We made a last minute change of plans and decided to go to Animal Kingdom. I had initially planned to go to Universal for the day but we decided to add an extra day to our Disney Park tickets instead.
The girls got to meet Pocohontas on this trip.
Did I mention that we didn’t have room in my car for the double stroller after we put all of our luggage in? So we took an umbrella stroller instead since our oldest is almost 7. This was a mistake. After the first day they were so tired that both of them wanted to ride in the stroller. This was the compromise that we reached.
The Animal Kingdom Safari ride is, by far, the best ride in the park. (And also has the longest line so grab a Fastpass+ on this one.) The experience is different each time as you never know which animals will be closest to the safari truck.
This time the giraffes were 40 feet away from the truck. When we went last time we saw them from a long distance away. So you just never know. But with the multitude of animals onsite you are bound to see something up close.
Our guide assured us that the elephants were just playing.
We hit a few more characters for signatures on our way over to Dinoland (another section of Animal Kingdom).
We made it to DinoLand and caught a few rides there.
The have a great little fenced in playground where the kids can fun free and play and adults can take a break. Chad and I re-grouped and figured out the rest of our day while the girls played.
Then we headed back to the “It’s A Bug’s Life” 3D attraction to use our Fastpass+.
McKenna was in a mood and did not want to see this one. It was a little scary for her but Avery liked it.
Tips for Animal Kingdom:
The park closes earlier than the other parks, so get there early to see it all.
You must not miss the Safari and definitely use a Fastpass+. We didn’t have a Fastpass and waited around 45 minutes (the longest of any ride or attraction in all the parks while we were there).
If you’re not doing Park Hopper tickets, the day you go to Animal Kingdom would be a good night to schedule a character dinner outside of a park (we love Chef Mickey’s) or time at DT Disney since Animal Kingdom closes so early.
There are certain characters you can only see at Animal Kingdom (Pocohontas, Baloo). Mickey and Minnie are also there but they are dressed in their safari outfits.
Have any Animal Kingdom tips? Feel free to comment below!
Also, you can see pictures from our trip last time, here.