{Disney World // Animal Kingdom}

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We visited Animal Kingdom on Tuesday {Day 3} and we all agree, without a doubt, it was our most favorite day! We all loved the park and the day was just perfect!! It wasn't very crowded, lines went quick and it was so easy to meet characters {unless you're looking for princesses}. We just loved it! We also met the sweetest cast member there...more on that later.  Also, our fast passes were a little more spread out on this day and we were able to just enjoy the day and take our time between attractions. 


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We started out our day with a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris and it was great. It was fairly early and not burning hot yet, so we got to see most of the animals. I think it was the best way to start off our day at Animal Kingdom. The ride was about 25 minutes long and the scenery was just beautiful. So relaxing!


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We walked around and did a few more things before it was our fastpass time for The Festival of the Lion King. While we were walking up to get in line we met the sweetest cast member. She asked us if we wanted to sit in special seats and save our fastpass for something else. We much obliged. So she walked us over to get our names on the list. We had no clue what the 'special seats' were, but we were dang excited! We hung out and talked with sweet Lillian while waiting on our show to start. She asked Mason what his favorite animal at AK was and he told her a monkey. About 15 minutes later it was time for the show and she walked us in. She put us on the front row and told us that the cast members in the show pick kids from the front row {4 total} to be in the show. Mason was ecstatic and couldn't wait. While we were waiting on the show to start sweet Lillian came back holding a big Disney World bag. She told Mason that she got him a monkey since it was his favorite! It was a huge monkey that you could wrap around your body. I think it instantly became his favorite Disney World souvenir! I cried because I couldn't believe the kindness and generosity of this sweet lady. Made my mama heart so full. 

While we were waiting on the show Mason entertained us with some dancing...



The show started and we were in awe. It was the most amazing show that we had watched. The lights, the singing, the dancing, all of it was wonderful. Nate's brother Ty was chosen to be a part of the production and then Mason was chosen to be a part. It was so neat!! Mason had a blast


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When we came out of the show we were right near the entrance of the restaurant that we had lunch reservations at. So we just hung out and waited until it was time for us to go in. We ate at Tusker House and it was amazing. It was an African inspired buffet type lunch and it definitely didn't disappoint. This was also a character lunch. We saw Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy. No Minnie and I am not sure why. Mason loved getting to see the characters and get their autograph in his book. After lunch they brought him out a cupcake and a birthday card signed by all of the characters! He loved it.


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After lunch we walked around the park, rode some rides and met lots of characters. Our favorite ride was most definitely Dinosaur!! We really didn't know what to expect going into the ride and it surprised us. The ride is fast, a lot of it is in the dark and you have dinosaurs jumping out at you. So much fun! I could have rode it over and over. Mason loved it, too. Actually, I think our whole group loved it. So much fun!


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Our favorites from Animal Kingdom:
The Festival of the Lion King
The Tree of Life // It's Tough to be a Bug
Dinosaur
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Have you ever been to Animal Kingdom? What is your favorite thing there?

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9 comments

  1. What a fun, memorable day! Aren't the cast members just so wonderful? I'd love to work for Disney!

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  2. We are eating at tusker house! I'm glad you thought it was good!!

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  3. What an amazing cast member, some of those people are completely amazing!!! They can definitely make a trip. Festival of the Lion King is such a great show, esp from the front - awesome. AK is a fave of ours. Definitely a great character spot. You can wait in a long line at MK or hardly at all at AK - win! Glad you had the best day there.

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  4. Such a sweet cast member to go above and beyond like that. That sounds like the kind of day Mason will remember forever :)

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  5. We never made it to Animal Kingdom when we went to WDW, and clearly we missed out. Your time there looks like it was THE BEST! How awesome for Mason to be part of the show. His dancing was the greatest.
    I'm so glad we don't have to deal with meeting princesses. Those lines are always crazy long at Disneyland, and it's always such a relief that we don't have to wait to see them.

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  6. So much fun! I love that you guys have all of those really great photos. That Dinosaur ride..... OMG. I was sitting in the same exact spot you were, by myself in a car that was pretty much empty... I almost died, or peed myself.

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  7. I'm cracking up at the "Up" characters Doug and Russell. That's Wyatt's favorite movie right now! Sounds like the perfect day!

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  8. Looks like you guys had a blast- you got some awesome shots!

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Thanks for the comments! Hope you are having an amazing day!!