After a few days visiting friends and running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Saturday, we were ready to hit the theme parks on Monday. 4 Parks in 3 Days. Pretty ambitious plans but I'd planned it all a few weeks in advance and I felt confident we could do it without going crazy! I kept the plans pretty realistic, knowing we couldn't do every single thing offered at each park. I was able to get FastPasses for pretty much all the rides we wanted, except for the new Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Magic Kingdom. I also wasn't able to get reservations for either the Bippity Boppity Boutique or Cinderella's Royal Table. These reservations must be made many months in advance and I was clueless to the whole Disney thing! Oops! A friend told me about WDW Prep School and thanks to that site, I was able to get some great itineraries for the parks, as well as tons of info on what to expect in regards to crowds, best places to eat, best time for rides, etc. I highly recommend it. I also recommend downloading the Disney World app. It has everything from park hours, wait times, to dining reservations and FastPass+. You can literally plan your entire trip using this app!
I knew that it would be easy to group Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios together from the years I'd lived in Central Florida and visited the parks. We got to Animal Kingdom right as it was opening and went straight to Kilimanjaro Safari. I asked the kids if they wanted to see a show and they said no, they only wanted to ride the rides! So after riding Expedition Everest, we had an early lunch at Yak & Yeti. I was able to make a reservation, so the wait was minimal. The food was tasty and the cold beer totally hit the spot! Next was, Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, and TriceraTop Spin before making our way to Hollywood Studios.
At Hollywood Studios, we split up and the boys went to the Light! Camera! Action! Stunt Show, while Elysse and I went to the the Frozen Sing-Along. We met up afterwards and headed to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Elysse had been dying to ride this one and it did not disappoint! She loved it and even got a Tower of Terror sweatshirt as her souvenir. So,while Diego and I rode Rock N Roller Coaster, her and Jason got on Tower of Terror again. Luck for Diego, we did the parent swap and he got to ride the Rock N Roller Coaster again with Jason. Last on the list of rides was Star Tours. We're all Star Wars fans, so this was one we were all looking forward to riding. It was extra special when Diego got chosen as the 'rebel spy' during the ride and his photo was on the screen in front of us. It really made his day! Honestly, I think it really made his whole trip! Of course, like all the rides, you are lead into the gift shop as you exit the ride and we saw a t-shirt that said "I am the Rebel Spy". Yup, that was his souvenir from that park! We ended the night with the the Fantasmic! Show. We were pretty exhausted and I think the kids were asleep before we made it to our hotel room!
Next up: Magic Kingdom! Come back to read all about our time there and get some ideas for planning your own trip :)