Disney Firsts

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Do you remember the first time you saw the castle? Photo Credit: Julie K.

Do you remember the first time you saw the castle?
Photo Credit: Julie K.


We can all probably think back and remember the feeling of our first Disney vacation. The moment we entered the gates, stepped on to Main Street, U.S.A. and caught a glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle in person. That iconic scene that we viewed countless times on television was right there before us!

Disney Firsts are moments that we can remember for a lifetime and make great photo opportunities.

My suggestion to Disney travelers is to space out your Disney Firsts. Don’t try to do them in one vacation, but plan your firsts over several trips to get the most out of the wow factor. Too many “wows” in one trip can be magic overload; so plan accordingly.

Here are my suggestions for some Magic Kingdom Disney Firsts for your next trip:

1. First Ear Hat– This is a milestone for any fan of Disney. Getting your first ear hat is equal to officially joining the club. There are several locations to purchase personalized Mickey ears in the parks. My personal favorite is Sir Mickey’s in Fantasyland; however, I am only partial to this location because the store can be found in the shadow of Cinderella’s castle.

2. First Haircut– If you have a little one who is due for their first haircut, consider making an appointment at the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. Cast members make this experience incredibly memorable by presenting your little one with a certificate and ear hat to mark the occasion! The first haircut package is currently $18. Call 407-WDW-DINE to make your appointment.

3. First Character Experience– Does your first time WDW traveler have a Disney favorite? Character meet and greets can be found in all the parks and photographers are on hand to catch those special moments. Plan accordingly because the wait times for the popular characters can be long during peak park days.

4. First Mickey’s Premium Bar– This Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream is one of the most sought-after food items in the parks. Purchase one and get that camera ready (and some wet naps) because this magical moment can get messy.

5. First Rides On Dumbo and Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel (formerly Cinderella’s Golden Carousel) – These rides appear on many Disney ads because they are some of the most family-friendly experiences in the parks. One member of your party can be appointed the official photographer to capture the smiles and giggles of the first timer!

Are there any other Magic Kingdom Firsts that you recommend?

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The Magic Kingdom Rope Drop

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Good morning, good morning, to you!

Good morning, good morning, to you!

Every morning prior to opening the Magic Kingdom, a rope drop ceremony occurs to welcome guests.  Ten to fifteen minutes before the scheduled park opening, the Magic Kingdom presents a fun music-filled celebration.  The “Good Morning” song made famous by the film, “Singing in the Rain,” is played as cast members acknowledge your arrival at the park.

The star of the show is the Magic Kingdom steam-train that pulls into the Main Street U.S.A. station with some of your favorite Disney characters. Guests are asked to count down from 10 to open the park. This is truly a must-see experience for any family and allows you to get into the park right at opening. It is a great opportunity to run to your favorite ride or grab some FastPasses!

Tip:

Make sure to get to the park entrance at least 30 minutes in advance. Plan your timing according to which method of transportation you use; both boats and monorails are available from the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you are staying onsite, you will want to leave at least an hour ahead of your expected arrival since the rope drop is a popular show.

For a glimpse of what to expect click on this link to go to a Youtube clip submitted by DVCRental.

Will you plan to attend the rope drop the next time you go to Walt Disney World?

The Main Street Bakery Reopens

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Mickey cups

During our last visit to Walt Disney World, I looked over at my husband while walking down Main Street U.S.A. and stated, “You know what would make this day even better? Starbucks!” I am a coffee lover, and let’s face it… the in-room coffee does not even come close to the latte goodness of a Starbucks Coffee.

Well, my wish came true (Thanks,Tink!) and after several long months, the Main Street Bakery has reopened and offers Starbucks’ signature coffee products. The bakery will continue to serve some staple pastries from the past and exhibits the turn of the century charm that we have grown to love from the shops on Main Street U.S.A.

I have looked into the pricing of these newly-introduced products, and they appear to be comparable to the Starbucks coffee prices in major US cities.

How do you feel about the new Main Street Bakery partnership? Will it enhance your experience at the Magic Kingdom?