Walt Disney World Vacation Trip Report - Day 2: Animal Kingdom

Here we are on Day 2 of our Disney Vacation! Our plan was to spend most of the day at Animal Kingdom and then go to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at night. We woke up pretty early but I made breakfast while Melissa slept a little longer ha. To save a little money, we bought a dozen eggs, English muffins and jam at the Mercantile in our resort. I was expecting the eggs to be an absurd price 
(only $2) but I found that it was cheaper in Disney than here in New Jersey (only $3). Anyways!

We made sure we were at the park for its opening. The first we did was rush to Expedition Everest to ride it and grab a fast-pass for later. I would usually be taking pictures but we wanted to get to Everest as quick as possible. When we arrived to Everest, it was only a 5 minute wait so we hopped right on but grabbed a fast-pass before doing so. This was my first time riding Everest so I was really excited about it. We even got front row which made the ride so much better. I loved it but was disappointed the the yeti still isn't working properly. Oh well.

After Everest, we headed straight to Kilimanjaro Safari. I took so many pictures of it but I'll only share my favorites. 

  

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I guess they changed the route up a bit because I remember poachers being involved and we drove through their territory or something. I liked it because it added a little more story to the ride. Our guide wasn't great and I wished she was able to involved the people in the truck.

The fast-passes we had for Everest were ready to be used so we made our way back over there. I finally began taking pictures of the park. 

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Animal Kingdom is such an amazing park and has so much detail in it. Every area is so authentic and it totally immerses you into the environment. There is always argument as to whether Animal Kingdom is a half day or full day park. I think it is a full day park and there is always something new to discover. Unfortunately we only spent a half day there on this trip. It's okay because I know I'll be back.

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We found a nice little lookout point with a beautiful view. There wasn't anyone around when taking pictures in this spot.

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We started making our approach on Everest once more. I took so many pictures on that mountain. Looks like I'll have to go to the real one soon so I can compare...

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I think Everest has the best queue out of any ride in WDW. There is so much to look at and discover about the Himalayas. I wish I took more pictures of it and I'm shooting myself in the foot for it. We moved through the queue pretty quickly and there was always a herd behind us trying to get to the ride. This is one of those queues where I wouldn't mind stopping and looking at everything before moving forward. Next time, I'll just let the people pass me so I can soak it all in. Through the queue, Disney is telling the riders to beware of the Yeti. So when you are waiting to ride on Everest, don't be afraid to stop and look around.

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I couldn't resist but to take one more photo of the mountain before we continued with the rest of the park.

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There were some great views of Discovery River. All I wanted to do was take a boat out but they closed the boat ride attraction a long time ago. Looks like with the Avatar expansion they will be bringing back as a night time cruise and immersing you into the world of Pandora.

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This was one of my favorite spots to sit and relax. I loved all the camping gear just hanging around. I was tempted to take one for myself. I don't think Disney would notice, would they?

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There were a bunch of monkeys climbing on this structure. Thought it was pretty cool.

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I am assuming that this was where you were able to board the boats to travel down the river but I'm not certain. Made for a good picture though.

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If my mind serves me correct, we were headed for It's Tough to be a Bug inside the Tree of Life. I had to convince Melissa to go on the attraction because she hates the part when the bugs sting you in the back. Always freaks her out ha. But luckily she was a good sport and went on with me. She just made sure to lean her back forward so she wouldn't be bothered. I forgot how scary it could be for some kids. There were a lot of parents that had to escort their kids out of the theater. I always enjoyed the show but I think the 3D effects need to be updated a little bit. I think was just spoiled because I saw Gravity in 3D before we left for the trip ha.

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The queue for It's Tough to be a Bug is always cool to walk through. The animal carvings in the tree are amazing. I think I remember reading that there are over 300 animals carved into the branches and roots.

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This is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip. I wish I had a boat like that and a river of my own to ride it on.

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My mind is pretty foggy at this point but I know we went on Kali River Rapids at some point after its Tough to be a Bug. We came prepared for it because we did not want to get soaked ha. We bought ponchos for $1.50 at Target before the trip specifically for this and in case it rained. Our sandals were in our backpack so before we hopped on the ride, we changed out of our shoes and into them. My co-worker let me borrow a waterproof bag that she brings with her when we sails and I put our phones and my camera in it. Honestly, we were the most prepared people there. Everyone was coming off soaking wet and we were the only ones wearing ponchos. Yes we may have looked like idiots but we didn't care ha. It was a fun experience!

