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Magic Kingdom Day 1 | Disney Diary

Yes, you read the title right. I went to Disney World!!!



This may seem out of the blue but I had this trip planned for the last six months. I really wanted to go on a big trip since – like most of the world – going on holiday was impossible or super difficult these last few years. Therefore, when it seemed like everything is finally settled and holidays being cancelled had become less frequent, I decided it was time for me to book my holiday. There was a tossup between going to New Orleans or going to Orlando. Orlando won mainly because staying in New Orleans expensive – like way more expensive than Disney so I’m going to have to scrimp and save (or marry rich) before I get my beignets at Café Au Lait. Nevertheless, I am so glad I took this trip because I ate A LOT and now I get to share it with all of you. If you follow me on my social media (which you should as I post loads on there) then you would have seen my first vlog so in this post I’m going to go in a bit more detail about what I ate in the Magic Kingdom. Let’s begin…


Actually, before I forget. We did have breakfast in the hotel before we left for the park! We were staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort which is one of the value resorts they have on Disney property. By value I mean one of the cheaper resorts that are super functional without all the bells and whistles. I actually enjoy staying in these resorts because, if you’re like me, you are not spending a lot of time in your hotel so there’s no point forking out an extra $500 just “for the vibes”. I’m going to do a separate post about the hotel but I will say that it’s really decent and if you’re desperate to go to the parks it is a great way to save money.


Apple Jacks cereal with scrambled eggs and porridge or oatmeal
A bowl of sugar for me. A balanced breakfast for mum

The breakfast options, however, are limited for hot food. You can get waffles, scrambled eggs, tater tots, pancakes or a breakfast sandwich. There was also vegan frittata on the menu plus some cereals and yoghurt is in the refrigerator section. The first day, I was not super hungry and really wanted to get to the parks because we slept in so I just had a bowl of Apple Jacks and mum had oatmeal with cranberries and a side of scrambled eggs. The cereal was disappointing mainly because I hyped it up in my head after seeing it on the telly and it did not live up to expectations. Apple flavour? Non-existent. Cinnamon flavour? An utter myth. I was getting slight food envy as mum said her oatmeal was super nice and the eggs were firm but that’s how she likes them. I have a proper breakfast later on in my trip so don’t be disappointed – it will be in a later blog post.


Okay, now we can talk about the Magic Kingdom!


The very first thing I purchased in the Magic Kingdom was a cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery. This sounds fancy but this shop is a Starbucks. I am not a Starbucks hater. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love my iced chai latte with soymilk. I get it every time I go past a Starbucks as it sparks joy. It was also the only place near the parade route whose queue didn't threaten my sanity. However, I am not a Starbucks lover either. I think it is ridiculously overpriced and most of the drinks are just liquid diabetes dyed a pretty colour. Yet, I found myself sat waiting for the Festival of Fantasy parade with my Minnie Mouse celebration cinnamon roll (and an iced chai latte of course) in hand.


Minnie Mouse cinnamon roll with red icing from Main Street Bakery
Isn't she pretty?

The first thing I like to say is that this cinnamon roll is massive. No joke. It is essentially a large cinnamon roll with two smaller cinnamon rolls to make the Mickey Mouse head shape. The second thing I like to note is that this was expensive. I’m going to make a small caveat here that you’re going to hear me say this frequently throughout my Disney World blog posts. Everything is so expensive! I understand there are costs that need to be covered and I always like to refer to “Disney inflation” but I was shocked at how much everything cost. I was prepared for it but still shocked. Anyways, it was an expensive pastry. At the time I bought it for about $7. But I can say without a doubt that it was well worth it. The pastry was buttery and flaky. It was served warm which I highly appreciated because it still felt sticky. The level of cinnamon and sugar was perfect and I did not eat another thing until dinnertime because it was massive. The icing on the top was super cute and it turns out that the Minnie mouse bow is made of solid white chocolate. I love chocolate but after consuming an entire cinnamon roll I found that slightly too much. That was definitely a style over substance moment but I’m not one to turn down Disney themed food.


If you are looking for your sugar fix and don’t mind waiting in a queue for 20 to 30 minutes, then this is the snack for you. I would give it a solid 7/10.


I’m ashamed to say that this was the only thing I ate in the park that day. I know, I have brought shame to all food bloggers and travel bloggers. I should discontinue this page and hang up my writing pen. 'Tis a disgrace!

All jokes aside, I think I was still slightly jetlagged so wasn’t very hungry and I was focused on getting on as many rides as possible on the first day. In one day, I somehow managed to get on: Buzz Light-Years Ranger Spin, Winnie the Pooh & the 100 Acre Wood, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion & Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. As a Disney adult who organises things to a hellish extent, I was super proud of myself. I could feel all my Disney adults applauding me for doing so much (and all the food bloggers judging me for eating so little…).



Our dinner was super simple as we had it when we got back to the hotel. All food is served school cafeteria style in the Classic Hall building of the resort. The range of food is limited – it is mainly burgers, grilled proteins served with vegetables plus one “ethnic” option which was sesame chicken with rice. On the first day, I ordered a chili cheese dog with a side of crisps (I refuse to call them chips) and mum ordered the grilled salmon with rice and vegetables. It was… food. I know this is a really low bar to set but that is the only way I can put the meals in perspective. It is not designed to be interesting or not pretty or taste home-made. It’s a quick service restaurant in a busy hotel whose main aim is to feed you and get you on your way. The only real issue I was just how salty my hotdog was. The hotdog itself was so salty but the chili was so under seasoned. You would think they would balance each other out but somehow the whole thing was just painful to eat. The salmon is a lot better and the rice and veg were not overly seasoned.


Forgot to take a pic but it basically looked like this. Credit to Disney Food Blog

I know I sound like I’m being harsh but I also feel I should be honest. If you are going to this hotel because you are looking for a particular food experience – this is not the one for you. I suggest staying at the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian or any of the other deluxe resorts on Disney property. However, if you just want to be fed – you have found your hotel!


I ended the day sat in my pyjamas with a cup of tea (yes I brought my own teabags because I’m not a heathen) whilst I planned exactly what I wanted to eat when I next entered the Magic Kingdom. I was going to be prepared with an empty stomach and an iron will.


That’s it for this blog post and I’ll see you in the next one.


Have a magical week!

Mary

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