On the last day of this Disney World trip, Rebecca, Jonathan, and I were on our own with the cousins off doing their own thing. We slept in a little before packing up and checking out of the hotel room. It was sad to leave, but we will be back at the Beach Club’s sister hotel soon. We then loaded up the car and drove over to the Animal Kingdom.
We arrived about 9:30 am after walking to the front of the park from the parking lot. Trams are not much fun trying to cram a stroller in; hence why we just walked. The bag lines were surprisingly short and we got into the park quickly. We took a look at some of the animals at the front of the park, including the parrots. With the Kilimanjaro Safari once again with a huge wait, we decided to try to meet some characters instead.
Near the bridge to Dinoland USA, we encountered Pochahontas. After waiting about 5 minutes, it was our turn to interact and take photos. Jonathan really enjoyed pulling on her hair!
Next, we headed over the Adventurers Outpost to meet safari Mickey and Minnie Mouse! While Jonathan met Minnie the day before, this was his first time meeting Mickey. Once again, he loved interacting with their noses and giving them kisses! Jonathan also received his first autograph on an Animal Kingdom park map from both Mickey and Minnie! For our next trip, we need to get him an autograph book.
After leaving Mickey and Minnie behind, we headed over to Dinoland USA and took flight on Triceratops Spin. Jonathan loved the ride once again, but was ready for a nap after riding. So we took a stroll through Asia, snapping some photos of Expedition Everest, the apes, and monkeys. We also went through the tiger trail, but the tigers were not in the exhibit this day. We then decided we were hungry and to head on to the Magic Kingdom for a bite to eat.
We walked back to the car and drove over the the Magic Kingdom. We took the ferry boat and were quickly inside the park. We headed straight to the Pinocchio Village Haus for a bite to eat. A nice feature they had was tanks of ice water set up outside the restaurant along with cups. On a very hot Friday, it was nice to not have to ask for water from a cashier/wait in line. After lunch, we hurried over to use our soon expiring Fast Pass on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Jonathan really likes these types of rides even though only the theme of the ride varies (Dumbo, Triceratops Spin).
After cooling off for a minute, we headed over to the Storybook Circus for a flight on Dumbo. Still hot after riding, we ran Jonathan through the Casey Jr. Soak ‘N’ Splash Station. At first, he was surprised by the water falling on him, but quickly learned that it was refreshing and a game to avoid getting soaked! Jonathan was then ready for a nap, so we laid him down in the stroller and headed to the front of the park for an ice cream cone. Finally, we strolled through the Emporium, purchasing a couple souvenirs before heading for the ferry to begin the journey back home.
We had a great trip, but will be back to Disney World soon in mid-May! We’ll have several more articles and photo galleries on our April trip too. Keep an eye out for those over the next couple weeks before our next Disney trip.