Since we had already knocked out a lot of Magic Kingdom attractions on our first day there, we went into this day knowing we were going to take a midday break and return for fireworks.

The plan this day was to tackle Tomorrowland, then circle back and get Haunted Mansion done.

Went straight to Tomorrowland at park opening (well, slightly later than park opening) and rode Buzz Lightyear then Teacups, then Tomorrowland Speedway.

After Speedway, we had some time to kill before our next FastPass, so we actually headed to Barnstormer so Jared could ride that again. As soon as we got off, the skies opened.

And it pretty much rained the rest of the morning. We took the opportunity to have a snack at Gaston’s Tavern before another ride on the carousel. We then hit Haunted Mansion.


We headed back to Tomorrowland to ride Buzz again, and when we got out it was still raining, so we decided to cut our morning a little short and headed back to the resort.

We had planned on eating in the park, but with the weather not cooperating, we decided to eat at Pop Century food court. Pop Century food court is nothing fancy, but always hits the spot.

After lunch, we headed back to the room, closed the shades, turned off the lights (and after everyone showered), and took a nap.

I’m going to tell you, the midday nap at Disney is such a nice thing, and is very critical in a long trip. You have no idea how much you’re walking, how much you’re sweating and how little you’re actually sleeping.

So taking one day (or two) to head back to the room and take a nap is so very crucial to avoid hitting that wall. We ended up sleeping about two hours when it was all said and done and it was a very refreshing nap.

We had dinner reservations at Trail’s End Restaurant in Fort Wilderness, so we got dressed and headed to the campground.

Trail’s End is one of my favorite places. It’s got all the staples of the Hoop Dee Doo show, like fried chicken, ribs, corn, macaroni, and it’s the cheapest buffet on property.

We ate until we got close to bursting, then took the boat to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks show. We got to Magic Kingdom around 8 p.m. and had about an hour before the fireworks.

Timberly and Jared went find a spot in the hub while I took the other two boys to do a round of Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom. It took us about 30 minutes to finish the Adventureland portion and then we headed out to find Timberly to watch the fireworks show.


She had picked out a great spot, and we were all set to watch the new show. Then 10 minutes before the show was to start, people started to just force their way in front of us and stood in our way.

One of my biggest frustrations of Disney are people like that. Timberly sat in that spot an hour before the fireworks show, and assholes (sorry) showed up 10 minutes before the show and basically took over our spot.

It happens during the parades too. It never fails. You’ll have a nice spot picked out, you’ll sit down and wait and then five minutes before parade starts, some idiot with a kid on his shoulder will stand right in front of you.

It makes me believe that paying a little extra for the fireworks dessert party is worth every penny.

Anyway, Jared didn’t get to see the show at all, but he was OK with it. He watched Mickey Mouse on Timberly’s phone. Logan saw bits of pieces as the adults in front of him juked and jived, causing Logan to have to move with them to try to see. Kaleb actually had a good spot. And because we were a little taller, Timberly and I had decent views.

It was a great show. I don’t think it’s as good as Wishes. I didn’t cry at the end of this show, but it does have a theme. And the fireworks and projection show are spectacularly synced.

Maybe next time we’ll spring for the dessert party so we don’t have someone forcing their way in front of us.

After the fireworks, we followed the crowd toward the exit, but ducked into the Town Square Mickey meet-and-greet. I was able to grab a 9:30 p.m. FastPass and we did that on the way out. The kids got to march like elephants with Mickey and it was cool being able to communicate with him.

After meeting Mickey, we grabbed some popcorn for the boat ride home and went back to our hotel.

Up next: Epcot!