Trip Report: Wrapping up at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the place I love to start and end our travel. This trip was filled with many adventures in the park but it’s really never enough. We spent the final evening of the trip and a few hours on our travel day doing some of our favorite things.

We had a fun and tasty dinner at ‘Ohana with a friend and while eating dinner booked a FastPass+ for all five of us to ride on Splash Mountain. We had planned to do the ride and then a little bit of shopping. Diva was clinging to my friend, her Disney BFF. There was no question she was going on one of her new favorite rides with her. Peanut had asked if he could ride with both of us. The seating is a bit tight but we all fit.

I wanted to go to the Emporium, but the kids begged to go to Tomorrowland. There was merchandise in the Space Mountain gift shop and the Slinky Dog toy that Diva had been dreaming of all week was across the way in another shop. The kids were each happy with new goodies and I found some items to bring home for my nieces.

The time had been ticking while we were shopping. I knew we weren’t going to make it to the Emporium with Happily Ever After minutes away from starting. We had watched the show from so many angles during this trip, but not yet in Tomorrowland. The PeopleMover provided our the backdrop this time.

Our exit was slow to avoid some of the crowds. We even made at stop at the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. I can’t believe we waited until the end of the trip to go here. I ordered the Brownie Sundae:


warm Brownie served with Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, Cherry and your choice of two hand-scoops of Ice Cream

official description from WaltDisneyWorld.com

I opted out of the whipped cream and cherry and had a bowl filled of chocolate goodness! Cast Member Chris caught me taking a picture and jumped right in! I also grabbed a scoop of ice cream for each of the kids. We absolutely could have shared the sundae. It was enormous and so delicious! It’s also a fantastic use of a snack credit with the current price point at $7.49.

We did finally make it to the Emporium but with crowds on their way out it was pretty full and not great for browsing so we headed to the ferry boat to make our way back to the Polynesian where our friend was parked.

By the time we made it back to our resort the kids were fast asleep. The room was pretty much set for our departure tomorrow so Grumpy and I went to sleep not long after returning to the room.

The last day started with the arrival of “eviction notice” AKA our Magical Express transportation information. It was another day not showing up at rope drop. Instead we had breakfast in our room, the kids and I took a walk to the front desk to ask for a late check out and just observe the property, then a bus ride back to our room (which resulted in the loss of Diva’s newly purchased Slinky Dog), and finally dropping our bags at the Resort Airline Check-in stand.

In the interest of time we called for a Lyft ride to get to Magic Kingdom. We forgot to the tip to get dropped off at the Contemporary Resort and ended up taking the Monorail from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the park. Peanut loved this view of Space Mountain!

Main Street was bustling when we arrived. The Move It, Shake It, Dance Parade was in the hub. Diva locked eyes on Judy Hopps and ready to have fun. Peanut again choose to watch the party from the sidelines.

As we walked behind the Castle we found Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. We’ve even seen her out in the park so we had to stop. She was tucked behind the Castle in a complete wind tunnel. While everyone was around was complaining it was cold (around 60 and very breezy) the Fairy Godmother was clothed in a very heavy velvet cloak and she commented how the weather was just perfect for a Fairy Godmother. I can only imagine how warm that gets in the normal Florida heat.

We used a FastPass+ to ride Mine Train one more time. Then it was off to our favorite area, Storybook Circus. We, of course needed, another ride on the Barnstormer and the kids wanted to play in Dumbo’s play area again. It’s usually recommended as a good place to cool off but this time it was a place to hide from the winds.

Peanut took a quick picture at Star Command, but the line was a bit a long and there were no FastPasses to be found until after we had to be out of the park to catch our ride to the airport.

Our walk down Main Street was bittersweet since I knew we were heading home. I decided I needed a second helping of the prior night’s Brownie Sundae. This time we all shared it. I’m still dreaming about it– we’ve even made some at home to make it feel a bit like the Disney treat.

Diva had asked to hold the balloons like she saw other kids (and adults) doing. The wind was a bit much to get a good one where she looks like she’s the only holding them, but she was happy.

I couldn’t leave without heading to the Confectionery too! Each of the kids picked out a Mickey cookie, but they couldn’t wait long to snack on it.

And our park time ended. I cried, as I normally do when I leave Magic Kingdom for the last time. The worst part about leaving this time is we didn’t have a return date and I didn’t have the annual passes I had planned on getting during this trip. It wasn’t until we were riding the Magical Express to the airport that Grumpy realized for once in my life I had done the math correctly and the passes would be a spectacular deal for us.

Thumbs down to going home!


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6 comments

  1. Fantastic post as always! I’m with you and love to try and start and end our trips at Magic Kingdom! All the snacks looked amazing! And seeing HEA from the Peoplemover is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I’ve noticed I stop crying when we leave now when I have another trip already booked. Problem solved, lol! I’m definitely making a stop at the Ice cream parlor in your honor on our next trip.

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