I had already told Jonathan I wanted to take Ryan on the newly remodeled Dumbo ride first so once in the park we made a beeline to the ride. We were practically the only ones back in that area. Ryan and I really enjoyed our quiet ride; he just didn’t want to go high. I wish we had taken some time to walk thru the circus tent area but in my excitement to ride rides I declined to go in.
After Dumbo we took a quick potty brake and then rode Goofy’s Barnstormer. Ryan did not like this ride. He hid his head in my lap and asked to get off almost as soon as it started. He didn’t scream or cry, thankfully but he made sure we understood he wanted off. This ride is very quick so he didn’t suffer long. And thankfully, this did not scare him off any other rides (but definitely told us to wait a few more years before trying Big Thunder Mountain).
When we got off, Ryan asked to go on the Pooh ride (we had passed it on our way to Dumbo). Again, we practically walked on to this ride as well. We all enjoyed a nice ride thru the Pooh story, Ryan didn’t like the Huffalump, he told him to go away. Since the teacups were right there, Ryan and I rode those. I enjoy the teacup ride and was so glad Ryan did too! To Jonathan’s delight Alice and the White Rabbit were standing next to the ride for pictures. Let me give just a line or two background, back in January when we came Ryan loved the characters! He would run up to them and give them great big hugs and kisses! Well, this time he was so much shyer! He usually wanted to be held when he met them and would like to lay his head on your shoulder too. When we met Alice and the White Rabbit it thru me by surprise, Alice tried to play with him and tickle him (the characters are so great with all types of kids!!!) so he did warm up a little to give her a high five.
After our character interaction we walked down to the Indy Speedway. This was probably the longest wait we had the entire day, around 15 minutes, since they only had one side open. Ryan loves to drive the cars though so we waited. Jonathan went with Ryan on this and I sat on the sidelines to get pictures. Jonathan said Ryan cackled the whole time saying he was driving “so silly!”.
Once they were done we walked over to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. It was just now a few minutes after 9, park opening for regular guests, so we were able to get on this ride pretty quickly as well. We all love this ride; it’s one of our favorites!! I held Ryan in my lap and we competed against Jonathan to see who could win. Like normal, I stomped Jonathan (even with Ryan in my lap ). I got a personal high score, over 950,000, almost perfect but just a few points shy as Jonathan made sure to point out (I usually beat him on this game but he has gotten a 999,999 and I have not).
I was pretty hungry when we got off Buzz so we walked down to Main Street Bakery. There was quite a long line for the bakery but we love it so we waited. I ordered a cinnamon roll and Jonathan got a cherry danish and of course we shared with Ryan. Both were super yummy as always! Ryan really wanted to go ride Peter Pan so we made our way back over to Fantasyland. The line wasn’t long so we didn’t bother with Fast Pass, we just waited about 5 minutes or so and we were on our way to Neverland. We all enjoyed our ride. We rode another favorite, It’s A Small World next. Ryan sang the song for most of the day (and occasionally will sing it now). We do not find this ride irritating like other people, we really like it and it’s a classic! Prince Charming Carrousel was up next and Jonathan sat out again (if it goes in circles, he won’t ride it). That’s ok because Ryan and I both enjoyed it enough for all. When Ryan and I got off the carrousel Jonathan was over trying to get the sword in the stone up, he loves trying this and what do you know, he was successful! I think this was a happy moment for him, lol. Ryan tried right after and he got it up too!
We decided we wanted to try to ride Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean before lunch. We made our way over to Adventureland and grabbed Fast Passes for Jungle Cruise as there was a 25 minute wait for it. We walked down further to check on Pirates and we were in luck, the wait was only 5 minutes. Ryan wasn’t so sure about this ride and hid his head in my lap again for part of the ride. Once we got to the pirate ships shooting the cannon balls he started looking around a little more. And now he will sing “yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me”, it’s too funny! We still had time before our fast pass was available so we walked further down to see how the line was at Haunted Mansion, not bad so we hoped on in line and only waited a few minutes. This is Jonathan’s favorite ride at all of Disney World. I kind of feel bad he only got to ride it once while we were there. But it was an enjoyable ride. I was finally able to see the grim reaper Mickey! And Ryan wasn’t too scared. Again, he just hid a little bit and would look around. He did find the ghosts at the end that hitch hike in your buggy very funny. The one we had played the drums on our heads and Ryan still talks about the “ghost that went bum bum bum on our heads” then laughs.
Our fast pass window had now opened so we rode Jungle Cruise. We usually enjoy this one more but our guide wasn’t the greatest this time. Oh well. It was noon by now and I was very hungry! However, Ryan was begging to go see Monsters Inc before we ate lunch. This mommy couldn’t turn him down. We had to wait about 10 minutes or so for the other show to let out and then we were seated. We actually made it on screen during the beginning; we got a kick out of that. Ryan enjoyed seeing the monsters despite not really getting most of the jokes. We got lunch at Cosmic Rays, Jonathan’s favorite counter service at MK because of the fixings bar for your burger. By the time we were seated with our food it was 1 and I was starving! We all ate pretty well and then decided it was time to head back to the room to get a nap in. We got pretty lucky and got a bus quickly. I thought Ryan would put up a huge fight about napping but it didn’t take him long and he was out.
Family picture in front of the castle we had taken before leaving for a break.
We rested for about an hour and a half and then headed back out to MK. This is when the day kind of turned a little sour. Jonathan started feeling crummy but didn’t want to ruin our day so he tried to tough it out. We grabbed fast passes for Buzz and then went to Mickey’s Philarmagic. We all enjoyed the show. And then we walked back over to Buzz to ride it again. I beat Jonathan again even though he held Ryan this time. We had dinner reservations at 5:45 at Liberty Tree Tavern (or so I thought) so we made our way there. During check in I found out our reservation was at 5:25, not 5:45, oops! Thankfully they were still able to accommodate us. We always enjoy the food here and it was no different tonight. Ryan loves their mac-n-cheese and Jonathan loves the Thanksgiving feast. However, Jonathan was feeling worse and didn’t eat much, hated that he couldn’t enjoy one of his favorite meals.
Ryan had asked to ride Peter Pan again so we made our way over to Fantasyland; however, the line for Peter Pan was 45 minutes and we didn’t want to wait. We rode It’s A Small World again and that seemed to please him (I still feel bad he didn’t get to ride Peter Pan again though). Jonathan wanted to sit down so we went on the People Mover next. After this he was still feeling crummy and we were trying to decide what to do, thought about going on the train; however, we decided to just grab a spot for Spectro Magic parade instead to take a break. We did get our spot about an hour before the parade and had a great view. I had bought Ryan some glow in the dark bracelets that we took to play with and pass out. He thought this was so great and loved sharing them with the other kids around. Thankfully this helped pass the time quickly. We enjoyed the parade but the last time we saw it, back in (gasp) 2008, it was better.
After the parade the crowd was huge and we didn’t really have much of a choice but to find a spot for the fireworks. We didn’t have the best spot and that stunk but we still got to see the fireworks and they were great, they are always my favorite thing at Disney. Once the fireworks were over we trudged our way with the mobs of people thru Main Street and to the bus area. I think we had to wait for a bus or two to fill before we made it on but that’s to be expected and the wait wasn’t all that long. When we got back to our room it was bath and then straight to bed for Ryan. We had a great day at Magic Kingdom full of magical memories!!