Thursday, September 30, 2010
Magic in Magic Kingdom
After seeing this show that we knew nothing about prior to going to the Magic Kingdom, we decided to head toward Toontown. Here I was able to see Alice again, and lucky enough to get the White Rabbit's autograph. While in Toontown, we decided to ride the Walt Disney Railroad. Here I had to transfer from my ECV to a wheelchair. Since the ECV had to stay in Toontown, we rode the whole circle on the railroad. It was a very enjoyable ride, and gave us a chance to get a "bird's-eye" view of the Magic Kingdom.
Upon leaving the train, we just started walking and found ourselves in front of Mickey's PhilharMagic. I love this show, and was so glad to see that we could walk right in -- no waiting line. PhilharMagic is a 3D movie that takes you through some of Disney's movies as Donald Duck chases the Mickey's Sorcerer's hat. When we left this attraction, the wait had grown to 50 minutes. As each attraction and ride exits you into a gift shop, we did a little shopping.
We walked on to Liberty Square so that we could ride the paddlewheel steamship. I grew up along the Ohio River, and often saw the Delta Queen passing by. I had always dreamed of cruising on the Queen, but since it was out of our price range, the Liberty Belle was a suitable substitute. The 17 minute tour is narrated by "Mark Twain" and at times the captain requests a depth measurement. It was a cool ride on a hot day, but on the bottom deck there weren't many places to sit. Along the river, were Indian villages, hints of river pirates, and woodland animals. While we were in Liberty Square, we decided to visit the Hall of Presidents. The attraction begins with a film that highlights our country's origins and struggles. Lincoln recites the Gettysburg Address. Then the curtain rises on the Presidents, all 43 of them. They are audio-animatronic figures that are very realistic. George Washington and President Obama deliver speeches.
As we were exiting the Hall of Presidents, Cast Members were roping off the area for a parade. This parade was honoring the volunteers who had participated in the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day promotion. I wasn't invited to join the parade, but I did participate in this promotion by making two quilts for Project Linus. I was able to turn my certificate in for a special ear hat complete with trading pins. Since I am a pin collector, I was pleased to add this special reward to my collection.
By the time the parade was over, we were baking and decided to do the Country Bear Jamboree. It's not one of my favorite attractions, but there was no wait and it was air conditioned. Rod and I had dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern, and to be honest, we enjoyed our lunch there last year much more than this year's dinner.