Thursday, November 16, 2017

anniversary trip day six: animal kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari is one of our fave rides at Animal Kingdom so we try to do it several times on every trip for the best chance of seeing a variety of animals being active.  This was the first time we ever saw the hippos out of the water!

elephants and rhinos
- Elephants and rhinos -

afternoon snack
- Afternoon snack: Mr Kamal's Seasoned Fries, and the bird that kept trying to steal our fries -

We had fun stopping at all of the PhotoPass photographers since we never remember to get pictures of the two of us when we're with all the kids.

riding expedition everest
- Riding Expedition Everest -

We easily watched the gibbons play for half an hour before moving on (or back...) to the Safari.

gibbons three.mp4
These gibbons had everyone cracking up!

hippos round two
Back on Kilimanjaro Safari and this time the hippos were swimming around.

elephants round two
LOVE the elephants-- especially the baby one!!

rhinos and a lion
- Rhinos and Mr Lion -

satu'li canteen
We ordered lunch from Satu'li Canteen and tried out the new Mobile Ordering feature and it worked out fabulously!  We put the order in via the app, scoped out a table and then just had to pick up the food once it was ready-- no lines, no headache!  Lunch at Satu'li Canteen: Chicken Bowl with Red and Sweet Potato Hash and Charred Onion Chimichurri, Steak Bowl with Red and Sweet Potato Hash and Charred Onion Chimichurri (with no Boba Balls), Hawkes' Grog Ale and Dreamwalker Sangria, and a Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse.  This lunch was one of my favorite meals of the trip!!

- Pictures around Pandora -

flight of passage
We finally got to ride Flight of Passage on this trip and it did not disappoint.  It was, quite literally, the best ride I've ever been on so I was happy that we were able to go on more than once!

tree of life
- Kangaroos playing in front of the Tree of Life -

fireworks from the room
We wrapped up the night by watching Holiday Wishes from our balcony-- I love having rooms with a fireworks view!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

anniversary trip day five: epcot and magic kingdom

We started Day #5 at EPCOT and I MAY have used the Passholder Entrance (no line!!) while Jacob had to wait in the regular line.  In my defense, I did it so that I could get in the PhotoPass line so we both ended up waiting in line, but we maximized our time!

When we go with the kids we're always very Go-Go-Go and we don't always take the time to watch the street performers but we made sure to stop for shows on this trip and we were thoroughly impressed with the JAMMitors!

jammitors two.mp4
- JAMMitors -

epcot snacks
One of my fave things about EPCOT is the ability to snack around the world.  We loved the new cold brew coffee from Joffrey's and the Schoolbread was a delicious new-to-us treat from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway.

epcot mexico
The Mexico Pavillion is the only one in World Showcase that is entirely indoors, however, they've done a great job giving the illusion of being in an outdoor market in Mexico.

san angel inn
We lucked out and got a table by the water for our lunch at San Angel Inn-- it's so fun watching the boats float by while you enjoy a delicious meal!  Jacob started with the margarita flight (when in Mexico...) and then we split the Queso Fundido.  He had the Carne Asada Tampiqueña and I had the Tacos de Carne-- while they were both good, his was the clear winner.  Unfortunately, it's really dark in the restaurant and while that's great for creating ambiance, it's not conducive to good food pictures.

three caballeros
- The Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros -

snacks in japan
We stopped at Kabuki Cafe in Japan for a refreshing afternoon snack-- I had the Strawberry Kakigori and Jacob had the Pineapple Coconut Sake Mist.

disney visa meet
We made sure to stop at the Disney Visa Character Meet-n-Greet since we don't always have time to with the kids.  Surprisingly, about half of the people in line were groups without kids!

the land
- Living with the Land-- I love all of the the hidden Mickeys -

test track
- Test Track -

leaving epcot
I love Spaceship Earth at dusk when the colorful lights come out to play.  The Stitch topiary reminded me of Ben (Stitch is his all-time fave)!

dinner at whispering canyon
We went back to the hotel for dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe.   After the drama of getting the car valeted (it's a stick and hardly any of the valets could drive it!) we checked in and waited for our table.  I love the lobby of Wilderness Lodge and it's a great place to unwind after a long day in the parks.  We both ordered the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet and while it was pretty good, the restaurant is probably a one and done for us.  Neither the food quality or the service were up to the standard that we've come to expect at Disney.

fireworks from the peoplemover
After dinner we took the boat over to the Magic Kingdom to wrap up our night.  We watched Happily Ever After from the PeopleMover-- it's always fun to watch from different places!

- Happily Ever After -

seven dwarfs
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train -

castle pics
- Cinderella Castle -

tangled bathroom
- Another "Glowing Lantern at the Tangled Restroom" picture -


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

anniversary trip day four: mickey's very merry christmas party

geyser point
Since we were planning to be out late at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, we slept late and enjoyed a relaxing morning.  We checked out the new Geyser Point Bar and Grill at Wilderness Lodge for lunch and loved the food and the location!!  Geyser Point lunch: Cascadia Sangria Cocktail, Northwest Iced Tea, Cheesy Barbecue Brisket, Crab Cake Sandwich, and the Bison Cheeseburger.

geyser, cascade falls, magic cookie bars
We really loved the grounds of the Wilderness Lodge from the Fire Rock Geyser to Copper Creek Falls, and the Magic Cookie Bars from Roaring Fork didn't disappoint either!

mvmcp entrance
We headed over to the Magic Kingdom at around 4pm for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

castle pics
We started with pictures in front of Cinderella Castle (surprise, surprise)...

dole whip and jingle cruise
... and then tried the new Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Dole Whip at Aloha Isle and went for a spin on the Jingle Cruise.

country bear jamboree
- Country Bear Jamboree -

castle lighting
- Castle Lighting -

We staked out our favorite parade spot a few hours before the first parade only to be told after sitting there for over an hour that the area we were in was going to be roped off for a VIP group.  We were not happy campers since we'd wasted party time and lost our great spot but decided to go on a few rides and have some cookies instead of being upset.

peoplemover and treats
The PeopleMover always puts a smile on our faces!!  The cookies, cocoa and chocolate milk helped a bit, too!!

- On the PeopleMover -

first parade
We headed back to our original spot right before the first parade and convinced the CM's to let us join the media group from Argentina-- we just had to promise to stay out of their way!  While we weren't in exactly the same place that we started, it was still a great view!

holiday wishes
- Holiday Wishes from the Christmas Tree on Main Street -

parade time!!
After the first parade ended and the media people packed up their gear, we moved back to our original spot to watch the second parade.  After sitting on the curb for a couple of hours we were treated to a another great view of  Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

mickey and minnie
- Mickey and Minnie -

frozen and wreck it ralph
- Characters from Frozen and Wreck It Ralph -

parade fun
One of my favorite things about this parade is the delicious scents that accompany the floats!

dwarfs and princesses
- Dwarfs and Princesses -

toy soldiers and santa
The toy soldiers are without a doubt, the best part of the parade, followed closely by those silly reindeer!

love that castle
Between the projections and Dream Lights, Cinderella Castle looks AMAZING during the holidays.

late night castle pics
Once the park started to clear out, we stuck around to get pictures with the castle covered in Dream Lights.

making our way down main street
- Gotta get pictures with the castle and the Christmas tree -

love those magic shots
They offer such fun Magic Shots during the parties!

empty park
We finally left at about 1:30am, but not before getting pictures of an empty Main Street.


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