We could hardly wait to return to The Magic Kingdom on Day 3 of our trip. We knew we wanted to pack as much into this day as possible, so we caught an early bus to get there before the park opening and the train's entrance. Knowing what to expect this time, the girls were even more excited!
We chose a different location to position ourselves to enter the park more quickly, but it was also brighter, so Addison borrowed my sunglasses to watch the opening show.
One of our remaining characters to meet was Daisy Duck. We asked a cast member where we could find her, and they told us that she is always in the back of the park in Pete's Silly Sideshow. There were two lines: one for Daisy and Minnie, and one for Donald and Goofy.
Of course the girls were thrilled to see Minnie again-- and this time she was in her Minnie's Bowtique ensemble. They complimented her make-up again and talked to her like they were old friends.
After we exhausted the circus area, we went back to Peter Pan's Flight, and as we rounded the corner we lucked out to find Peter Pan AND Wendy.
There was a girl--who was probably in her late teens--who had written Peter a love letter and essentially kicked Wendy out of the Meet and Greet, so she came over to the cast member who was right by us and we got some extra Wendy-time.
After this special meeting, we headed to Liberty Square and rode the Liberty Square Riverboat. We enjoyed a shaded leisurely tour around the beautiful park. It was a good slow-down escape for us.
We had an early dinner scheduled at the Crystal Palace, so after our boat ride, we ate an early lunch at Columbia Harbour House. We used quick service credits to get a fish basket, chicken basket, and allergy-free chicken and fry kid's basket that we shared among the four of us. We were strolling out of a gift shop, walking back to Main Street for the Move It, Shake It mini-parade when we randomly, AWESOMELY, ran into some of our friends, the Malone family. We had seen each other beforehand in Nashville, knew we were going to be in Disney World at the same time, commented back and forth on Instagram pictures, but we NEVER expected to see each other. We screamed, laughed, gushed, and shared "magic moments" and happy tears. So, so fun!
After our chance encounter and the short parade,
we headed over to Frontierland to meet Woody and Jessie from the Pixar Toy Story films. It was one of the longest character lines that we stood in, but we were closing in on completing our books, and we were tired, so it was a nice break.
We also were able to introduce Addison to what Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looked like. We weren't sure if she would be interested, but she seemed to at least like the idea of them. Waits for both rides were for an hour and a half, so we reserved Fast Passes for after dinner and headed over to catch another Castle Show (Dream Along with Mickey) at 2:15.
From there we ventured over to Tomorrowland, the only area of the park that we had yet to visit. We rode Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and Patrick was pretty proud of his score. ;) The girls loved it, but it took both of them about half way through to catch on. If we'd had time to do it again, I think they would have liked it even more!
After our dinner, we went back to Frontierland and used our first Fast Pass for Splash Mountain. Ansley was still snoozing, and she wasn't tall enough to ride anyway (she's 39+ inches with shoes, but we couldn't stretch her any more), so we took advantage of our Rider Swap option for the first time. It really was too good to be true. Addison and I walked right up, used our Fast Passes, and picked up a ticket for Patrick to present when he returned to use his Fast Pass. I honestly was nervous about how Addison would do on this ride. She seemed excited, but she also got quiet right before the ride began. This is a cute--and rather lengthy--ride that takes you through the story of Brer Rabbit in a boat with fun songs. There are a few dips along the way, but it is relatively tame... until you get to the final drop.
Addison and I clung to each other, and she LOVED it. She could not WAIT to tell her daddy about it and ride it AGAIN, and AGAIN. When we returned to Patrick and Ansley, that little girl was wide awake and raring to go, cheering us on! This is Addison and Patrick after they conquered it.
When we got off of our bus, we went to the resort gift shop to look around, went to the restaurant to cash in on some snacks, and somewhere during those few interval minutes, our girls hit their breaking points. Addison bumped her head, and her ricochet had a domino effect and she bumped Ansley. Tears were spilling from both of them, and a cast member appeared out of nowhere. She hugged the girls, told them that Mickey didn't want them to be sad, and handed them two twisty Mickey straws. Their tears immediately evaporated. Another "Magic Moment."
I mentioned what I gave them on the big reveal day--Stride Rite Princess Light Up Shoes, Sofia gowns, and autograph books. On our first MK day, we gave them their personalized Minnie shirts and Minnie water cups since we were dining with Mickey and Minnie. On our Epcot Day, we gave them Ariel socks and Princess Fall coloring books since we were dining with the princesses that night. On MK Day 2, we gave them their Pooh and Piglet shirts and their stuffed Poohs. On Hollywood Studios Day, we gave them their stuffed Doc McStuffins.
We had also earned an additional $60 after paying the balance of our trip, so their actual Disney World park souvenirs were the Minnie ears, and one other thing of their choice: Addison chose a stuffed Minnie, while Ansley (who is already Minnie Mouse overloaded thanks to her last Birthday party) chose a stuffed Daisy. Needless to say, their beds were full on this last night in our Royal Room.
***For the record, I strongly recommend purchasing gifts beforehand. Not only did it save us money, but it saved us a TON of time--time that we were able to spending riding, eating, meeting and greeting. Patrick and I have a tradition of buying a Christmas ornament, a coffee mug, and a deck of playing cards from each destination we travel, and we seriously just ran out of time to purchase these things. Don't worry, we ordered them as soon as we got back.
Our last day was spent in Hollywood Studios, and I hope to be back to write about that soon, but until then...
Here are my other Disney posts in case you have missed them:
Part 1 (Planning, budgeting, researching)
Part 2 (Revealing the surprise of their lives)
Part 3 (Our first day in the parks, Magic Kingdom)
Part 4 (Our second day in Epcot)