Disney after Dark!

After a busy first day at Epcot, Dan and I took the complimentary shuttle boat ride from Fort Wilderness to the Magic Kingdom for the evening.  Karen and Al, along with his cousin Bill, would be taking a later boat over and joining us for the parade and fireworks.  This would be our first visit to the Magic Kingdom.  And needless to say, we were immediately lost without our tour guides!

boat ride from campground

boat ride from campground

Upon arriving on the grounds, we had no idea what to see or do, and actually had to get a map!  We promptly texted our ‘tour guides’ to see when they would be arriving, and they were on the next boat over…whew!  Even though it was only 6:30, people were already lined up for the 8:00pm Main Street Electrical parade, making it difficult to wander through the crowds to see anything.

We quickly became overwhelmed as we had no idea what to see or do, so we found refuge in a gift store and waited for the rest of our party.  When you live in an RV, it’s easy to avoid buying souvenirs, as we have very limited space.  But it’s always fun to look, and Disney seems to excel in merchandising.  You will see I am wearing neon mouse ears in the photo below.  These were a gift from a former co-worker, Katie, from her honeymoon in Disney!  She was happy to know they made “the cut” when it came to deciding what to pack in the RV!  Thanks again Katie!

Disney after Dark

Disney after Dark

Karen, Al and Bill quickly found us in the gift shop, and then we headed out into the park and they gave us a quick explanation of the six different themed areas of the park.  Since we would be returning to the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, this gave us a brief overview of the areas we needed to see during the day.

Cinderella's Castle

Cinderella’s Castle

We wandered around the Main Street, USA area for a while, taking in all the sights and sounds before heading over for coffee and dole whips (a fresh pineapple dessert).  Then we headed to Adventureland to stake out our parade route.  There was nobody there before parade.  We thanked our excellent tour guides for again leading us in the right direction…away from the crowds.  No sense standing 10 deep in line at the Main Street area, when we can have our own personal space in another area.  Once it was close to the 8 pm start time, the area quickly filled up, but we had our front row spots.

The Main Street Electrical Parade is a 20 minute parade of floats and characters covered in LED lights, with music playing across the parks loudspeakers.   I love parades, and this was very enjoyable, and a must see item at the park.  Tinkerbell leads off the parade.

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

beautiful floats

beautiful floats

let the Magic begin

let the Magic begin

Alice in Wonderland…not sure why she is on a mushroom.  Someday I will see that movie!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

magic mushrooms?

magic mushrooms?

ladybugs and butterfly

ladybugs and butterfly

 

Lot’s of Disney characters were in the parade, so it was fun for me to try to figure who they were.  Some were obvious.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

I thought this was Puff, but Karen told me this is Pete the Dragon!

Pete the Dragon

Pete the Dragon

Captain Hook & Peter Pan

Captain Hook & Peter Pan

Cinderella

Cinderella

Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother

Behind Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, was a float with Prince Charming, hanging out with her step-sisters, who were having a lot of fun.

Prince & step-sisters

Prince & step-sisters

They were followed by his majesty’s court, and the clock turning midnight.

midnight?!

midnight?!

Snow White was roaming around the crowd.

Snow White

Snow White

Followed by the dwarfs.

can you name them?

can you name them?

The last float in the parade was a patriotic tribute to the United States, complete with bursting “fireworks” and a bald Eagle.

final float

final float

a very long float

a very long float

After the parade, we headed over to the main street area to watch the fireworks, formally known as Wishes nighttime spectacular.  I was expecting a basic fireworks show, but this was an excellent light show displayed on Cinderella’s Castle, with an appearance by a flying Tinkerbell followed by fireworks.  No matter how tired you may be after a day at Disney, this is well worth staying for.  The castle is constantly changing colors during the show. It’s hard to take photos of fireworks, so these are the best I could get from the show.

Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star

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Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star

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It was a great way to end a long, busy day seeing two of the four parks.  And it was just day one!!  Stay tuned for more of our busy Disney week.

Quote for the day:  “There is something you must always remember.  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

 

8 thoughts on “Disney after Dark!

  1. Have you been able to research the FastPass? We used it on our last stay and loved it! It was not only our ticket to the front of the line, it also got us in the park, into our hotel room, and also was our charge card for our meals. WAY too easy!

    • Yes, we used the FastPass, and loved it. We have already booked some FP reservations for 2 future visits, since we purchased the Florida resident annual pass, and plan on seeing all the things we did not have time for.

  2. We could always tell what time it was by the sound of Disney fireworks. They could also be seen from Winter Garden. You guys are doing in a week what it took us a few years to do. You’re going to need a vacation after your vacation!

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