Since we were going to be in Florida already for the wedding, we decided to take a few days at Disney. Ken’s family came with us – Penny (Ken’s mom), Jenny (aunt), Julie (older sister), Rachel (younger sister), Dustin (Rachel’s fiance), Alex (nephew), Aidan (nephew), and Amelia (niece). Our first morning at Disney, we had breakfast at Chef Mickeys. We got to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto! Minnie was Amelia’s favorite. After finishing breakfast, most of us rode the monorail to the Magic Kingdom (Ken and Dustin drove the cars from the Contemporary to the MK parking lot). Once the guys met up with us, everyone was excited to enter the park for the very first time. Except for Ken and I, it was everyone’s first time seeing the castle. It was great watching their faces as we walked down Main Street.
We started in Adventureland and rode Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Everyone got a kick out of the cheesy Jungle Cruise jokes and Jack Sparrow. We planned to go back later in the day to get Dole Whip since we’d just eaten, but we forgot. While most of us rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain, Ken and Dustin took Amelia to the Country Bear Jamboree. They came back just in time to watch us plummet down the mountain. After lunch at Columbia Harbour House, we went to Haunted Mansion. Aidan was a little freaked out, but was happy he ended up riding it. Surprisingly, Amelia was completely fine with riding, only got scared at a few brief parts.
Next, we journeyed to Fantasyland for Mickey’s Philharmagic – my personal favorite! We tried the new “Lafou’s Brew” but none of us was really impressed with it. Since Amelia loves Ariel, we rode the new Little Mermaid ride… which we ended up getting stuck on for over 20 minutes. Needless to say, we were “Under the Sea” for quite a while. After the kids rode Dumbo, we went on to Tomorrowland. The plan was to ride Space Mountain, but the line was over an hour long and people were getting restless, so we skipped it. Dustin, Amelia, and I grabbed some cream cheese pretzels while everyone else rode Stitch’s Great Escape. The boys loved the Space Range Spin and Ken got called out during the Laugh Floor for looking like a chia pet. By that point, it was almost time for the park to close for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (which wasn’t worth the cost to us), so we called it a day and went back to the house and swam. Penny, Julie, and Aunt Jenny went on to the beach, leaving just the 7 of us for the rest of the Disney portion of the trip.