Well, here goes nothing. I will have to post pictures over the weekend as it will take me some time to figure it out again.
Cast: Me - Stacey and DD6 - Madeline.
Dates: June 3-10
June 3-5 at Kidani; June 5-10 at Beach Club
Highlights - 15 hour day at MK on Sunday
Swimming at Beach Club
Timing for everything
DD6 rode all 3 mountains at MK
Thursday, June 3 - We were supposed to fly out at 4:15 PM. I got up and called Delta early to see if we could catch an earlier flight - they were able to put us on the 9:30 am flight so off to an early start to Disney!
Took Magic Express and were in our room at Kidani by 1:30 - we rented points - not DVC members :(. Room was nice but really far from lobby (which I understand) but we were glad not to be staying there for the week. We walked to bus stop and our bus to AK was there right away - had to go pick up my AP and our TiW card. Then hopped on bus back to AK (no wait) and then quickly on another bus to Downtown Disney. We decided to walk towards T-Rex (not for the food, but the atmosphere) - as we walked in, it started to downpour. No ADR but we were seated right away. My daughter really enjoyed it and loved her food - she had the kids lasagna and a slushie drink in a bone cup. The meteor shower scared her at first but she got used to it. I hate to see how many pictures we have from there!
We then did a little shopping as the rain had stopped and decided to head back to hotel for a swim. As we were leaving, lots of people were entering DD - I think the rain scared them away from the parks. Had a great swim at Kidani - DD loved the slide - and ordered pizza for dinner from some delivery place (was not very good). Enjoyed the giraffes and cattle out our balcony.
Friday - Day 2 - headed to AK. Again, bus timing was perfect. Rope Drop at AK was about 15 minutes early - which was perfect. We were on the safari at 9. We saw baby elephants, and a very active and entertaining baby rhino. Also, had to stop the jeep because several giraffe decided they wanted to meander in our path. It was great! Our driver was Amber and really slowed way down for animals so we could get pictures.
Then it was off to Tusker House for breakfast with Donald and Daisy. Food was pretty good but my DD decided she was no longer hungry (even though she had been starved 10 minutes before our ADR). Character interaction with Daisy was pretty good. We were put in a room really off to the side so really wasn’t too hectic and the characters and their handlers made sure everyone had been visited in our little room. Really appreciated that because I was concerned that we would be forgotten being out of the action.
Next, my DD decided she wanted to try Kali River Rapids (with no raincoats). We got soaked so, as my DD said, why not ride again as we couldn’t get any wetter!! Both times were walk ons. We went on a trail and saw a baby gorilla - Lilly. She was adorable. We then headed to DinoLand where she played a few games and won a couple of stuffed animals and rode the Dino Dumbo ride! We were quite uncomfortable in our wet clothes so decided to head back to Kidani for a swim. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to Lion King or Nemo but realize there’s always next time!
Huge storm with lots of thunder and lightning about an hour into our swim so didn’t get to spend much time in the pool. We had ADRs for Sanaa and had a wonderful meal and even better server. She kept bring out bread dips for my DD to try to try to find one she would like. She brought out several extra dips for us because she wanted us to try them. My bill never reflected the additional dips. I had the tandoori lamb and both rices. It was very good. Also had a great wine flight. All the while, we were watching the zebras and giraffes out the window. Doesn’t get much better!