Saturday, April 14, 2018

girls' weekend: animal kingdom

tree of life and ak
Day Two of our Girls' Weekend started bright and early at Animal Kingdom!  We arrived almost an hour before Extra Magic Hours started and joined hordes of people (presumably to run to Flight of Passage) in line.  We were let in half an hour early in order to check in for our Pre-Park Opening breakfast (well, it was PPO before EMH was added!).  We stopped to admire the Tree of Life and Harambe Market on our way into the park.

tusker house
We were the first table of the day seated at Tusker House!  The buffet area is set up like an open-air African market and the attention to detail is exquisite.  The hostess explained the different areas of the buffet (cereals, pastries, frittatas, Mickey waffles, carving station, etc) before taking us to our table.

mickey and mickey waffles
Tusker House is a character meal and we got to hang out with Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy over the course of our breakfast, and the food was fabulous, too!!  We'll definitely be adding Tusker House to our regular rotation of Disney dining.

safari babies
After breakfast, we were within our FP+ window for Kilimanjaro Safari, so we headed that way.  Both of us have done this ride many times but agreed that our safari driver, Roberto, was one of the best and it was an awesome experience!!  We saw Augustus, the baby hippo AND Stella, the baby elephant!!

giraffes
The giraffes were hanging out right by the road today!

pandora
We spent the afternoon exploring Animal Kingdom (and seeing Abigail at Dinosaur!) before ending up in Pandora for a late lunch at Satu'li Canteen and a ride on Flight of Passage-- so thankful we could book 60 days out because the line was LONG!  Such a fun day at Animal Kingdom!

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