Friday, December 12th
We brought our luggage to bag check and headed for the Magic Kingdom early, as we had an 810am Advanced Dining Reservation at the Crystal Palace.
On the way up Main Street we stopped for several PhotoPass photographers, as we were determined to get the most out of Memory Maker.
Jill, Josh, Tinker Bell, me, and Barbie
Note in the background, there was filming going on for the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration. I asked a cast member who was on stage, and they said they thought it was Ariana Grande. Interestingly, I watched the show on Christmas Day, and didn't notice this stage setup at all.
Breakfast at the Crystal Palace was not only delicious, but it is with the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood!
As I mentioned in Part 4, Jill really likes Tigger.
We made our way back down Main Street to the Town Square Theater to visit with Mickey Mouse.
We were a bit early, and the line for Tinker Bell was only a few minutes, so we were shrunk down to Tink size and brought to Pixie Hollow.
We then used our FastPass+ for Mickey, who asked if we were familiar with the Haunted Mansion and the Hitchhiking Ghosts, which we of course said we were. He then asked if we'd like to pose like them!
We spent the rest of the morning riding rides, and heading for Pirates through Liberty Square when we saw a queue for the Haunted Mansion! As the Mansion was supposed to be down for refurb during our entire stay, this was a very pleasant surprise, so we got in the reasonable 15 minute line.
Next, Pirates, followed by a Dole Whip Swirl.
This was my first try of a Dole Whip Swirl. I'd got Pineapple mixed with Vanilla at Barbie's request, as she thinks the straight up Dole Whip is too sweet. The swirl WAS better, and I'll only eat it that way going forward!
We decided to head back to the Wilderness Lodge for lunch at Roaring Forks, their counter service restaurant, and relax for a couple of hours before Magical Express was scheduled to take us to the airport.
We all dozed on and off by the fire. Finally it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful lodge.
Thank you for following along, and have a safe and Happy New Year!
If you missed past parts:
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4- Part 5 - Part 6