Disney World: Animal Kingdom (Day 2)
On Monday, we had reservations for breakfast at Tusker House with Donald and friends. We arrived to the park entrance early because our reservations were for exactly an hour before the park opened. However, they didn’t let people through the gate until a few minutes before our reservation. We walked really fast to get there but it wasn’t a big deal that we were late because of it.
The breakfast buffet was worth nowhere near what we paid for it, but I have to say that the food was much better than I thought it would be. There was typical American breakfast food, but of course, I had to try some of the African options, too.
We didn’t know who all the characters would be, as the only sure thing was Donald. We ended up meeting Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Mickey. Anya loved it but Felix wasn’t so sure.
After breakfast, we headed to do some rides. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan easy ones right after breakfast so we were just glad to not be sick. Here are the rides and shows we got to do:
Dinosaur (Fast pass) – Very intense but really awesome! The kids weren’t tall enough so they stayed with Grandma while we rode. We had Fast passes but we didn’t need them at that hour of the day.
Triceratop Spin – The kids loved this and we rode a couple of times. Another ride we just walked on.
Primeval Whirl – Totally not a good idea right after eating. Eric doesn’t really like spinning rides so when they asked if we wanted to keep riding (no one else was on the ride), he said no.
Expedition Everest (Fast pass) – This was a really awesome ride, and it might have been my favorite. It doesn’t do anything crazy like go upside down but it goes backward at one point.
Kali River Rapids – We didn’t have Fast passes for this, but it would have been nice to have them. The wait was only supposed to be 20 minutes, but a large group got in line right before us and we ended up waiting for quite awhile. Of course, I was the one who got soaked!
Kilimanjaro Safaris (Fast pass) – We had fast passes for this and I recommend getting one for this ride. We got to ride in a large vehicle and the driver took us through the “reserve,” explaining things as we went. It was kind of neat to see how the animals were “enclosed” without being enclosed. There were no cages or anything but the landscaping made it so that the animals couldn’t easily get to where we were. Here are a few animals we saw:
Festival of the Lion King – This was an excellent show! The characters actually sang and were amazing. There were lots of special effects, including fire.
Finding Nemo: The Musical – This was also a great show. It may even have been better than the Lion King show. Felix is really into Nemo right now and he loved it.
There were also three trails you could walk through to see animals. We got to do two out of the three. We actually got to see a baby gorilla with its mother on one of the trails.
When we finished at the park, we headed to Bubba Gump’s to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. The restaurant is in the Universal Studios area, so we ended up having to pay $17 to park. This wouldn’t be so bad if you were going to the park for the day, but we were just going to dinner. Unless you are going to spend a considerable amount of time there, I probably would just find somewhere else to eat.
A common misconception I have noticed when talking with people about visiting Animal Kingdom is that it is only a half-day. I disagree. It is true that there isn’t as much there as Magic Kingdom, so it can be a shorter day, but there is still plenty to do, especially if you have to wait for any of the rides. Honestly, it’s probably the perfect amount of things to do.