I knew going into our trip that Disney was not known for it’s food. I was prepared.
But, nothing prepared me for the portion sizes and that I would be craving iceberg lettuce!
So, with our package we did the dining credits. I am not the right person to ask about the inner workings of the dining credits. But, I did like that I had snack credits for things like:
The Dole Whip
You can only find Dole Whips at the Polynesian hotel and Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom.
So on our first morning at Disney we did Magic Kingdom. We took Adventureland by storm. We had a fast pass for the Jungle Cruise (nostalgia for me and my hubby since we both remembered riding that on visits as children. I was only 4!)
Getting there at the opening of the park, we were able to get the family photo in front of the castle without anyone being in the background.
TIP: Do not stop and take a photo in front of the Disney sign when you get there. Everyone does that. Go later in the day after the parade or during the parade. Nobody is there!!!
So take the extra time and get down Mainstreet for your photo. From there you can dash over to Adventureland and you can do the whole thing in no time flat if you want to.
The kids were able to go into Swiss Family Robinson treehouse (still one of my all time favorite movies from Disney)
Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland
Swiss Family Treehouse
Who knew they had the same china as my grandmother? It was really easy to go through this on the way in and see everything without a ton of people. The kids loved it. But, I think I loved it more!
The jungle cruise was a hit with my kids. It has not changed since it opened in the 50s. I know it’s so cheesy but it’s just really fun to ride on a ride that you rode as a 4 year old and then see it through your own 4 year olds eyes. When Bubba ducked down so he wouldn’t get ‘shot’ at oh goodness. It was worth the entire trip right there. He was so serious.
The elephant was met with squeals from Priss!
If you were a Brady Bunch junkie like I was growing up, then you must do Enchanted Tiki Room. It just reminds me of their Hawaii episode. It’s cute and kookie. From what I had read they have had changes and are now back to what it once was years ago. It’s right by Aloha Island and the Aladdin ride so it’s pretty easy to stop off. If it was blazing hot out it would be a great place to visit to get out of the heat for a bit. Hubby wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was something the kids enjoyed.
Enchanted Tiki Room
By the time we did Jungle Cruise we had gotten thru all the rides and seen everything in that section. Pirates of the Caribbean had a five minute wait so we hit it! We also ended up visiting it again on our 2nd day at Magic Kingdom.
So, Bubba was not a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean once he heard we were doing it a 2nd time. I thought that was funny. He talked a great game after he did the ride the first time. It had a dip in it and then when we came around the corner to be greeted by a pirate ship he was not thrilled. But, with the promise of buying something in the gift shop after (of course they have you exit through the gift shop) he was on board.
The animation is border creepy sometimes on the characters you see. You know they are fake but there are definitely times you feel as if they are looking right at you.
Skeleton of Mermaid
Bubba and Priss couldn’t stop talking about the Mermaid skeleton. It was a fun ride and since there were four of us we did get to sit together. Both times we sat front row. You do get a tad bit wet! But, it was fun!
From Adventureland we popped right into Frontierland. We decided the 20 min standby wasn’t that bad for Thunder Mountain. But, of course it changed right when we got in line to 50 min! YIKES
Everyone loved the ride. Except for Bubba. Oh my gosh when he exited the ride and walked out he was telling us his dislike. People stopped to listen to him. He was hilarious. He wasn’t crying or anything. It was just very detailed and he wouldn’t move until we heard him out. But, it couldn’t have been too bad because we rode it again on our next visit to MK. We used a fast pass the second time though! 50 min in the sun with kids is too long.
TIP: One thing I noticed on our 2nd ride was that there was a little water scene with a guy bathing! I wish I had known to look for it before. So when you go, when the ride slows before it goes around for another twist or turn look for him. He’s down and to the left.
Boat to Tom Sawyer Island
I definitely recommend a stop over to Tom Sawyer Island for the explorers in your family. And in the least politically correct to do…..climb up and look out and try to shoot at Thunder Mountain. I hope they never take this away!!!
Tom Sawyer island
Tom Sawyer Island has fun caves to explore. If you are scared of small spaces, do not do them though!
We ended up taking the train from Frontier over to Tomorrowland one day. It was fun because we had seen the front side of the river when we did the Riverboat. Well, it turns out there is something to see from the other side and it’s a really fast ride!
Eating at MK was not the best in my opinion. Aside from the Dole Whip. We also had dinner at the castle one night, and that was pretty good. But, it costs a lot and for that money I would have expected better food. But, again you go for the experience and it was one of the only things Priss wanted to do. I definitely recommend going! Being inside the castle is pretty cool. We were there late so the fireworks were going off while we were inside. I have to say that was pretty cool to be ‘in’ the fireworks.
Here is what we liked and found at Disney to eat.
