I forgot to add to yesterday at HS. We also did M&G with Chip and Dale and Goofy with only a 5-minute wait for each. I would highly recommend doing the M&Gs in the morning if possible as they lines for all of the characters were over 30-45 minutes in the afternoon.
Day 4, Dec 6: Animal Kingdom
Because we had such an early breakfast, we chose to drive to AK. This was a great option for us as we were able to park pretty close to the entrance. Also, we knew that rain was in the forecast so we made sure our ponchos were packed and ready to go if needed. We had preRD breakfast at Tusker House and we were seated right at 8am. We met all of the characters, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy and finished breakfast all before the park opened. The buffet was great and service was exceptional. We walked over and were on the first ride for Kilaminjaro Safari. The was good but the mic for our driver kept going in and out so we only heard about half of what she was saying. We saw most of the animals that morning. I think the only ones we didn’t see were the giraffes. We then walked around Gorilla Falls. They gorillas had just been given food so they were all out and about and very active. We then took the 1st train ride over to Rafiki’s Planet. We did the M&G with Rafiki with no wait, walked around conservation station, petting and brushed some animals and then headed back to the main park area. DS4 loved brushing the goats. He had to brush each one before we left. Once we got back to the main park area, I moved up out FP for Kali River Rapids. This was DS4s favorite ride of the day by far. We then headed over to do lunch at FlameTree BBQ. We all split 2 platters and still had plenty of food leftover. We relaxed a bit before heading over to do Festival of the Lion King. While waiting to get in for Lion King, the heavens opened up and the downpour that I knew was coming happened. We were prepared with some good ponchos so as others were running for cover we were good. After Lion King DS4 wanted to do River Rapids again (he said since we are already wet and have our ponchos on let’s do it) and so we did it 2 more times with no wait either time. The rain had all stopped so we then headed over to DinoLand and rode TriceraTop Spin and played a few games at Fossil Fun Games. I will say, had DS4 not wanted to do some games we would have skipped it. It is way overpriced to play and the games are pretty much the same thing you would find at any hometown carnival. I honestly think it’s just a money suck and would skip it if you can. DH and I were looking for a bit of a break so we headed over The Boneyard to let DS4 run around and play so we could figure out what our next move was. We decided to do the Finding Nemo show and I checked to see if there was anywhere we wanted to eat that night. We lucked out with a last minute ADR to The Wave at Contemporary. We got a 7:20 ADR and had plenty of time to get back to the resort, shower, and relax before taking the monorail over to Contemporary. The service and food was impeccable minus the cheese tray we ordered as an appetizer. It was the saddest excuse for a fruit and cheese tray I have ever seen. The cheese portions were minuscule. DH is a cheese lover and he was very disappointed and refused to order any more cheese appetizers the rest of our trip. We both ordered the grilled rib-eye and they were superb. The side of macaroni was very cheesy and tasted great as well. DS4 ordered the penne pasta and it could have fed at least 2 people. For dessert, DH ordered the german chocolate cake and I had the banana’s foster. Both were amazing also. I would highly recommend eating here on your trip, just don’t order the cheese tray. LOL
We then hopped back on the monorail to get back to Poly but only made it to TTC before “electrical issues” forced us to walk the rest of the way to the resort. It’s a short walk from TTC to Poly so it wasn’t a big deal and I’m glad we walked because we heard people talking the next day that they waited over an hour before the monorail was back up and running. This seemed to be a running issue during our stay but we never experienced any problems with transportation other than this specific instance.