Thursday, November 25, 2021

#tbt Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!  Today, Eliot and I are celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and spending the weekend at my parents' house.  We've got a busy day ahead of us, so I thought I'd write about another Thanksgiving in a Throwback Thursday.  For Thanksgiving of 2019, Eliot and I spent it with his family at the Magic Kingdom!

As I've mentioned, I've always wanted to celebrate all of the holidays at Walt Disney World.  I wasn't sure when I'd go for Thanksgiving, so this trip with Eliot's family (and Elissa's best friend Heather) worked out great!  Let's stroll down memory lane... 

Our day started out much like the rest of our trip.  We all got out of bed, took turns showering and got ready.  Naturally, I had set aside a fun themed outfit that included my Disney Thanksgiving skirt and matching mouse ears that Eliot and I made.

Thanksgiving of 2019 was a gorgeous day.  The sky was a clear blue and it was warm- not too hot and not too cold.  We drove over to the Magic Kingdom (from our timeshare resort located about 15-20 minutes off property) and prepared to spend all day there.  

We drove through the main gates to Disney property, through the Magic Kingdom parking booths, and parked in the parking lot.  After a tram ride, and a monorail ride, we arrived at the main gates to the Magic Kingdom and entered the park.

Before entering the park under the train tracks, all seven of us stopped to take photos in front of the Magic Kingdom Train Station.  After that, we split up a little bit as Sara had a friend also visiting the park and the girls had a few things they wanted to do.

Eliot and I had set up Fastpasses for a bunch of rides before our trip.  Once we got into the park, he was also able to set up disability pass rides too.  (This trip was about a month after Eliot got into a car accident where he was rear ended at a stop light by a drunk driver.  He was having back problems and wasn't able to stand in long lines.)

We made our way around the back part of the park going on Haunted Mansion and walking through Fantasyland to the Little Mermaid.

For most of the day, Eliot and I stuck with Elissa and Heather.  We made sure that we all got into the same mine train so we'd be in the ride photos together.

I probably look miserable in the first picture, but trust me, I was having a blast!

We finished our rides with some time to spare before lunch, so we decided to go on the Liberty Square Riverboat.  From the boat, we were able to watch some of the Festival of Fantasy parade.  We enjoyed the boat ride and it was nice to sit and relax for a bit!

Our Thanksgiving meal was definitely non-traditional.  We couldn't get reservations to anywhere with a "turkey and mash potatoes" kind of Thanksgiving meal, even though I looked everywhere on property.  Instead, we decided to meet and have a late lunch at 3:00 at Pecos Bills over in Frontierland where they served Mexican food.

We relaxed at our tables in the corner for quite a while.  It was nice to take a mid-day break.  After we departed from lunch, we headed towards Adventureland and went on the Jingle Cruise.  It was fun to see the Jungle Cruise with the Christmas overlay!

Before we lost daylight, we took photos at Cinderella Castle.  Eliot and I got some with us wearing our mouse ears and with me holding the Thanksgiving sign.

We also took one of those zoom photos were they zoom in on you from the camera on top of one of the Main Street buildings.  If you haven't done it before, you need to because it's really cool!  (Eliot and I need to do this more often!)

After that, we went over to Tomorrowland.  We went on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and I actually beat Eliot for once!  He claimed that his gun wasn't working, but I think I hit one of the targets that gets you a high score.

From there, we went over to the People Mover for another short break off of our feet.

We stopped by Winnie the Pooh and took a photo of our donkeys in front of Eeyore's house before we all went over to ride the Winnie the Pooh ride.

Heather really wanted to get a picture with Cinderella so we made our way over to Princess Fairytale Hall.  She was so excited!  I really enjoyed the decor in there too!

We made sure to catch the Happily Ever After fireworks at 10 pm.

After the fireworks ended, waves of people were leaving the park.  Instead, we stayed to close out the park.  It was only open until 11 pm, but we had time for one more ride!

And that ride was It's a Small World!  I'm glad we went on it when it was quiet because at the end, both Heather's and my name showed up on the screens!

By the time we got off the ride, the park was closed.  We made our way to the front slowly, stopping to take pictures at the back of the castle.

I got photos of Main Street USA from the castle.  We also got a few castle photos.

I love the ice lights so much!  I'm glad I was able to take photos of it before we left.

I'm grateful that Eliot and I were able to spend time with his family (and Heather!) at Walt Disney World on this trip.  I'm also thankful that we got to experience the Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day!  Maybe we'll go for Thanksgiving again someday!

HappThanksgiving!!!  °o° 

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