Sunday, July 11, 2010

Disney Day 3 ~ Animal Kingdom

Day 3. Animal Kingdom. Success! We had a great day at Disney's Animal Kingdom, we saw a lot, did a lot, had lots of restroom breaks and minimal tantrums.

Our first stop in Animal Kingdom was to get fast pass tickets for Expedition Everest. After that, it was on to Kali-River Rapids. One of Bryan's favorite rides in Disney!
The stand-by line was not too long when we got there, so we decided to wait.
Elysa was sound asleep, so Uncle Thomas waited with her while the rest of us rode the rapids.
Everyone loved the ride. Uncle Thomas already was waiting to the side with his rider-swap ticket and we were planning to let the boys ride again with him since they liked it so much, but as Bryan stepped off the ride, he told the attendant "That was so cool! Can we do it again?!" To which I smiled and replied, "Come on Bryan, we have to let others ride, too."
But the attendant had an even better response! She looked into her apron and gave our sweet boy FIVE more fast-pass tickets for the ride!! So we hopped off the ride and whipped back in line and went for a second ride, courtesy of the ride attendant!
After we rode our second time through, Uncle Thomas, David and the kids rode a third time! We were big fans of the Kali-River Rapids!!
We posed for a couple of pics near the ride of everyone soaked, and then we moved on...
We made our way through the Maharajah Jungle Trek,
and then made a quick pit stop in Dinoland, U.S.A. where the boys rode the Dinosaur ride
and the girls took a ride on the Tricera Top Spin!
After a very brief visit in Dinoland, we headed back to Expedition Everest! On our walk back towards the roller coaster, we were stopepd by a couple of ladies. They gave us two of what appeared to be credit cards and explained that they had just joined the vacation club and that these two cards were each good for 3 free fast pass tickets. (A total of 6!) They told us that they were not going to use them and that they wanted to make sure they got used by someone and we were the lucky ones! :) We gladly accepted and used them (although we held them until tomorrow~Hollywood Studio day).
We finally made it to Expedition Everest. First, Uncle Thomas, Dylan, and I rode the roller coaster. Then, we convinced a very nervous David that the ride wasn't bad at all (it SO was!) and that he should at least give it a try. Dylan was even in on the coaxing. David agreed. He was no a happy camper when he got back. LOL! David is not a roller coaster person and he is not a fan of heights. This ride was an extreme combination of both! Hehe! Ahem. Sorry, not laughing.
From Expedition Everest, we headed towards Tusker House for our lunch reservations. Guess who was late for their lunch reservations? Yes, again! But we got there and we were seated only after a short wait. The restaraunt was different, the server was great, the food was, er, not. But it came with guaranteed seating to the Nemo show, so hey! Who's complaining, right? (Here the girls are giggling with their Uncle while waiting to be seated for lunch.)
After lunch we had a little extra time to spare before the Nemo show, so we went on Kilimanjaro Safari, which the kids absolutely loved and I'm quite sure that Bryan was convincing Lydia that he knew more than the tour guide.

Luckily, the tour was only 2 weeks long, so we got off with plenty of time to spare before the Nemo show. So we posed for a few more pictures,
enjoyed our stroll,
and happened upon Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.
The kids were very impressed and for the first time Elysa began to dig Mickey. I mean really dig him! ;) We finally (and barely) made it to the Nemo show in time. It was fantastic. Superb! Totally worth the Tusker House visit, even though no one really ate there. LOL! But it was truly, truly an awesome show. No flash photography was allowed so I wasn't able to get very many pictures since I am still a photograpy amateur. :) It was probably better that way. I actually was able to put my camera away and just enjoy the show!
After the Nemo show we headed back to Dinoland where we spent the rest of the day riding rides and playing carnival games to our little hearts' content.

Oh, and we also met Goofy and Pluto just minutes before the park closed!
After posing for an oh-so-cute photo we headed out for the day. After all, the park was closing. And as we were walking out, I realized that we forgot to do "It's tough to be a bug!" I was a little pouty. BUT, as has been the case with most of our trip so far, we lucked up. The cast member at the admission to the "ride" told us we had 5 minutes until the park closed and she let us in. We walked right in and sat down!
We watched the Bug's Life show and headed out. The kids were happy, Uncle Thomas was happy, Mommy & Daddy was happy...Disney Day 3 ~ Animal Kingdom. A family vacation success story! :)


Grandmommy said...

Rides, shows, animals, games, what more could you ask for? Didn't even miss the food. Looks like all my kids, big & little had a good time at the Animal Kingdom.

Crystal M. said...

You r making me so excited about next yr. Sounds like anther great day!!

Amanda said...

Wow!!! I want to go with you guys next time. You have all the luck with fast passes! I'm glad you all had to blast. Sorry David, but I had to laugh about Expedition Everest...I love that ride and that you were tricked into riding it. Such fun! I have to say Lydia looks like a minature version of her sweet mother. The one of the two of you on Kali was a favorite of mine. I'm so happy you all had a great time!!! I can't wait to see and read the rest.

BusyB said...

looks like a lot of fun!!! Have there in a long time...makes me want to go back : ) my fav. picture is the little kiddo with woody sleeping ahhh how precious!!!

this week doing a kiddo giveaway come check it out!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day #3. Each day I think it was the best and they keep getting better & better, can't wait for the rest of week.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day #3. Each day I think it was the best and they keep getting better & better, can't wait for the rest of week.

BusyB said...

hey you! see that you were bummed about missing giveaway.... they will be hosting one ONce a MOnth!!! and this week... I have Jewlery!!! : ) every lady needs it!