Thursday, October 13, 2011

WDW Trip Recap: Day 4, 9-24-11

Day 4, September 24, 2011
Sad to say, this was the last morning we woke up with the intentions of hitting a park.  I always hate when these days roll around!  We woke up early to get to Animal Kingdom before the park opening.  The park opened at 9:00 and our breakfast reservations at Tusker House were for 9:05.  I think we got to the park around 8:30 and once we confirmed with a cast member at the turn stiles that we had a reservation, we were allowed into the park to make our way to Tusker House.  This was FABULOUS!  We knew we had 30 minutes to get to the restaurant, so we didn't rush.  There were no people around so we were able to see a lot of the Oasis on our way to The Tree of Life.  Once we were on the bridge and able to see the tree, there were no people!  I was able to get a picture of the tree with no people clutter!  It really was awesome!

Breakfast was good.  The food was tasty and there was so much to choose from!  I had to get Mickey waffles and so did C-man.  I did try some of the African foods, but they didn't have a breakfast feel to me, so I stuck with the traditional American breakfast consisting of tater tots, biscuits, waffles, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruit and whatever other carbs I could find on the buffet!  While the food was good and the atmosphere was great, the service was not so hot.  Several times our drinks were dry and we had a hard time understanding the accent of our waitress.  We wanted our bill to be split so I could pay for mine and KK could pay for hers.  That was a disaster!  We finally figured it out and went on our way.  At least we were able to meet Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy!  C-man even participated in a "march" around the restaurant with Mickey while shaking some sort of instrument.  It was cute and he enjoyed it.
After breakfast we went to Kilimanjaro Safaris to see what the animals were up to.  It was a nice ride, but I was not able to get as many photos of the missing animals as I had hoped to get (Savannah East, Savannah West, African Forest).  Again, there's another reason to go back! :)  C-man LOVED it though.  We walked through the Pangani Forest after the safari and took in a few more animals.  Then it was time to ride the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  C-man enjoyed the train ride and loved spotting "Fiki" on our way to the building!  We met some nice goats, but sadly were not able to see Luke Skywalker.  He's been retired (which isn't Disney code for dead, I asked!).  We also met Pocahontas and Jiminy Cricket!
After the train ride back, we started strolling towards Dinoland.  This is when C-man took his first nap of the day.  He was still tired from the night before at MNSSHP!  KK sat on a bench while C-man napped for a while so I could walk around and snap a few pictures.  I ended up waking him up before he was ready to so we could finish this park and head to the Magic Kingdom.  I was scared this would send him into a tizzy, but he actually did great!  We spent quite a bit of time roaming around the Boneyard playground and ended our adventure riding Triceratops Spin.  I'm not sure why, but all kids seem to like the rides that spin in circles and fly up high (Aladdin's Magic Carpets and Dumbo, too).  On our way out of the park we took some time to look at the animals in the Oasis are before saying goodbye to Animal Kingdom.

Next, we took the bus back to the Magic Kingdom.  The first thing we did was ride the train all the way around the park.  I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Fantasyland expansion, but had no luck.  After the train, we sat on the curb in Town Square to watch the Celebrate a Dream parade.  This was a fun, quick parade with lots of characters.  I took lots of pictures and then we moved on.  One thing on my list that I really wanted to do this trip was try a Dole Whip.  That was our first stop in Adventureland.  C-man didn't want to try it, so I had it all to myself.  I didn't get a picture of it because I think it was 115 degrees that day and it was actually melting faster than I could eat it.  If I had taken the time to get out the camera and take a picture, I would have had a Pineapple Dole drink rather than a whip, so I passed on the picture.  While I am glad I finally had one, I doubt I'll get it again.  It was good and refreshing on such a hot day, but I'd much rather have soft serve chocolate ice cream.  Call me crazy, I know.  I like fruit.  I like desserts.  But, I really don't like my desserts to have a fruity flavor.

After the Dole Whip, we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and made our way to Tom Sawyer Island.  I honestly don't remember the last time I set foot on the island.  It may have been during the barrel bridge fiasco!  We spent a lot of time running around the island, playing on the playground, going through the tunnels, running across the bridges, playing in the fort and shooting the guns.  C-man had a blast and we were sweating more on that island than we did the whole trip!  It didn't take long after the Tom Sawyer adventure for C-man to take another nap.

While he was sleeping, we strolled to Fantasyland and sat in Pinocchio Village Haus to cool off and drink water.  Once we were refreshed, we went to Liberty Square so I could look for a Christmas ornament and we found Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.  I think she is my favorite princess now!  They were such a fun couple.  The line wasn't very long, but it took a while because they spent so much time with each guest.  C-man woke up right as it was my turn to meet them.  Being in a foul, "I just woke up" mood, he did not want to meet them.  Instead he stood back and cried the whole time I was with them because he wanted me to hold him, but didn't want to meet Tiana and Naveen.   As we left, Prince Naveen told me if we wanted to come back later when he wasn't crying we could come to the exit gate and cut in line to meet them- HOW SWEET!  Too bad we were on our way out and didn't have a chance to take him up on the offer.
This was when the magic started to fade.  We made our way down Main Street toward the exit.  It was time to leave.  On our way out, my feet were a little heavy and it took a little longer.  Tears welled up in my eyes wondering when I would be back to this special place with my son, hoping it wouldn't be too long.  I hope to make a few more trips with him while he still believes in all the magic and isn't too cool to hug a princess or chase a space ranger.  I turned around before I went under the train tracks for one last look of Main Street USA and the castle.  I swallowed the lump and said goodbye.

Until next time...


  1. I cry every time when we leave. I'm such a baby. Glad I'm not the only one. I absolutely love the picture of the 3 of you with Donald. So colorful and vibrant - and your shirts turned out great!

  2. Beth, I am with you on the fruit-isn't-dessert train! The trick is to not think of Dole Whip as a dessert - it's a snack! ;)

  3. V, that's a great way to put it!! Maybe I'll give it another go!

  4. Thanks Heidi! They were fun to make. At least my tears didn't make my shirt run! ;)

  5. Looks like C-Man had a GREAT trip! I love his face smiling with the characters- I hope Noah will be the same at 2 on his next trip! And I'm with you on the dole whip. If I'm going to spend 200-300 calories on a treat, I want there to be chocolate involved.

  6. I've loved reading your trip reports. I hope you get to take C Man back again soon. We enjoyed watching him take it all in, I think he's one of Drew's new favorite kids, and thats saying something. ;)