Magic Kingdom, quiet day …

Hurricane Dorian has driven many Disney visitors away, leaving the parks much quieter for us … after Animal Kingdom yesterday we headed to Magic Kingdom today. We had fast passes for Peter Pan (normally very hard to get) as well as Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear – but lines were really short; 4 minutes on to Pirates of the Caribbean, about the same for Splash Mountain and not much more for Thunder Mountain, walk-on for It’s A Small World and Little Mermaid; we also did Mickeys Philharmagic, Winnie The Pooh, TTA, and Jungle Jim Cruise – and got normally impossible to book dinner at Be Our Guest (at any time we wanted, basically!)

Here’s photos from our fun, long, tiring day …

 

Animal Kingdom Safari, twice

We headed to Disney Animal Kingdom this afternoon, with a fast pass for the safari ride; but when we got there (before our fast pass time) the wait time for the regular line reported 15 minutes – and it turned out that we walked right the way on to the vehicle with no wait at all! Chatting with staff, they said “everyone is at Star Wars” (and no doubt the threat of a hurricane has quieted the parks, too!)

After our safari, we still had our fast pass – so we went a second time; it was amazing how different the animals were, just an hour later. A single Hippo the first time, five or more the second time. Giraffe all clustered under trees sheltering from the rain on the second trip, while Wildebeest were now all spread out. And the White Rhino apparently pleased with the rain, were in their mud hole on the second drive! Photos:

We also got a few Disney photos, including with Mickey & Minnie Mouse …

Epcot and Magic Kingdom with Kate

We have another visitor, this time Margaret’s sister Kate over from England – and of course we’re back at Disney! On Sunday we went to Epcot (after breakfast at Boma with friends Pedro & Laura and Christian) doing Soarin’, Spaceship Earth, Figment, Living With The Land, and NEMO (and some great butterfly views!). We gave up walking round World Showcase because Kate’s not used to the Florida heat …

 

On Monday (later in the day to catch the fireworks) we went to Magic Kingdom; there we did Buzz Lightyear, TTA, Haunted Mansion, Small World, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, and Winnie The Pooh (after fireworks – really quiet so we rode twice in a row!) … and of course the amazing castle projection / fireworks show:

 

A fun couple of days!

 

Magic Kingdom with Michael

Our Gloucester friend Michael is visiting us for a few days and we took him to Disney Magic Kingdom today (we took him in 2013¬†and 2010 and before that he hadn’t been since the 1970s!). Margaret planned fast pass rides that Michael likes, and managed to book even more once we’d done our three – with that and a few short queue rides, we had a very busy day!

We did the Swiss Family Robinson tree, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, It’s A Small World, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World (again! Michaels favorite), Under The Sea, TTA, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates Of The Caribbean …

Some photos from our day: