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.
Good morning world, it’s 7:30am and we plan to enter Disney‘s Hollywood Studio‘s around opening…
8:15am Emily is still sleeping, it’s still possible as it’s just a 13 minute drive from our townhouse. Around 8:50 we drive by the entrance gate of Mickey Town (Emily started calling it Mickey Town today). We arrived at the parking lot at 8:55am and that’s when it got ugly…the longest ever bag check lines I’ve seen at Mickey Town ever!
Emily and I raced passed them and stood in line for a picture with Donald & Daisy Duck at 9:03am. Mama joined us just before it was our turn for a picture and everything worked out perfectly fine.
We got to be first in line to meet with the Royal princess of Enchancia, Princess Sofia the First. Emily showed of her doll and got to look at Sofia‘s beautiful purple shoes.
Time for a show, he Disney Junior show to be exact. The story was about the birthday preparations for Minnie Mouse her birthday. Emily was very focussed and danced on the songs she knew. She loved the snow, bubbles and confetti which came down from the ceiling.
After the show we strolled around the park, more precisely the new area which will be the way leading into the Star Wars Land which is being build at this moment. After our walk we figured that the 35 minute wait for Mickey & Minnie Mouse couldn’t be that long as we didn’t see a line at all and we decided to step into the line.
And indeed that was a very short wait. In the meantime I reserved a table for an early lunch at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. After as short stroll through the park, during which we also got some pictures taken it was time to go the restaurant.
What a great restaurant, the food is classic American comfort food but the theming is based on the early 50‘s. Server John did a fabulous job and made sure we finished our plates and had no elbows on the table. The only complaint he had was the number of drinks we ordered and wanted to know if we were racing each other.
From the restaurant we went back to the car to make sure Emily had her afternoon nap in her bed today. She slept from 2–5pm, I guess she is still a bit tired from last week. While Emily slept I made some pictures from the Townhouse!
As soon as Emily woke up and was dressed again we got in the car and went to mama and papa‘s favourite Walt Disney Wo…euh Mickey Town park: EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow)! Again it was a lot busier as we expected and it took a while before we parked our car in Discover 14.
Lucky for us we still had some time to use a FastPass, or. Better to say I used one at Soarin’ around the World and got a rider switch for Danielle which is valid until the end of this month. She decided to use another day.
Emily and Danielle enjoyed a quick service restaurant in The Land pavilion and when I got back from my flight we split up again, that way I could stand in line for a picture with Joy & Sadness from Inside Out.
After meeting them we had a FastPass for the Character Spot, a meet & greet with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. Emily loved it 3 characters in a row.
It was close to 8pm now and we decided to start moving towards our favourite spot to watch Illuminations from, Germany in World Showcase. Our spot was still free and while mama and Emily blocked our spot I went for beers and a pretzel.
The next hour we walked around the area to keep Emily busy. As soon as she heard music she pulled me towards it and believe it or not we ended up dancing in front of the stage to music from Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band…
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G’SUFFA!
After our performance it we checked out the miniature trains, then Emily watched them one more time with mama and finally it was time for Illuminations. A Mickey Town vacation is not complete without seeing that fantastic show.
After the firework we went walked back to the car, Emily sat in her stroller and thus that went pretty quick. Just after 10pm we arrived home and within a couple minutes Emily was vast a sleep.