New Year's Day was a big one for the whole family. All of the clan, including Geoff's inlaws were going to the Magic Kingdom. According to the guidebooks and some Disney employees Jan. 1st was guaranteed to be a zoo at any of the parks. We had no option because the girls were booked for full-fledged princess makeovers. With that in mind, we opted for a 6 a.m. start to the day and skipped the New Year's Eve festivities.
Much to our surprise, we were all en route to the Magic Kingdom at the agreed upon time. We were certain that it would take a miracle to get to the park in time for its opening, but we made it. Geoff and I started off the day by picking up Fastpasses for the two big rides in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Having the grandparents along meant we had a dozen tickets to use to get Fastpasses. We met up with the group at the Teacups on the way to Fantasyland. Kristy lined up to meet the characters from Tangled, while the rest of us took in the rides, Peter Pan's Flight and It's a Small World. Then we split up briefly, Geoff and his family went to meet Kristy at Tangled and we took in a couple of more rides in Fantasyland while the lines were short.
All of us regrouped in Tomorrowland to take advantage of the Fastpasses. The day was going amazingly well as we actually met up with little difficulty. It turned out that all of the dire warnings of massive crowds and long lines were off the mark. Some of the group used the Fastpasses at Buzz Lightyear's while the rest of us took the regular route. We quickly learned why Fastpasses are the best option. We were at least 30 minutes longer than the other group. Chantal, Kristy, Rory and myself then made our way to Space Mountain. Dad and Bertie surprised us by joining us. Geoff graciously gave up his seat, so I grabbed some more Fastpasses. Chantal was still reeling from the Teacups, so this was going to be it for her and rides on the the day. Rory proved to be willing to take on the big rides and took a second trip on Space Mountain with Uncle Geoff.
We had dinner reservation at the Liberty Tavern for 2:45 and the girls needed to be at their makeovers for 1:20, so we kept ploughing on. The grandparents and the girls took in some more of the rides in Fantasyland, the Dumbo ride, Snow White's Scary Adventure and the Winnie the Pooh ride, so the adults (Rory too) took in the Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - the wonder of the Fastpasses again.
Finally, most of the group went to Cinderella's Castle for the princess makeovers, while Rory, Poppa and I continued to explore. By time we all met up again for lunch, we'd added the Pirates of the Carribbean ride and the Disney Railroad. In fact by lunch it was becoming quite clear that a second day at the Magic Kingdom might not be necessary. We couldn't believe how well things were going. I even slipped away at lunch to grab Fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise.
The three girls were a big hit in their princess outfits. They looked absolutely awesome. Scarlett being the ultimate redhead chose the Ariel package minus the clamshell bra. I am Ariel in human-form she was happy to tell anyone. While part of our group had desert and coffee, the girls returned for their photo shoot that came with the package. That was quite something to watch.
After our late lunch, we hit Adventureland. The whole group did Pirates again and then went on the Jungle Cruise. At that point three of the grandparents decided that they'd had enough. Apparently the fact that the Magic Kingdom was the only park of the four without alcohol was too much for them. The rest of us took in more of the park as we waited for parade and the fireworks show. It was well worth the wait. The kids were enthralled by the Electric Light Parade. The fireworks then put a cap to an incredible day start to finish.