Welcome to the fourth and final installation of my Disney World recaps (read part I, part II, and part III here). This has been a long time coming, no? It’s been about six weeks since I’ve returned from Disney, and I find myself frequently daydreaming about it. Le sigh. Without further ado, let’s recap.
We spent the latter half of our last day in Disney World in Magic Kingdom, which was open til midnight thanks to Extra Magic Hours. The three of us paused outside the main entrance for a photo, a la the grand tradition started years ago.
As we walked down Main Street, we had the good fortune to stumble upon the Electrical Parade.
Unfortunately, the lines for most rides were still mega-long, so we didn’t get a chance to ride Space Mountain. I’m still bummed about it. But we ticked off most of the other major rides, including the Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Book Cruise, and a hidden gem favorite, the PeopleMover in Tomorrowland. (Splash Mountain was closed for repairs—again, I don’t want to talk about it).
The Haunted Mansion ride broke down while our little car was in the spooky graveyard scene, meaning my mom, sister, and I were stuck in front of a creepy animatronic gravedigger for a solid 15 minutes. I thought, if that animatronic man moves one toe out of line (a la this “Saturday Night Live” sketch), I’m outta here. Oh, Disney! Always heightening the thrills. Even unintentionally.
My mom went back to the hotel around 10 p.m., while Rach and I snuck in a few more rides. It was just about midnight when we headed toward the exit and strolled down Main Street—designed like Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown in Missouri—we were both feeling nostalgic. We simply wanted to linger a little while longer.
We paused for photos.
We ate some Mickey Mouse-shaped Rice Krispie treats.
And with a bit of a heavy heart, we exited the park, bound for places that were decidedly less magical.