Thursday, we went to Disney’s Adventure Park and were one of the groups randomly chosen to receive a card with Fast Passes for each of the major attractions. The beauty of these is that there is no time limit attached to these Fast Passes. That was luck. However, it turned out we used only one of the passes: the park was not crowded and we’d already gone twice on Expedition Everest, the main attraction for the kids and even they were done. The card ended up being a nice souvenir.
Mr. Bookworm and I wryly bemoaned the fact that we weren’t going to be so lucky Friday, when we went to the Magic Kingdom. We were right — we didn’t get that pass, but we got even more luck. The Magic Kingdom was set to close early on Friday (at 7) so that Disney could host a special “Pirates and Princesses” evening with special parades, fireworks and prizes. Even better, all the rides would be open and the park would be almost empty. Again, we got luck. When we inquired about the event and learned it would cost us another $150.00, we pretty much decided not to do it. Imagine our surprise, then, when the clerk gave us free tickets to the event.
It turned out to be a perfect Magic Kingdom day: again, very low park attendance generally; good Fast Pass management got us onto all our favorite rides; the weather wasn’t too hot; after 7 there were no lines at all; and the fireworks show was, without doubt, the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.
Even with all that luck, we didn’t see everything in the Magic Kingdom, so we’re heading back today, for a late, leisurely day. The late part is good because we exhausted ourselves yesterday and because we want to shift the kids back to California time.
So far, this has been a very good Disney vacation.