5/19 (1st full day)
At the bus stop at 6:25am. 2nd group in line for AK bus. A few more in the MK bus line. 1st MK bus arrived first (big double bus) and MK line was building. Our bus arrived around 6:45am but director had them circle around. Came back and we started loading around 6:50am. Bus director informed us that since MK was further away they were allowed to load and leave earlier. She has been instructed to not allow buses to reach parks more than 1 hour before posted open. Thus the reason she had the AK bus circle around. Anyway, loaded at 6:50am, at the toll booth at 6:59, (didn’t use dedicated bus lane) through the tolls around 7:04, and dropped us off by the ride share area. Pretty close to the entrance so no complaints. We were done with FOP and NRJ by 8:40am. Stopped for some pictures, went to KS but line was too long so we opted for EEx2, then back to tree of life to see the bird show. More pics, then to KRR, then ITTBAB. I instructed DD17 to visit one of the wilderness explorer booths as I used the restroom. To my surprise she was excited about the book and collecting the stickers so we walked around to the different stops and collected the stickers. To surprise me even further while we were walking to the booths she reached out and held my hand . Brought a tear to my eye but I blamed it on the sweat .
Since we had done all the attractions on our list we decided to walk in to Y&Y with the Landry’s card around 11:15. Told us it was about a 20-30 min wait. Hit a couple more Wilderness explorers booths, a couple more pics and got the text. We had the best meal we’ve ever had on property. Our waiter, “Juan” was outstanding. Food was amazing. Definitely made up for the RR experience. We had 3 apps (egg rolls, pot stickers, and firecracker shrimp) and we split the Kobe burger. Everything was absolutely delicious.
Hopped out of the park around 1pm, grabbed an Uber back to ASMo. Swim, shower, nap and caught the bus to MK and was walking down Main St. by 5pm. Stopped for lots of pics, BTMRR, CBJ, Tiki room, PoC, and ended the evening with our favorite ride SPLASHx2. Caught the bus back to ASMo, and had a late dinner (our Earl of Sandwiches and Amorette’s Mickey Mousse’)