Day 2: 11/25 Animal Kingdom
We woke up even before our alarm went off this morning. Could be excitement or those beds, but who knows? Either way, got ourselves ready (matching Minnie/Mickey shirts!) and ate a little breakfast in our room (donuts, poptarts, and Cheerios, oh my!). Got to the East Depot bus station and it looked like we’d have a quick wait for the bus…and then the time kept changing. I had read that the Port Orleans buses were not great but thought, oh maybe that’s just a few people who had an issue. But it was an issue for us most of the trip. While we were waiting for our bus, the kids were walking around playing…and then DS fell on the cement and cut his bottom lip pretty bad Not a great start to our day. Bus arrives and we’re on our way, all the while with the in-laws texting where they are. We are the last ones to arrive, and we meet up with everyone a little inside the entrance. This was the start of my MiL rushing us and driving me nuts. Most of the trip seemed to involve her looking back at us, wide-eyed, waving us forward as if we didn’t know where to go (hurry! hurry! the park might disappear!). Lesson of the day: know your traveling style and those of the people going with you. Now, I put together touring plans and wanted to get a lot done as well, without a long wait, but I also had planned on soaking in all the sights and sounds on the way. My in-laws’ way of traveling is apparently to rush rush rush. To each his own…but I know now that it is good to plan ahead about how you want to approach your vacation. I even said to MiL that morning, I don’t run while I’m on vacation (well, I don’t run EVER, anymore, but that’s another story).
Anyhoo…we headed to Pandora first but not for FOP (with only half our group able to ride this one, for various reasons, we just decided to do NRJ). NRJ was pretty cool, the kids liked it. My daughter’s favorite thing was her shoes ‘glowing’. Afterward, we stopped to check out the Pandora drummers, and my FiL was “that guy” shaking one of the instruments. We headed to the 10 AM FotLK show, which was great, and then our next FP for Kilimanjaro Safari. The safari was pretty good, but I have to admit I was not overly impressed. When I was a kid we would go to Six Flags Great Adventure and you used to be able to drive through the safari there, and I thought that was cooler. I guess just because the animals were closer. We were a little behind our plans at this point, and we had to make a decision to either go to the Up bird show early, or do Gorilla Falls trail and possibly be a little late for the bird show. My in-laws were very excited about this bird show so we ended up skipping Gorilla Falls The bird show was a let down for me. Yawn. Oh well.
We then had lunch at Tusker House. The kids were excited to see the characters. Don’t remember much about the food, except there was a roast pork at the carving station that was good. Seemed like there was some leftover Thanksgiving food? A lot of turkey and stuffing I think. After lunch we split up because MiL/FiL wanted to see It’s Tough to be a Bug and I was adamant about NOT seeing it, so we took the kids to meet Minnie and Mickey at Adventurer’s Outpost. I will have to see if I can get the PhotoPass pictures of DS meeting Mickey…it was adorable! (MiL paid for MemoryMaker, but she’s the only one who can get the non-watermarked photos.) I think we got a SD FP for Finding Nemo show next, but probably didn’t need it. Show was okay, the kids’ favorite part were the bubbles coming down at the end Did a walkthrough of the Maharajah Jungle Trek, and then headed to DinoLand. We did Triceratop Spin, and then let the kids run around Boneyard for a while. The tiredness was starting to set in, especially DD. She is pretty sensitive already, and when she’s tired it’s even more noticeable. We had the ROL dining package with our lunch so we headed there next. I liked that more than I expected! It was really pretty and soothing to watch. DS managed to sleep a little during it, even though the music was kind of loud. Dinner was at Yak & Yeti, where I proceeded to have a meltdown. DH made a comment that I don’t even remember but normally wouldn’t have gotten to me, but I was so tired and then DS knocked my drink all over me and I just had to leave for a few minutes to get some air. Cried a minute, then went back in and finished dinner. (got lo mein, nothing to write home about there either) We left before dessert, taking some ice cream sandwiches with us and went back to the hotel. We forgot about the ice cream until we were back at the hotel so they melted. Oh well. The next day we got to sleep in a little at least!