Magical Blogorail: Our First Attraction

Welcome to those of you joining me from Makin’ Memories and those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month’s journey takes us to our favorite attractions — that one attraction that we absolutely must ride first, and why.  This topic has required a lot of thought, and has included input from Cindy and Sophie.
My choice for which attraction to hit up first depends on a lot of variables.  For starters, which park are we going to see first?  Are we going there first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon after driving down?  Do we have a dinner reservation to hit first?  So rather than just tell you a ride that we go to and ride, I thought I would expand a little on my thoughts with regards to our trip to Disney for this year, which is starting today!
As you may have seen, the other day I wrote a piece called “Let the Memories Begin“, in which I went through and tried to put myself in the shoes of all of the people that are going to Disney World on this trip.  In doing so, I was thinking about what they would be most interested in experiencing on their vacation.  And that theme is what I’m going to follow in this instance when I try to explain to you my thought process behind choosing that one ride that I must ride at Disney World.
For Cindy, Sophie, and myself, this is not our first trip to Disney World.  But to Sherry, and Axl, and especially Anna Jane, this is the first time they have been to Disney World, and that makes this visit much more special for them, and for us!

Anna Jane is not, at least not yet, a daredevil kind of girl like Sophie is.  But she does like to have fun, and as you all know, there is a lot of fun to be had at Walt Disney World.  Since we are going to be arriving at Bay Lake Towers probably after 7PM or so, our first stop to the parks will be to the Magic Kingdom that night because they have extra magic hours!!!  Purely by coincidence (or is it Disney Magic at work?), Magic Kingdom will be open until 2AM that night!  Since we are a hop, skip, and a jump away from MK anyway, that is where we will give Anna Jane and all of us our first Disney World experience this year!

But back to the question at hand…what attraction or ride will be our first ride?  Well, like I said, with Anna Jane not being a daredevil like Sophie, it will probably not be Space Mountain, or Splash Mountain, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  And, seeing as how we won’t get into the parks until later in the evening, the line for Peter Pan’s Flight will likely be much longer than we want to wait for our first ride of the day.  But there are still some rides that I like very much that I think Anna Jane and the others will want to ride as well!  There is the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, with it’s new interactive queue; and there is “it’s a small world”, with it’s wonderful, timeless quality that I just love; of course, there is the closest thing that exists now to the old Skyway, the TTA over in Tomorrowland.  And don’t forget some of our classic attractions, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean!

I guess, when it comes right down to it, I really don’t have any clue what ride will be our first ride at Walt Disney World.  If you remember my post “Weekend Remembrances“, some of the best things I like about Disney World don’t even have anything to do with which ride I’m taking.

In a nutshell, I guess the one thing that I must do before anything else when I get to Walt Disney World is to slow down, take a big, deep breath, and stop, look, listen, and smell all of the wonderful things that makes Walt Disney World that truly magical place to visit, and one that we absolutely love to go to over and over again.  For me, the best feeling I get in the world is the reaction I get like this one we got a couple of years ago, when Sophie found out where we were headed to.  It’s moments like this that makes it all worthwhile for me.

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Thank you for joining me today.  I hope that, while I didn’t exactly answer the topic exactly the way it was intended, you still understand where I’m coming from.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A World View.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ WDW Backstage

2nd Stop ~ Makin’ Memories

4th Stop ~ A World View

Final Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
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Mike Ellis (1349 Posts)

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  1. says

    I would have a hard time with this topic!! I don't have a “must do first” attraction at any of the parks. It always depends on the mood I'm in or the consensus of the group!! I have my “must do” list, but not a “must do first” attraction!

  2. says

    Thanks everyone for your comments! The answer this trip was that we caught the tail end of the Main St. Electrical Parade, then we went over to the Mad Teacups!

  3. says

    Thats how I feelat WDW – I don't have a specific first anything (park or ride).. all depends on timing. Hope your'e having a great time with all of your fam celebrating!!