After a good night’s sleep, we spent our first full day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! It was a beautifully sunny and warm day, and we had so much fun!
We arrived at the park a little after opening and met Nanny, Aunt Melanie, and Annalee. Jeffrey, Sarah Ann, Reece and Melanie ran off to ride Expedition Everest while Carson, Annalee, Nanny, and I went to see some of the animals in the Oasis and then to see The Bugs Life show.
We then spent the rest of the morning in Africa. We played the drums, watched the African performers, and then went to use our fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safari. We have always loved doing the safari in the morning because the animals are usually out, and this time was no exception! We got to see so many of the animals wandering about, including the new baby giraffe and elephant! After the safari we walked through the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and started working on collected our badges for the Wilderness Explorers. We saw lots of animals and collected several badges. Next up was lunch at Tusker House! The food is unique and delicious, and we loved getting to visit with Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy! Daisy was Annalee’s favorite! After lunch we made our way right over to use our fastpasses for the Lion King show. This is one of our most favorite shows–it is always so good–the music, the acrobats, the dancing!
Our next area to visit was the new Pandora–World of Avatar! Jeffrey was the only one who had seen the movies, so he understood more, but we all enjoyed walking around and seeing all that they had created! We got to see one of the character/human/robots, and we also had fastpasses for the Na’vi River Journey, which for sure made the kids want to see the movie! Disney did an incredible job bring Pandora to life!
We headed over to Dinoland U.S.A. next. Melanie and Sarah Ann rode Primeval Whirl, we grabbed some snacks and drinks, and all the kids had fun playing in the Boneyard playground! Next we went to see the Finding Nemo Musical, which is also one of our favorites, and then Nanny, Melanie, Sarah Ann, Reece and Carson rode the TriceraTop Spin!
As the sun began to set, we walked through Asia to collect a few more Wilderness Explorer badges, and then went to our seats for the River of Lights show. Thanks you our lunch at Tusker house, we had reserved seats, and we so enjoyed our first time seeing this awesome water and light show! After River of Lights, Melanie and I snuck off for a few minutes to go ride Kali River Rapids while Jeffrey, Nanny, and the kids went to walk through Pandora again to see it at night! Everything was lit up, even the ground, which amazed the kids!
Our day at Animal Kingdom was quickly winding down, so we had dinner at another one of our favorites, Flame Tree Barbecue and, oh goodness, that mac’n’cheese barbecue was so good! Our first full day at Disney was so much fun! We all quickly crashed into bed that night, because next up was the Magic Kingdom!