On Tuesday, December 28, we woke up bright and early and headed to Animal Kingdom. None of us had ever been there, so we were pretty excited!
Our first ride of the day was the Animal Safari. It was pretty amazing! They take you out in safari jeep vehicles and ride you through open fields where they let animals roam free. We got several great pictures of animals and a giraffe even walked right in front of our car. Alex loved seeing the animals and seeing them so close to us!
After the safari, we did a walk thru of another area with animals. Unfortunately, since the weather was so cold, the animals were not very active. Many of the animals were just laying around and probably trying to conserve body heat :) We walked around for a little bit, ate a quick lunch and then visited the Dinosaur area of the park. Alex really liked the carnival atmosphere (if you have been there, you know what I am talking about) and the boys rode a few rides. Alex was pretty disappointed because he was a bit too short to ride on one of the roller coasters - he kept telling us that he would grow taller when we come back and he would ride all the roller coasters.
The park started to get really crowded and since the animals were not really moving around much, we decided to head back to the hotel for naptime.
After naptime, we got back on the bus and headed to Hollywood Studios. It was packed!! Most of the rides that we wanted to get on were over an hour and a half wait. Not quite possible with a very excited 3 year old!! We walked around, thinking Alex would love to see more characters. Unfortunately, he was not as excited about seeing them as he was the night before. He got really scared when we got close to Mike and Sulley (from Monsters Inc.) and kept telling us to go back! And then, we waited in line for about 30 minutes to see Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater. He was really excited to see them, but as soon as he got up to them for a picture, Lightning revved up his engine and scared Alex so bad. He was not a happy camper!!
We were able to see the incredible light display at Hollywood Studios. They decorate one of the areas and set the lights to music - so beautiful! Alex was amazed with all the lights. We grabbed dinner, popcorn, hot chocolate and headed back to the hotel for an early night!
Here are some pictures from our second day at Disney:
From the Safari ride at Animal Kingdom:
Alex catching bubbles at Hollywood Studios:
Riding on Daddy's shoulders:
Right before Lightning revved his engine and scared Alex:
My favorite picture from the day: