I guess we got really lazy today because we didn’t arrive in the park until 11:30. Today was a lot of walking and going in circles. Not because we couldn’t read the map but because the things we wanted to do didn’t seem to work out. When we first got there the plan was to go get a Fast Pass to Safari and Expedition Mountain. We got the Safari one and then tried to get lunch but had to back track and ended up taking an hour and a half for lunch. I have to say Animal Kingdom really needs to work on their restaurants in a few sections. Since taking so long on lunch, Expedition Mountain was out of Fast Passes by the time we got there. And it was basically on the other side of the park.
So at that point we ended up going to a bird show. Lexi was again concerned. She didn’t want to see a hawk or an eagle but seemed excited about an owl. But she enjoyed all the birds. Scott ended up getting called up onto stage. The lady had him and another lady sit on stage. A huge bird with a five feet wingspan fly away from them and then right over their heads. You can see in the pictures when it got close he could only get one wing in the frame. We all enjoyed the show and I actually would highly recommed taking the 20 minutes to watch it.
After that we went down to Camp Mickey Minnie and got some autographs from a few characters. While we were there. a street performer named Guitar Dan singled Lexi out and had her try to figure out what was in his hand before he gave it to her. We answered incorrectly candy and rock before correctly guessing his third choice, a zebra. Lexi really liked him and said such after he left. She said he was fun.
We finally got on the Safari towards late afternoon. Lexi was VERY concerned about this ride because of the lions and tigers. I told her there were no tigers. Finally when we got on the bus she calmed down when I told her they were nice lions and Mickey only lets nice animals at Disney. After that, she didn’t flinch and enjoyed the ride.
When we came out the safari, the parade stopped us from getting out of the park to make our early dinner reservations. We took the long way out and managed to see the entire parade. Turns out the Boma restaurant was at a resort and not the park. But it was SO worth going.
Boma is an African buffet. I especially enjoyed the chilantro salad dressing, various hummus and yummy soup. The kids kept it safe with the normal chicken nuggets/fries although Emma ate a bowl of potato bacon soup. I had an entire sampling plate of desserts. Yummy!
Animal Kingdom closes at 6 so we were done with the parks for the day. There wasn’t a bus straight to our hotel so we opted to go shopping at Downtown Disney first. The kids really enjoyed the Mr. Potato Head and My Little Pony play area in the toy store and loved the candy we let them get. We got some fantastic pictures of Lexi hitting a sour spot in hers. There was one face even funnier than I caught. Needless to say, she refused to eat the rest after that. About 8:15 Heather showed up and Kristyn stayed there with her for the evening. The girls stayed with SIL again tonight.
I did make it back for One Tree Hill tonight and have enjoyed an evening on the Internet. We’re planning an early day tomorrow as it’s SIL’s first day at Magic Kingdom and our last day at Disney.