Monday morning brought us the hottest weather we’ve seen all week. I’m not sure how it happens, but every single time I’ve visited Disney, Animal Kingdom has been super hot. Like maybe they add a little heat to make it feel more like the African savanna.
Let’s talk about that bag I’m wearing. I can’t say enough fantastic things about the Kavu bag. It’s the best bag to have it Disney (or the zoo or the park, it’s great for chasing kids around and still having all the necessities on hand). It comes in a huge variety of colors.
We started our morning with a 9:45 reservation for breakfast at Tusker House. Their breakfast is insanely good, but I’ll take a Tusker House reservation any time of the day.
Safari Mickey and friends make their way around the tables and visit. Remember last year when Jud was scared of the characters? Not any more. They’re basically best friends now.
And it’s still super fun for BK, too!
After breakfast, we headed over to Asia to ride Everest. We did a rider switch and met Jud and my mom in Dinoland when we were finished. BK closed her eyes the entire time, but she had no reservations about riding it twice.
Dinoland was seriously the hottest place in the park, but we couldn’t pass up a trip for our dino-loving boy. He was so excited! We rode a fun dino ride and played some games, Allen won Jud a stuffed dinosaur that he carried around the rest of the day.
Allen’s parents met us at Animal Kingdom and the kids were thrilled to have unlimited access to so many grandparents.
At 12:55 we had a Fast Pass for the safari. We saw plenty of animals, even a few baby giraffes.
We took the scenic way at the exit and walked around the wildlife trials before using a Fast Pass for the Lion King. I think it’s hands-down the best show in the parks so there’s no way we were missing it!
We had a little down time so we decided to grab a picture in front of the Tree of Life. (I told my mom it’s her job to get in more pictures and take some with the kids today!)
Of course, we were ready to eat again so we grabbed a Quick Service meal at Yak and Yeti and found a table in the shade.
The adults opted to head back at this point and we enticed the kids with campfires and the pool back at the resort.
I can’t tell you enough good things about Animal Kingdom Lodge, it has been amazing. There is so much for the kids to do, I honestly wish we had scheduled more time to just be at the resort. The pools are so nice and haven’t been crowded at all, there are guides everywhere ready to answer BK’s questions and tell us all about the animals around the lodge. They have nightly campfires, fun movies and great enrichment programs.
And did I mention it’s beautiful?
After roasting marshmallows, we headed to the pool for a little while.
After the pool, Jud stayed with my mom while we tried to catch Epcot’s fireworks at 9:00. Then I was hungry again (surprise, surprise), so we headed over to Magic Kingdom (since it was open until 11:00) to grab a bite to eat at Casey’s before calling it a night.