Day 24 of WDW-40, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today is the last day for my brother Chris and his wife Meg – they’re sad, we’re sad… it’s been an awesome couple of weeks with them! We went to Magic Kingdom for their last few hours before they headed to the airport, and then Steve and I went and had a very late lunch at Red Lobster.
If you haven’t read my pre-trip planning report yet, why not have a quick read now to bring you up to speed about who we are, and why this trip report is called WDW-40! You might also want to start reading from the beginning of the report!
Day 24: Magic Kingdom
September 27th, 2016
My trip reports are generally photo heavy, images in tiled galleries can be clicked on to enlarge. All the photos from this day can be found here | Florida 2016 photo collection on Flickr here.
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As with most days over the past two weeks, it started with us driving over to Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort to pick up Chris and Meg. We then drove onto Magic Kingdom where we would spend their last few hours in Orlando before going back home to the UK.
It would appear that we got the Ferryboat over to Magic Kingdom – now whether this was because the Monorail was down (possibly) or because we hadn’t done it yet is unknown. It does take longer than the Monorail, but I think everyone should experience the journey across Seven Seas Lagoon at least once!
For most of this trip, Cinderella Castle had this big fugly crane behind it. I believe they were putting on the Christmas lights. It’s not something I’ve ever seen before on previous trips, so maybe they do this every September? I’ve had to Photoshop it out of some pictures because it is just too hideous!
Once through security and the gates into the park, we caught the tail end of Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party Parade, which is just an updated version of the old Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! I think the old version is a lot better in my humble opinion. But it was cool to see new characters as part of the parade – Zootopia’s Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps, as well as classic Disney characters.
We then watched as The Dapper Dans – a barbershop quartet that performs around Main Street USA several times a day, ever day of the week. On this occasion they were singing while also playing Deagan Organ Chimes as part of the act. Each of the eight chimes has three octaves of a single note, comprising a C scale. (Thanks Wiki for that info!) At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party they become The Cadaver Dans (have never seen them though, so will have to make extra effort next time!)
As I look back on these photos it reminds me how much there is to see at Walt Disney World – not just the main attractions and rides. Like The Dapper Dans, or the decor for the season, or the horse drawn carriage which makes its way up and down Main Street USA. Sometimes you should just pause for a moment in all the madness that a Disney holiday can feel like, and take it all in.