Finally ready to post Disney World Day 2 adventures from our trip in January. Better late than never!
After a long journey to get to Orlando and then an action packed day at Magic Kingdom we were ready for a less scheduled day at Animal Kingdom. We slept in a bit before heading to the park and ran to our first Fast Pass- (it took a little longer to get through the gate than we realized) Festival of the Lion King. Bryan had to leave with Jack before the show even started because he freaked out about the show/music part (I don’t know why he gets so scared of these things). The staff graciously let them back in after the beginning “parade” part and he did enjoy the it from there. I think we all wished it was a little longer, it was fantastic!
After the show we headed over to our next Fast Pass- the safari. I’ve heard from several people that Animal Kingdom is a glorified zoo and you should only do it if you are doing more than 3 days at the park. I have to say I was very impressed by the safari and I would not compare the park to any kind of zoo I’ve ever been! The kids learned a lot from our tour guide and seeing some of these animals up close, not behind glass was definitely worth the trip to the park. Jack was in the zone ready to spot animals on Grandma’s lap:
Elephants, giraffes, hippos and rhinos were just a few of the animals we saw.
After the safari we had to find Dug and Russel. Jack had been talking about meeting Dug since we told them we were going to Disney and that “Up” was there. Unfortunately he got a little shy and didn’t want to get in line. So I waited with Layla while Jack and Daddy stood on the sidelines. She got both of their autographs and some cute photos with them-
While Layla was having a blast with the characters I asked their handler if Dug could walk over and say “hi” to Jack. She made sure he walked over and Dug spent a few minutes playing with Jack. It was so sweet and I’m thankful he got to “meet” him, even if Jack didn’t want to cross the rope.
Of course we had to take the necessary photo in front of the Tree of Life. Hakuna matata!
Jack’s favorite section of the park was DinoLand USA. We rode the “baby dino” ride, hit a few gift shops and then headed over to the playground.
The playground is SO fun and you must make sure to cross the bridge to the other side because the dino dig was where it’s at. Jack could have spent ALL day there. In fact, we did spend a large chunk of our afternoon there because Layla went to ride Expedition Everest with the guys. I don’t have any pictures from her ride but I will say she was excited to ride it, and then said she’d never do it again when she got off. Apparently it goes backwards through the dark and she wasn’t feeling it.
After being reunited we grabbed an ice cream treat and waited in line to see Pocahontas. That line was forever long…probably the longest line we waited in to see a character. The kids enjoyed their ice cream but it was a little warm that day and it melted EVERY. WHERE. Note to self- the Mickey Ear ice cream bars make a cute photo op but are a total disaster to eat. Have plenty of napkins, water, wipes and an extra set of clothing next time.
After waiting in line forever we finally got to the character spot only to see this guy. There was no Pocahontas in sight. Layla was less than thrilled and so disappointed until we saw Pocahontas walk up, she must have needed a bathroom break. Layla got the Governor’s autograph anyway.
Pocahontas was SO good. She asked Layla a bunch of questions and was very sweet. Layla loved meeting her:
Jack? Not so much. He was clinging to me the whole time and wouldn’t look her in the eye.
The kids were a little tired from all the excitement so we decided to head over to Magic Kingdom to walk around. I’m so glad Grandma and Grandpa Barton were able to join us for the first few days of our trip- it was a big help to have them around and the kids loved spending time with them at the happiest place on Earth.
We grabbed dinner and took it easy at MK. We ended up catching the light parade again and this time Jack was able to see it. He loved the train. 🙂
The kids got a great view on Grandpa and Daddy’s shoulders.
We discovered the fireworks were happening a little earlier than normal that night so we stayed to see Wishes (the fireworks) and Celebrate the Magic (more like an illumination show). The fireworks were great, the illumination show was amazing.
One of my favorite moments from this entire vacation was during the show when I caught Layla closing her eyes and wishing on a star. It was such a sweet moment, being there in front of Cinderella’s castle and seeing the fireworks was absolutely magical to her. Meanwhile Jack was hiding under an umbrella at the hot dog restaurant on the corner of main street. LOL.
The lines to get out of the park are out of control after the fireworks. To keep us busy I packed glow sticks and bubbles but forgot the bubbles! The kids had fun casting magic spells and turning us all into frogs with their glow sticks. They also decided to preform a show for us in line for the parking lot trolley.
Next up is Hollywood Studios!