Day 3 - Sunday, October 18, 2015
We checked out of Disney's Art of Animation resort and headed off for a magical morning at Magic Kingdom!
"Good morning! Good morning! It's great to stay up late! Good morning, good morning, to you!"
We began our day with a launch at Space Mountain...
Princess can't help but make silly faces for the cameras, even while zooming through space! ;)
Once we got our feet back on Earth we headed off for a pirate adventure!
It's all fun & games until someone needs an eyepatch - ain't that the truth! ;)
Dead men tell no tales, but grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize...
...and a ghost will follow you home!
This is seriously one of my favorite PhotoPass pics of the trip! Love my fun family!
wildest sweetest smiles in the wilderness!
It's a Small World has always had a special place in my heart. I love this attraction's history having been overseen by Walt Disney himself and adore the unique artistry of Mary Blair. It also holds sentimental significance for me as it was my mom's favorite ride when my parents took me as a child. Decades later as we planned this trip Small World was at the top of her "must do" list. This was the long awaited morning when she'd once again board the happiest cruise that ever sailed!
My mom thought it was every bit as cute as she remembered! What a sweet treat it was to cruise with her here once again!
On our way out of the park while some of us took a restroom break Jason made a beeline for his all-time favorite Disney snack, a sweet cream cheese pretzel. Being the thoughtful man he is, he got enough pretzel-y goodness to share. Some were sweet, some were Mickey shaped, all were delicious! With happy tummies we made our way to the bus bound for Animal Kingdom Lodge!
My Disney Dream Came True!
My biggest Disney dream was to become a Disney Vacation Club member. Last year that dream came true! To say that I was excited to check into our home resort and hear "Welcome home!" for the first time would be the understatement of a lifetime!
When we arrive at a resort Jason typically gets us all checked in while I relax with our girlies in the lobby. However, this was an occasion that I needed to be by his side for! I'm sure the sweet gal checking us in could see the enthusiasm written all over my face as there was no hiding it! We'd almost gotten through the entire interaction with her and it seemed as if she wasn't going to say those sweet DVC words, so I couldn't resist telling her that this was our very first stay as Disney Vacation Club members and our first stay here at our home resort of Animal Kingdom Lodge. She then went on to tell us "Welcome home"! In fact, I think she worked that phrase in at least three times after that! I told her I'd waited so long to hear that! I was completely overjoyed!! My Disney dream seemed absolutely official now! We were home at Disney World! *happy sigh*
Our 2 bedroom villa wasn't ready yet as we arrived in the early afternoon, but our appetites definitely were! We found AKL's quick service restaurant, The Mara, and threw our own little pizza party!
Little things like Disney pizza boxes and cups make my heart smile! :)
After some shopping the girls and I promptly found a trio of rocking chairs with a beautiful view and kicked back to relax at "home" before heading out for the evening.
There's nothing quite like a relaxing Disney resort rocking chair!
Hooray for Hollywood (Studios)!
They put us in pictures! PhotoPass pictures, that is. ;)
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
After seeing this show several times, we passed on popping in to watch it the past few trips. However, we were really looking forward to taking my parents this time around! As you could probably guess from our Daytona International Speedway surprise on day 1, we thought this would be right up my dad's alley! His oldest granddaughter got into it this time around too...
Our fastpass for gaming goodness at Toy Story Midway Mania was quickly approaching, but as usual my family never misses a fun photo op!
Cutest barrel of monkeys ever! // Woody and Jessie (aka: my parents)
When we approached the ride we saw a line of cast members talking with upset guests. Toy Story Midway Mania was down! What were we to do?...
Use the complimentary fastpasses we received to check in at Hollywood Tower Hotel, of course! Maybe our room would be ready there! ;)
See, I told you Princess can not resist making crazy faces for these ride photos! Silly girl! :)
Bellhopping at its finest.
We arrived an hour early to secure excellent seats at my favorite nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic! What were we to do with that extra time? Eat of course! Nachos, pretzels, and hot diggity dogs were dinner and our time passer as we awaited the show.
"Some imagination, huh?"
After a fun and full evening we could hardly wait to head back to Animal Kingdom Lodge! We got our room number and made our way to our 2 Bedroom Villa. Complete with a full kitchen and two full private Savannah View balconies, our accommodations were AMAZING!!! Disney magic is definitely in the details and our villa was overflowing with them! I plan to do an entire post dedicated to the details, but first here's a quick peek at our main living room/dining area, full kitchen, the master bedroom/bath.
Looking forward to sharing more photos and details with you soon!
Thanks so much for visiting today! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! I've decided to take the next week off from blogging to allow for more family fun during our extended holiday weekend. I'll be back on Friday, December 4th with Five Loves on Friday, and will share a fresh new trip report 2 weeks from today!
Here's a sneak peek at the fun to come on December 8th!...
Don't forget that you can also watch fun footage of our Disney days on my family's YouTube channel, Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat! My husband Jason publishes a new video weekly, so be sure to click that "subscribe" button while there to catch future videos!