We should have known it was going to be a great day from the second we got on the bus and the driver played the audio saying “Just a reminder for everyone to be on their best behavior on the motorcoach, we are riding with royalty today!” Z was grinning from ear to ear. That kind of royal princess treatment continued ALL DAY! I have always thought the little girls in princess dresses in the parks were cute but it always seemed like it would be such a hassle to tote them around all day all dolled up. Let me tell you, by the end of this day, we were all planning to buy adult sized princess dresses and wear them ourselves the rest of the trip! :laugh:
We got to the Animal Kingdom just before 10:00 or so. I decided that we should try to meet some characters at Camp Minnie Mickey while the first Festival of the Lion King show was happening and then catch the 2nd show ourselves before taking off for the rest of the park. I sent the rest of the group off in that direction and I took everyone’s Key to the World cards to get FPs for the safari.
When I got back to Camp Minnie Mickey, they had already met Donald in his holiday gear and were in line to see Thumper and Miss Bunny, a nice, unexpected surprise! Then we headed over to Minnie. She had to go get some cheese just before we got there so we were first in line following her cheese break. At that point, the lines were still just at the end of the path leading up to the gazebo, not on the path themselves because it was so quiet. Minnie came skipping down the path, grabbed Z’s hand and then skipped her right back up to the gazebos. So cute. In the end we met Minnie, Mickey and Goofy. Chip and Dale came out while we were there too but it was time to get a seat for Festival of the Lion King.
We headed in to the show and it was fabulous as usual. A couple of the crew said they liked it better than the full scale Broadway production of A Lion King (I tend to agree). After the show, we made a bathroom break before heading to Africa and the safari. I am not sure why I suddenly thought to count the number of Key to the World passes or FPs I was holding on to at that point but thank goodness I did. I counted 7 FPs and 6 KTTW cards. Uh Oh. And whose card was missing? MINE. After all my reminders to the first timers to hold onto their cards and be sure not to lose them, I had lost mine! :ohmy:
My first thought was that I had left it on top of the FP machine or IN the FP machine when getting the Safari FPs so we stopped there at our way to actually ride the safari. Sadly, my card was not there. The CM manning the machines told me to check with Guest Relations. I figured I would go on the safari first and then head that way. Everyone else was way more worked up about it than I was, but we didn’t have charging privileges on the room and I knew that even if it hadn’t been turned in, Disney would take care of it.
As we made our way down the FP line to the loading area, a CM asked Princess Z her name and if she was excited for the safari. Then she said “Well of course you are going to want to ride it again!” and gave us MORE FPs to return later. I am telling you, the princess dress was a real winner. :laugh: In the end we gave our freebie FPs away to a family entering the park when we were on our way out.
We had a great safari which everyone seemed to enjoy. Afterwards I sent them off on the Pangini Trail while I headed to Guest Relations to check on my card. It would have to happen that I would lose the card in AK of all places. I ALWAYS feel like I am just trudging around that place, walking for miles and doing very little and now I had to trudge all the way back to the front of the park. Sigh.
Anyway, my card had not been turned in at Guest Relations but the nice CM there, Todd, took care of it and cut me a new one. No big deal.
I trudged all the way BACK into the park and texted with the rest of the gang to make their way to Asia and I would meet them there. We met up and H, A and I decided to go off to try EE while everyone else headed to Dinoland for a snack and a ride on Triceratops Twirl or whatever it’s called.
The standby line for EE was about 30 minutes, but we waited more like 15. We had told H about the Yeti and what to expect EXCEPT for the part where you go backwards. She enjoyed it but said she thought once was enough. :happy:
We headed over to Dinoland ourselves and found everyone eating frozen bananas. We got some ice cream ourselves and did some shopping at Chester and Hesters. We took a few rides on Triceratops Spin (twirl? spin?) which Z LOVED.
After that, J, H, A and myself decided to give Dinosaur a whirl. A was unsure because she hates when things jump out at her and J was unsure because she hates dips and drops. When I explained to J how the vehicle operates, she thought she could handle it. Then I talked A through when she should close her eyes. That ride terrifies me as well but it also cracks me up. J ended up really liking it but A was all set with the scary dinos in her face.
After Dinosaur, we decided to walk back towards the entrance and head for the buses. We had a dinner date with Cinderella at the Grand Floridian at 4:55 and we didn’t want to be late!