WE DID IT! B and I had set a goal to go to all four Disney Parks in one day for our birthday! And we did! It was such as amazing day, and I can’t wait to do it with the Hubs! Here is how it went down.
We were up and at ’em pretty early that morning and at the bus stop by 7:45 so we could catch the 8:00 buses. B and I were headed to Animal Kingdom first, and the Hubs and C were going to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom where B and I would meet them at the end of the day. I snapped this picture of us waiting for the bus to prove that our hair had been fixed and that we did look pretty good when we left. I knew that would not be the case when we got done!
So we arrived at Animal Kingdom by 8:30 and were allowed to go on in and head toward the Africa section and stop at the roped off area. I had a PhotoPass photographer snap our picture in front of the Tree of Life before we got all the way to Africa.
We headed straight to the Kilimanjaro Safari for our first ride of the day. I love that ride, and it really is a new and different experience every time to ride.
We scooted from Africa over to Dinoland USA for a spin on Primeval Whirl (thanks to a friend for this picture)…
And then we hopped the bus to Hollywood Studios. I really wanted to ride Expedition Everest, but B chickened out on me. Our FastPasses for the day were at Hollywood Studios, so we had times for Star Tours, Disney Jr. LIVE on Stage (We stopped for a visit with Jake after this show), and Rock N Roller Coaster. B wienied out on me for RnR as well which I was pretty upset about because that meant we wasted a FastPass and had to stand in line for an hour for Toy Story Midway Mania. But I recovered from my disappointment, and we persevered through our time at Hollywood Studios.
B and I did something new this year…we took a ferry from Hollywood Studios to Epcot and used Epcot’s International Gateway entrance which were both totally new experiences for me. The ferry was slow and very hot because there were 100+ people crammed on that thing with no air flow, but it was a nice break and rest for our legs and feet.
We arrived at Epcot around 2:30 and had not had lunch yet, so we stopped in Mexico for some nachos (for me) and a hot dog and chips for B. Then we rode the Three Cabaleros ride in the Mexico pavilion before heading to Future Land for a ride on Soarin’ my all time favorite ride. We had hoped to take a spin on Test Track but it was raining and closed. We hit up the Character Spot and then went to Spaceship Earth, but it was closed as well. So we left a little earlier than planned for Magic Kingdom…right as the flooding started! I had a cast member snap the picture of us in front of Spaceship Earth while it was sprinkling. (I wear a lanyard and small wallet with cash and id in it around my neck and tuck it down into my shirt to keep me from playing with the zipper. That explains the weird lump in my stomach in these pictures!!)
By the time we got to Magic Kingdom, it was pouring down rain. I had ponchos in my bag, so we donned those while riding the monorail and trudged through the flood to get through security and the tapstiles to meet the Hubs and C at the Main Street Confectionary. It was a Tice family MK free for all after a quick dinner at the Pinocchio Village Haus with rides on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, Pooh, Tea Cups, Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid, Tomorrowland Speedway, Buzz Lightyear, and a couple of views of Mickey’s Philharmagic. I’m sure there was more, but it was late and had been a long day as is evidenced by this picture of B on the bus back to the room!
This was a very long VERY fun day! And I am so glad I got to spend it with my baby boy. We don’t have much in common, but our love for Disney is one thing we DO have in common.