Day 11: Animal Kingdom and more…
Another cold morning on our vacation Airbnb. Sander needs to figure out how the thermostat is working because waking up with 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 Celsius) isn’t comfortable…
Just 10 minutes a reprogrammed the thermostat and the place is warming up already, target 70F (21C)!
Another 20 minutes later Sander showered, got Emily dressed and did her hair by the best of his abilities. Next stop Target for something for breakfast and to stock up on Toilet-paper! With a non-fat flat white in their hands they got back home.
Emily her hair got redone and we were all on our way to Animal Kingdom. First stop was a meet & great with Mickey & Minne Mouse at the Adventure Outpost. They were so excited, and Emily loved it.
Shortly after it was time for our lunch at the Tuskerhouse, a character dining experience. We met Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goody and Mickey Mouse while eating African inspired food from the buffet. Was it worth it? For the food no, for the experience with the characters I think yes as they visit while you are having your lunch.
Since it was really cold we decided to only do one more ride as we had a Fastpass for it, the Na’vi River Journey in Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Around 2:30pm we got back to a 77F (25F) hot Airbnb, so we overshoot the target by just 7 degrees F and Sander needed to study the Thermostat a bit more.
Only minutes later the apartment was cooling down and Emily was in her bed sleeping holding Forky tightly making sure he didn’t jump into a trash can.
After she woke up we left to the Mall at Millenia where we visit the Lily Pulitzer store. Here Emily got her own fitting room, pretty amazing experience for a 4-year old. She changed herself, asked for another size and decided she wanted that new PJs.
After Milkshakes from Johnny Rockets for the ladies and a Firehouse Sub for Sander we decided to go back to our Airbnb at a perfect 70F, good job Sander!
But then there was traffic, our GPS routed us differently and we literally passed the Premium Outlets. In this outlets there is a Disney Outlet, called Character Warehouse. So that was a no-brainer, park get out as quickly as possible and find that store!
Score: A Giggle McDimples (4,99$ was 19,99$) a Disney Cruise Line best (14,99$ was 39,99$) and a T-Shirt (12,99$ was 29,99$) for Emily and a new iPhone cover for Danielle (7,99$ was 24,99$).
From there we drove back and by 9:15pm Emily was in bed with Forky, Giggle McDimples and Duffy!
After finishing of the blog we call it a day too!
Day 16: Around the world…
What an amazing night, Emily slept really well. The plan was starting easy with a visit to the Mall at Millenia to pickup clothes Daniëlle put on hold from Lilly Pulitzer.
Not a real surprise we found even more today as they had some new items. They even got an awesome jumpsuit and a beautiful dress for Emily this time. Emily picked the jumpsuit herself and said “I try” and walked to a dressing room. Too funny and she figured out where he cupcakes where and whom to ask for one! She getting such a big girl lately!
After a quick lunch in the food court we drove back to the townhouse where Emily went straight to bed. And we started working on the first suitcase already…
Emily woke up around 3:15pm and we went to Epcot for some fun. We didn’t had too many plans but we wanted to see Illuminations!
First stop The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Emily loved the extremely long waiting line and the ride even more. The ride went like this Nema (Nemo), Dory, Papa van Nemi (Marlin), Dory, Nemi (Nemo), Dory, Nemo, Nemi, Dory, Dory, Papa van Nemi, Papa van Nema, Papa van Nima, Dory, Nima, Nemi until we got of the ride she shouted Bye Dory, Bye Nema, Bye Papa van Nima!
Next stop was Figment, a ride hosted by Figment all about a imagination. Emily sat on her own and got a little scared during the dark scenes where she moved a little closer to Mama.
After Figment it was time for Spaceship Earth still with Siemens signs, most likely the last trip that we’ll see those up. On our way there we got our picture taken with Spaceship Earth in the background, Emily is wearing her new jumpersuit!
Here our ways split for a little while I went to ride the new Mission:Space. For the first time ever the green track, no wait, as this was a new experience a flight over earth. Very well done this tiny update. For another day I got a rider switch which I’ll use on the orange track (wait time typically 45 minutes).
Done with my flight over earth I rushed over to the other side of future world where my two girls were having dinner. Daniëlle went towards Soarin’ using the rider switch pass we got earlier this trip for her flight over the world. As soon as mama was gone Emily decided dinner was over and we needed to go for “a walk”. I knew where to go, the Odyssey for a beer flight. On our way over there we got a picture together. As soon as I had it ordered she wanted to go the the restroom…so I drank my flight in record time.
We regrouped near the restroom and together we went towards Norway in World Showcase. Only because Emily can’t stop talking about Elsa and Anna from Frozen. We did everything to avoid that but on the cruise the nursery staff showed her the movie a couple times… The wait was very short and Emily was very shy with Elsa but she felt really comfortable with Anna. They looked at the flowers, sat on the floor hugged, high five‘d and Anna almost got a kiss…
Next stop Germany for pretzels and beer. Emily got to colour a Duffy in the Kidcot station and she danced on German music again. She even got me dancing this time…crazy girl.
We found that it was still pretty quiet along the lagoon and Danielle found out that Illuminations wasn’t at 9pm but at 10pm. That explained a lot… we decided to continue walking around the world and see if there was a long wait at the character spots. For Mickey and friends I got us in the FastPass line although our passes were actually expired, but to be honest I think it was more the Emily factor which got us in.
In the mean time our FastPass for Frozen the ride was valid. Since it was late we split up, mama went back to Norway to ride it once and get a rider switch we can use on Monday when we plan to got to Epcot again. Emily and I would walk around Future World and we would meet up in the car.
Emily wanted to see if Joy was there and we were lucky as she and Sadness were there without a line! We had so much fun meeting them, Emily put stickers everywhere.
Next up was Baymax was our last action item of the day before we walked back to the car. Mama just got the rider switch and soon we got a text message that she got wet on the ride.
At 10:30 we got home Emily went straight to bed and we are not far of either. I just need to finish up this blog.