Day 3- Animal Kingdom
Tuesday night when both the girls got sick, I was so worried that we were about to have a real stomach bug on our hands and was tempted to cancel our reservations and plans for the next morning. We decided to wait and see how they felt and they both woke up chatty and feeling fine. We rushed to get ready and drove into Animal Kingdom (to save a little time,) and made it just in time for our 8:45 reservation at the Tusker House Character Breakfast. This was a FUN meal with Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy all in Safari gear! This, combined with the amazing breakfast buffet menu made it an easy choice for us. The food was delicious and the girls continued to perk up after the yummy Mickey Waffles, Bacon and Fruit. Lance and I sampled some of the more exotic things of course, but just between you and me– it’s really hard to beat a Mickey Waffle! Everything was delicious and there were a few dishes from South Africa which Lance pointed out to me and I was able to try. YUM! The fresh fruit and passion fruit juice were some of my favorites.
Now a few pictures I captured on my phone:
This park is completely different from the others. It’s definitely “zoo-like” in certain ways but with a Disney spin. You can tell it’s a Disney park because everything is so clean and so well done. We were wanting to keep things easy for the girls to avoid pushing them too hard after the night before’s events so we did a few things here and there. Also, for some crazy reason– the Animal Kingdom seemed to be crawling with people that day. After breakfast, we rode the train out to Rafiki’s planet watch and visited the petting zoo, (the girls loved brushing the goats!) Then we saw Mickey & Minnie, visited the Tree of Life, went to Kilimanjaro Safaris in time for our FP+ (so fun!) then we briefly visited guest services since one of us lost our Magic Bands, (I’m hearing this happening here and there– maybe Disney is working on an improvement to them– it’s still very new.) We then grabbed a few snacks before going to the Finding Nemo Show. The Finding Nemo Show was really a great highlight and end to our short day at Animal Kingdom. I know there was much more to do, and we planned to do more but being flexible allowed the girls to rest a bit, enjoy themselves and not get sick again! YAY!
After a nice little rest time back at the hotel, we changed and headed to the Wilderness Lodge for Dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe. The Whispering Canyon Cafe has a build-your-own platter option which we tried (hello, Disney dining plan!) and it allowed us to sample several different BBQ-style meats. Our favorite was actually a citrus-crusted white fish they brought out. We had fish several times while at Disney and each time, it was outstanding!
Just walking around the Wilderness Lodge and enjoying the excellent theming was exciting in and of itself. We both agreed that one day this would be one where we would enjoy staying. I would highly recommend the Whispering Canyon Cafe both for service and fun! The staff had all kinds of fun antics and the night was full of shenanigans and laughter! Although, I’d also like to mention that our server was very tuned into our family and when we had a few extra needs for our littles, she was happy and quick to oblige! That’s the Disney way though.
After dinner, we headed back to our resort for a good night’s rest as we were planning Thursday to be another Magic Kingdom day with Extra Magic Hours and tons of fun! Come back again and I’ll share the fun pictures. Thank you for joining me so far on this trip recap, because nothing soothes the pain of NOT being in Disney like re-living the memories!
See you Real Soon! (Yes, I couldn’t help myself. I had to say it.)