On Friday of our Disney vacay, we headed to Animal Kingdom! Lanier and I have never been before either, so we knew it would be an extra special treat! We wanted to get there as early as possible, so we’d be the first in line, so we were there by 7:45am. We were about 30 people back. The park was said to open at 9 and our first stop was Flight of Passage. We’d heard lines for this ride were between two and three hours, so we wanted to get there first thing and hopefully not wait. We tried to get a Fast Pass for it, but they were all taken.
And we boarded the ride by 9am! Winning! And let me tell you, it is an AWESOME ride! If we ever go back, we’ll definitely do this one again! And just a heads up, even when we were around that night, we checked out the wait time for this ride again around 8:30 and it was still AT LEAST two hours long.
We loved seeing all of the cool animals around the park.
Our next stop was the Kilimanjaro Safari. Talk about great animal viewing! We used to frequent the Lazy 5 Ranch when we lived in Charlotte, but that doesn’t even compare. While we did get up close and personal at Lazy 5 in our car and you could feed the animals right from our car, the amount of animals exceeded that. I’ve never seen so many alligators at one time. And hippopotamus were abound too!
Afterward, we ate breakfast at Tusker House. The kids loved the food! I think they must’ve gone back at least three times for more food. The buffet style was honestly the perfect meal for our family all week. Definitely worth it, as my kids worked up such an appetite with all the walking they did, that they always ate their weight in food.
Our last character meal of the week! While they got to see their fair share of Mickey and friends at their meals all week, they loved all of their costume changes.
Wheeler loved the jungle juice! A mixture of papaya and orange juice. After lunch, we watched Festival of the Lion King. Such a great show!
The animals were cool to see close-up at the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
They survived Expedition Everest!
Effie loved dancing with Timon at the Discovery Island Dance Party.
On the rides where they were more particular about height, Vaughn was luckily the perfect height. We said we’ll always remember how tall he was on this trip because he was 48″ the minimum height for many of the rides!
The ‘It’s Tough to Be A Bug’ Show is a MUST! When you’re waiting in line, make sure you’re not one of the first in line at the doors. Wait about 10 people back so you have the best seats, right in the middle of the row.
A well-deserved snack break! Many of you asked if we were on one of the meal plans at Disney. We were! It was the best deal for us for the week and we went with the Disney Dining Plan.
We had a Fast Pass for the Na’vi River Journey which we went to next. It was a slow ride, but the kids loved seeing all the cool colors and characters.
The only ride we really waited on the entire week was this Dinosaur Ride. I’d said originally that an hour wait time was too much for any ride and I didn’t want to waste days away by sitting in lines. But I really wanted the boys to go on this one. Knew they’d love it and we had the time in the day to wait. So we did. And it was well worth it! The boys absolutely LOVED it and we all did too!
After Dinosaur, we headed to Dino Land where we had a Fast Pass for the Primeval Whirl. They’d been eyeing this one all day, as we passed it from time to time, and were so excited to finally get to ride it.
We enjoyed dinner at Restaurantosaurus, then rode the Triceratop Spin ride a few times, as there was no wait time. One of the highlights of the day for the kids was the Dino Land Dance Party, complete with black lights and a DJ. We were surprised at how few people were out dancing, but my kids LOVED it! They danced their hearts out with Chip and Dale dressed as dinosaurs and Pluto too. After having to practically drag them away from dancing, we walked back over to Pandora to see it at night.
We watched the coolest show on the water called River of Light (viewed it from the amphitheater in Asia).
As we were exiting, we found a private little spot from the lakeside area in Africa to watch the light show on the tree.
All in all, it was another pretty amazing day in Disney! I know I’ve said it a thousand times, but visiting in February, there’s always the risk of cold weather. But we truly lucked out! I wore this dress (currently on sale!) and these sunnies and Lanier wore this shirt and these shorts (also on sale!). All perfectly comfortable for another fun day at Disney!