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Walt Disney World – Day 1 – 12/9/13 – Recap

Here is a trip log including some videos and pictures from Day 1. The full picture set, all videos, and my thoughts/observations will be posted once I return to Los Angeles. Let me know what you think of this format/concept.. any suggestions?

12/9/13, 26,665 steps, 10.1 miles

Started off this Walt Disney World trip with a red-eye from LAX to MCO. We arrived just after 5am EST. Grabbed a quick breakfast at the airport then hopped on a Magical Express bus to the Boardwalk.


Checked in and a room was available for us so we dropped our bags, unpacked a bit and were on our way to the Magic Kingdom by 8:30am.


We arrived at the park and headed for guest relations to update our passes and as we did the park opened.


Once we had our annual passes fixed and linked we ventured into the park and roamed down Main Street USA.


Made my way to Liberty Square and grabbed some Sorcerers cards. Then walked through Frontierland and out to Adventureland. Grabbed a Fastpass for the Jingle Cruise and then continued on through Adventureland and circled back through Frontierland.

Country Bears were just opening so stopped for the first show of the morning.


Then returned to Adventureland to use the Jingle Cruise Fastpass.


Once back on land strolled back toward the hub and took the walkway to go by the Castle to Fantasyland. Went through a couple windows of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom then walked out to check out lunch options. We ended up in Columbia Harbor House.


After lunch crossed through the hub and over to Tomorrowland. Grabbed a Fastpass for Buzz then went for a ride on the People Mover.


Then walked out toward the Mine Train work while waiting for my Fastpass return time.


Used my Fastpass then walked through the hub as the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Party was going on. Circled back to Storybook Circus and caught the Giggle Gang performing near the entrance.


Walked by Little Mermaid and out to Belles Village then back to the Circus to what Wowzer. After his performance walked back to the traditional Fantasyland area and finished my first round of Sorcerers. Decided to head for Main Street and then the Monorail.


Took the Express to the TTC and transferred to the Epcot line. Once at Epcot hopped on a bus to the Studios. Hiked out to Lights, Motors, Action and arrived a minute or two before the show started.

After the show met the rest of my group near Star Tours and we hung around the Streets of America waiting for the Osborne Lights to come on, while we waited took in the Mulch, Sweat, and Shears Concert.


Watched the lights come on and roamed around taking some pictures for 45 minutes or so.




Then headed for the front of the park and to catch a bus back to the TTC and monorail back to the Magic Kingdom.



Made my way up a busy Main Street and into Tomorrowland. Grabbed a quick bit at Rocket Tower then walked through the Incredibles Dance Party before returning to Main Street to find a spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade.




Ended up watching from Liberty Square.




After the parade found a spot for Celebrate the Magic!

As that show was wrapping up worked my way through the crowd as Wishes started. I hopped on a Monorail to the TTC then Epcot and made the hike out to World Showcase.


I came up a few hundred yards short as Illuminations started as I was passing by Journey Into Imagination. Continued around to the bridge near the International Gateway and watched the show from there.


After Illuminations took the stroll back to the Boardwalk to call it a night.

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