Go Directly to Magic Kingdom

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing how we know we’ve “arrived” at Disney.


Go Home to Magic Kingdom
Calling “no running” and “watch for the trolley track” when all you want to do is run up Main Street with the kiddos. #DisneyMomProblems

I moved around as a kid. I went to elementary school in five different states in six different school districts. My parents moved an additional five times since then. The smell of waffle cones, the warm glow of fireworks over Cinderella Castle, and the strains of ragtime drifting through the evening air, Magic Kingdom *is* my childhood home.

With the streamlining of Disney’s Magical Express handling the luggage and online check-in handling our resort hotel, we opt to hop directly onto a Magic Kingdom bus immediately.

Go Home to Magic Kingdom
I play this card every single trip possible.

After months of planning, days of packing and hours of traveling by bus, plane, monorail and foot, I emerge from the train station tunnel and take my first steps down Main Street, U.S.A. In that first glimpse of the Magic Kingdom, I am home.

How to Know You’ve “Arrived” at Disney
Go Directly to Magic Kingdom

1.) Plans? What Plans?

Whether we swing by the firehouse to pick up our Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards, stop to meet Tinker Bell and Mickey at the Town Square Theatre or head out to hit Space Mountain, this is the second that we’ve arrived on vacation.

Home at the Magic Kingdom
Define “on vacation.” Give three examples.

Life slows down a lot.

We laugh a little more, snack a little more and relax a little more. Our first afternoon at the park is usually very loosely planned. We book our FastPass+ and wait to see where the wind takes us.

Home to Magic Kingdom
Touring cards? Plans? What?

For a recovering parks commando, this is a big deal. I totally blame Magic Kingdom for bringing out my spontaneous side.

Free Printable Schedule/Touring Cards are available here!

2.) The Outside World Disappears

I forget to take pictures on vacation. (Bad blogger!) I forget to check my email. I forget to scroll Facebook. I occasionally forget I have a phone.

Somewhere between Main Street and Fantasyland, the outside world ceases to exist. Maybe it’s all of the spinning. Either way, I’m focusing on my kids and family for a good couple of days.

3.) Running Amok

Pixie dust does not allow for self-consciousness. When I get wrapped up in the magic, I join in a little more and worry a lot less about what others might be thinking.

Home at Disney
Hiding behind potted plants to avoid suspicion during a spy mission? Totally normal on vacation.

Selfies, public singing, skipping, and matching outfits? Just another day of magic. The faster we get into the Magic Kingdom, the faster we know we’ve arrived at Walt Disney World.

How do you know you’ve arrived at Disney?

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6 Replies to “Go Directly to Magic Kingdom”

  1. I love this post for so many reasons. Very well put together. 🙂
    There’s something about walking down Main Street USA that just puts life into perspective!

  2. With everyone checking their MDE account Disney encourages the phones out and as someone who makes a living in the travel industry it is hard for me to just cut them off. But I loved your article. I think I will need to leave my phone in the room safe one day and go Old School.

    BTW, where did you get those touring cards? That might be a great alternative than checking my phone for details.

  3. I totally agree about life slowing down. Being “present” on your family vacation at Disney is so important. While I love taking pictures and being the one to document our trips, sometimes it is good to just put everything away, let the photopass+ photographers take the pictures and just skip down Main Street USA with the kids! On another note, I’m going to have to check out your touring cards! Great idea!

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