Our Favorite Stops in Disney's Animal Kingdom

There's nothing better than getting to Disney's Animal Kingdom right at opening. The streets are peaceful and quiet, and as the performers begin to come out, you get a great view! 

We try to always take a quick stroll through the Harambe Market. The place is deserted in the morning and if you want to check out all of the details they put into that area of the park, it's a great opportunity to get some pictures.

Best quote I've ever seen in WDW. 

Don't you wish you could go inside?! Makes me want to pack my bags and go on a real adventure.

Breakfast of champions! The sweet spot adjacent to the Market has the most delicious treats. My favorite is the chocolate covered pineapple spear. Noahh loves the animal krispies on a stick! 

Come to the market hungry at opening though, you'll want to experience the flavors here. Our favorite, and GO-TO item is the famous sausages. They are deep fried with a curry coated batter!

...and quite large might I add. We usually get one sausage and one other entree to share. Plenty of food for a light lunch, especially if you plan on snacking later on or throughout the day. (think fried rice and egg rolls at Yak and Yeti!)

One of the reasons I enjoy Animal Kingdom so much is because you feel like you're really in these countries for a minute. The detail that went into every bit of this park feels authentic from the tastes, sounds and sights. I can't get enough of it! 

We love watching these guys. Especially the babies. 

Souvenirs! Can't resist. Especially ones that will hold onto you instead of having to haul them around all day...lol

...and the new Rivers of Light show! Complete game changer as far as we are concerned. We used to think of Animal Kingdom as a "half of a day" kind of park. That is until we received special wrist bands upon entering the park that gave us access to the FIRST soft-opening show of this new attraction. Now showing at dusk, this show makes it well worth sticking around the park all day. It's an absolutely gorgeous way to end a day at Animal Kingdom. 

Disneyworld, Last Day of Vacation

The last day of our trip this month included a stop inside the Magic Kingdom. Originally this was not planned, however we were expecting a terrible storm this day and thought it might be worth going since crowds were expected to be low due to the rain. 

When we first arrived, we watched the show on Mainstreet. You can see the clouds are present and the sky was dark, but no rain yet! 

We didn't even get past Mainstreet and Erick was stopping for something to eat. Pretty sure my husband is the only person who could eat THIS for breakfast! I had a few bites, it was spectacular, but not something I'd typically enjoy first thing in the morning.

Noahh scored with her breakfast. Sugar on her sugar...

They were right! Crowds were LOW. Maybe coming to the Magic Kingdom today wasn't a bad idea!

We made a stop inside the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. Had to get my Christmas ornaments which has now become a tradition for us. 

To our surprise, they asked Ms. Noahh if she would like to decorate the Disney Christmas tree! Only ONE child per day is allowed this special treat and Noahh was randomly chosen! How stinking cool was that?! The cast members even gave her a special Mickey ornament and certificate after she was finished. 

When we came out of the Christmas store, the sun was shining! (As you can see from Noahhs squinty eyes in this picture.)

In the fast-pass line for Haunted Mansion. Noahh calls this the "Spooky" ride and it's her favorite!

Dole Whip Floats? Yes please. 

With the sun shining we had to eat these fast! They were melting pretty quick. 

Made one drop down Splash Mountain...

You can't come to WDW and not get a Mickey pretzel! 

Haunted Mansion round two...

You guessed it, cinnamon roll time!

One roll will feed 3-4 people I swear. 

Noahh loves her "race cars"! It finally started to rain, but we were prepared! Ponchos for everyone! 

It's a Small World, for the third time... requested by Ms. Noahh herself. 

Dinnertime at the Crystal Palace was magical as usual! Check out these desserts.

Character time was fantastic. Last time we ate at this restaurant, Noahh was asleep in her stroller so she didn't get to meet these guys. This trip, she was wide awake and VERY excited to give all of her friends a big ol' squeeze. 

While dad rode Space Mountain, Noahh and I went on the Toy Story ride, she's improving her score with each time! Up to 2,000 pts. this trip, all by herself. 

Just as we were finishing our night the lightning came out. Rain started to pour and we made a mad dash to the Monorail. See you soon! 

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