Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WDW Trip Report Part 4.2 - Animal Kingdom Lodge & Magic Kindom EMH

We got out of the Taxi and headed to the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge to see if any of the other MouseScrappers were there yet.  We didn't see anyone so we did some exploring and relaxing around the hotel.  This hotel is STUNNING. Soo pretty!  The lobby has gorgeous detailing.

The giant window is awesome and i love the giant rocking chairs they have in the downstairs portion of the lobby.

We headed outside to check out the Serengeti area of the hotel to see some of the animals. On the way you pass some seriously awesome fire pits with rocking chairs that I would have loved to seen at night!

There were some Giraffes grazing out in the Serengeti area that we were able to get some photos of.  It would be seriously amazing to stay at this hotel and have those animals as your view every day.

After that we headed back inside to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.  I could have easily sat in that lobby all day long.  It was very peaceful.

After a few minutes the MouseScrapper ladies met up with us and we all headed down to Boma to check in for our reservation.  We had to wait a little bit, but it wasn't too bad.

Boma was SUPER delicious.  There were so many amazing things that I wanted to try, and in true Tanya fashion I came back to the table with 5 plates of food.  It was all really good.

They even brought me out a birthday dessert!  It was a ton of fun getting to chat with some of the ladies that I have known for so long, but have never actually gotten to meet in real life.  Doing that is always such a great time.  After dinner we all headed back up to the lobby to get a group shot.

We said our goodbyes and then Heather, Kendall and I headed over to the gift shop to take a quick look around before catching the bus over to the Magic Kingdom for their extra magic hours.

Heather had a problem with her credit card when we were at dinner so when our bus got to the Magic Kingdom she thought it would be best for her to head back to our hotel, get it straitened out and then come back and meet us.  So Kendall and I headed into the park.  We stopped to take a break at some chairs down in from of Tomorrowland Terrace while the people that were in the park for the day were starting to clear out.  An announcement came over the speakers saying that The Magic, The Memories and You were going to be starting in 5 minutes!  This was awesome since Kendall hadn't seen it yet and we were already sitting in the perfect seats for it!  Of course I had already seen the version that we have here at Disneyland where it is projected on It's A Small World, but it was really awesome to see it done on the huge Cinderella's Castle.  It is such a beautiful and touching show.  I just loved it.

During the show Heather texted to me to let us know that she was beat and was just gonna stay at the hotel and relax for the rest of the night, so Kendall and I decided to get as much done as we could since this was the last time she would be at the Magic Kingdom on our trip.  We started in Tomorrowland and headed over to Space Mountain.  The great thing about EMH's is that the lines are pretty short compared to what they would be like during the day so we pretty much got to walk through the whole Space Mountain line.  I was really excited to see how this version compared to Disneyland since the seats are totally different.  I also thought that is was really cool seeing the ride car pop up along side part of the queue!  I could hardly contain my excitement!  The track itself was quite different and riding one person per row was such a fun change!

After Space Mountain we headed back towards Fantasyland and rode the Teacups.  This was one that I definitely think is better here at Disneyland.  I understand the need for the area to be covered, but the whole thing was just really dingy and outdated.  Not to mention when the ride starts to slow down, it makes a AWFUL squeaky break sound!  It was pretty funny!  It is always a fun ride though and we had a good laugh trying to get photos while twirling around.

From there we walked through the rest of Fantasyland to go to the Haunted Mansion.  I loved the queue for this ride!  There is so much to look at and touch, but what makes it really awesome is that if you don't want to see any of the interactive stuff, you have the option of skipping that portion of the line.  We headed into the ride and for the most part it was the same as the one we have here.  There are a few scenes right at the beginning of the ride that we don't have so those were interesting to see.
After that, the rest of the ride is the same.

After the ride we headed over to the Liberty Square area.  I LOVED this area.  The buildings, the bell, the lights in the tree, it was all awesome.

 I also loved the giant Christmas store that they have there!

From there we headed all the way around the river over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  This was awesome!  For the most part the ride is the same, but all the turns go in the opposite direction!  There was also a little part in the middle of the ride where you go through a western town and the track does a little up and down twist!  It was my FAVORITE part of the entire ride!  So fun!

After we got off the ride, it really started to hit us how tired we were and my feet were KILLING me!  We took a couple minutes to rest in the rocking chairs at the exit of Big Thunder before we sucked it up and kept going.  I wanted to make sure I got a Dole Whip while on this trip since you have the option of getting it with orange sherbert here, so we decided to do that next.

