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!! :)
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.