Our first full day at Disney was jam-packed with fun at Animal Kingdom. I described Animal Kingdom to our families late that night as the “coolest zoo you’ll ever go to.” It was one of our favorite Disney parks. I mean you can’t go wrong when the focal point of your day is the Tree of Life from Lion King and Mt. Everest serves as your backdrop.
We woke to an overcast, unusually cool morning but this helped keep the crowds down. By lunch time we had beautiful weather. I had made 10 a.m. reservations for the safari character breakfast at Tusker House and we had a few minutes to kill so we browsed some gift shops and grabbed Fast Passes for Kiliminjaro Safari.
I cannot recommend the Tusker House safari character breakfast enough! Donald Duck greeted us in full safari gear outside and we posed for photographs with him before being seated. We loved the signature juice and headed to the expansive buffet more than once. There was really something for everyone, from fresh fruit and oatmeal to Disney’s famous Mickey waffles that kids, both young and old, love. About mid-way through breakfast several characters made the rounds. The girls got autographs from Mickey Mouse himself, as well as Pluto and Goofy.
This ain’t your neighborhood ice cream truck. Even the snack truck at Animal Kingdom had that cool world beat vibe.
After we’d loaded up on food we headed out and around the corner because our server had tipped us off that Baloo the bear was signing autographs in a tucked away nook near the restaurant.
After Kilimanjaro Safari and seeing some incredible animals (and feeling like we were really in the African savannah) we headed to ride something indoors, Dinosaur. Miss C loved it, Miss A wasn’t so keen on it. Then it was just a short walk to DinoLand USA, which had a carnival feel with fun larger than life dinosaur theming. Somehow Miss C persuaded me to ride Primeval Whirl and we blew way too much cash on carnival games but we had a blast.
We never saw The Lion King performance (a reason to return as it was on my must do list) but absolutely loved It’s Tough To Be A Bug in the base of the Tree of Life. Miss C’s favorite highlight of the day was riding Expedition Everest with the hubby and I loved the Tibetan village feel of the area. Miss A was just a few inches shy of the 44-inch height required to ride Expedition Everest but it got top ride billing from Miss C. It was a definite top ride during our 5 days at Disney.
We all loved Kali River Rapids (which we literally walked right up to since it was such an unusually cool day)...even me who got SOAKED to the bone in my jeans. Slosh, slosh. Before we headed home for the day we also snagged a VIP autograph at Camp Minnie-Mickey...Minnie Mouse herself! It was well worth the wait.
We closed out the park with dinner and soaked up this incredible view of Expedition Everest from a waterfront outdoor dining area at Flame Tree Barbecue. It was the perfect way to end the day.