Just got back from Disney and decided to make a trip report to help relive and remember the amazing trip we had. We were at Disney from Sept 29 - Oct 8. We stayed at Disney All-Star Music and had 7 day park tickets.
Background: Family of 4 DH, DD9, DD7 and myself. We last went to Disney in 2019. My kids are pretty early risers but not use to staying up late. I planned to rope drop most mornings but only stay for evening shows at HS and MK.
Travel/Resort: Our flight got in to Orlando a little after midnight. Used Mears Connect and walked on a bus. Think we had 2 stops before we got to our resort around 1:00am. Went straight to our room at All-Star Music. We were in the Rock Inn. It was not near what I requested and a long walk but we were also able to take the sports bus with a similar distance to our room. For us the value resorts work great. We mainly use the room to sleep and don’t need much else. I love the table beds as its so nice to have a table for the kids to eat at.
Day 1: Animal Kingdom
We slept in and had breakfast at the food court. We made it to the bus stop by 10:30. My kids watched the behind the scenes animal kingdom shows so were really excited about Animal Kingdom. We began by picking up the Wilderness Explorer book then taking the Wilderness Express Train. We made it just in time for the 11:30 Animation Experience. After we checked out the rest of Rafiki’s Planet Watch and took the train back. Then we took the safari and walked the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. Then we tramatized the kids by taking them to It’s Tough to Be a Bug. I had prepared them for what happens but they both hated it! We ate a late lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque and got a seat by the water. We got to see some characters float by as we ate. My kids were more interested in the bird than eating. Then we watched the Feathered Friends in Flight bird show with a slushy as it was pretty hot. My daughter was very excited to go on Everest which would be her first bigger roller coaster. (She loved slinky and Mine train last visit but she was too short for anything else). We rider swapped since my son didn’t want to go. She loved it so went again with rider swap then got in line again with DH as there was no wait. We ended the day riding Kali River Rapids. We got soaked! My son loved it and with no line we rode it 3 times. It was a great first day with an actual crowd level of 2- basically no waits for what we did today. Back at the resort we grabbed some dinner and picked up my instacart order before getting to bed early.