On Saturday we visited Animal Kingdom. We started the day off at the Tusker House character buffet breakfast which had Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in safari clothes. I will have to say that so far, the characters had come around to our table super fast and we had been in and out of breakfasts in about an hour. I had several people telling me it took at least 2 hours to see the characters and finish with meals so they were a waste of time. I didn’t find this to be the case at all, but we also had our reservations at 8am and the characters were just starting their routes. Maybe if you go later you might have just missed them and have to wait on them to go all the way back around.
Cohen always seems to look less than enthusiastic in the character photos, but I swear he was excited about seeing them all! Maybe he was a little apprehensive and reserved and it just comes through as unenthusiastic in the photos.
We had FastPasses for Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of The Lion King, a character meet & greet for Cohen, and Expedition Everest for Kyle and Kaden. We waited stand-by for DINOSAUR, and Triceratop Spin. Both kids were scared during DINOSAUR and wouldn’t ride it again, but both enjoyed the safari a lot! We ended up leaving rather late and skipped lunch completely. We had a dinner reservation that night at 5:30 so we didn’t want to mess with our appetite and opted for a quick snack back at the hotel instead.
The views on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride were amazing. The animals were out and about and the grasslands were just so pretty! The truck moves a little too fast for good photos and hardly ever stops, but I did manage to take a few pictures that weren’t blurry.
Overall, we enjoyed Animal Kingdom. It was a lot of walking back and forth from Asia to Africa and DinoLand, but it was worth it. It was our busiest FitBit day with over 20,000 steps and 8 miles!
Sunday we went to Epcot. Originally, I had planned on skipping Epcot as I think it is the least kid friendly park. I decided to go for just a few hours anyway, and that was really a mistake. Everyone was bored and whined and would have much rather been somewhere else. Oh well, lesson learned. I had FastPasses for a character meet with Cohen, MissionSpace for Kyle & Kaden, then Soarin & The Seas with Nemo and Friends. We waited stand-by for Turtle Talk With Crush and Living With the Land. Soarin was BY FAR the best thing at Epcot; all four of us really enjoyed it. We could never get a FP for the Test Track or I think it would have ranked pretty high up there since both kids were big enough to ride it. We ate lunch at Coral Reef which was pretty good and we both liked that they served alcohol after a rough, boring morning. We didn’t even bother going to visit all the countries since the food & wine festival was going on and there seemed to be a ton of people over that way. Needless to say, Epcot was not the kids favorite park and we would probably skip it next time and spend another full day at Magic Kingdom instead. For those of you with kids who went to Epcot, what did they enjoy? I’d love some advice on how to make that park more enjoyable in the future!