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Day 1 Travel

Overview Leaving Las Vegas Lake Mead & Grand Canyon Cross Country Flight Arriving in Orlando

Day 2 Magic Kingdom

Overview Monorail Magic Kingdom Opening Peter Pan Haunted Mansion it's a small world Little Mermaid Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Hall of Presidents Columbia Harbour House Country Bear Jamboree Splash Mountain Tom Sawyer Island Festival of Fantasy Parade Jungle Cruise Pirates of the Caribbean Tiki Birds & Hub Tomorrowland PeopleMover Carousel of Progress Dumbo Barnstormer Dumbo Revisited Wishes

Day 3 Epcot

Overview Epcot Opening Soarin' Living With the Land The Land Pavilion Nemo & Friends Bruce's Sub House The Seas Pavilion Character Spot Spaceship Earth Journey into Imagination Test Track La Cantina de San Angel Gran Fiesta Tour Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus China Pavilion Germany Pavilion American Pavilion Japan Pavilion Morocco Pavilion France Pavilion United Kingdom Pavilion Illuminations

Day 4 Beach & Disney Springs

Overview Cape Canaveral Beach Port Orleans Riverside Ferryboat to Disney Springs Disney Springs T-Rex Restaurant Ferryboat from Disney Springs Ol' Man Island

Day 5 Animal Kingdom

Overview Animal Kingdom Opening Expedition Everest Primeval Whirl Flights of Wonder Adventurers Outpost It's tough to be a Bug Festival of the Lion King Harambe Market Kali River Rapids Maharajah Jungle Trek Kilimanjaro Safaris Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Wildlife Express Train Rafiki's Planet Watch Affection Section Drums Tree of Life

Day 6 Hollywood Studios

Overview Hollywood Studios Opening Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Great Movie Ride Toy Story Midway Mania! Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Backlot Express Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show Muppet Vision 3D Muppets to Little Mermaid Walk Voyage of the Little Mermaid Walt Disney One Man’s Dream Star Wars Launch Bay Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage Fantasmic!

Day 7 Magic Kingdom

Overview Magic Kingdom Opening Space Mountain Astro Orbiter Tomorrowland Speedway Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Mad Tea Party Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Dumbo the Flying Elephant Walt Disney World Railroad Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Mickey’s PhilharMagic Enchanted Tales with Belle Haunted Mansion Liberty Square Riverboat Splash Mountain Leaving the Magic Kingdom

Day 8 Port Orleans & Travel

Overview Port Orleans Riverside Room Ol' Man Island Pool Port Orleans Riverside Resort Ol' Man Island Playground Port Orleans Riverside Lobby Orlando Airport Orlando to Las Vegas 1 Orlando to Las Vegas 2

Magic Kingdom Opening

My plans for today had to be changed because at some point after I stopped my planning phase they decided to open the Magic Kingdom early for Extra Magic Hours (EMH). I noticed it on the TV the night before ... they have a channel that lists all the park opening times and other information. My plans called for an 8 am opening, but now it is a 7 am opening. We got back to the room by 8:30 pm last night and the kids had a swim (bath) and were in bed by 9:30 pm. The 6 am wake-up call was an hour earlier then we have been getting up all week, but it's not every day you are in WDW so we will just have to make do.


Seeing dew on the ground, condensation on the windshield, and fog over a lake are NOT things you typically see in Las Vegas.


We are on the bus at 6:38 am. Taking the bus rather then driving was always part of the plan for today. The bus drops you off at the MK right near the gate versus driving and walking to the TTC and then taking the monorail or the ferryboat which adds 15 or 20 minutes. I definitely wanted to take the monorail on the first day because that is all part of the excitement and the FIRST attraction so to speak.


The bus un-loading area.


The Grand Floridian across Seven Seas Lagoon.


A ferryboat heading towards the Magic Kingdom.


This monorail is on the inside track so it is a Resort monorail and would have just stopped at MK and let people off.


With 39,411 Disney rooms I wonder how many guests actually get up at 6 am to make it to the MK by 7 am? EMH are only available to Disney guests staying on property. We were actually a little late and could not see how many people were waiting for the MK to open at 7am as we got there around 7:05 am and whoever waiting was already inside. There was a minimal line at bag check and the tapstills so we pretty much walked right in, so I would guess not many are willing to get up this early. How sad ... and we are from the West Coast and made it.


Leland was a bit cold.


Almost at bag-check at 7:01 am.


Inside at 7:07 am.





November 11 and the Christmas decorations are up.

















Heading towards Tomorrowland



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