so since it was super early and our room wasn't ready for us to crash in, we went ahead and made our way to the magic kingdom. we had five day park hopper tickets and i'd made reservations for us to start almost every day of our visit at one of the four parks. a bus took us from the resort to the tickets and transportation hub, where we headed over to the monorail station to catch a ride to the front gates. once we were at the top of the ramp a cast member assigned us a numbered section to sit in for the ride. there were partitions set up that separated groups from one another, and it was really weird but not exactly terrible.
it took us through the contemporary, which is one of the oldest hotels on property and one i'd always wanted to stay at because i thought it was cool that the monorail went right through the middle of it.
and then we caught our first glimpse of the magic kingdom...where the train station must be undergoing some renovations because it was all covered up.
as we walked down main street the dapper dans came up behind us on the trolley, shouting out greetings and singing familiar disney tunes. it was really nice to hear their voices and soak up a little of that disney magic we've been missing for over a year.