Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One More Disney Day - AM

On February 29, 2012, the Magic Kingdom stayed open 24 hours to celebrate Leap Day or "One More Disney Day" as they called it!  The park opened at the ungodly hour of 6 in the AM....

One guess where I was at 6 AM on my one more disney day!
Well, ok, I admit it, actually at 6 AM I was just waking up.  I didn't *really* care about the opening ceremony, what I really wanted were some sunrise pictures, and sunrise wasn't until closer to 7.  As it turned out, I'm really glad I didn't do opening -- I heard it was insanely crowded, shoulder-to-shoulder, worse than New Year's Eve.  They were giving out free mickey ears to the first thousand guests, so I guess everybody wanted them!  But a lot of the guests left or dispersed throughout the park after half an hour.
 Which was perfect, because by 6:30 I was rolling up to the Magic Kingdom parking lot.


It was mad and misty...mad because I had to park halfway back in Simba...which, while not miles away, is not that close considering how early in the morning it was!



On the tram!  The one bad thing about the MK is how gosh darn long it takes to get from your car to the turnstiles.


Hoppin' on the monorail!  Whenever they're setting up a queue outside the ramp you know it's going to be a crazy park day.  Luckily there was no wait yet, and I got right on monorail peach.




Almost there!  So at this point, in case you haven't guessed, I had pretty much given up hope of the sunrise photos.  There was a determined fog in the air, and anyway the sky had already begun to lighten...I might've just missed the sunrise even if it had been clear.  It was 6:50 by the time I got into the park.



Sunrise pics or no, coming into the Magic Kingdom always puts a skip in my step!



Mickey and Minnie were out meeting and greeting in their jammies!




You can see Mickey in the lower right hand corner.  There were also bright lights and cameras and some tables for the media.  But I was headed straight for the castle!




There was a distinct bustle on Main Street, but I wouldn't say it was crowded.  In fact, a lot of the people I passed seemed to be cast members or managers.  The horse-drawn trolley and other Main St. vehicles were running, and the cast members had the people riding them singing songs, etc.


Then I rounded the corner and saw the castle...




You could barely make it out the fog was so intense.  And then when your eye did begin to catch the familiar outline, it was so mysterious and almost eerie looking.  The sight definitely seemed out of place with the cheerful sounds of Main St!




HOW. COOL. IS. THAT.


I was kinda disappointed about the sunrise, but a castle hung with shrouds of mist, that was a pretty neat substitute.




As I got up to the hub the crowds began to thin.



Fun fact: I saw Deb Wills of allears.net up near the Walt statue.  I'm sure there were plenty of other celebrities from the Disney Fan community as well!  It was fun to see fellow photographers out with their tripods...






Bridge to Tea Cups...







Just strolling about!




The walkway in the castle was open...I LOVE that breezeway, so I just lingered taking some pics.








This girl is my favorite...SO snobby!




Watch out mice, Lady Tremaine is watching!




More mice, so cute!






It was still very very foggy out!!




I wandered back out into Fantasyland...here's Cinderella crowned!




I love the back of the castle...it's so pretty!





Spring was already coming to the Magic Kingdom on the last of February! :)

  

It was fun to be able to get some pics of the Tangled courtyard with no one in them...usually there's always a crowd waiting to see Rapunzel!  That day Rapunzel came out at 9 am and the line started forming at 8:20.  Woof.


It is a really cute courtyard though...and I love those lanterns!

  

More flowers and looking back up towards the Wishing Well area.  I walked down to the Rose Garden...


One of my fav shots from the morning!

 

An eerie-looking bridge to Tomorrowland and Mickey going "Where am I??  There's too much fog!" lol!


I was beginning to feel a rumbly in my tumbly, and the Bakery had a line a mile long.  I think it still wasn't quite 8.  The Confectionery didn't have a line, and had some neat Leap Day selections, but I couldn't have chocolate, so I decided to wait and get a cinnamon roll later.


The Confectionery is also a great spot to use dining credits, just FYI.  There are some rice crispie treats that would normally be 4.95.  That's probably the best value you can get for your snack anywhere.


I wandered about some more.  It was still incredibly misty.


Eventually I settled on a breakfast item: a lovely strawberry banana smoothie from Auntie Gravity's (the Bakery and Sleepy Hollow were the only things open and both had SUPER long lines).  I took it back over to the little wishing well courtyard to sit with...


Slowly, very slowly, the mist began to rise, to reveal...


...a beautifully sunny blue-sky day!

  

My bench for the morning and the wishing well.


The late morning was so glorious, it was hard to believe how misty it had been just an hour earlier!

I backtracked down Main Street to get that cinnamon bun and have a look at some of the special merchandise...


There were these two special shirts (about $30 a pop) - lots of people were wearing them - and also there were mickey ears with the same "One More Disney Day" logo on the front.

 


The bakery was still hopping, but at least the line wasn't out the door anymore.  Believe it or not, it was only about 10 minutes before I was walking out with this...



Ok, so the cinnamon roll wasn't quite as big as the castle...


But it was almost as big as my head! ;)

And THAT was just how I spent the morning.  Part II of A Snobby One More Disney Day is coming up!

8 comments:

  1. What a great morning! I can't wait to hear about the rest of Leap Day. I had really wished I could have been there.
    ~Curiouser&Curiouser

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  2. How fun. Do you ever ride rides? Can't wait to hear more.

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  3. I do sometimes, depends on the lines...that morning Buzz was the only ride I did, I was more focused on the pics. :)

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  4. How fun! Great pics. I LOVE the murals in the castle tunnel. So gorgeous!

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  5. Love the dress, darling! And Belle misses you.

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  6. What kind of camera do you have? You take great pics. I love your hair.

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  7. Wonderful pics! Can't wait to see more!!

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  8. Wow. Where is that beautiful wishing well? I don't think I've ever seen it before. Is it on the TL side of the hub or the LS side? Have to find that next trip. TIA. Best always, MSF

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