The poor kid working at Aloha Isle probably thought Kendall and I were insane.  It was pushing midnight, we had been up since the break of dawn and spent all day in the sun.  We were a delirious mess and we were about to add a cup full of sugar on top of it all.  Kendall made a comment to the CM that I should get my Dole Whip for free since it was my birthday.  Of course he couldn't do that, but he did put my Dole Whip in a HUGE cup for me!  Twice the sugar for me!!  They were amazing as usual and now were were completely exhausted but totally pumped up on sugar at the same time.  It was like a second wind!

Since we were in the area we went on Pirates of the Caribbean next.  I did NOT like this version at all.  The building is ok, the queue was horrible and the ride itself was WAY shorter than the Disneyland version.  It was weird.  I am glad I went on it, but it was weird.

We both wanted to make sure we rode Dumbo since they were going to be re-doing that ride shortly after our trip so we crossed the park over to Fantasyland to make that our last ride of the night.  It was perfect because there were only a couple people in line!

We headed back to Main Street through the castle so I could take photos of the mosaic's on the inside.  They were gorgeous.

We spend the next 20 minutes taking photos of every inch of the castle.  It is so gorgeous at night when it is all lit up and it was a nice time since the park was pretty empty by this point.

Then we slowly headed down Main Street while I took photos.

Even once we were out of the park I was still taking photos!

By this time is was 1:30 am and there was almost no one around so I got some photos of the empty entrance to the park.

I can't even begin to describe the pain that was going through my feet by this point.  By the time we got back to the hotel I could barely walk.  My right foot was so swollen that I had to take off my sandals to walk to our room.  We got back to the room and I hopped in the shower hoping that a good soak would be good for my foot.  It was so swollen now that I had to take off my toe ring because it was cutting into my toe.

I headed to the ice machine to grab some ice in a bag to put on my foot while I was in bed.  I have never had a problem with my feet before and I kinda started to panic thinking maybe I got bit by something.  Especially because this was the first day where the mosquitoes really started to do their job on me.  Needless to say, I decided to except the fact that I had been walking more the past couple days (in sandals to make it worse) than I have probably ever walked in my entire life.  My feet just needed a good rest, so I iced them up and passed out for the rest of the night.

If this post sounds kind of frantic and rushed, it is because that is how the entire night seriously was!!  We ran from one end of the Magic Kingdom to the other trying to squeeze in as much as we could!

 Next Up: Epcot Day 2!

1 - Finally Being Able To Scrap A Album
3 - Wearing My Custom Bow Minnie Ears
4 - Tea At The Grand Floridian
5 - Tower Of Terror
6 - Photopass Photos
7 - France
8 - Figment Merchandise
9 - Illuminations
10 - Rock N Roller-coaster
11 - The Tree Of Life
12 - Phineas & Ferb
13 - Vinylmation Trading
14 - Test Track
15 - Magical Express
16 - Yak & Yeti
17 - Tomorrowland Transit Authority
18 - Extra Magic Hours
19 - Boma
20 - Splash Mountain & Space Mountain
21 - The Big Hat
22 - Finding Nemo The Musical
23 - Kilimanjaro Safari
24 - World Showcase
25 - Sci-Fi Dine-In
26 - Country Bear Jamboree
27 - The Hotels
28 - Pressed Pennies
29 - Spaceship Earth
30 - Earl Of Sandwich
31 - 1st Visit & Happy Birthday Pin's
32 - Haunted Mansion
33 - Dole Whip
34 - Animation Academy
35 - Seeing Heather in action on Toy Story Mania
36 - Meeting Lots Of Characters
37 - Expedition Everest
38 - Meeting Heather & Kendall
39 - First Vacation On My Own
40 - Walking Down Main Street


  1. Oh honey! Why oh why didn't you have some tennis shoes?!! Even so, your feet will kill. I've come to just accept this as a nesessary evil of Disney trips. My feet hurt so bad EVERY SINGLE NIGHT on EVERY SINGLE TRIP. I swear no matter what shoes I try, they swell and hurt. haha! I can really feel for you babe!!

  2. Wow! What a busy day!

    Can't wait to hear what time you got up the next morning!

  3. I love, love, love reading your trip reports. I don't know how I missed from 4.2 and later. I've been sitting on the computer catching up on them :) EMH sound so fun. One of these days I will stay at a resort so I can have all those benefits. Unfortunately with a family of 6 it is just too hard to do that right now. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your birthday, too! That guy did it right with that huge dole whip, too!


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