Disney {Day 2}

I cannot express how happy it makes me to have TONS of readers that love Disney! And for those of you who haven't been yet... I'm convinced by the end of this week and my 50 recaps, you will be booking your next vacation there ;)

Our first day in the parks was my actual birthday, so to say I was excited would be the understatement of the year. Our resort gave me my sweet birthday pin at check-in and you know I rocked that every day!

Animal Kingdom was park #1 for us. Jared and I will be doing a separate post all about Disney planning, including info about the best times to visit, how to plan which parks to go to each day, etc. Trust me-- every little detail about this trip was planned out.

We were some of the first people in the park that day (and every other day, for that matter!) so we headed straight to one of the busiest attractions, the Kilimanjaro Safari. We got to see so many animals and some of them got pretty close to our vehicle. I won't lie... I thought a rhinoceros was going to charge us at one point!!

Some of our other favorite things from the day included Expedition Everest- a crazy coaster that goes up this giant mountain...

"It's Tough to Be a Bug" 3D film. Tell me those aren't the coolest 3D glasses you've ever seen?! ;)

The DINOSAUR ride... something I didn't expect to be that cool, but I loved it! We did it twice, like most other attractions in the parks. We really went at such a low-crowd level time that we walked on rides most of our visit. Our waits in line were very minimal! We did Disney right!! :)
I told ya' you'd see my Dino posing again.... sorry, it's a habit! Also? Disney is NOT about fashion.... it's about comfort. When you're on your feet for 12+ hours every day, for six days... your feet need taken care of.  Enjoy all these photos of me in workout pants and tennies ;)

Since we walked so much, I didn't feel guilty at all about ordering things like a hot dog with mac n' cheese on it. It may sound disgusting, but trust me.... it was tasty!

We also met these cuties... :) Jared and King Louie fist-bumped.... I loved it!

Watched an AMAZING Lion King show...

Watched Mickey's Jammin' Jungle parade...

Met Tigger!!!... a personal favorite of mine since I was a kid. Tigger practically mauled me when we met him, and I was really okay with that ;)


After we shut down the park, we headed off to the Polynesian Resort by monorail for our dinner reservations at Ohana. We had heard SO MANY good things about this restaurant, so our expectations were high. And whewwwww, did this place live up to it! The most delicious food ever... and sooo much of it! There is no menu at Ohana. They seat you, tell you what they're serving and just start bringing out your food, dish after dish after DISH.





Who's hungry, right?!! They also called up anyone who's birthday it was, "lei'd" us and sang Happy Birthday to us Hawaiian style!

After stuffing ourselves, we got to relax, listen to some beautiful music, and watch the fireworks from our waterfront view in the restaurant. I seriously couldn't imagine a more perfect way to celebrate a birthday.


41 comments

  1. We LOVE Disney! When we went for our Honeymoon I wore the bride ears every.stinkin.day. It was awesome. The dino ride? Love it. My hubby hates when the T-Rex jumps out at you, but that's my favorite part! Did y'all do the Whitewater Rapid Ride at Animal Kingdom?

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  2. Wasn't the lion king amazing?! That was a favorite of mine! Ohana looks awesome! We didn't do any fancy dinners when we went (read:poor college kid!) But I'd like to jump into those food pictures right now! YUM!!

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  3. My favorite picture is of just you and Tigger!!! So cute...and you weren't kidding about the food -- holy cow!!

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  4. Oh my goodness, how FUN! And I hear ya about Tigger girl. I was obsessed with Eeyore and when I met him.. WEEK MADE ;)

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  5. It truly is the happiest place on earth! It looks like you had such an amazing birthday, and I'm glad you enjoyed every second of it!

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  6. Yes, now I am starving! Haha what a great birthday day! I like Jared's first visit button and your birthday button!!

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  7. We just got back from Disney last month! It's so fun seeing your recap! Looks like you had a blast!

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  8. YES! We have the same picture with King Louie & Baloo. Also, that roller coaster was our favorite of the whole trip.

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  9. I can't believe I forgot to tell you this before you went, but one of my friends has a daughter who is interning at Disney and she's a safari driver! I loved Animal Kingdom; the Lion King show was fab. And your meal looks divine.

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  10. These posts are making me SO jealous. I am OBSESSED with Disney! I've never been to Animal Kingdom though, looks amazing!

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  11. Animal Kingdom was SO fun! It literally felt like we were in Asia! We did the breakfast at Ohana and loved it, I can't wait to try dinner there:) I think it's SO important to plan every single detail when it comes to Disney, people thought I was nuts when I pre-made schedule cards but they came in handy and we didn't wait longer then 20 minutes for any single ride and were able to ride most of the major ones twice. I can't wait to go back:)

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  12. how cool! seems like one amazing birthday! I've always had a place in my heart for Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger!

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  13. I haven't been to Animal Kingdom in foreverrrr, but it looks like so much fun! And I want all of that food to magically appear on my desk, right this second. It looks so stinking delicious!

