Ok, here is Thursday at the AK:
We had PS at Donald’s Prehistoric Breakfastasaurus for 8:10 and arrived at the AK gate at 7:40. There were 3 other vehicles in line to enter and we were told they would open the gate at 7:45 which would leave plenty of time to enter, park and make our way to Dino Land. Well 7:45 passed, 7:50 passed and we were finally let in to park at 7:52. We made the walk and arrived exactly at 8:10 to check in and our name was quickly called for our seating. We immediately saw Goofy and Donald and Pluto and Mickey quickly followed which made the kids very happy. The buffet was plentiful and the Krispy Kreme donuts were a big hit with the kids. Our server was wonderful and very attentive which for me always makes for a successful meal.
We finished at 8:50 and our oldest DD and I decided to make our way to Dinosaur. It was nice having the park pretty much to ourselves at that time since it doesn’t open until 9. We got to Dinosaur and there was only 1 couple in front of us as we waited in line for the ride to start up. The CM kept us occupied by asking us where we were from, etc for a few minutes then we were set to ride. The DD loved it but I couldn’t talk the oldest DS to ride it. The DD and DW rode it right after without any wait too which we enjoyed. It was still only 9:10 so we went over to enjoy the other rides at Dino Land with the kids and rode Triceratops with them and the coaster 4 times with the oldest DD. The oldest DS was almost talked into riding it but was relieved to find out he was not tall enough I think. We left Dino Land with the promise that they could play at the Dig later and headed around towards Everest to get a few pics and some sneak peeks of the progress. The wait for Kali River was nothing so I took the 2 oldest on it and was lucky to not get too soaked. I think they enjoyed “shooting” water at the other riders more on the bridge after the ride to be honest. We then walked towards Kilamanjaro and got a FP since it was an hour wait. Question here, why don’t people use FP? We have since they started it and LOVE IT. We decided to take the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and let them run around the petting zoo and see some surgery being done on a tropical bird. They stood and watched for 5 minutes and were amazed at the process. We ran into Pocahantos and Stanley too which made the 2 youngest quite happy. It was then time to get back for our FP for the safari and it was the funniest one we have ever been one. Our guide had the hiccups and had the whole vehicle laughing and really enjoying the ride. She was having as good a time as us too. We then headed for Lion King to see the 2:00 show and it was great as usual. We ate a late lunch(after the big breakfast we could) of pizza and the kids were about done for the day. We walked back and the kids were on the lookout for pins to trade and found a couple CM’s they traded with. It was a good day at the AK for all.
Around 5 the oldest DD and I headed back to MGM to pick up a shirt for the oldest DS from the Extreme Car Stunt Show and 5 minutes before the 5:30 parade a deluge of rain hit. They went on with the show but I know it wasn’t one of the best parades for all involved. It continued off and on for 30 minutes then finally stopped. We made our way back after stopping to talk to some really nice CM’S including 2 from Disney Hong Kong working there on a exchange. One older CM even gave my DD a Jack Jack pin which was Incredible to say the least. We got back to the hotel around 7 which gave my DW and oldest DD time to head to the MK for a few more rides of Space Mountain. I stayed in the hotel and the 3 kids and I ate popcorn and watched a movie and then watched Fantasmic and Illuminations from our room.
Friday we checked out at 10:15 and headed over to DTD to do some last minute shopping for clothing, toys, etc. with “The Happiest Celebration on Earth” on them and also to eat lunch before heading home. The kids were insistent on Mickey D’s but I played the Dad card and we ate at the Earl of Sandwich after reading some of the great reviews on here about the place and they were correct too. The PB&J was a hit as was the grilled cheese and the meatball sandwich was awesome too. Pleasantly full we loaded up and hit the road for home. All in all it was a great trip. We did miss a few perks of staying at a Disney hotel but the Grosvenor was all in all almost as nice. The only drawback we saw was the transportation. They did have the Disney transportation but just not as timely or plentiful but the view we had of the WDW property was awesome.