Photo courtesy of my good friend Bob.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with friends and celebrating the Magic Kingdom's 40th birthday. The event was pretty low-key, but fitting, I think. In ten years, I know I will be there for the 50th!
We could tell from the entrance that it was going to be crowded, but everyone seemed to be in good spirits. How could you not be? You're going into the Magic Kingdom!
The train station, decked out for the 40th with Fall colors.
Once you got inside, Main Street was pretty manageable up until the 10:00 a.m. parade. We managed to get a good spot right off the Hub, next to the popcorn stand.
That moment when you first walk into the park never gets old for me.
One of the events scheduled for the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom was a character parade. It lasted about 10 minutes, but in that short amount of time, we saw lots of characters you don't normally see. It was a fun moment in a great day.
Mr. Smee came out to say hello.
Do you think Jiminy Cricket is making sure the always-exuberant Aladdin is behaving?
It was nice to see so many of the princesses in one place, especially down
on the parade route rather than in a float.
Why hello there, Pluto.
Everything wasn't perfect. The crowds were really high and 40th anniversary merchandise sold out almost immediately. Getting one of these cupcakes? Almost impossible. It was at least a 30 minute wait.
They also came in yellow and blue.
After the ceremony, we rode a few attractions with very little waits and then headed over to Epcot for Food and Wine. We came back later that night and I'm so glad we did. The weather was perfect and there was a special add-on to Wishes that night that went almost all the way around the park. It was really spectacular. If you've seen the 4th of July fireworks, it was similar to that.
Thanks again to my friend Bob and his talented wife Donna
for these pictures
If you get a chance to go to a special event at Disney, take it. Yes, you'll deal with crowds. But it was really special to be part of the history of the Magic Kingdom, a simple place that has brought joy to so many people.
See you at the 50th in ten years!