After only getting a couple of hours of sleep on the bus on the way down my night was way too short. I was up and in the shower by 5:45 and ready for my wake up rounds. The girls did a nice job of getting up and were mostly awake when I checked but I noticed as the trip went on the girls were less and less awake when I knocked.
We had a quick breakfast and loaded the bus for Animal Kingdom. We decided the night before to start out at AK then let the groups make their way to Magic Kingdom at some point in the day.
Before we left the kids signed up in groups and were assigned an adult. The kids had to stay with an adult, we weren’t allowed to just turn them lose in the parks. Before we left I thought maybe that was a little overkill but after our first day I decided groups were an excellent idea. Not because I didn’t trust the kids but because they got so much more done with an adult moving them around. Most of our students hadn’t been to WDW before and had no idea what they wanted to do or even what there was to do. I had 5 sweet but very quiet girls in my group who stuck to me like glue. Everytime I turned around to take a count they were right there.
When the rope dropped at AK we raced to EE. I had two girls who wanted to ride, one maybe and two non riders. We all walked through the queue and when we got to the front my maybe decided to ride and I exited with the other two. When my three girls got off the ride with several other of our groups they were so excited that my two non-riders decided they would ride with everyone else going back on it. I had never ridden EE I was excited to finally get to ride it. One of my non-riders liked it and the other one really didn’t but I think she was glad she tried it.
After that the three groups that were together decided to split up and I took my girls on Kali River with the principal. The principal and I usually avoid Kali because we ALWAYS get soaked. This time was no different, we sat together and took a full wave of water. However, we decided to wear ponchos so we didn’t get too wet. We were going to be in the parks until midnight and wet stinky clothes didn’t sound like fun. We met back up with the other two groups and all went on the safari and then to the Lion King show. The kids (mostly the boys) didn’t think they wanted to see it but they all loved it. I think I spent more time watching the kids watch the show than the actual show.
My girls couldn’t agree on what they wanted for lunch at AK so I threw out the idea of taking a bus to the Contemporary and having lunch there then taking the monorail to MK. I wanted them to experience the monorail and they all agreed the menu looked good at the Contepo Cafe. We had a quiet and relaxing lunch and arrived at MK one monorail in front of the other groups we were meeting up with.