Monday, April 3, 2023

Day 5: Animal Kingdom

For our fifth and final day at the park we headed to Animal Kingdom. We started off the day booking our first Lightning Lane for Expedition Everest from 9:15-10:15 and purchased our Lightning Lane for Avatar Flight of Passage for 1:25-2:25. Once again, we made good time in the morning, especially considering this was the earliest day, getting to the park just at the end of early entry. Once we arrived we headed straight to Na'vi River Journey which was a walk on. Even walking through the line there was a couple who sensed we were in a hurry and let us go ahead. At the front, our family was the only one on our boat since there was no one there.

From there we walked over to Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were on the ride around 8:30, thirty minutes after park opening. Once finished we walked through the Gorilla Fall Exploration Trail, specifically so we could see the hippos there for my daughter. After that it was time for our Everest Lighingt Lane, so we we went to find the yeti. Afterwards we backtracked a bit to walk through the Maharaja Jungle Trek so my son could see the Tigers.

We decided to go to see Feathered Friends in Flight, which was just as fun as I had heard. While waiting for the show to start we mobile ordered Flame Tree Barbecue, so that was waiting to us once the show ended. I had the 1/2 Chicken (Marinated Slow-smoked Chicken served with Signature Baked Beans and Coleslaw), my husband the Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, daughter the Pulled Pork Platter, and son the All-Beef Hot Dog. This was another meal that we all really enjoyed and were impressed with.

After lunch we went to watch Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond, I believe at the 11:30 show. We finished and had a bit of time before our next two Lightning Lanes (Dinosaur from 1:10-2:10 and Flight of Passage from 1:25-2:25.) We figured we'd kill a bit of time and let the kids run off some energy playing in The Boneyard. Except each time just before our lighting lane opened, the ride shut down. So instead of playing for 15-20 mintues or so, we were in there around an hour. (I did use this time to book our next Lightning Lane, this time at Epcot to ride Soarin' Around the World for a second time this trip.)

Finally around 2 or so, Flight of Passage opened back up. We walked there as quickly as we could, but the line was already out the entrance by the time we arrived. Thankfully it moved fairly quickly. Dinosaur was open by the time we got off, but we were ready to leave at that point and figured it was one we could skip. We did buy a churro on our way out of the park, and then took the bus over to Epcot. (I bought park hoppers for our entire trip, but this was the only time we used it. Looking back we really didn't need it, but I still think I'd do it again, just because you never know how things will go.)
2022-12-21 - Epcot - Epcot Entrance (5)
While on the bus I booked a Lightning Lane for Spaceship Earth between 4:05-5:05 since we didn't have a chance to ride it on our Epcot day. While waiting for our Lightning Lane to open we took picutres with Spaceship Earth as well as Goofy.
2022-12-21 - Epcot - Epcot (5)
I had my first ride ever on Spaceship Earth, then we headed over to the Seas. (Another area we had missed and that I had never been.) We walked onto The Seas with Nemo & Friends, looked into some of the acquariums, and then went to a show of Turtle Talk with Crush.

From there we headed over to Soarin' for our last ride of the trip. As we were getting ready to ride we ran into one of Bear's friends from school. Since of course, sometime it feels like you can't go on a trip anywhere without running into someone you know from home.

Finally we headed over to France for our last dinner at Chefs de Fance. This was probably the meal I was most excited about, except it was probably the most disappointing of the trip. It wasn't bad, but wasn't as good as I expected, nor was it as good as most other meals we ate. I had the Boeuf Bourguignon with linguine (Braised beef in Cabernet, baby onions, carrots, pasta). The beef itself was good, but the pasta was plain pasta without enough juice to flavor it. The carrots were good, but there were no baby onions, which I really like. I'm pretty sure the boy had the same. I think Bear had their hamburger and Elley their grilled chicken. (The chicken was probably the best part of the meal.)

From there we headed back to the hotel. We flying home the next day, but since the flight wasn't till early evening still had time for a bit of fun for the morning. Till that final post, here's our Insta posts for the day!

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