Disney: Day 1 (Animal Kingdom)

The minute we arrived at our resort, we headed out to our first day at Animal Kingdom. It was after lunch, but from talking with other people I figured we only needed 1/2 day there.

We were excited to learn that the park was still decorated for Christmas! There was a huge animal-themed Christmas tree at the entrance!

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We headed straight to meet Mickey & Minnie with our FastPass to Mickey & Minnie’s trading post. We were very fortunate throughout the entire trip to have low crowds. The longest we waited for anything all week was 15 minutes.

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So the moment came when they were able to meet the REAL Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I was probably smiling more than they were!

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Next we headed to The Festival of The Lion King. On the way there, the girls fell asleep (they had never napped since they woke up early that morning). After a quick power nap, they were ready for the show!

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Seth and I took a few scenic routes while the girls napped so we could see some of the animals at the park.

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WOW! What an amazing show. I could not stop staring at everything going on around us…Kennedy and Jules’ eyes were so big.

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As the show was going on, we were totally surprised when one of the characters came get Kennedy & Jules by the hand to go on the stage! I don’t think my finger stopped clicking the camera the entire time. They got to follow the cast around the stage and dance and sing.

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On our way out from the Lion King, the girls stopped to play some drums!

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Next we headed to the 3D show It’s a Bugs Life! Both girls were not huge fans of any of the 3D attractions. They were troopers and sat through the whole thing, but it was not their favorite.

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That night, we had dinner at Rainforest CafĂ©. I just love the ambiance in that place. Every single inch of the restaurant is rainforest themed. The girls enjoyed when it would thunder and “rain” every so often.

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For desert we split the Volcano Chocolate Cake (complete with a sparkler on top). Jules was in Heaven.

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When we got back to our room that night, Daddy made the girls a tent. Then, he enjoyed his favorite beverage ;) We had a wonderful first day in the most magical place in the world!

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