After rapids we were pretty hungry and couldn't wait for our 2pm reservations at Tusker House. As I changed stuff around in our bags and saved a table, Melissa went to go grab us some food. She came back with two egg rolls and some delicious, what I think was, mandarin chicken. 

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At the bottom of the container was rice and veggies. It was awesome and makes for a great quick meal. It was near the Yak and Yeti restaurant but I'm not sure where she got it from. We also made conversation with a family next to us that was from Tennessee if I remember correctly. The mother saw us with the ponchos and was asking us about Kali River Rapids and how wet you could get. She also asked us about Expedition Everest and told us her husband was too scared to go on it. Another nice interaction with random strangers on our trip. We did a lot of that.

After we ate we made our way towards Dino land but on our way we stopped at a few character spots. First we tried Dug and Russell from Up but as son as we hopped in line, they went for a break. So decided to just go see Mickey and Minnie.

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After that we went go to meet Tigger and Pooh. First up was Pooh!.

The only time I saw someone else taking a selfie with a character was a teenager who took one with Pooh.

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After we were done with them, we headed to ride Dinosaur!  I forgot how much I loved that ride.  It was still as scary as I remembered.

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After Dinosaur, we started making our way towards Africa for our lunch reservation. We stopped by to see Dug and Russell but they were once again on break by the time we got back. It just wasn't meant to be ha. We decided to go on some of the trails located in the park to see what we could Discover. If we didn't wonder off the main path we wouldn't have been able to find this amazing spot in front of the Tree of Life. Another favorite photo of mine from this trip.

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On the trails we discovered a lot of cool animals along the way!

Here are some flamingos just chilling. I think they sleep on one leg and every so often they switch to the other leg.

Here are some flamingos just chilling. I think they sleep on one leg and every so often they switch to the other leg.

We found a kangaroo hanging out with a vulture. The vulture blends into the photo a bit but hes on the branch.

We found a kangaroo hanging out with a vulture. The vulture blends into the photo a bit but hes on the branch.

Not sure what kind of bird this is but I think it may be a stork. Correct me if I'm wrong ha

Not sure what kind of bird this is but I think it may be a stork. Correct me if I'm wrong ha

These guys looked like really sleepy porcupines but not sure if they are porcupines because they were huge!

These guys looked like really sleepy porcupines but not sure if they are porcupines because they were huge!

This parrot was hanging out with a lot of other parrots so don't worry, he wasn't lonely.

This parrot was hanging out with a lot of other parrots so don't worry, he wasn't lonely.

I thought the waterfall and the Owl carved into the tree made for a good photo.

I thought the waterfall and the Owl carved into the tree made for a good photo.

We made our way out of the trails and found another good spot to take a photo of Everest. You can find peace and quiet in the Animal Kingdom. You sometimes forget that there are thousands of people scattered around you.

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It was around the time for lunch and we made it back to Africa.

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We arrived at the Tusker House and we were ready to eat. Tusker House is a buffet and they have so many different choices of food. Before you enter, you get to meet Donald outside.

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I honestly can't remember the names of the stuff we ate! Between the two of us, we tried so many different things. We kind of just picked off of each other plates. I got some kind of fruit alcoholic beverage but I don't remember the name either. It was really good though ha. Melissa got this great African beer that was great as well. The food is just slopped on our plates but everything was so good. The dessert was delicious as well but we ate it too quickly before I snapped a photo. I made a later reservation so we can fill up before the Halloween Party.

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 During lunch we met a bunch of characters and I got selfies with Mickey, Goofy and Daisy

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Lunch was awesome and I highly recommend Tusker House. If your kids don't like the food, they have plenty of other things for them like sandwiches.

I didn't really take anymore photos after lunch because we decided to head back to our hotel and take a nap. It was 3 at this point and we were going to head to the party by 6. I'll have to talk about the party at a later time but I hope you enjoyed our day at the Animal Kingdom because we sure did!