Trip Report ~ Day 2: Animal Kingdom

Sorry for the delay in posting this update!  Okay …. now, on to our Day 2, which was spent at Animal Kingdom!

We are rope drop people (or we try to be 90% of the time) – so we were at the park at opening, but with no time to spare – but, luckily, that meant we didn’t wait in a line to get in! 🙂

I, personally, love Animal Kingdom.  My family – not as much, with the exception of Expedition Everest – which my girls LOVE!!  Hubby is not a roller coaster person, so he’s never even done it… but, he is a sport and he goes along with us.

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Given the love of Expedition Everest – that is where we started… And, the wait times were so good that my daughters went for subsequent rides!  They love when it works out like that and they are able to do EE back to back to back!  I chose not to participate in the subsequent trips up the mountain.  But, the girls sure loved it…

Here are a few of the EE ride photos:

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As a side note, not sure that I’ve ever taken a ride photo that I liked… but, moving on…..

After we rode Expedition Everest a few times, we took a few pictures at the Tree of Life …

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… and headed to have some brunch!  We decided to give Pizzafari a try!

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We were actually thinking that we might make it in time for the breakfast menu, but by the time we made it over – they had the lunch menu out.  But, that was okay – we all like pizza!

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Three of us decided to get pizza (pepperoni for the hubs and youngest, with veggie pizza for me!) and my oldest daughter decided on the chicken, veggie and pasta salad.  We all really enjoyed our meals – I, particularly, enjoyed that I got a Caesar Salad with my pizza and – while I’ve had better salads – I really enjoyed it.  My oldest really enjoyed her pasta – though she expected it to be warm, but it was a cold dish.  For our desserts, three of us got the chocolate mousse and the baby got the cheesecake in a glass.  We all really enjoyed the chocolate mousse (not as good as the mousse from France in WS, of course, but it was good).  The cheesecake wasn’t received as favorably… she didn’t like the ‘gel’ topping that was on it.  So, she finished off my mousse.  The only major complaint was from my husband – who will easily drink two (and usually more) average sized cups of drink with a meal – and, Pizzafari doesn’t offer refills.  So, that was a bit disappointing… The price for the refills was reasonable, so we did keep him hydrated … but, a minor complaint.

This restaurant is absolutely beautiful – we made it a point to walk through all of the rooms and admire the brightly colored decor.  It was fun to look at all of the paintings on the wall… and the colors were just so cheerful …

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We would definitely return!

And, then we headed to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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We had never done Rafiki’s Planet Watch – but, it was in the right area (we had fast passes for the Safari in a bit) and I was intrigued by the concept of the Express Train, with it’s side facing seats..

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We enjoyed the train ride and decided to explore a bit.  As I said, we had never done this … so, we didn’t know what to expect, but we enjoyed it and even got to meet a few characters (unexpected bonus for my youngest daughter).

Hannah with Rafiki:

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Hannah with Chip & Dale:

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After meeting Rafiki and Chip & Dale, we decided to head back for our safari.  It was a good plan… however, as we made our way back in to the Rafiki’s Planet Watch station, it started to rain … and we decided, having done the Safari on our last trip, to skip the Safari this time.  We didn’t want to just sit at the station, so we headed out… THE.BOTTOM.FELL.OUT… Luckily, the girls and I were able to take cover and remain relatively dry!  My husband, not so much … bless his heart, due to the people blocking the doors to the shop we were going in, he got soaked!  Thankfully, the down pour was short lived and we headed out… After stopping to take a picture with an African mask.

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Given that we were all already wet, we thought this was a perfect time to do Kali River Rapids (for the girls – the hubby and I sat it out). So we took a trip to “Asia”… it was an uneventful travel and we just enjoyed the sights along the way! The girls enjoyed the ride.

We decided to have a mid-afternoon meal / snack together and headed to Flame Tree Barbecue! We decided to share two of the combination platters and it was wonderful! The chicken was delicious!!!

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After our meal, we headed to do Expedition Everest again!

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After Everest, we headed to DinoLand to spend some time before we enjoyed a show a bit later.  With the exception of Dinosaur, I don’t particularly enjoy DinoLand, but it is a cute area.

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The girls enjoy Primeval Whirl – so they rode that a few times.   We were going to ride Dinosaur, but given the wait and the timing for the next Nemo show (which we wanted to see) and our FP for Expedition Everest return time, we headed back toward the theatre.  There was still a bit of time before the show, so the girls headed to Expedition Everest, while we waited at the theatre.

While we were at the theatre waiting, I got a frantic text from my oldest daughter.  My youngest daughter, Hannah, had lost her Magic Band on Expedition Everest… She was so upset!  I knew we could get a replacement, but it wasn’t the same as her custom painted Magic Band.  I could understand!!  But, I told them not to worry about it and come on back (they only got to ride once) so we could watch Finding Nemo:  The Musical.

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It was a great show!!  I really enjoyed it – but, I must admit – Hannah being so sad about her Magic Band put a damper on it.

After Nemo, we decided to grab a snack – a Mickey bar for me, Dibs for Sarah and a frozen banana for Hannah (Michael declined a snack) and go ride Dinosaur.  As always, we really enjoyed Dinosaur… we rode it twice, as it was nearly a walk on by this time.

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After riding Dinosaur, we decided to head out of the park and to Animal Kingdom Lodge for our dinner reservation at …

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We were most excited about this reservation – and had been really looking forward to it!  And, it didn’t disappoint!!  The restaurant is beautiful!  And, we had a wonderful server, named Chris – who took really good care of us during our meal.

We already knew that we’d start with the bread service … with all the accompaniments!

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The hubby and I decided to have a drink – he chose the Magical Star Cocktail and I settled on the Malawi Mango Margarita.  Both were delicious – but, I much preferred mine!

For our entrees, I chose the Spicy Durban Chicken and Beef Short ribs.  Michael chose the Butter Chicken and Spicy Durban Chicken.  Sarah chose the New York Strip and Hannah decided on the Tandoori Chicken.  We all enjoyed our meals!  The only think I would change is that I would get the Butter Chicken, instead of the Spicy Durban Chicken.  Hannah would probably try something else … while she enjoyed her chicken, she didn’t enjoy the side (Coriander Khichdi) that was served with it.

Here are a few pictures:

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Beef Short Ribs & Spicy Durban Chicken

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New York Strip

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Butter Chicken and Spicy Durban Chicken

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Tandoori Chicken

For dessert, the girls and I decided on the dessert trio, while Michael got the rice pudding.  We all enjoyed our desserts – but, my favorite was the Chai Cream – next time, I would choose 3 Chai Cream!!  It was that good!!

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Dessert Trio

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Rice Pudding

After dinner – we were stuffed and tired and retreated to our room to rest up for our day at Universal Studios, the next day!

Stay tuned for the next post!!

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