After our lunch at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, we headed straight to Animal Kingdom to hang out at one of Kevin’s favorite parks!
One thing you may not know about me, but I am not a fan of zoos at all. The St. Louis Zoo claims to be one of the best ones ever (and it’s free), but I just really can’t get into it even though I grew up going often. And as much as I love animals (ok, dogs count), you’d think I’d like the zoo but I really just don’t care for them. And to me, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is almost like a glorified zoo. HOWEVER, because it’s Disney and they do everything best, I’ll admit Animal Kingdom is my favorite zoo. 😉
We were at Animal Kingdom on a Wednesday but we realized it was pretty packed, which was surprising! We headed straight past the Tree of Life to Expedition Everest to grab a FASTPASS so we could ride it twice, as we already had a FastPass+ loaded on our MagicBands for later in the day.
One of the best roller coasters ever!
Leave it up to my husband to find a dinosaur. I think he was an archaeologist in his past life. Either that, or he watched Jurassic Park one too many times as a kid.
Pretty soon, our FastPass+ reservations for the Kilimanjaro Safari ride were ready, so we hopped on board!
We saw baby giraffes! If every zoo trip lead to seeing baby giraffes, I promise I’d like zoos more.
One of my favorite things at Animal Kingdom is the Festival of the Lion King show and it certainly did not disappoint this time!
After the great show, we walked right outside to find the afternoon parade starting, so we grabbed a pretzel and found spot behind some kiddos and enjoyed.
Here are some characters that we saw!
It was almost time for our dinner reservations, so Kev
forced me and I walked through some of the animal viewing areas – where he forced me to look at lizards (which are basically snakes with legs) and bats. Not putting up any pictures of that! 😉
Next, it was my turn to force him through some of the shops and it took all my might not to buy this adorable Pooh sweatshirt. How cute is that!
We were starving by the time our dinner reservations rolled around since we ate lunch at 10 in the morning! Thank goodness the restaurant, Yak & Yeti, wasn’t crowded and we were seated right away.
Located in the Asia area of Animal Kingdom, the pan-Asian inspired cuisine made choosing our entrees a challenge! Everything sounded so great.
I opted for the Crispy Honey Chicken was deeeeelicious! Perfectly cooked and crispy chicken and the honey sauce was full of flavor. Mhmmm good!
Dontcha hate when you go to a restaurant and your other half orders something that tastes better than what you got? This happened at Mussel & Burger Bar here in Louisville a few months ago and I’ve tried my hardest to not let it happen again (I seriously ponder menus, you guys), but as soon as Kev’s Seared Miso Salmon came out, I knew I would wish I got that too. He was, however, a very nice husband and shared a few bites.
Even though we were stuffed to the max, we just had to get dessert (Disney Dining Plan, baby!) and I decided on the Fried Wontons, which were skewers of pineapple and cream cheese fried wontons served with a honey-vanilla drizzle and a side of fresh fruit and ice cream. Get a load of this! I’m sad to report that I ate one skewer…and I had to do a series of deep breathing to make it fit. 🙂
Kevin got the cheesecake, which was the size of his head, I swear! He too did not eat it all.
Animal Kingdom often closes early (around 5 p.m.), so after dinner we went back to our resort for a relaxing evening. As soon as we hopped off the bus, we were in our resort room changing into sweats – ha! It was necessary, you guys.
The sunset was absolutely gorgeous so we snapped a few pictures of it on our little beach area outside of our room. Beautiful evening!
Once the sun set, we headed to the Business Club lounge for drinks! I had a few glasses of their white wine and Kev opted for the Yuengling.
Another perfect day, finished with a perfect evening!
Okay Animal Kingdom, you were pretty great despite my hesitations. I think I like you, a lot.