Vacation was fun.
However, I have never been happier to sleep in my own bed and to cook my own food. Next time I travel, remind me to pack my own pillow, will ya?
But really, we had such a blast at Disney World and I am ready to share the fun with you!! Since it was a pretty jam packed 5 days, I will do this in a couple of re-caps, just to keep it from being uber- long.
Disney Day 1: Arrival
Our plane arrived in Orlando at 8:55pm on Monday night so obviously, we didn’t do much but go check into our hotel, unpack and sleep. Still, my wonderful impression with Disney World started here. We were picked up by a Disney Shuttle(very nice and comfy!!) and taken to the Pop Century Resort where we were staying.
Pop Century is a “value” resort but it provided us with everything we needed. A bathroom and a couple beds. The room was far from fancy and it was quite small but it was adequate for a family of four. It was also very clean which is a huge necessity for me because I am a bit of a germ-a-phobe.
The room had a mini fridge which was great because it allowed us to order some grocery/snack items from Garden Grocer (basically an online grocery store that will deliver to your hotel) and keep items like yogurt, water and juice boxes cold. It was nice to be able to pack some snacks for the day or even eat a quick breakfast before leaving our room on some early mornings.
Again, our hotel room was very basic but the resort itself was nice. There was an arcade, food court, laundry facilities and 3 pools on site. If you are looking for luxury, this is probably NOT the place for you. If you are looking for a reasonably priced room where you can relax after a long day at a Disney park, you will not be disappointed.
Disney Day 2: ANIMAL KINGDOM
Since we all got to bed pretty late the night before, I was happy with our decision to visit Animal Kingdom Park first. I had heard this was a park you could get through in half a day and I knew we needed to start small.
Prior to leaving for Disney World, I had researched which days were going to have the largest and smallest crowds on the days we were going to be there. This day happened to be a green day(light crowds) so we were able to arrive about 30 minutes after the park opened and still see plenty of attractions without long wait lines.
The first ride/attraction we headed to was the Kilimanjaro Safari. We got an amazing and funny guide which made an already incredible attraction even better. We saw all kinds of exotic animals and beautiful scenery. My only complaint is that it ended too soon!!!
Some of our other favorites included:
The Tree of Life
There was a 3D movie called, “It’s Tough to be a Bug” that went along with this and it was pretty neat, too!!
Kali River Rapids. This one was a BLAST, especially for my kids!! They loved getting wet and while the ride was fairly mild for adults, it had just enough thrills to make it exciting for the little ones. We left this ride nice and WET!!! Not that we were complaining though. While the weather was actually quite nice while we were there, it can still get a bit warm and sticky when walking through a crowded park for hours on end.
Goofy and Pluto Character Meeting
If you look closely, you can see that we are nice and wet in this picture. This would have been right after we rode the rapids!!
Another one that I didn’t snap a picture of but this was most definitely one of my favorites from the day. I had heard it could be a bit scary for little ones but my 5 and 7 year old handled it just fine and loved it as much as I did. Maybe we are a crazy family that finds almost being eaten by dinosaurs fun!!
We did plenty more but I wasn’t able to capture pictures of it all. I snapped as many pictures as I could but I wanted to be in the moment at times too, so the camera stayed in our bag a good portion of the time.
We called it quits at Animal Kingdom by about 3pm in the afternoon and I feel like that was more than enough time to do and see what we wanted.
After a quick rest in our room, we headed out to explore more of our hotel.
Our hotel was set up by decades. It started with the 50′s and goes through the 90′s. We ended up smack in the middle……the 70′s!!
Anyone remember these toys or were you too young?
Big Wheel, baby!!!
And a GIANT Mickey!!!
After wearing the kids out, we called it an early night and we all hit the sack by 8:30 pm. Oh, yes we did. And I enjoyed every minute of our 10 hour snooze!!!!
I will be back tomorrow with a re-cap of my favorite park, Magic Kingdom!! That one deserves an entire post all to itself!!!