Though Epcot is my favorite park, I don’t truly feel like I’ve arrived at Walt Disney World until I see Cinderella Castle! The fact that I am turning 30 today… at Disney World… in the Magic Kingdom… meant I was quite excited when I woke up! Ken wasn’t feeling well and his knees were bothering him from standing the night before at the Symphony in the Stars dessert party, so he opted to rest. I ran to the lobby to get breakfast (POP Waffles) before my parents picked me up and we set off for Magic Kingdom.
I was somehow lucky enough to get a last minute lunch reservation for Be Our Guest – must have been extra birthday magic. After riding a few rides, we set off for the Beast’s castle to eat. My Grandma felt like the West Wing dining area was too loud with the “thunder,” so we ate in the Rose Room. I usually order the braised beef, but I didn’t want a warm entree so I opted for the prime rib sandwich. I ended up using my French onion soup as a dip for the sandwich – I highly recommend the combination! To finish our meal, my parents surprised me a birthday cupcake and I was given a birthday card signed by Belle and the Beast!
Thoroughly stuffed from lunch, we made our way to some of my family’s favorite attractions. My Grandma loves it’s a small world so we made sure to ride that for her. We grabbed some Dole Whip to eat while in line to see the Enchanted Tiki Birds and then made our way to my mom’s next request – Country Bear Jamboree. I don’t typically think of the rides/shows as “must-do” but they really are a piece of classic Disneyana that hold a little piece of my heart. We finished the day riding my mom’s absolute favorite ride, Splash Mountain. You will get wet… I did get soaked! We finished riding just in time to catch the start of the fireworks. We watched Wishes as we made our way to the exit, finishing my magical birthday at the Magic Kingdom!
Age is just a number, if you never grow up!