Animal Kingdom was a day I was seriously hunting ahead to. There’s a thing about that park that just has a much more calm vibe to it, in particular due to the fact we would not want to acquire and navigate Genie+ or LL for the day. Even so, relaxed is not how we began the working day. My relatives is a bunch of troopers and appeased me with superior attitudes about our super early early morning.
Rope Drop Tactic for Animal Kingdom
- Park opens: 8:00 (7:30 for on property visitors)
- Leave lodge: 6:10 AM
- Method of Transportation: push our cars and trucks and park in AK large amount (free parking for onsite friends)
- No Genie+ or Lightning Lane
- Rope Drop: Flight of Passage (44”) (if Lacey is not tall enough, get rider swap at entrance), then straight to Safari (line will be ~45 minutes). Then Everest (44”).
- Other Rides: River Rapids (38”), Rough to be a Bug, Navi River
When we took the exit for Animal Kingdom we had been stunned and confused by it is CLOSURE. Had we skipped some thing?! I frantically started off texting Christen (it’s interesting because she’s an early riser, way too) and she responded with “oh my gosh tell me I did not get you there that early.” We did not thoughts at all though and I basically felt enormous satisfaction in accomplishing a feat that Christen herself hadn’t nonetheless professional, haha!
Evidently they never eliminate the cones into the parking ton until eventually 6:30 AM so we were the very first of the first arriving there a number of minutes prior to they even opened. The parking attendants waved us into the incredibly initial parking spot as we entered and congratulated us (on getting complete Disney nut jobs, )).
It was these a funny commence to the working day, but it compensated off. We were being at the incredibly entrance of the line and, conveniently, the bogs have been ideal upcoming to us at the entrance. When they opened the park we led the stream of men and women straight into Pandora and to Flight of Passage.
It is awesome to me how promptly persons file in, although. It is not like we just strolled along we experienced to transfer together at a fantastic speed, in particular having to stash the strollers as we hopped into line. We aren’t the only committed Disney rope droppers!
Being in a position to stroll right onto Flight of Passage was tremendous interesting. Fortunately Lacey was tall adequate and we all liked acquiring to fly on the back of a Banshee. We then scooted correct subsequent door to stroll ideal on to the Navi River ride, as gradual cruise, but with lovely specifics.
Afterwards we hightailed it across the park to get in line for Safari. The animals are most active in the mornings and evenings, so it behooves you to attempt and go for the duration of those people time periods. Fortunate for us, the line was only about 40 minutes, so we waited.
The safari was fabulous! Currently being that I have been on it two times prior to, I realized it wasn’t uncommon to not see all the animals, but we lucked out with viewing so lots of- giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras, elephants, and even a LION, among other individuals.
We kept items relocating and headed straight to the very last of the tremendous preferred rides, the roller coaster Everest. It experienced about a 30 moment wait around as a result of it’s comprehensive and entertaining que. Like the other coasters, poor Hailey experienced a mini soften down in line. It almost certainly would make us look like horrible parents forcing her to experience, but afterwards she normally loved the practical experience, so drive we did.
Sorry for the image kiddo, but I wanted to capture the fact. At the very least we know we have no require to agenda a journey to Carowinds or any other amusement park…
As predicted, later on we was just high-quality! It was starting to warmth up at this issue of the working day, so we took a couple minutes for a shady snack, then slowly but surely created our way all around the park checking out.
We watched the kites driven by jetskis on the lake, visited the gorillas, played a few reasonable games, viewed some road performances in Africa, dipped our cooling towels into ice water various situations, and professional what it was like to be a bug (It is Rough to Be a Bug is a person of my favorites at Animal Kingdom).
For those questioning if we regretted leasing a stroller for our 10 and 8 yr old… unquestionably not. In truth, I may have rented a double if I was going once more, ha! Possibly not, but I was tickled by the point that the even larger little ones desired their flip in the strollers, also.
By the time our 12:45 lunch reservation rolled around, we were being all completely ready for a crack from the sun and some grub. We experienced hoped the Tusker Home would be able to accommodate our group of 9 at the same desk (you can only make reservations for up to 8 people today but if you question they can often blend you). Even so, we experienced to split, but we were being all hungry enough that we did not mind also significantly.
The Tusker Property employed to be a buffet but now it is served spouse and children model, so you remain at your desk as people make their way about to pay a visit to. Phone me a large child, but I Adore the figures. They are participating and pleasant and they do not hurry by. I was so satisfied to see the ladies however loved them so a great deal, too.
The food stuff was rather fantastic. It begun with a uncomplicated salad, then a bread and roll platter with chutneys and other sauces, then the primary dishes that provided hen, pork, steak with chimichurri, rice, potatoes, vegetables, and a shrimp curry. Mom does not take in significantly meat, so they introduced out a vegan curry, way too. They will also carry you as a great deal as you like, and we requested a 2nd salad and a second major dish plate. They serve 3 small desserts, which we all break up as we remaining far more than contented!
Just after lunch it was close to 2:15. We discussed whether or not we desired to continue to be or go, but at that issue we experienced performed all of what we had preferred to do, so we headed again to our automobile in that pretty first parking location. 😂
We drove back again to The Beach Club the place we modified into satisfies and enjoyed the lazy river, a lengthy activity of pool volleyball (the sandy bottom of the pool is the most effective!), and the pirate slide prior to thunder moved in late afternoon. Then we showered, ordered pizza (my brother applied Uber Eats to get Flipper’s Pizza, which was delicious), and we all met to devour pizza and look at the sotrm outside make it rain sideways, in advance of heading off to bed. One more successful working day in the books!