Monday, July 4, 2011

Disney 2011 On A Budget - Day 4 Disney's Animal Kingdom

In my opinion, we saved the best for last!  Disney's Animal Kingdom was my favorite park of the trip.  It was nice to go there towards the end of the trip, since everyone was getting tired!  However, Disney's Animal Kingdom is a nice change of pace, it is more laid back and nicely shaded!  It was also the 2nd best way to meet and greet characters (Chef Mickey's was the best in my opinion)!

Our first stop was Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails!  We were able to meet Chip and Dale, Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and Mickey!  We only spent about an hour here and were able to meet all these characters and give hugs and get pictures!

After meeting the characters, we headed back to Kilimanjaro Safaris to get our Fast Passes!  We had about 2 hours so we rode the Wildlife Express Train to Rafikis Planet Watch.  While we are at Rafikis Planet Watch we were able to visit Conservation Station and Affection Station and pet some animals.  After we were done we rode the Wildlife Express Train back to Harambe, Africa.

When we arrived back in Africa, we entered the Fast Pass line for Kilimanjaro Safaris and boarded our vehicle and enjoyed an amazing ride!  It was a bit bumpy, but the kids (and adults) enjoyed seeing the antelope, crocodiles, elephants, zebras and more!  I loved this ride!

After our ride, it was time for lunch!  WOW - we got a lot in before lunch!  Since we were still in Africa, we ate at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.  I had this amazing turkey sandwich there!  Next we headed over to Dinoland U.S.A. 

We got to ride Tricera Top Spin and dig in The Boneyard!  Unfortunately, everyone was getting tired and hot!  We decided to end our day a little early after we were able to catch Finding Nemo - The Musical.  My five year old loved this show!  After the show on our way out of the park we got to watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.

So here is a special tip, remember where you park!  We got on the tram and none of us could remember where we parked!  So we got off the tram, where I thought we parked, and spent about 20 minutes on hot asphalt looking for our van!  We set the alarm off several times and finally, we heard the sound!  Yeah - we were rescued into the A/C of our van!  The thermostat read 100 degrees!

In my opinion, traveling with a 2 year old and a 5 year old, 3 day tickets were enough for us.  Also we did not get the park hopper option, but honestly we would have never used it!

Check out the other parks we visited from our trip here:
Magic Kingdom
Hollywood Studios

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