Animal Kingdom (Part 1)

After a wild breakfast at Tusker House, we were ready to start our last park day.  We had the following scheduled for the day:

  • 10:00am: Festival of the Lion King FP+
  • 12:30pm: Yak & Yeti lunch reservation
  • 1:10-2:10pm: Expedition Everest FP+
  • 3:45-4:45pm: DINOSAUR FP+

It’s worth noting now that at this point, Animal Kingdom still closed at 5:00pm.  The new nighttime entertainment was not yet available while we were there.

Our family really enjoys Animal Kingdom for the relaxed pace and outdoorsiness, but there isn’t a ton here that we really needed to do again. So, we were prepared to take it at a fairly leisurely pace and see what we had time for.  The plan for the morning was to start out in Africa, since we were already there for breakfast, then head out to Planet Watch before lunch.

We left Tusker House right at 9:00 and headed over for to Kilimanjaro Safaris. We got pretty lucky with animal sightings on this trip.

After our safari ride, it was time to head to our FP+ for Festival of the Lion King. It was the first show of the day, so it was pretty packed.  We love this show, and it is a must-see for us. If you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend it.  The FP+ doesn’t get you special seats.  But it does get you in before those waiting for stand-by, so on a busy day it pretty much guarantees you a seat for a particular show, as long as you show up in the FP+ window.

After the show, we caught the train out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  We enjoyed some of the exhibits out here, but really there wasn’t a lot going on.  There was a vet procedure about to start, but it was kind of crowded and none of us were that interested. So, we said a quick hello to our favorite Baboon, and hopped the train back to Africa.

At this point, it was about 11:30.  I’d made our lunch reservations for 12:30 to give us plenty of time in the morning, and I guess I’d over estimated how much time we actually needed. So we talked about what to do before lunch, and decided just to wander around.  That’s when we stumbled upon some characters we had never managed to meet before.

Then we wandered over to the Tree of Life for some photos.

Animal Kingdom

We decided as long as we had some time, we’d hit up Tough to Be a Bug, even though G absolutely hates it.  It’s a cute show, although I don’t recommend taking little ones who are scared of bugs or the dark.  After leaving TTBAB, we found a couple of Wilderness Explorers to get our photo taken with on our way to lunch.

Dug and Russell

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