On a cloudy Tuesday we made our way to Animal Kingdom. We rode Na’vi River Journey for the first time. It was magnificent! It was like being immersed in a whole new world. The colors and the vegetation, the huge insects and animals, and the sound track of life in Pandora blended into most memorable moments.
Then it was on to Kilimanjaro Safaris. We have ridden this many times, but because there was cloud cover and it was feeding time, we saw more animals than we had ever seen before. I always love seeing the flamingoes, and there were lots of them out and about. Ida loved the rhinos, with their big horns, instead of noses.
And one of the highlights of the day was a Memory Maker moment. Jake became Rafiki and baby Elinor became Simba. It was magical!
Then we had a delicious dinner at Yak and Yeti. Oh, that mango pie! And we tasted a new favorite: the green bean appetizer. So good!
Another lovely day at Walt Disney World!
Meet me at the Kingdom!
There are only 39 days until our trip to Walt Disney World now. Each day I get just a little more excited. “Anticipation, anticipa-ya-tion, is making me wait…keeping me wai-ai-ai-ai-aiting…” I’m excited about seeing Emi’s family again. It will only have been five months since I saw them, ten months since Mike, Jake and Eliza saw them. Too long. AND…Emi, James and Ida get to meet Linnie; that’s just the best!
Anyway, this time we got a Fastpass+ to Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater. I’ve always wanted to do this with the family, so this is a real bucket-list item for me. A chance to hug the Big Cheese!
Here’s what Disney has to say about it.
Go backstage as a special guest of your pal, Mickey.
Go Behind the Curtain
Mickey Mouse is in his rehearsal room, ready to meet his biggest fans. Discover props and posters from Mickey’s magical career in the theater and maybe even spot a disappearing dove or a rabbit coming out of a hat. The greatest magic of all happens when you get a hug from Mickey Mouse himself.
Bring Home Memories with Character
Let your moments with favorite Disney Characters last long after your visit by purchasing Memory Maker—which features unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos!
We do have Memory Maker, too, so I look forward to all those Photographers snapping us! We’ll be looking for those special shots, where characters magically appear in your photos.
Meet me at the Kingdom.
Day 40 in my dance toward Mickey
Forty days, wow! I can hardly believe it’s been 40 days/posts already! To celebrate, I did something fun today. My plan for today was to research the Magic Band. This is the latest thing in Disney World. When you make your reservation to stay on property, each person in your reservation gets a Magic Band. You wear it on your wrist like a watch. Then when you hold it up to certain things, magic happens. Here’s what it does:
- Unlocks the door of your Disney Resort hotel room
- Let’s you enter Disney Theme Parks
- Checks you in at FastPass+ entrances
- Charges food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room.
And you can:
- Choose your color (pink, blue, red, green, orange, gray, yellow)
- Accessorize it with MagicSliders, MagicBandits, CoverBands (I have to research this a little more)
- Seek specialty bands (like Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary-Halloween bands)
- Attach it to Memory Maker, so any photos taken at the parks are linked to it.
How cool is that? Now I have to figure out how to make our 3 FastPass+ selections for each day we are there. And all six of us won’t necessarily want to do the same rides/parades/fireworks/meals, so how does that work? There is still much to discover. I will keep reading up on it all.
Thank you to Disney Vacation Tips on Pinterest and Facebook for the info shared above.
Meet you at the Kingdom!