Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing how we know we’ve “arrived” at Disney.
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.
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.
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.
For a recovering parks commando, this is a big deal. I totally blame Magic Kingdom for bringing out my spontaneous side.
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.
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?
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Blue | How We Know We’ve “Arrived” at Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Welcome Home – My 2nd Home at Disney
- 2nd Stop – Adventurer Mom | Going Home to the Magic Kingdom
- 3rd Stop – Disney Nouns | Staying On-site: Check-in!
- 4th Stop – Heidi’s Head | You Have Arrived! MCO and Magical Express
- 5th Stop – Mousekatools Mom | The Disneyland Resort Esplanade