Sunday, January 12, 2014

1/6/14 Closing down the Magic Kingdom (and Sorcerers of the MK)

So Sam and I took advantage of the Polynesian being a monorail resort, hopped on, and were  stepping out at the Magic Kingdom in no time. We could really get used to that. 

Part of the reason we were here was for me to get one more night of pictures in my favorite park. The other was to introduce Sam to the game I started playing back in April, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. I brought along my cards and we checked in and got two new packs of cards and started a new game. Since I'd played before the magic band technology came online, I could continue my game or start a new one. From this point forward, we'll always be playing these games every time we visit. 

They've integrated the playing stations all around the park. If you don't know about the game, unless you see someone else playing them, you'd have a hard time spotting where the screens are built in. 

This is in the Main Street Train Station, in the middle of a train times board. The portal/camera sensor is built into that little lunch pail stacked on the steamer case. 

The idea is that you get spell cards each day you check in, provided you've played at least once between check-ins. These spell cards are cute and collectible all on their own. You use them as you move around the park advancing through the story and trying to stop the bad guys from taking over the kingdom. Sam was hooked. 

Cinderella's fountain was designed so that when a small child stands before it, she can see the crown upon Cinderella's head.

We hopped on Cinderella's Caroussel and found Cinderella's horse.
If you want to find her, look in the center row for the horse wearing the roses.
She also wears a golden ribbon on her tail.

The back of the castle, without all the icicle lights

We stopped to get Sammi a hot chocolate since it really was freezing out.

one more ride on the Haunted Mansion

and we got to Big Thunder a minute before 10:00 p.m., which is park closing and when the lines are cut off. We really DID get the last car this time!

And once we were done, we had the thrill of getting to walk through a very empty park.

See the ducks? We sat very still on the empty bench at the Partner statue and watch them emerge two by two from the darkness, pecking through the trolley tracks for dropped popcorn from the day. 

Us and the last few people on Main Street

Looking back at the totally empty Castle. Magic for our last night.

At 10:30, while we watched the ducks, we were treated to the Kiss Goodnight.
If you've never stayed late enough to hear it, you are missing out. It gets me every time. 
I recorded it on my phone, just so I could have to replay and get misty over, but it only really works if you've been in the park and find yourself at the end of a long day, catching your breath as the castle changes its colors and sparkles back at you one last time. 

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, 
on behalf of everyone here at the Magic Kingdom, 
we thank you for joining us today 
for a magic gathering of family, friends, fun, and fantasy. 
We hope your magical journey with us 
has created wonderful memories 
that will last a lifetime. 

Walt Disney said that the Magic Kingdom 
is a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. 
In this timeless land of enchantment, 
magic and make believe are reborn, 
and fairy tales come true. 

The Magic Kingdom is a place for the young 
and the young at heart.
 A special place where when you wish upon a star, 
your dreams can come true. 
Until we see you again, have a safe trip home. 
Thank you, and goodnight.

We made it onto the last monorail back to the Poly of the night. 
A few more minutes lingering and we would have had to call a cab!


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