Jun 142013

We figured we’d want to pack as much as possible into our second day, so we planned to rise early and head into the park for breakfast. Timing worked out pretty well, and we were in less than an hour after Magic Kingdom opened. First, we headed straight back to the New Fantasyland expansion.

Gina and Beast's CastleGaston's TavernGiven its newness, we knew this area of the park would be a big draw, so we figured it’d be best to go there first thing in the morning. Probably for the best, as the crowd wasn’t too bad. We looked up at Beast’s Castle—home to the Be Our Guest restaurant, which was well booked during our trip—wandered around a bit, then ducked into Gaston’s Tavern for breakfast. I got a chocolate croissant, and Gina got a cinnamon “bun” that was more like a half a loaf of fluffy cinnamon bread drowned in icing. We ended up sharing the latter and some OJ before heading out to explore New Fantasyland a bit more.

Ursula, Under the SeaOverall, it was a bit underwhelming. Granted, it’s still under construction (the Seven Dwarves’ Mine Coaster isn’t open yet), but is very much an area geared towards the kids, moreso than a lot of the park. Nonetheless, we did a quick ride on Under the Sea (essentially identical to the Disneyland version, but with a far superior queue), popped into Storybook Circus for the kid-friendly Barnstormer coaster, and… that was pretty much it. From there, we hopped onto the train, and rode that around to the opposite side of the park, where we picked up a couple of FastPasses to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. There was a Space Mountain run in there somewhere, but neither of us seem to remember exactly when it was… though it was significant in that we actually managed to have a fairly short wait and the ride wasn’t broken down for a change!

Country Bear JamboreeHaunted MansionWhile waiting for the FastPasses to kick in, we started walking through Frontierland, and noticed we had good timing for the Country Bear Jamboree, so we popped in there for a quick show. Still too early after that, so we walked over for our first Haunted Mansion ride of the trip. Haunted Mansion is really starting to rival Pirates as my favorite ride… though this first visit there was the only one of three from this trip where the ride didn’t break down!

Entry to World ShowcaseSpaceship EarthAfter Big Thunder, we stopped back over at the Contemporary for a quick lunch (and reapplication of sunscreen). Then, it was off to EPCOT! We did quick runs on Spaceship Earth and Living with the Land in Future World, then headed back to World Showcase. There, we did some relaxed wandering around, some shopping, a movie here or there. It was a very hot day, but very enjoyable to occasionally dodge into air conditioning… not to mention the rather thirst-quenching Schöfferhofer Grapefruit beer!

San Angel Inn RestauranteAfter that, we headed into the Mexico pavilion. We wandered the shops for a bit, went on the Three Caballeros ride, then went and checked in a bit early for our dinner at the San Angel Inn. They warned us of a 30-minute wait since we were early, but it was closer to three. Dinner was, in a word, delicious! The setup is similar to Blue Bayou in Disneyland, where the restaurant is made up to appear as if it’s outside, with a rail right by the Three Caballeros ride (the Blue Bayou juts out into Pirates of the Caribbean). We each had a margarita, shared a Tlacoyos de Chilorio appetizer, and relaxed through our meals.

Polynesian ResortFollowing dinner, we hopped on the monorail back, and made a quick stop at the Polynesian Resort, just because. After wandering the shops there for a bit, we took the monorail back to Magic Kingdom for a little late-night… well, magic, I suppose. Once we were able to escape the crowd for yet another run of the Electrical Parade, we managed to do second runs on Pirates and Haunted Mansion before calling it a night.

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