Friday, March 28, 2014

WDW Honeymoon Recap- 3/27/13

We started Day 5 of our Disneymoon at Animal Kingdom!

We always get a picture with the Tree of Life when we enter the park.  This morning was nice and sunny, but it was still cold for Florida so we wore our "warm" clothes again. Before heading towards Africa, we also took a magic shot with Simba!

On the way to Africa, we stopped to watch the flamingos for a few minutes.  (My best friend Katie loves flamingos and I had to send her a picture of all the "Floyd's"!)

The walkway started to get pretty crowded the closer we got to Africa and the safari ride. While we were slowing down I snapped a quick picture of Everest in the distance and the Harambe sign welcoming us to Africa!

Eliot went up ahead of me to get some Fastpasses and I told him that I'd meet him in the store nearby.  A few minutes later, he showed up with the Fastpasses... quite a few of them actually.  Apparently, the machine was malfunctioning so he had to use a different one.  The original one eventually worked.  Then the second machine printed out two sets of passes!  So we ended up with three sets of Fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris!

I wasn't going to complain since every trip on the safari is a different experience.  I usually got on it twice anyways.  (We're big fans of the "get your Fastpass and stand in the standby line so you can ride it twice" method.)  The animals are always moving and sometimes you see different ones even a few minutes later!

We sat down and had breakfast while waiting for our first Fastpass time.  Then we headed over to the Fastpass line.  I love when you turn onto the safari and can see the animals and the other safari trucks in the distance!

This particular day, the lions were both actually out too!  Since it was so cold, they were out sitting in the sun to stay warm!  I've never had a such a good view of them on Kilimanjaro Safaris before!  Can you spot them?

In between our safari rides, we went over to Camp Minnie-Mickey since Eliot's never been there.  We had heard rumors that it was going to be closing due to the new Avatarland so we wanted to at least go see it.  The area was really crowded and the lines for the characters were really long.  We didn't plan to get photos anyways, so we didn't stay for long.  I did take a few pictures before leaving though.

Then we went back for our other safari rides.  We got a really good view of the elephant family.  One of the elephants was pregnant!

We enjoyed the safari rides a lot.  Even though it was cold for the animals we still ended up seeing hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, monkeys, giraffes, lions, elephants, cheetahs, black rhinos, flamingos, and a white rhino!  I'd call that a safari success!

We didn't want to stick around Animal Kingdom too long after that.  It's not that we don't enjoy the park.  We like Animal Kingdom, but it was cold and we didn't absolutely need to go on any of the other rides.  We quickly swung by Everest but Eliot decided he didn't want to wait that long in the line.  (We've since decided that Florida vacation week is not the week to go to Disney!)  We decided to relax at the hotel for the afternoon and that we'd try Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios later in the evening.  I had plenty of things that I wanted to work on anyways.  And Eliot wanted another nap.

Upon our return, I went to work decorating our window for Easter.  I brought window clings with me and we bought the Mickey and Minnie Easter plush at the Magic Kingdom!

I also prepared our autograph book.  Eliot and I had never done an autograph book together, so we thought that it might be a fun activity and memento from our honeymoon. I used to get the character's autographs when I was little, but that was a long time ago.

Next, I finished my sea shell hair clips.  I had run out of time trying to finish them before our trip so I just brought my supplies with me!  And it's not everyday you use a beaten up Disney park map to protect your workspace!

Finally, I worked on my customized Minnie headband.  I'd bought a headband and planned on wearing it during our wedding week but I never got the chance to finish it.  I decided to customize it in our wedding colors with a pink and lime bow!  I love how it turned out. Pop Century is a good place to work on craft projects if you're wondering. (I'm able to make this declaration confidently between this week and our wedding week...)

Later in the evening, we headed over to Hollywood Studios for extra magic hours.

It was still chilly, so we planned to do indoor activities.  Most guests were waiting to watch Fantasmic over on the other side of the park so we went in the other direction.  We ended up going to watch Muppetvision 3D.

I'd forgotten how cute the show is.  We enjoyed it a lot.  I even found a hidden Mickey while we were waiting for the show!  (I actually found 3 hidden Mickeys on this trip without the help of a guidebook!!!)

Afterwards, we went over to tour the animation building while it was quiet.  I love looking at all of the drawings of the scenery from the movies.  I remember watching the animators when I was a kid and being fascinated by it.  I took a few photos of the castles.  Then Eliot and I headed into the Animation Gallery store.  We admired all of the artwork and sculptures.  I love the little Haunted Mansion one!  

We also spotted the how to draw books.  (Eliot's checking one out in the background.) We almost caved and bought one of the books.  But we decided that we probably wouldn't be drawing on our vacation, so we'd wait until we got home.  (Once we got home, we went to our local craft store and got one of the books with a 50% off coupon!  I haven't mastered any of them yet, but if I do, I'll make sure to share on here.)

And that's the end of Day #5!!!  °o°

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