Day 2 – Evening
We left the Magic Kingdom at 12:30 and took a boat to Wilderness Lodge. We went to Roaring Forks and got a snack and while we were eating, they came out and set up a cookie decorating center! So we all 4 got free cookies (yes free at Disney World!) and a cup of icing and sprinkles to decorate our cookie. Jacob even ended up with frosting in his ear! HAHAHA!
Then we stopped by the concierge desk and got the Hidden Mickey hunt clue sheet. We then tried to find them and ended up giving up after two. HAHA! At 3:00 we got on a bus to the Animal Kingdom.
We got to the Animal Kingdom and we were on our way in when we had a bit of Disney Magic. A nice woman with a double stroller on her way out offered to let us use it. We only had our single with us and it was such a blessing! So a huge thank you to Mrs. Lamb of the Lamb family! I appreciated the pixie dust.
We got there just as the parade was starting. Jacob’s whole face was lit up in a big grin as his favorite characters came by. The Animal Kingdom show is so exciting and fun! I highly suggest you try to catch it. It also isn’t nearly as crowded as the one in the Magic Kingdom!
After the parade ended we went to Camp Minnie Mickey to greet the characters. Within a 40 minute span, we met Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy (saw him twice!), Meeko and Rafiki! Not bad!
For dinner we ate at Pizzafari (so good!) and almost didn’t make it to The Lion King show in time! We got there right after it started but we still got a seat. It is my husband’s favorite thing in all of Disney World. He is a Lion King fanatic!
After it was over, we high tailed it to Dinoland to ride Triceratop Spin. We were on the ride when we noticed Pluto and Goofy greeting in the back of Dinoland. Jacob had been begging to see Pluto so we had to stop to do that. The line only took about 10 minutes which wasn’t bad. We also had enough time to ride Triceratop Spin one more time before the park closed at 7 pm.
On our way out, we stopped to watch Animal Kingdom’s goodbye show. Minnie, Goofy and Donald pulled up in a jeep and sang and danced with the crowd. Emily even got chosen to be in the show!! Woo hoo! It was a blast…. until I got pooped on by a bird. But even that was magical because it takes a lot of luck to get pooped on by a bird. First time in my life. I laughed so hard.
We came back to the hotel and let the kids play on the playground before it got dark. I met the nicest couple and we had a great chat about touring Disney World. We then took the kids swimming for a bit in the pool before we finished off the night with a huge bubble bath.
It was the best day we have EVER had at Disney. My husband and I didn’t bicker once, the kids didn’t have a single melt down. We all had these huge grins on our face all day long!
Recap: Animal Kingdom from 3:40 – 7 pm
Parade: 20 minutes
6 characters in Camp Minnie Mickey – 40 minutes
Pizzafari – 35 minutes
Lion King Show – 30 minutes
Tricera Top Spin – 2 minutes
Goofy and Pluto – 12 minutes
Tricera Top Spin – 2 minutes
Day 3 – Morning
We spent the morning at Epcot. There was a little hiccup with the buses and we ended up not getting to Epcot until 8:50 am. That does happen occasionally but hopefully that was the only time this trip. I sent Jason ahead of us to Fastpass Soarin and Test Track (note: neither me nor Jacob were interested in riding so he used 2 park tickets at each location.)
We waited for Daisy for about 10 minutes. She is one of the hardest characters to meet! She isn’t everywhere like the Fab Five. Then we went to meet Stitch. Unfortunately he had to go make a phone call before it was our turn, but I had the best time talking to the Cast Member. He was from a town about 45 minutes from me! But Stitch returned after about 5 minutes and he and the kids had a great time together!
Then we headed over to Epcot’s Character Spot. By now it was 9:20 and the line was about 15 minutes long. Had the hiccup with the buses not happened, we would of been here sooner. But oh well. It is air conditioned waiting!
We got to meet Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy. Then when we went to exit, Jasmine was greeting off in the corner. Jacob would not talk to her! She spent at least 5 minutes with the kids trying to get their attention! Always remember to look for the extra character when you go to leave. (Last year it was Mary Poppins!)
After this, we went to do Living with the Seas with Nemo and Friends. Jacob loved the ride! He had so much fun looking for Nemo! But unfortunately he was in a sour mood afterward and so he and I ended up browsing the gift shop while Jason and Emily saw Turtle Talk with Crush.
After this, we headed to ride Soarin. We did a child swap and Jacob and I went to get a snack from Sunshine Seasons. While Emily and Jason were riding, Jen texted me to let me know she was in the parks. She came over to have a muffin with me. (If you haven’t already, you should check out her blog Coupons and Cakes!) We had a great chat! She and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary! Woo hoo!!
We then headed over to the other side of the parks so Emily and Jason could ride Test Track. You know both Test Track and Soarin have these long videos for you to watch. It really takes a long time. Blah.
Jacob and I went to play on the playground at Mission Space. (To get to this, you enter the gift shop and walk to the right. You can’t miss it.) But we didn’t play long because he was mr. grumpy. So we browsed the gift shop and he talked me into a $15 set of cars and a $6 set of suckers. (eye roll) I think he’s down to $61 for souvenirs. (each kid has $100 in birthday money they saved to spend)
By now it was 1 pm and time to head back to the resort. We got to our stop just as the bus was arriving! We had a great chat with another couple that was celebrating their 1st anniversary and my daughter decided to give them 2 of her mickey suckers. She decided! I didn’t even have to suggest it. What a sweet gesture for her to do!
We stopped by the resort gift shop on our way to eat and she got a $15 set of Peter Pan figurines (she’s also down to $61) and I bought myself a lanyard. I decided that since the kids aren’t really into pin trading, that I was going to wear the pins and do all the trading. It was $8 but it’s a big, nice, sturdy lanyard with Tinker Bell on it. So cute!
We ate lunch at the cafeteria and now the kids are napping and hubby is doing laundry. Woo hoo!
Epcot – 8:50 am to 1 pm
These are our wait times:
Daisy meet and greet – 10 minutes
Stitch meet and greet – 7 minutes
Epcot Character Spot – 15 minutes
Jasmine – 1 minute
Living with the Sea/Turtle Talk with Crush – 5 minute wait for the show
Soarin (twice) / muffin with Jen – 1 hour total (5 minute wait with Fastpass each time)
Test Track – 5 minutes with fastpass
Playground at Mission Space – no wait
Here is the Day 1 morning recap.
Here is the Day 1 evening and Day 2 morning recap.