Monday, May 25, 2015

Coolest Summer Ever

Twenty Four hours doesn't seem all that long when you are planning to stay in the Magic Kingdom. In fact, it seems like it would be a great time. You'll get to the resort the day before relax, and get plenty of sleep before you head in to the Magic Kingdom for 24 straight hours. Afterwards you'll go back to your room sleep, and have a magical day before heading home the next day. 

In a perfect world it could work like this, however we didn't have the time to do that this year. Beth and I have always wanted to do the 24 hour day in Magic Kingdom since they announced it in 2012 for a limited time magic offering. We both have full time jobs, and at this point she was working about and hour and a half north of where I work. So the original plan was to meet at her parents house, near my place of employment so I'm not back tracking, however this didn't work that well, and I ended up going home to help pack the car. 

We left our home early evening and made it to All Star Movies by 3 am. I was excited to stay here, since it was our first time at the resort. We were placed in the Fantasia building, that's one of my favorite Disney, but I knew this trip the hotel really was just a place to get some sleep. We were only able to get an hour and a half of sleep before we needed to make our way to the buses. 

When we made it to the bus stop the line for Magic Kingdom was already back to the gift shop with everyone trying to attempt the 24 hour challenge, or to just spend some extra time in the park. Many complaints were made due to the time it was taking to get buses to us, but I was still tired, so I didn't care. 

Walking up to the train station, we could see the crowd that had gathered by 5:50am for opening of the park with the Frozen characters. Beth and I made our way to the right hand side, and waited for the official rope drop. The guest around were excited, and talking about their previous 24 hour experiences, which was getting us eager to get into the park.  Finally the Chief of the Fire Deparemtn came out with the Frozen crew to open the park. Naturally, Mickey and his friends joined in after a few minutes. It's always a good start to anyway when you see that opening show. 

It's going to get a little blurry now, since lack of sleep and how long ago this happened. I wanted one of the event shirts, so we walked down Main Street and went into the Emporium through the backside of Casey's. The crowd headed in through the front of the Emporium, so we were in and out in a reasonable amount of time. We took our time walking up to the hub and taking a few pictures with some people we had met.   

Once in Fantasyland, we noticed that the wait time for Anna and Elsa wasn't to long, so we spent our last part of the first hour in line for this meet. We then made our way back to Gaston's Tavern for a small breakfast, one of the cinnamon rolls to share.  As you would expect, it was hard to find a seat in the small space, but we lucked out and found a family that was done and offered their table to us. 

There were many photo opportunities set up through the day. The Disney Parks Cinderella Carriage was by the castle wall, so Bethany being such a big Cinderella fan, we had to get the picture. This was the only one we took advantage of and looking back I wish we had done a few more of the special pictures. 

As the day went on we rode more rides. Wait times weren't horrible, but some were long. I believe the longest we waited was for Jungle Cruise and that was close to an hour. While some where just a walk on, both Haunted Manision and Under the Seas with Little Mermaid. 

We had made our fastpasses for the day, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Cinderella and Rapunzel meet and greet, and Main Street Electrical Parade. I made the passes relatively late, and lucked out on the 7DMT. By the use of our last fast pass, there wasn't many left for the remaining hours of the party, and the ones that were left were nearly walk on attractions. 

As our day went on, the lack of sleep began to take its toll. While waiting on Main Street for the Festival of Fantasy parade, we were both having a hard tim keeping our eyes open.  We were the people that went on Carousel of Progress and Hall of Presidents twice. Once to enjoy the show and one to nod off for a few minutes. I don't even remember having Mickey's Philharmagic, one of my favorites, because of our lack of sleep. 

Soon after night fall, a pretty impressive lightning show was taking place all around us. This eventually lead to a pretty good rain storm that almost got us to leave the park. We ended up staying on in town square under ine of the Empioium's awnings. Where we met a lovely girl dressed as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Beth had a great time getting to know her and little odds and ends of her Disney life. 

Our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FP+ was scheduled for the middle of Wishes. We made camp right in front of Be Our Guest to watch the beginning of the fireworks, a new prospective for us. At the apporpriate time, we went to the queue for the ride and made our way to the load station. The experience we had on the ride while Wishes was going on was speechless. Yes your moving every different direction, and can't focus on the show, but some of the quick view you get are just amazing. 

As the night went on, we found ourselves waiting for the second showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the energy quickly leaving us. This is when we took our time to visit a couple little attractions to nap in. We made it back around the Hub to find a place to sit and relax while the DJ was on the castle stage helping people stay awake. Beth had actually fallen asleep while I just took it all in. 

At 5:50am we had made our way to Town Square for the Kiss Goodnight, or was it Kiss Good Morning? Those that were still left in the park came together and the MC with Mickey and the rest of his friends were at the train station to see us all out. The MC lead the crowd in M-I-C-K-E-Y as we all had our barely charged phones out to look like a star field so people could wish upon them. 

We were back in the room by 7 am, with a check out of noon. Not much sleep to recover and we had a few hours in Hollywood Studios to get some Star Wars Weekend Merchandise and a DTech of me as a Jedi Knight, followed by a short time in Disney Springs for a little shopping for Beth, but then we were on the road home. 

Overall we enjoyed ourselves, and plan on doing the Coast to Coast if they offer this promotion next year. Is this something that you want to do? Have you done it before? We want to hear from you!

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