Our first day at the parks brought us to Magic Kingdom, the most magical day of the week! We woke up bright and early to make it to the parks by 9:30a. One of the perks of staying at a Disney property is being able to ride their shuttles to-and-from the parks to the hotel and not having to worry how to get around the Disney property. We made our way to our shuttle pick-up area and didn’t wait long for a but to come catch us — the day was already off to a great start!
We entered the park and made our way down Main Street with Cinderella’s Castle in view. Once I saw Cinderella’s Castle, it hit me: We’re really at Disney World! The last time I had visited Disney World was about 15 years ago and it was incredible to see how much the parks had changed. Since the park had just opened, not very many people were hovering by the Castle.. making it a perfect photo opportunity. As if the trip wasn’t already off to a magical start, Ray proposed to me right in front of Walt, Mickey, and Cinderella’s Castle!
The proposal had happened so fast and it was such a blur as I look back at it. I was in complete surprise! I had no indication that this was happening, it wasn’t even in the back of my mind. People ask if I had knew this was going to happen and I really didn’t! But as I look back, there were little things that stood out (now) and I didn’t even give it a second thought. I was just so excited for our trip to Disney World! Without time to really let engagement absorb, I called my parents, friends, and family as we made our way to the rides.
The neat thing about Disney World is that you can schedule 3 Fastpasses in advance. We reserved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Space Mountain as fastpasses and planned all the other rides and shows around those scheduled fastpasses. The second neat thing with Disney World is that a majority of the lines queues for the rides are interactive!
By noon we took a break at Gaston’s Tavern to snack on the sandwiches we had made back at the hotel and to try their signature drink: LeFou’s Brew, a blend of frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. It was really good!
We also had a late lunch/early dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern, a colonial-style inn serving traditional New England-inspired fare. The dinner was all-you-can-eat family style that included a Patriot’s Platter, piled high with roasted turkey breast, pot roast and sliced tavern ham, accompanied by traditional sides. For dessert was the Jonny Appleseed’s cake filled with apples and dried cranberries. Everything was really tasty and we all loved how we were able to customize the dinner according to what our party loved more of.
We stayed at the park for well over 12 hours and even were able to catch the Celebrate The Magic show, Wishes Nighttime Fireworks Show, and the Electrical Parade. Day one was complete! This day was probably the happiest day of my life thus far.. and I know it’s cliche to say, but it truly was!