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  14. So I have been to Disney World 9 times. I was a little obsessed, but I haven't been since Freshman year of college. MUST GO BACK SOON!! It looks like there is new stuff I'm missing out on!! Your pictures are so dang cute!!

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  15. LOVE the AK! Really I love it all of course but AK is higher on my list. Glad you got in early enough to not wait for the Safari. You didn't ride the Kali Rapids? Hahah... Sean and i somewhere have a ridiculous pic of us in the bug 3d glasses. Ohana is high on my list of places I still need to try. :D

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  16. This looks AMAZING!! So glad you had such a great birthday! And can't wait to see the rest of your trip :)

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  17. Looks like you had an amazing trip and amazing birthday! I'm crazy jealous!!!

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  18. Animal Kingdom! I'm am animal lover so I feel like I'd almost want to go to Animal Kingdom first too, that's awesome that you had low crowd days! And I am/was a Tigger girl too! (yet another thing we have in common :p ) there are plenty of characters I want to meet, but when I go to Disney I want to make a beeline for Stitch though. I told my husband, mother-, and brother- in law that I was gonna give him a huuuge hug and that I might cry. Haha. BTW my brother in law gets to go to Disney...leaving at the end of this week,I am sooo jealous.
    As someone who has never been, I'm looking forward to your trip tips post! Any tips on planning such a vacation are most definitely welcome!
    TTFN! ;)
    T- I- DOUBLE G -ER!
    xoxo

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  19. Awww, so perfect... perfect perfect perfect!

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  20. Aww. Love Tigger. & That hot dog looks like perfection.

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  21. the dino ride is one of my favorites!! I seriously and jumping up and down now in my seat. so excited to go in october!!

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  22. Fun! It looks like you guys had a blast! I can't wait to read the rest of your recaps! And I have a feeling that I am going to be itching to go back to Disney World after this.

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  23. Wow! You really did have everything planned!! I loved the safari tour when I went last. I will definitely have to follow your tips when my fiance and I plan a trip there... hopefully for our first wedding anniversary next year! Can't wait to see what else yall did!!

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  24. Ahhhh! I love that I'm behind on my blog reading because I got to read two blog posts from you today! Can't wait to hear more about your amazing trip, and I will definitely be planning a Disney trip as soon as Wyatt will be able to remember it!

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  25. Okay first off, I love how after I read this post, I have a new to-do list even after I was there for 7 months!! That mac n cheese hot dog looks amazing! I'm so glad you all loved the Polynesian and 'Ohana!! Festival of the Lion King is one of my favorite shows. I love the button and great job planning! You really have to do that in order to fit everything in that you want to!

    Most wonderful thing Tigger? He's the only one!

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  26. YEP. you're making me want to go!!!! I hope you checked out the Buzz Lightyear ride, a favorite of mine :)

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  27. You had me at a hot dog with Mac and cheese on it. Glad you guys had such a fun time! Kind of sad we didn't do Disney while we were in Orlando during my birthday week now :(

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  28. Ohana is SO good! Okay, glad I am going to just be commenting on all the food choices in these posts :)

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  29. I need that mac and cheese hot dog right meow. My favorite pizza place where I live has mac and cheese pizza and it is to die for, I can only imagine how good the hot dog is.

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  30. Oh my goshhhh girl, you are NOT helping in my Disney obsession!! We had annual passes for a few years to Dland and I muuuust go back! It's been too long! (i.e. 2 years haha) Looks like you had SO much fun! I'm loving these posts! And yes, you definitely went at the right time. I cannot stand when it's super crowded! Especially around graduation time, because then it's not only crowded, but it's crowded with huge groups of teenagers, and ain't nobody got time for that! ;)

    xo

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  31. That is a lot of food and it all looks SOOO good!!! I'm trying to convince Zach we need to go to Disney on our honeymoon. ;)

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  32. Animal Kingdom is my favorite park. John and I ran the Expedition Everest Challenge last year. It was after the park closed. We had a ball.

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  33. People complain about line waits and stuff but honestly we had no problems with going on multiple rides. Due to extra hours we were some of the first at AK and got to ride Everest a few times and the Bug Show was cute. Ohana is on my list of must eat at for next time, I hear that they have an excellent brunch and you usually get to meet Stitch there :)

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  34. Looooove reading about your Disney travels! I am getting mad Disney fever after this. Also, is it sad if the part I enjoy most is the food? Ha... the food/restaurants just seem so amazing!

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  35. I will remember when we plan our trip to go in April ;)

    Animal Kingdom is #1 on my list to go see when we go!!!

    That food looks so yummy

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  36. what a great birthday!! all of that food- including a hot dog with mac and cheese, sounds delicious!

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  37. WOW! Such an awesome birthday! Love it girl!

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  38. Such a perfect birthday! :)

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  39. I have absolutely loved reading about your Disney vacation!!! It sounded completely AWESOME!!! I was at the two california parks in march and it was the best!!! I am so desperate to go to Walt disney world!!! Glad you had a great birthday and oh my goodness I love that drive in diner!!!! So cool!!

    Jen xxx

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  40. goll, what a great birthday! you lucky lucky girl!

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