Published: October 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM50th=5th gate.
Published: October 1, 2011 at 3:26 PMI've spent a substantial amount of time in the Magic Kingdom. I've been inside the park on hundreds of occasions. Today's visit on the Fortieth Anniversary was ABSOLUTELY one of the most memorable.
Published: October 1, 2011 at 7:16 PMSilly joke of the day: Disney should have signed WD-40 as a corporate co-sponsor for today's party - free cans of lubricant for every guest!
Published: October 1, 2011 at 10:03 PMOkay, I just got home from spending the entire day there. It was SO crowded today you could barely move in many areas, especially Main Street and the hub. The group of people I was with had no expectation of riding any rides at all today, we were only there for the the morning presentation and evening fireworks. That's a good thing because we had to stake out spots for the parade/memories show/fireworks 2 hours before it all started and many rides (Thunder, People Mover, Snow White, Pooh, and Haunted Mansion) broke down at some point today causing HUGE lines for what was open. There were also reports of quick service places running out of the topping bar stuff and food in general - so a very busy day!
We mostly met up with other friends in the park, checked all the stores to watch the merchandise disappear (literally whole shelves were empty in some stores selling 40th merch), and enjoyed the scenery. Full disclosure: no one in my party paid to enter the park so we were okay with this plan. I imagine guests who just happened to show up today were less than pleased, but we all enjoyed it and had a great time.