Myself, Elizabeth, and our son (DS6 or Tim) left our home in Kentucky at 6am and spend the majority of the day on I-75 and stopped in Downtown Atlanta for lunch at The Varsity (Seriously, if you ever get a chance to stop when you go through downtown Atlanta, do it, you’ll thank me later!) and finally rolled into Pop Century around 8 that evening and got checked in. Most people would probably think “You just drove for 14 hours, go to sleep”.. oh no not me. We were aiming to make Illuminations at Epcot, however that wasn’t going to happen so we chucked our bags and headed to the Ticket and Transportation Center, and hopped a Monorail to the Magic Kingdom!
Once we got inside, the crowd was lined up all the way down Main Street USA for the Magic, Memories and You show, and Wishes so the three of us decided to do a bit of browsing in the Emporium while the crowds cleared out. We ended up buying the little guy a new pullover and then caught Wishes from the back end of the line, and still enjoyed ourselves! Afterwards, we noticed thanks to Twitter, that Pam from The Be Our Guest Podcast and her family were in MK, and we found them in the Central Hub after the mob dispersed.
We hung around with Pam, her husband Steve and daughter Hanna (whom Tim adored)and had an up close view for the second showing of The Magic, Memories and You. The new castle show was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I had seen videos of it online and wasn’t super impressed however seeing it up close and in person, it was just WOW. The castle just seemed to come alive in some aspects and the way the images are so clearly projected, its simply a sight to behold. Then we turned around and got our first viewing of Main Street Electrical Parade.
Now we’d never seen MSEP before, and both Elizabeth and I LOVED Spectromagic, so we were interested to see this! The parade was BEAUTIFUL and really had many floats and characters that I have not seen in ages. Pete’s Dragon was my favorite, and the kiddo loved Goofy in the train at the start of the parade. Other highlights were the Cinderella Ball scenes and the Seven Dwarves mine carts that I thought we’re really well done. Overall I’d say I like Spectromagic better than MSEP, but that is not to say MSEP wasn’t an amazing parade, and I think its simply because that Spectro was the first one we saw as a family back in 2010. We also had a great time with Pam, Steve and Hanna and it was awesome to put people with Twitter names and they are one of the nicest families you will ever meet and continue antics with them tomorrow at Epcot.
After all that, we decided to part ways and grab a bite to eat and head back to Pop Century, as the driving was starting to finally take its toll on me, so we decided to make our first visit to Casey’s Corner for some hot dogs. All I have to say is YUM! Elizabeth and I both got the chili cheese dogs, fries and a brownie for dessert (Yay DDP!) and the kiddo just got a regular hot dog with fries, and plenty of cups of steaming hot plastic cheese to dip fries in. I didn’t expect Casey’s Corner to be THAT good but it was incredible and a great way to end our first night back at WDW. (Food reviews upcoming!)