On Saturday, we spent most of the day at The Magic Kingdom. It was hot, so we took it easy. Surprisingly, we didn’t find it very crowded.
We had a fast pass to the Mine Train Ride, so that was first on the agenda. Second? Dole Whips, of course.
There’s only one bad thing about the new location. You can no longer get a swirl.
“Wait, What?!” Sad, but true.
The only place to get a Dole Whip Swirl, is at the new Pineapple Lanai, at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Well, that really stinks, Disney! Who’s
bright idea dumb idea was that? Don’t get me wrong, I like the basic Dole Whip… But I LOVE/prefer the swirl. I have no doubt in my mind, that this was some sort of cost cutting effort. Hmmpph… Why else would they remove it? This is no bueno. Sigh… Enough complaining… I’ll stop now… In a second… Grrr…
Next, we decided to hop on the Liberty Square Riverboat. It’s seems like forever since we’ve gone around the Rivers of America on the Liberty Belle.
In April of 1857, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) became an apprentice river pilot under Captain Horace Bixby. Your trip on the Liberty Belle is supposed to represent Sam Clemens’ 100th voyage. He spent two years as a “cub pilot,” and received his actual pilot’s license in 1859. The outbreak of the Civil War in April of 1861, ended Clemens time on the river.
You’ll see many references on your voyage that reflect a little fact, and a little fiction.
The whitewash fence, and homage to Tom and Huck, always makes me smile.
Harper’s Mill is named after the character, Joe Harper, from the Tom and Huck stories. If you’ve only seen the movies, Joe Harper was Tom Sawyer’s other friend.
You can find more Tom Sawyer references by taking a raft to Tom Sawyer Island.
Even though the backstory of your adventure on the Liberty Belle concentrates on Sam Clemens, you can also find references to other folk heroes, such as Mike Fink who was considered to be King of the River. Fink was “half horse, half alligator” and could “outrun, out-hop, out-jump, throw down, drag out, and lick any man in the country!” And yes, there’s a Disney movie. There used to be an attraction called the Mike Fink Keel boats, until they closed in 1997. And not to be left out, You used to be able to ride a Davy Crockett canoe. Sadly, the canoes stopped paddling in 1994.
The Settler’s Cabin has fallen pray to an attack… Injuns!
Beacon Joe is in charge of the bait shop, and last outpost before you leave civilization.
The Indian Village has sometimes been identified as Powhatan, but never officially.
Wilson’s Cave references the river pirate, Jim Wilson, and his hideout, “Wilson’s Liquor Vault and House of Entertainment.” Wilson and his gang were a bunch of very bad dudes.
My favorite quote from this ride is attributed to Mark Twain, “Well, now I always figure it is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, then to open it and remove all doubt.”
After our trip on the river, we hung out in Frontierland for a little while.
Our usual antics…
Then, onto our Big Thunder Railroad Fastpasses!
There’s still quite a bit of construction going on in the park…
We caught the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party, on the way to Tomorrowland.
But wait, a detour… Merida!!!! The line was so short that we had to say “hello.” Well, let me clarify. I HAD to say “hello.” And that means someone, other than me, is posing for a picture.
It was hot, and the boys were losing their pixie dust.
My husband flat out refused. He kept on walking, pretending he didn’t hear me.
I was getting on line anyway.
After an intense “discussion” between my hubby and son, my son joined me in line.
The poor kid was mortified. Bahahaha! It’s not that I don’t care, but… I don’t care 😀 There were a bunch of little girls waiting, anxiously… And then there was my son. He complained loud enough, so that everyone on line knew he was under duress. I suspect there were a bunch of Dad’s on that line, that felt the same way, too. I caught them sending sympathetic glances his way.
Well… Let me tell you… Merida wasn’t all too pleased to see him either. She really doesn’t like being set up ya’ know.
Then this happened…
Merida told my son that he “had cooties.”
It was classic Disney entertainment for all. Especially the adults on line.
Merida was awesome! My son wanted to crawl into a hole.
After we said “goodbye” to Merida, we contined on to Tomorrowland.
We rode The People Mover.
And finally, Space Mountain.
It was time for dinner. We went to Tony’s.
I love The Lady & The Tramp theme.
My son loves the fried calamari here.
For dinner, the guys ordered Chicken Parm. I was boring, and got a garden salad.
It was a fun afternoon.