Animal Kingdom is beautiful! It was a beautiful, clear (although really hot) day when we visited this park and I definitely enjoyed taking in all the scenery. We got to the park before 7 AM and enjoyed this beautiful morning sky as we waited to enter the park.
When the gates opened, everyone went left toward Pandora to get in line for Avatar. We knew this would happen and were prepared to go the opposite way! We went right and literally had that side of the park to ourselves for the first hour of the day!
Paul did the Dinosaur ride (which seemed really dated, but he enjoyed). Right after I took this picture he said, “Look! Dinosaur poop!” #boys
This was around 7:30 – look how empty the street is! By lunchtime this area was packed.
Paul walked right on to Expedition Everest with no wait! There’s no way I would ride something like this, but I was glad he got to do some of the more exciting rides.
In addition to the Disney app, we used an app called Magic Guide to help us navigate the parks. It has really user friendly maps, along with detailed menus for all the restaurants, current wait times and park hours.
We had a Fast Pass for Na’vi River Journey. Paul has seen Avatar – I haven’t – but we both thought this ride was weird and boring.
I was really looking forward to doing the Kilimanjaro Safari, and we were glad to be able to see so many of the animals that morning!
We shared our first Mickey Pretzel of the trip for a mid-morning snack. It might have just been our inexperience with the park, but we couldn’t really find a place to grab breakfast before 9 AM that day. I was glad that I brought bananas and granola bars with me for the Extra Magic Hours before the park opened.
The Festival of The Lion King was AMAZING. I am not a big fan of the movie itself, but I love all the music from the original movie. This show was one of my favorite things from the whole trip!
We split up for lunch – Paul got a personal size pizza and a side salad from Pizzafari. I waited in a super long, very hot line for Flame Tree Barbecue and ordered the barbecue pork sandwich that came with beans and a drink. The best part of my lunch was the Orange Strawberry Lemonade that was so refreshing!
Our food wasn’t bad, but it was very hot and crowded in the park by this time (noon). I wish I would have just ordered at Pizzafari with Paul and sat down to eat in the air conditioned dining room they have there. 🙂 I was glad to have my handheld fan while I was in line, for sure!
We came back to our resort for an hour nap, followed by about an hour at the pool. The water felt so good! I got a Mickey ice cream bar at the pool bar/concessions area and enjoyed the afternoon treat!
We showered and got back on the bus to Disney Springs. It has changed so much since we were there four years ago! I’d seen the Coca-Cola Store on The Tim Tracker’s YouTube channel and knew we’d enjoy walking around in there. The rooftop bar is really fun with a great view of Disney Springs!
I was really tired from the heat (and still recovering from having the flu the week before). Paul put my stuff in his shoulder bag and carried it that so I wouldn’t have to carry my backpack through Disney Springs. The sweetest!
Someone kindly offered to take our picture – Paul was still in selfie squat mode and I’m clutching my fan. Ha!
We were really looking forward to our meal at Cookes of Dublin, the quick service side of Raglan Road. That was one of our favorite meals during our first Disney trip! Cookes of Dublin was a little disappointing – next time if we’re on the Quick Service Dining Plan we’ll just pay out of pocket and eat at Raglan Road. It’s worth it. 🙂
We were both pretty tired after supper, so we headed back to the resort and were in bed by 9! It was a really fun, beautiful day. I’m glad we got to experience Animal Kingdom early in the morning. We had Fast Passes for Avatar the next day but decided not to use them. You’ll see why in next Friday’s post about our day back in Magic Kingdom!
I also have a new video for you today! If you’re interested to see what I carried in my backpack each day, here it is!
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