We started day four of our Disney vacation with a character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine, inside Hollywood Studios. We were the first family of the day, so we were the only ones (that day!) to get a group picture with all four characters. They gave us a “First Family” certificate and everything!
Libby posed in every picture we took. For the longest, I couldn’t figure out why her eye was covered in the picture with Jake. Then, I noticed her hand–it’s a hook. So that’s her pirate pose, I guess?!?!
After breakfast, we went straight back to ride Aerosmith’s Rock-N-Roller Coaster, because I didn’t get a fast pass for that. Libby wasn’t quite tall enough to ride, so she and I went to Tower of Terror while everyone else rode RNR. From there, we rode Toy Story because we DID have fast passes. (This is a must for a fast pass–if you don’t get one, the chances of you riding are slim. People RUN as soon as the gates open to get in line for Toy Story!)
Then we met Buzz and Woody. (This is Libby’s Buzz Lightyear pose. To INFINITY and BEYOND! :))
We saw the Little Mermaid show, the new Frozen Sing-A-Long show (WHICH IS HILARIOUS AND JUST PLAIN AWESOME!!). We attempted to see the Lights! Motors! Action! stunt show but the weather was nasty so they cancelled. We did get to see Indiana Jones, but they shortened the show due to the inclement weather as well. Mal got picked to be an extra on the Indiana Jones show and was able to participate in the whole thing!
The characters were still out during all the rain, so we met Mike and Sully. Jase was really confused by all the characters, but Sully really blew his mind. We had been at the parks from open to close all week, so we took full advantage of the rainy weather and headed back to the resort a little early to get some much-needed rest!
Our last day was Kyndall’s actual birthday and she wanted to go to her favorite park–Animal Kingdom. We had reservations for breakfast at Tusker House restaurant, which is also one of our favorites. Libby and her ‘fierce’ pose. For the love.
At breakfast, we met Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy–all in their safari outfits. The breakfasts are really good–they are all buffets so you have your choice of pretty much any breakfast food you could possibly want.
We rode Expedition Everest (about five times, because of rider swaps, fast passes, and short lines!), the Dinosaur ride, and Kali River rapids all early in the day. We watched Festival of the Lion King, which is usually our favorite but good seating is a must at that show and we didn’t have it. We also watched It’s A Bugs Life, which is always super cute.
Along the way, we met Baloo and King Louie, Pocahontas and Tarzan. Tarzan was our favorite. GraGra commented that he must really love his job. He got SO into his character and spent a good bit of time talking to the girls and Jase and even Mallory and Hannah. We had never met Tarzan before, so it’s always exciting to meet a character for the first time.
We finished up our Animal Kingdom time with a safari tour and the animals were really active. We saw baby giraffes, lots of different types of deer, a lion and lioness, and LOTS of crocodiles. Since the park closes early, we dropped the men off back at the resort to rest up for the drive home and we headed to Hollywood Studios to catch the fireworks and Fantasmic.
The Hollywood Studios fireworks show is now Frozen-themed and it was nothing short of amazing. No spoilers, but you have got to see it if you are in Disney anytime soon. Somehow, in all our Disney trips (this was our 5th since the girls have been born) we have always missed the Fantasmic light show. It was really fun, but Jase was done by the time we got there. Every time he would fall asleep the music would get really loud and wake him up, so I spent the majority of the light show trying to calm him down. The girls loved it though, and danced the whole way through!
It’s funny how I love Disney and hate Disney all at the same time. It is non-stop fun but we go, go, go and leave ex-haust-ed. Seriously, I felt like we needed a vacation after that vacation. It was hot and rainy, but we still loved it. The girls had a great time and declared me “best Mommy ever.” They think Justin is pretty great too, but he wasn’t there when they decided this. 🙂
I think this will be our last Disney trip for a while. I want Jase to get to experience it when he gets older, but we have a lot of other things we want to do with the kids and Disney is expensive. Maybe we’ll return in about 5 or 6 years….maybe!