Disney World: Animal Kingdom

Looking back over the itinerary, I am not sure how we packed all of this into one day. Somehow we managed. This was an epic day where the safari meets the amusement park. This was a unique day because both my sister and Kelsey had been to DW before, but neither had been to Animal Kingdom.

We started off with a character breakfast at the Tusker House. We had a fantastic waiter who made our day.

Here is the rest of the itinerary (favorites are bolded and linked):

Character breakfast at TUSKER HOUSE

1. Arrive 30-40 minutes prior to opening 2. Send one member of your party to obtain FASTPASSes for Expedition Everest. The group should meet up at TriceraTop Spin. 3. Ride TriceraTop Spin if you have your children in your group. 4. Ride Primeval Whirl 5. Follow the signs to Dinosaur, and ride. 6. Ride Kali River Rapids 7. See Flights of Wonder. If wait exceeds 20 minutes, walk the Maharaja Jungle Trek first, then see the show. 8. Walk the Maharaja Jungle Trek if you have not already done so. 9. Return to Expedition Everest and ride. 10. Visit Africa, and send one member of your party to obtain FASTPASSes for Kilimanjaro Safaris 11. Eat lunch 12. Take the Wildlife Express train from Africa to Conservation Station/Rafiki's Planet Watch. Tour the exhibits, and take the train back to Africa. 13. Walk the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa 14. Experience Kilimanjaro Safaris using the FASTPASSes that were obtainted in Step 10. 15. See Festival of the Lion King at Camp Minnie-Mickey 16. See Pocahontas and her Forest Friends. If time permits, tour the character trails in Camp Minnie-Mickey 17. See Finding Nemo - The Musical at Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A. if next show is within 25 minutes. Otherwise, see It's Tough to Be a Bug! on Discovery Island; use FASTPASS if your wait exceds 30 min. Also check out exhibits at the Tree of Life. 18. If you have the time and interest, check out the Boneyard in DinoLand U.S.A. 19. If you've not already done so, see It's Tough to Be a Bug! and the exhibits at the Tree of Life on Discovery Island. 20. Shop, snack, or repeat any attractions you especially enjoyed. 21. Visit the zoological exhibits at The Oasis.

Supper at POLYNESIAN RESORT: Spirit of Aloha Show

As we were walking to one of our destinations, we saw something moving in the shrubbery to the left of the path. It startled us at first, but then we figured out there was a lady dressed up to blend in. She moves very slowly and eventually crossed the path in the midst of people trying to get from here to there. Sort of like Mother nature. Always around us.

All day long Kaleb really wanted to ride a big roller coaster. And my Mom has never been known for her roller coaster riding skills, but we convinced her to give it a try. After all she just turned 50 and we had been prepping her all year to ride some rides with us. We all went on Expedition Everest, but both Mom and Kaleb said they wouldn't do it again. I thought it was awesome!

After the long day, we topped it off with a Luau at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show. This was a lot of fun. Mom and Kaleb got to go on stage to learn to dance.