Disney World Diary 2014: Day #4

Hey everyone! So today was our 4th day of our holiday and we hit up Animal Kingdom, which actually turned out to be Rose's favourite part of Disney World. We got there early to take advantage of extra magic hours and it was DEAD. It was so nice, I highly recommend going at this time! It was so nice to be able to walk around Animal Kingdom (which normally is very crowded and I find to be one of the most unbearable parks to be in due to lack of shade and space) and take photos without anyone in them.









After buying our Animal Kingdom ears (its gotta be done right?!) we went on Expedition Everest - one of Animal Kingdoms stand out rides. I passed this off to Rose as a little kiddy ride and she was pleasantly shocked and loved it! Its definitely got some thrill factor, but to me, Expedition Everest is still pretty tame. Its one of my favourites though, coming in as my second favourite ride at WDW.






We then hit up Festival of the Lion King. If you pass this up on your visit to Animal Kingdom, you are missing out. It is a truly talented little show, with some amazing voices, acrobats and just a real performance. I always get a little lump in my throat, I don't know why. I just get overwhelmed with all the beauty and Lion King-ness (which is my generations Frozen I guess!)




It was about noon at this point, so we grabbed my personal favourite quick service at the Yak and Yeti. As always, I went for the honey chicken, but was disappointed they no longer serve them in the little orange asian style cardboard boxes. It was still delicious and during our lunch we were joined by the cutest little ducklings. Only at Disney! Rose opted for the teriyaki beef, which she confirmed was delicious!






We also found this amazingly beautiful butterfly on our way out of Yak and Yeti. How beautiful?!

After lunch we went exploring, checking out all Animal Kingdom has to offer. I love that you can get unique merchandise here that you can't get anywhere else. TIP: If you see something you love, I recommend getting it as I have buyers regret for passing up some of the stuff that I was later unable to get. After checking out the walk through bird enclosure and hopping on the safari, we headed to Rafikis Watch. We spent quite a while here petting the farm animals and talking to the cast members about them. Its a really lovely little place that is quite often left out. I recommend coming here with kids especially, even though its quite out the way and requires a train to get to, kids can pet the animals and brush them as well as watch presentations about their care. Rose became quite fond of a little (well actually rather large!) pig and I went about taking selfies with all the goats (as you do!)



Rifikis watch also has a little educational centre, where if timed right, you can watch vets performing basic checks on the animals and sometimes even surgery. I've yet to come here at the right time to see it, but I imagine it would be amazing! Theres lots of things to do, learn about and at the end of it all, you can meet Rifiki himself! Such a good educational experience. 

My OOTD consists of Asos Donald Crop Top, Primark shorts, Perry the Platipus and Mickey Crocs. Rose is wearing all Primark :) 

On our way back, we stopped at the Harambe bakery and grabbed some sweet treats as a snack credit. Rose went for the little monkey cake, while I had a paw print brownie and we both couldn't finish them! They were huge and ultimately, we lost a snack credit as we both could have shared one. If you want to indulge in one of the fabulous cupcakes, I would recommend sharing. They are huge and honestly, even 2 people would struggle to finish!



Animal Kingdom is always quite tiring I find, with a lot of walking (so wear your comfiest shoes!) and generally no shade. We found ourselves exhausted by this point, but luckily we had reservations at the Rainforest Cafe to rest our weary feet and they let us eat an hour early too. Rainforest Cafe ended up being Rose's favourite steak of the holiday (it was my favourite last time I came) and for good reason. Their steaks are delicious. I have no idea what they do to them or how they season them, but they have a beautiful smokey flavour  and are always cooked to perfection. We treated ourselves to cocktails (although my strawberry pina colada was NOT the one) and enjoyed the fun loudness that comes with Rainforest Cafe! Dessert was also very very nice, I enjoyed the chocolate cake while Rose had sorbet. Both were delicious!

Strawberry Pina Colada... nada.






After our bellies were bursting to the brim, we headed home back to Art of Animation and took the evening off. We had some pool time, pin trading time and generally enjoyed everything Art of Animation has to offer. Tomorrow - Epcot!




Comments

  1. I fell in love with that very same pig haha. I'm a bit sad to see the orange cartons go from Yak n Yeti, they were a nice touch. It still looks like you get loads though!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing Festival of the Lion King next year, I was so sad that it was closed in May :(

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  2. I am so very jealous of your Disney travels! Animal Kingdom was one of my favourite parks when we visited Florida and I would love to go back! That chocolate cake looks absolutely incredible!! X

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  3. This looks fab! I think Little Miss is going to love this park! It was my sister's favourite park when we were kids xxx

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  4. Ahhh this is making me so excited for my trip! Also giving me plenty of tips as it'll be my 1st time! x

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