Day 190- Magic Kingdom

Today it is lightly rainy. It has rained all night, so the flowers are especially beautiful and everything looks refreshed. We decide to wait until this afternoon to go to Disney We grab our rain jackets and head for Magic Kingdom. It isn’t misting any more and the weather feels great. It was cool this morning, and now the sky is full of clouds; looks like it could rain again.

As we get to the Transportation and Ticket Center, we are surprised that we are parking so close. As we enter the parking area, it pretty empty, which normally means that it is not going to be very crowded at Magic Kingdom. We park, walk to the Monorail, and board. When get to Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of open tables to get our bags checked, so we each pick a table. Then, we scan our MagicBands and enter into Magic Kingdom.

Pluto is meeting guests near the Main Street Confectionary. He is usually out by the flagpole, but he’s under the covering today since it was rainy. Everyone is so happy to get to meet him!

Going down Main Street USA, the kids check for pins to trade. Twinkie finds one right away and trades for a fun pin. Today is going to be a good day for pin trading.

As we make our way down Main Street, the family behind me is talking about how something must be getting ready to happen, since there are so many people lining up on the sidewalks. They’re right! The Festival of Fantasy parade will begin in just a little while, as long as the rain stays away. If it rains again, they will have the Rainy Day Motorcade instead.

The sky is beginning to clear just a little bit. It will warm up quickly! It is fun to hear people talk about how hot it is right now, in the mid 70s, especially with so many families coming from snowy areas! It’s a nice day today, and it is only going to be near 81 as the high.

We got our hot drinks at the Main Street Bakery, then sat and drank our drinks at the parade was going by. The parade is beautiful! We talked to the family near us, the little girl was so cute. After our drinks, Tooti and I grabbed a gluten free beef and bleu salad at Tomorrowland Terrace, and Twinkie went to Casey’s Corner and got a gluten free, corn free hot dog with apple slices.

The wildlife was busy today. A pigeon sat near us, ducks flew overhead, and the dad behind us pointed out a baby duckling swimming near the Loch Ness Monster shrubs; the duckling was so tiny and looked so alone. I guess he was catching up to his family. It’s so fun to see the little ducklings swim together.

We made our way back to Main Street USA, walked across the street, and as we were going past the doors of Main Street Clothiers, we saw the new spring line of Minnie Mouse clothing. Everything is so very cute! We had to check these new styles out.

As we got near to the front gates, Twinkie was asked to do a survey, so she followed to cast member into the Chamber of Commerce building, where she filled out the computer survey. Toot and I waited, and I saw that the Easter Bunnies are here to take pictures with. Oh, I will have to do that before Easter arrives!

We sat and we talked to a lady who was waiting on her husband to finish a survey. She was very nice. Soon, her husband and young son joined her. Twinkie joined us just shortly after that, and we were off to the Monorail.

It has been fun, and now it is time to head home! See you soon, Magic Kingdom!

Day 22- Winter Summerland Mini Golf & Magic Kingdom

This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a bit cooler, only getting up to 84 degrees today, and perfect with the clouds. Our plan is to go Miniature Golfing at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. I am thinking that I am OK with not going directly to the parks. So, off we went to enjoy the cooler weather… well, cooler for Florida.

We arrived at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, and it is so very cute! As we were going in, we were greeted by a really nice family coming out of the course, so I greeted them back and I asked, “Who won?”  The dad said, “I think he did!” as he pointed at his son. The little guy was smiling the biggest smile and said, “Oh! Yes, I did!” I congratulated him and we all were off. We saw Santa’s sleigh pulling an Airstream trailer as we rounded the corner. As we walked toward the Airstream, we offered to take a picture of the family that was climbing into the sleigh! I asked who won; the mom said they really didn’t keep score, and the dad said that he was sure the little girl won! “Congratulations! High five!”

We got checked in for the summer course and picked our color of golf balls! Purple for me, Pink for Tooti, and blue for Twinkie! We started the course and it is the most fun I have had in years on the mini-golf course! We laughed at how funny each of us are hitting the ball and trying to play on such a clever course. Each new hole has a hint of how to do your best if you get the clue. I would highly suggest getting to play this course; it was a hoot!

Then, we exited reading the signs and got into the car to head for Magic Kingdom.

There was a nice couple on the Ferry Boat; the wife wanted to talk and I found that they were visiting from Houston, so the weather was fine for them. Before moving to Houston, they came from Pakistan. As we were exiting the ferry, I hollered back at them, “Have a wonderful day!” and got the nicest, unexpected, happiest words of thanks for chatting! It was very nice to hear those kind voices.

The park was more relaxed today and Main Street seemed more elegant. There was something about today – the shops looked crisp with the cloud cover and the windows looked softer with the lace curtains. Even the lettering on the storefronts gleamed with gold lettering. We did some pin trading and then split up to get a bite for lunch. Tooti and Twinkie off to order our gluten free hot dogs at Casey’s Corner, and I went to get some iced tea at Starbucks in the Main Street Bakery. We sat outside Casey’s Corner at the tables with umbrellas. We could hear the Dream Along with Mickey music in the background; it is a very relaxing spot to eat.

As we were pin trading back toward the front gates, there were a couple of games going on: the beanbag toss, and the word scramble game.  We stopped and played the word scramble game and chose to hang around until a good crowd gathered. A preteen little dude actually went up and unscrambled a word. I turned to his mom and said, “That takes a lot for a preteen guy to do this!” She said, “I know!” She was so proud of him! When he finished unscrambling the word, Timon, we gave him a standing ovation! He was so cute!

Now off to the Monorail and head home! It was a refreshing day!