Oh Animal Kingdom, how I love thee. During our first Disney trip in 2014 we debated whether or not to even visit AK. I mean, it's just a zoo I thought, right? I could see that anywhere. Anywhere. After a lot of consideration we decided to check it out. We had the Park Hopper so it didn't hurt. If it was a total bust we could leave whenever and head back to old faithful (Magic Kingdom of course).
|Just monkeying around.|
In true Disney fashion they brought it. Loved all of it. So of course we booked a whole day to explore AK once again.
|Yay for AK! I had the same look of my face when we found the sole Starbucks.|
|This is just Emerson being cute because why not :)|
Hands down my fave part of AK is the safari. You take this rugged truck thing (I am sure there is a very simple term to describe this vehicle but after dealing with six days of a sick Parker, the third ear infection in a row for Emerson plus a dose of pink eye, and four doctor visits in a week, my brain is mushy) all through Africa and the sights you see are out of this world. You really do feel like you're in a different country.
Even though the safari is out of this world incredible when you do Disney like we do Disney, sometimes you need a little relaxation whenever you can get it. Which isn't often. Quickly the girls went from this:
We planned the safari trip so we could get to Pocahontas in just enough time. Perfect planning right here. Up next was a dose of Mickey (again). Typically they wear safari gear but not when we're in the middle of the holiday season! What a fun surprise.
After our character visits we grabbed a little lunch, took the train over to the petting zoo area, explored DinoLand, experienced the most terrifying 4D movie otherwise known as It's a Bugs Life where it feels like bugs are crawling on your and the largest freaking fake spiders in the world fly down from the ceiling. Talk about getting a move on. We RAN out at that point. And we were not the only ones. Tons of families with young kids were doing the same. OMG never again.
AK typically closes on the early side, around 5 or 6pm, so no better time then to take advantage of our Park Hopper and move on over to Hollywood Studios.
While at HS we caught The Litter Mermaid show, ate some great pizza, and got amazing seats for
Fantasmic, complete with spinning Minnie light up toys. This show is one of the best. Water, fire, wind, fireworks...it's all captivating and exciting. Cannot be missed.
After the show it was time to roll out (literally, we rolled the stroller out) with three fast asleep little ones. Back to the hotel to prep for the next day--lazy hotel day.
|Tell me you don't love seeing this massive Christmas tree with the palm tree right there in the background. We need more palm trees in my neck of the woods ;)|