Walt Disney World Day 1 (4/29/14) Summary & Trip Log

Since I will not have time to post full updates while at WDW (I do need to sleep occasionally) I will instead try to post a quick summary featuring cell phone/point and shoot pictures from the day and a trip log plus if time allows some thoughts/observations. Today will just be the log and pictures.

Started off the morning arriving at the Orlando airport around 5:30am. Stopped for a quick breakfast in the food court then headed for the Magical Express area. Boarded a waiting bus and we were on our way to Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

An empty Magical Express area.  The main checkin counter was not in use.  Just one of the kiosks.  We were the only guests in the area.
An empty Magical Express area. The main checkin counter was not in use. Just one of the kiosks. We were the only guests in the area.

Walked up and checked in and as luck would have it our room was ready.

Zebra on the savanna seen from Kidani Village as I was walking to my room.
Zebra on the savanna seen from Kidani Village as I was walking to my room.

So took the carry-ons to the room, took some pictures, changed, and then headed for the bus stop.

At the Kidani bus stop there is a LCD screen with estimated times of arrivals.  It seemed fairly accurate for all but mine which kept getting pushed later.
At the Kidani bus stop there is a LCD screen with estimated times of arrivals. It seemed fairly accurate for all but mine which kept getting pushed later.

Had to wait a good 20 minutes for the Magic Kingdom bus then for a scooter, then we were almost full but still stopped at Jambo House and they tried to squeeze more people on. So in the end I finally made it to the Magic Kingdom just as the opening show was beginning.

The Magic Kingdom opening celebration
The Magic Kingdom opening celebration

Watched from outside the turnstiles since it was backed up inside and then made my way up Main Street to the hub.

Main Street USA as the opening crowd makes its way into the park
Main Street USA as the opening crowd makes its way into the park
Wow.. at 9:08am the wait for the Frozen sisters was posted at 210 minutes
Wow.. at 9:08am the wait for the Frozen sisters was posted at 210 minutes

Wandered out to Fantasyland and circled the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train looks ready to go.  All the walls are down.  CMs out front said it would open sometime "next month".
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train looks ready to go. All the walls are down. CMs out front said it would open sometime “next month”.
A lift hill on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A lift hill on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A stage set up opposite Storybook Circus for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, assuming for the media event later this week.
A stage set up opposite Storybook Circus for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, assuming for the media event later this week.
Belle's Village was peaceful as I walked by.
Belle’s Village was peaceful as I walked by.
Looked to be a tour/inspection/punch list meeting going on with a large group of CMs, Imagineers and workers walking the track of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Looked to be a tour/inspection/punch list meeting going on with a large group of CMs, Imagineers and workers walking the track of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Then walked by the Mad Tea Party and back to the Hub.

Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle with roses in the foreground
Cinderella Castle with roses in the foreground
No line board pictures this trip.
No line board pictures this trip.

Took a look at the construction here and recent changes to the rose garden, old swan boat dock (which is gone) and Casey Corner.

Made my way back to Town Square and watched the springtime Trolley Show and the rest of my group joined me at this point (they decided to sleep vs head to the park first thing).

Be Our Guest, the main ballroom dining room ceiling.
Be Our Guest, the main ballroom dining room ceiling.

We walked down Main Street and into Tomorrowland and hopped onto the People Mover. After our spin wandered around the New Fantasyland since some had not seen it yet and made our way to an 11:15am Be Our Guest Fastpass+

Be Our Guest - the Master's Cupcake
Be Our Guest – the Master’s Cupcake

After lunch we split up again. Some went fishing out of the Contemporary. Some to Downtown Disney and shopping. I hung around the Magic Kingdom. Grabbed a bite to eat at Cosmic Rays then walked by the Street Party on my way to Liberty Square.

The Tangled Tower in Fantasyland
The Tangled Tower in Fantasyland

Circled around to Fantasyland and then doubled back and picked up some Sorcerer cards before walked through Frontierland and Adventureland and playing a while.

The Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney World Railroad

Hopped on the train to Storybook Circus then walked to Tomorrowland. Paid a visit to the Carousel of Progress then walked back through the hub.

Decided to find a spot in Frontierland for the Festival of Fantasy parade.

Festival of Fantasy Parade - Beauty and the Beast
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Beauty and the Beast
Festival of Fantasy Parade - the Little Mermaid
Festival of Fantasy Parade – the Little Mermaid
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Peter Pan
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Peter Pan
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Brave
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Brave
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent)
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent)
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Finale
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Finale
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Mickey & Minnie to close the parade
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Mickey & Minnie to close the parade

After the parade walked quickly to Main Street and watched it a second time from the Main Street Train Station.

Festival of Fantasy - Round 2 from Main Street - Beauty and the Beast
Festival of Fantasy – Round 2 from Main Street – Beauty and the Beast
Festival of Fantasy - Round 2 from Main Street - Frozen (Anna, Elsa, and Olaf)
Festival of Fantasy – Round 2 from Main Street – Frozen (Anna, Elsa, and Olaf)
Festival of Fantasy - Round 2 from Main Street
Festival of Fantasy – Round 2 from Main Street
Festival of Fantasy - Round 2 from Main Street - Maleficent
Festival of Fantasy – Round 2 from Main Street – Maleficent
Festival of Fantasy - Round 2 from Main Street - Mickey and Minnie
Festival of Fantasy – Round 2 from Main Street – Mickey and Minnie

Hung out there waiting for the fishing group and post some parade pictures to the blog. We then decided to take the ferry to the TTC and a monorail to Epcot. Arrived and saw no line for Spaceship Earth so went for a trip while waiting for the rest to arrive. As we exited the rain started. Ducked into the Electric Umbrella to get out of the rain and ended up eating there. Then hung out and watched the rain before spending some time in Mouse Gear.

The evening was cut short due to the rain and my rain gear still being in my suitcase which had been delivered to the room while I was in the parks.
The evening was cut short due to the rain and my rain gear still being in my suitcase which had been delivered to the room while I was in the parks.

When the storm let up it was after 6 so we decided to call it a day and head for the bus and back to Kidani to unpack and prepare for tomorrow. I have an early wake up call.

One thought on “Walt Disney World Day 1 (4/29/14) Summary & Trip Log

  • May 27, 2014 at 9:07 am
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    Really enjoyed your quick trip report! Please keep doing this format too. I think it worked great.

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