like this makes me wonder what it would be like if our Florida Space Mountain was like the "From the Earth to the Moon" version of Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris.
The evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Both of my guns were locked in a test pattern and would not fire, so I took the opportunity to take pictures instead.