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On the 12th, we divided the group in half. I went with Seigen and Mickey to Magic Kingdom while the others went to Universal Studios. We left around 8 am so we could get there by 8:30. Friend Kelcie said that the best approach to Magic Kingdom is an early arrival and working backwards, so that’s what we did.

We had to park and then take a bus to the entrance since it’s over a river.

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Seigen and Mickey on the bus to the park

I cried when they opened the gates. I don’t know why. I was just overcome with emotions.

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Main Street USA

The castle is more lovely than I remembered. When I was young, I ate dinner in it.

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The castle

As I said, we went through the park backwards. The first ride we rode was the Jungle Cruise. It was a great warmup ride. We rode nearly everything that wasn’t designed for children. Haunted Mansion was slightly disappointing, but still fun.

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Haunted Mansion cemetery

The tea cups were great fun. I didn’t do anything except try to hold on. We went the fastest out of everyone there. I broke my sunglasses holding on to them!

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Tea Cups

At one point during the day, we saw a band. This was probably as we were heading to the shop. Since I broke my glasses, I needed a new pair and I also wanted a hat.

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A band!

Since I spent so much money, I got a discounted starter pin set. I was too afraid to trade with anyone. For some reason I thought the cast members would be too attached to their pins even though they trade them all day err’day.

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All Disney’d up!

We stopped in Tomorrowland for lunch. I’m glad we did, because while we were there, it started pouring rain and we couldn’t do anything for a bit.

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Lunch time!

While it rained, we decided to ride the Carousel of Progress. It’s 50 years old. Walt Disney introduced it at a Worlds Fair in the 60s. I imagine it is one of the lesser known rides. It’s about progress. It starts with a family in an old cabin with no electricity. At the end of the 20 minutes, they have holographic goggles and voice activated stoves. It was a lovely ride.

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I loved this.

We hit Fantasyland last, having skipped most of it the first way though.

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Alice

Fantasyland was my favorite to look at, but we didn’t ride any rides there other than the teacups.

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I loved the Tangled motif.

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Tangled

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Tangled

We did run into a parade at one point that blocked traffic for a bit.

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Peter and Wendy

We rode Space Mountain when the line was only an hour long. It had been longer earlier that day. It was by far my favorite ride at Disney. We got to play space games on TVs in the line so that passed some time.

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It was such a good picture I had to buy it

After finishing the rides, we were done. Unfortunately we finished way before the fireworks, so we missed them. There was no way we were hanging around for five more hours!

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The castle

We took a ride around the park on the train before heading out.

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Walt Disney Railroad

But wait! A parade was going on in Main Street, so we couldn’t leave until it finished. We got front row seats though.

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Another parade

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Roy

We regrouped with the others back at the hotel and had dinner together.

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Group dinner at the hotel

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