I’m still on a high from our Magic Kingdom day on Saturday! I’ve been on Disney’s website at least once a day, and have approximately 3 more visits planned at this point. I figure I’d share with ya’ll, some mini reviews of what we did there!
For more tips on How to Survive Disney as an Adult (and without Kids in Tow!) and to see more photos, check out my guest post on Life in German on Friday!
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. 2.5/5 stars.
This restaurant is a fast food-style hub, with 3 different bays. Bays 2 and 3 serve the same food, while 1 has different options. It definitely has a “Jetsons” vibe going on in there, and it works similar to the rest of Disney in that you don’t really choose where you sit; they have workers directing you to the next open table.
Husband and I both ordered their 1/3 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger with fries and split a drink. The total came to about $27, and we forgot to slide our annual passes for a potential discount. Service was quick, even though it was pretty crowded in there. This wasn’t our first choice to eat at, but we soon discovered that reservations are a must in some of the sit-down restaurants and we were STARVING. The burgers were edible, though the bacon-to-burger ratio was a little “off.” They were also well-done- I assume that’s more of a safety thing as far as Disney is concerned. The best part is that we add whatever toppings we’d like at a buffet bar after getting our food. This is great for people (like Scott) who get plain burgers, as there is no risk in something being added that you didn’t want. I like bunches of stuff on mine, and while I have no problem doing it myself, there wasn’t really enough room in the carton to take the top of the bun off and add the toppings. There was plenty of room on the tray itself, but I’m weird about my food touching that tray! Scott really liked his fries while I thought they were just okay- mine were pretty cooled off by the time I got to eating them.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 4.5/5 stars.
I totally would have given this a 5 star rating if we would have thought enough in advance to get Fast Passes. But we didn’t, and we had approximately a 35 minute wait, which was not at all terrible. The line was constantly moving and there were little activities to do inside (like setting of “dynamite”) to make the time pass. Even though though the line was inside, there were plenty of fans and air conditioning going to keep the masses comfortable. I’m not a big roller coaster person, and really dislike rides that go upside down. I love that this one has small drops, and is dark in places, but is by no means a “thriller.” I will definitely enjoy this one the second time around, now that I know what to expect. Plus, there will be no need for a boy to record the experience!
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. 1/5 stars.
If there is a gun to be found in the Magic Kingdom, my husband will find it! $1 will buy you 35 rounds in this laser-style shooting gallery. There are no real lines for this attraction, and it’s a good little pit stop to get out of the heat. I had fun reading the headstones, however it is definitely meant for younger kids. I felt like I was transported back to grade school watching kids (assumably in the same family) fighting over whose turn it was, and parents feeding more quarters into the machine so their kid could keep playing rather than giving others a turn. Scott had a kid of about 8 cut in front of him in line for quarters- we soon discovered when the boy was talking to his mom at his spot, that she had WATCHED him do it! Scott’s only real complaint- his gun was shooting “high and right” and they should totally zero them in!
Jungle Cruise. 1.5/5 stars.
This has apparently been an attraction since Walt Disney World opened, and was originally at Disneyland. In fact, per Disney Online, the only theme park that doesn’t have it is Disneyland Paris. The wait for this ride was about 45 minutes, and it was HOT. While the waiting area was shaded, it make no sense to me why the areas at either end of the line were the spots with air conditioning and higher powered fans, yet the MIDDLE (where there are more people, and you spend most of your wait) had NO A/C and slower fans! The corny jokes of the ship captain person were just terrible for a grown up to have to listen to, and the mechanical creatures were obviously very mechanical. My two favorite parts were the pair of monkeys in a cave, one looked to be latched onto the other’s back (which reminded me of when I used to ride on the back of Scott’s motorcycle with him!) and the little baby mechanical elephant that sat on its haunches playing in the water. That totally reminded me of a spoiled little princess pants that did not get her swim time that day!
Swiss Family Treehouse. 2.5/5 stars.
What caught my eye about this one was the “0 minute” wait time. I was intrigued. Turns out, it’s a giant man-made tree(house). It was set up and furnished to include a study, a bedroom, and an outdoor kitchen area. It had a pretty neat view of Space Mountain. There is a fair amount of stair climbing (according to Disney, 116 steps) on this, so if you have kids, be prepared to carry them or bring them early in the day! In all, it was a quick 15 minute walk through, and it definitely didn’t feel “6 stories high” as the info on Disney.com states!
Main Street Bakery. 4.5/5 stars.