After six days in the parks we were ready for a slightly easier day and an early evening. Since Animal Kingdom closes by 5 pm we arrived right at opening and took our time enjoying the animals along the pathways. The boys were especially fond of the flamingos. We took advantage of the photo pass cast members to get a family picture. This is the best we could get of the boys, I promise they were happy and having fun.
Since we had already seen the Nemo show we were planning to see the Festival of the Lion King and Cody and I wanted to ride Dinosaur and Expedition Everest. The boys were not as excited about the Lion King show, probably because they’ve not seen the movie. They enjoyed roaring like like a lion and making giraffe sounds.
Dinosaur was as much fun as always, definitely a ride that the boys will not be ready to ride for a couple years. After riding we made our way to the first character stop of the day to see Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger.
Even Andrew didn’t resist running up to Pooh to say hello and give high 5s.
Eeyore was popular, but they couldn’t wait to meet Tigger. I have a plush Tigger from a few trips ago that the boys keep claiming as their own. Tigger is one of my favorite characters and I love that the boys thing he’s pretty cool too.
Tigger was great, they all bounced with him and were so excited. Parker was especially smitten with him. Tigger gave him an eskimo kiss and Parker was happy to give him a kiss too.
From here it was on to Everest, thank goodness for the single rider line. We both walked on and got to sit in the back row.
After riding it was starting to rain and the wind was picking up, so it was a perfect time to get under cover and have lunch. We grabbed some chicken at the Yak and Yeti (worse name for a restaurant ever). By the time we finished eating the rain had stopped. The last thing we wanted to do was take the boys to camp Minnie-Mickey to meet more characters.
Before making our way to Mickey we stopped to point out Huey, Dewey and Louie our favorite Disney triplets.
We pointed them out whenever we had a chance, sadly we couldn’t find any souvenirs of them. We also stopped for some triple hugs. It has to be one of the best feelings in the world to get a group hug from the boys.
We met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Daisy. Goofy got a big kick out of the boys shirts, all of the cast members that noticed them and understood what they meant thought they were awesome. They were wearing their Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V t-shirts.
Then it was time to head back to the room for naps and to get ready for dinner. Boma is one of my favorite places to go when we are at Disney, they have an amazing butternut squash soup that tastes exactly like pumpkin pie and of course zebra domes for dessert. Boma is at the Animal Kingdom lodge which was about a half a mile from our room, we’d walked over there before and the boys loved the chance to run.
We made it to the resort lobby a little early, something we were fine with because the lobby is amazing. The boys were only impressed that they had a TV showing classic cartoons. Boma was just downstairs from the lobby so we checked in and only had to wait a few minutes to be seated.
They offer the standard kid food options, nuggets, mac and cheese and pasta with red sauce. We decided to try to feed the boys anything else first before giving them the kid options. They ate about 4 plates of fruit, pita bread, soup and a large sampling off of our plates. By the time we got to dessert the boys were so full, Parker gave me half of a cookie and said he was done.
It was a wonderful meal, we were all stuffed and enjoyed the walk back to the room. We spotted some frogs along the way which the boys saw but were so excited they scared them off. It was nice to have an early night.