Saturday, February 25, 2012

Disney World Day 2: Animal Kingdom

This is a continuation of yesterday's blog post about our Disney trip, which is a journal of our vacation.  On our second day, our first full day, we ventured off to our first Disney park, the Animal Kingdom. 

We arrived when the park opened, picked up a stroller for our younger one, and headed off to DinoLand.  We used the recommendations of the Unofficial Guide to Disney World to tackle the parks in hopes of finding smaller crowds and shorter lines;  the guide was a huge help.  We road the TriceraTop Spin ride and DINOSAUR! without much of a wait at all.

 Daddy used "Fastpass" to get tickets to Everest and Primeval Whirl for my daughter and himself.  We also met Pluto and Goofy. 

The kids start collecting signatures.
 After daddy and daughter rode Everest (they LOVED it!), we grabbed some lunch at the Yak and Yeti Cafe, then headed onto Rafiki's Planet Watch.  Daddy grabbed more Fastpasses for the Safari before we left on the train.  At Rafiki's Planet Watch, the kid's met Rafiki, and checked out a few animals.  We allotted the kids each a daily souvenir allowance ($10 a day), and my son was so excited to spend his on some Lion King toys.

We LOVED the Safari, and got up-close with a rhino who walked right into the path of the truck.  My daughter, a lover of all-things-giraffe, was head-over-heals to see all the giraffes roaming around.

By now, we had tired the kids out, but we still managed to get them over to the Festival of the Lion King show before it started raining. 

 After the show, we watched Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade, then made our way to the exit. 

 At a shop by on our way out, my daughter found some Mickey hands to spend her souvenir allowance on.  She was so excited!

We had reservations at Sanaa, a sit-down restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, so we took a Disney bus over to the resort.  We were very happy when they said they would seat us right away, even though our reservation was not for another hour and a half (Disney customer service ROCKS!).  Sanaa had awesome food -- African with an Indian influence.  Yum.  And the Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing resort -- there are zebra, ostriches, giraffes and more wandering around the resort grounds (separated from the people of course!). 

We ended the night by taking a bus then the boat ferry back to our resort.  The kids were tired but happy, and so were we.

P.S. We had a great time finding Hidden Mickeys!


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