Today we had a really slow start, we decided to wake Emily up at 9:30am as we wanted to be in Animal Kingdom around 11am. Mission completed at 10:40, first stop the Starbucks and a picture with Timon from the Lion King.
Time for our first FastPass+, the Kilimanjaro Safari! Here you ride with a very large “Jeep“ through different ecosystems between the animals. Emily was mainly focussed on birds and animals which looked like horses.
We also got in a traffic jam caused by Giraffes crossing the paths we were driving over multiple times. Very amazing to see this, we’ve done this safari multiple times but eve never seem so many animals.
After the ride Emily wanted to take a walk and thus we followed the Gorilla trail, she had mainly interest for the leafs!
Next stop was lunch, we decided to have lunch in the Satu’li Canteen in Pandora. Here I used the Disney World app to place a mobile order. Extremely convenient and it saved a lot of time too.
Throughout the day I had been checking FastPass availability for the Flight of Passage, and I was lucky to get one. Unfortunately I needed to cancel my meet & greet with Mickey and Minnie but FoP is such an amazing ride and I wanted to see it again after the preview in May.
Danielle and Emily went to get there pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie and after we were both done Danielle went on the rider switch ticket while Emily and I explored the boneyard in Dinoland U.S.A.
First we dug out some old bones, then Emily went 118 times from the exact same slide. When mama came back we asked Emily what she wanted to do and she pulled us towards an actual attraction the „TriceraTops Spin“. That’s my girl…
After a spin with loud giggles and a smile from ear to ear we took a picture and went back to the car.
On our way out we got to meet Beer Fox and Brer Rabbit.
We hoped that Emily would sleep a bit in the car and we drove to the Florida Mall as this was a 40 minute drive but unfortunately she slept in only 5 minutes before we parked our car. Danielle went shopping and I waited till our little Aurora woke up. Besides shopping at Lush, The Disney Store and Macy’s we had spice cream from Coldstone before we went back to the Townhouse.
When Emily entered the house she took off her Crocs and ran to the back, she wanted to swim. While mama was doing some laundry we both took a plunge. What a lot of fun. But she got tired quick and thus it was time for bed.
After the standard ritual with a story, brushing her teeth and going to the toilet, she fell a sleep before we even closed her bedroom door.
I went to Target for some groceries and now it’s time for bed as we want to arrive in the Magic Kingdom of Mickey Town early.
What a night, yesterday night we got to see Emily her dinner for the second time. Unfrotunalty she could not go back to bed as we needed to clean the crib and wait for it to dry. Somewhere around 11:00pm she was finally in her bed, we figured that it would be rough night but she slept till 8:00am.
I believe that she woke up from being hungry and thirsty but we didn’t want her to feel sick again and started of slowly with water, some time later more water and finally a banana. After the banana she was unstoppable and wanted to go outside in the backyard. Just 15 minutes later at 10:30am we all changed in to our bathing suits and jumped in the pool.
We had a blast, soon it was time for a quick lunch and right after Emily was enjoying her afternoon nap. This was a bit earlier today while she slept less last night but also because we were expected in Anmimal Kingdom for a 2 hour preview of Pandora -The World of Avatar!
We left the villa at 4:20pm and walked through the park entrance at 4:35pm. We walked straight to Expedition Everest as Danielle and I had a FastPass for this ride. Danielle got to go first and after I finished my expedition we walked to Creature Comfort (a Starbucks) before we travelled through space to Pandora.
The new land is opening on the 27th of May but for Annual Passholders there were sneak peaks announced in March. Unfortunately we did not receive the invitation email and so we missed out on the possibility to sign up. I decided to give them a call while being here in Florida and the wonderful people at Guest Relations where able to accommodate us today from 6:00-8:00pm.
First we walked through the park and we got a picture taken with The Valley of Mo’ara in the background. I’m not sure how they did it but the mounts really seem to float.
In the new land there are 2 new rides. The first one, Avator Flight of Passag, we could not ride together as Emily isn’t tall enough and probably it would have been a bit too scary too. What an amazing experience the theming of the waiting line is very detailed and very beautiful. The ride is done very well, it starts with finding and being linked with your own Avatar with afterwards the flight on the back of a banshee. I would say the whole thing is a very special mixture between Dinosaur, Soarin, Mission Space + 3D! And today it was almost a walk on!
After I got back from my flight we wanted to go on the Na’vi River Journey. This a laid back ride in a boat where Emily was able to join us, as soon as we came close to the boarding area the ride broke down and we needed to leave again and try later.
When we exited it started to rain, Danielle went to get linked up with her banshee to fly around Pandora. Emily and I to find a place to sit as we expected a little bit of rain, we were not even inside the Satu’li Canteen and it started to poor down. We found a nice place and after mama came back from her flight she joined us until the rain was over. The food was delicious, Emily ate half of her portion, mama got the rest and I ate mine all by myself. Probably the best counter service food in any of the theme parks I’ve visited.
We walked towards the Na’vi River Journey and it was open again, lucky us. I thought I had seen some amazing dark rides before but this one blew me away. The colours, the lights, the moving plants, the creatures moving around you, impossible to see where video ended and reality took over. Emily was sitting in between us and she didn’t knew where to look but from time to time she was dancing along with music and clapping when she saw something special.
After we excited we were able to ride it one more time. All of a sudden Emily shouts Kickey pointing at a couple flowers, she found her very first Hidden Mickey. For everyone who doesn’t know a Hidden Mickey is a representation of Mickey Mouse subtly inserted in to Disney design for rides parks and more. I don’t even think that Emily knew what she discovered but we will tell her later.
After the ride we left Pandora as the preview was over, we were undecided if we would stay for Rivers of Light or not. The weather wasn’t that great but the weather radar showed that it would be dry the remainder of the night and we decided to stay.
At 8:55 we were in the viewing area together with Dusty and Melina a friend of him. We got a picture taken and then it started to rain a little bit. We decided to stay while walking back in that weather to the car would not be any better. A couple minutes in the show it started to rain heavier and I decided to leave with Emily and find a dry sport somewhere.
Until Emily decided to wave at a couple cast members. We were allowed to stand under the exit gate which was a covered area, we had a great view of the show and where among the first to leave the viewing area, we waited for the other three at the stroller and left Animal Kingdom together.
Emily fell a sleep 2 minutes before we got back to the villa but in 15 minutes we got her changed into her PJ’s and I read her a 2 page story before she was sound a sleep in her crib.
What a day we are all tired…