On our way over to Fantasyland we were in Liberty Square where I really wanted a waffle sandwich. But, timing was not on our side because Bubba was melting down. There was an outdoor market with fruit, baked potatoes (GF people take note! You can get a baked potatoes, fruit, corn) It’s one of the few healthy options for shopping. Other than the Cheetos that of course my child picked. Since he never eats them at home I decided it wasn’t worth fighting. Of course the irony we bought bananas and he ate those instead of the Cheetos.
We ended up lunching after another ride at Harbor House.
Harbor House Menu
By now we had figured out portions were ridiculous. So hubby and I split the tuna sandwhich on a grained bread and it was plenty. The kids had 100 calorie fruit packs with their lunches and I kept eating those when they left them behind. Priss picked chicken nuggets and we were actually surprised to see it was real chicken!
We sat upstairs with a view of this
It was really cute. The restaurant is decorated to look like a place you would find in a seaside town. It was cute. Best meal ever? Lord no. But, it was good and we felt healthy. I was so happy to not eat fries or spend the money on food we couldn’t’ finish. Plus, we didn’t have desserts looking at us! That was nice!!!!
The best find of all of Disney Magic Kingdom for me was the lemonade at the Sunshine Tree Terrace! It was real lemonade and it was so good. I wish I had ordered two!!!! It was that yummy.
TIP: Drink the lemonade at Sunshine Tree Terrace!!!!!
Since we spent two days at MK let me also say we loved our time in Tomorrowland. We spent a lot of time there on the 2nd visit. There are a few things that I think people probably over look.
People Mover for one. It’s a fun way to see the park. Also, you go inside Space Mountain. Never a line. And it actually moves fast in a few spots. The kids and adults loved it. We also did the Carousel of Progress. The kids were not enthralled. But, I remember doing that one as well as a little girl. Again, nostalgia. Both rides are great if you are waiting to use a FP in that area with Astro Orbitor, Space Mountain, etc.,
I think the ride that everyone loved the most in our house was Splash Mountain. I think we were all shocked that Bubba loved it so much!!! He can’t stop talking about it. On our way thru Priss started crying. I thought she was suddenly scared. She was. OVER GETTING SOAKED. HA! She and I were in the back so we didn’t get that wet at all. But, she loved the ride even more so when she didn’t leave sopping wet. Unlike our visit to Animal Kingdom where we got drenched! That’s for another update on another day.
Peter Pan was a must. It has a long line everytime. I can see why. It’s very sweet and the kids think they are in balloons. We made sure to do It’s a Small World. It’s nostalgic, but it also is the same ride! I have to wonder if they will keep it forever. But, I’m not certain.
I can’t really mention every single ride. But, I will say you can if you try to do the whole park in a long day. We went back for dinner and ended up riding all the rides that were on our list. Actually the list that if my mom had been there she would have wanted to ride. Teacups, Dumbo. Which Dumbo made me sad. It’s not the same little blue elephants. Things change!
The one thing that I was not certain about was our FP for a parade. I thought that was silly. We had to go back to City Hall area and I kept thinking why are we not just sitting on the sidewalk like everyone else. Well, little did I know!
I dropped the hubby and kids off to sit while I ran into stores to get water.
Town Square on Main Street
Once the parade started we moved up to the rope area. So for us that would be where the woman with the red backpack is in this photo. We were head on watching the parade. The kids didn’t miss anything. And they saw the characters up close and personal. They would stop and hug them, visit. I think almost every single character in the parade actually directly waved at our kids and made eye contact. Now that sounds like not such a big deal to some. But, our kids were thrilled. They were not showing signs of being kids that wanted to have their autograph books filled up at this point. So this was the next best thing for us. It saved us a lot of long line times.
It’s a fabulous parade. And I thought what a great time too to ride some of those hard get rides (Dwarf Train) HA! What a joke. I looked up the wait times and it was still 90 minutes. So there is one thing to remember. It doesn’t mean you can get any rides in quicker by skipping the parade.
We left right after the parade. On a side note you will have the best spot for that parade. But, you have to wait for it to end around the square and out the doors. So be prepared to wait a tad bit.
TIP: if you have to buy souveniors or such you can park your family right there and dash in and out of stores easily. There is an embroidery store for placing hat orders. There is a really cute candy store! Plus, Starbucks!
Main Street Bakery
Those are my finds and tips on food. Again, we didn’t eat a lot there. But, in all my research nobody ever mentioned lemonade at Magic Kingdom! So, I hope I can spread the word! It’s healthy compared to the massive amounts of soda that they are selling! And a nice change from all the water we kept drinking! It was not a slush. Let’s be clear. It was lemonade. Old time lemonade.
Treat yourself and then let me know how much you loved it!