February Trip Report 2012 – One More Disney Day

March 5, 2012

I’ve missed writing my trip reports up so I am going to start again beginning with our most recent trip. I’m going to go a little out of order and start with our second day which was our One More Disney Day.

We arrived at the Transportation and Ticket Center at 4:30 am. We first lined up to turn in our vouchers and receive our wristbands for our passholder Ear Hats. After that we headed to the monorail and we were on our way to the Magic Kingdom. Everyone who had wristbands were let in to receive their hats and button. Everyone else had to line up at the turnstiles to the right but they began letting people in before the welcome show.

There was definitely excitement in the air. Mickey and Minnie showed up in their pajamas and there was lots of media there documenting the event. Once the show was over everyone made their way in and lots of people, including us, headed over to the Emporium to pick up event merchandise.

After the initial craziness the rest of the morning was pretty low key. We stopped to take photos of the castle surrounded by fog and then made our way around the park meeting characters. We met Alice, the White Rabbit, Aladdin, Jasmine, Tinker Bell, Chip and Dale, Stitch, Snow White, Peter Pan, Woody, and Jesse all before lunch.

We spent the afternoon meeting up with Disney friends, having lunch at Columbia Harbour House, and watching the parade. I think we rode a total of 6 attractions the entire 24 hours but that was fine. It was so much fun just being there. The crowds really were not that bad most of the day, especially in the early morning. The wait time for Splash Mountain was only 10 minutes close to 11:00 am.

Things did get a little crazy after Wishes at 8:00 pm. Before the fireworks I had dropped off my cell phone at guest relations for it to charge. Once Wished was over Drew was going to go back and get it while I waited in Adventureland. He came back 20 minutes later without the phone. There were so many people trying to leave and get in that Main Street was total grid lock. It had taken him 10 minutes to get to Casey’s Corner and another 10 just to get back to me. Luckily it wasn’t that bad as you walked through the rest of the park.

The evening is when Disney had most of the special events. There was a dance party with a DJ and a few of the floats from Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It in the hub. We hung out there for a while but missed the parties in Frontierland. I heard there was a conga line going with the characters. There were also several character meet and greets that you don’t normally see or are only out during special events. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Phineas and Ferb, Captain Jack Sparrow, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet together, Duffy, and you could also meet Minnie and Mickey and Chip and Dale in their pajamas.

After midnight the whole event was kinda a blur. We had been up since 3 am and were starting to get pretty tired. But it was still lots of fun. Just being there was really enough for me. I have lots of stories to share but I am going to post those separately or this post would last forever! But I am so glad we decided to visit the Magic Kingdom on Leap Day. It was an amazing experience and something I will never forget.

  • Bstar0306
    March 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I didn’t get there till around midnight (my mom had to work and we drove down when she got off). A lot of things I’ve read were complaining how it was crowded. I guess most people weren’t on the rides they were just there for the “entertainment” and character meet and greets because we went on just about every opened ride in MK and the longest like we waiting on was Space Mountain at 40 minutes and that is shorter than it normally is!

    We didn’t get to do Sorcerer’s that night because that was very crowded but we went back Thursday and did that 🙂

  • Capturing Magical Memories
    March 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    It was great meeting you two!! I loved how we kept bumping into each other. We’ll have to do it again someday.