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Vacationing in Orlando: Part 2

June 23, 2016

I am back with the second edition of our trip to Disney World/ Universal Studio. If you missed part one check it out here. We left off with the fast pass drama…..so let’s get into our second day At Disney.

On the second day after we did Magic Kingdom we had a choice to do one of three other parks. Hollywood Studio, Epcot, or Animal Kingdom. We could not decide which one to do so since I was paying for the trip I made the executive decision to do Animal Kingdom. Let me say this….Animal Kingdom is by far my favorite. They don’t have many rides but they have lots of shows and I loved it much better than Magic Kingdom. Even the kids thought it was nice. Also, the food was much better over there plus this time we had all phones on the Disney App so we were able to schedule fast pass a bit better this go round. Here is what I loved about Animal Kingdom

Vacationing in Orlando: Part 2

  • It wasn’t as crowded as the other parks
  • They had more games and stuff for kids to win prizes
  • The best ride was the Primeval Whirl  we scheduled this first.
  • The food was much better over here!
  • I loved the various shows the lion king was my favorite!
  • They had a water ride that we weren’t able to get with the fast pass. The wait was 2 hrs

Let’s talk about this water ride. Rapids something or other I don’t even know the name. We got in line which the line was hot so we made conversation with the people behind us. We had our fan things so we weren’t hot but it was muggy and humid. We waited in line for about 2 hours to ride the water ride. They had a locker near the ride that you could use for free to get on the ride which was great but it only allowed you 120 minutes free. We barely made that time! After we got on the water ride we thought this is nice we are going to cool off….soon as the ride started it ended. You mean to tell me we waited in line for 2 hours and the ride was barely 8 minutes. I don’t even think it was that much….everyone in our boat was like oh hell to the no this could not be the end of the ride. It has to be more…..I was not pleased. I mean if you are going to wait on the water ride I need that ride to be about 15 minutes. Never again!

We enjoyed the Lion King show…I thought for sure they would bring out real animals. Disney is soft….they could have at least brought out a real Lion but then again maybe not we don’t want that thang getting loose. We ate and bought a few knick knacks. I was truly impressed with Animal Kingdom so if you go to Disney go there first. They even had a play area where the kids can run around. My friend and I sat there for about 30 min while we waited on another ride.

Vacationing in Orlando: Part 2

We were able to ride all the rides and do the majority of attractions except see the animals up close. We started out at the park at around 9:30 and left at 4pm. After we left the park we decided to go head to the Mall. We went to The Florida Mall. The mall was very nice they had a huge M&M store that my kids went gaga over and they had a Crayola store that took me back to childhood. The Crayola store even had a place in the back where kids could color until their heart was content. When we went it was empty!

Crayola store orlando florida

The mall was huge! My friend whose a shopaholic said peace and left to go shopping. I say visit the mall or the outlet while you are down there (we went to the outlet too on the day we got in) . That night we ate at Chick Fil A and the food was okay but the food options are still sucking in my opinion does it get better? You shall see next week on Part 3.

The second day was much better. No melt downs from my son, it rained on us while we were there but not too much, the nachos….they had a like a food truck nacho station right by the primeval world…..lawd hammercy that thang was good. If you don’t eat anything else over there go get those nachos. I loved that they even had live music in various parts of the park too! We stopped and danced a few times.

Vacationing in Orlando: Part 2

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    Censie Sawyer
    June 24, 2016 at 1:48 am

    How fun! WE have never been to Florida. I hope to go sometime with the kids. I love researching and seeing how others take family vacations. Looks like you all had a great time.

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    Laura Funk
    June 24, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Animal Kingdom is also my favorite park. I was there on opening day many many many years ago and surprisingly it was EMPTY in the park. We did a lot of the rides multiple times without getting off of them because of how dead the park was on opening day.

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    June 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips and your experience in Orlando and Disney. One day I hope to take our summer vacation there. Looks like you created many memories that you will cherish for a lifetime!

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    June 24, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Girl, this is what scares me about Disney. My son does not do well with waiting and I can’t imagine my own own disappointment after waiting so damn long, lol. At least the nachos were go though!

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      June 26, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Yes that ride was not my cup of tea. I will not get in that line again unless I can sign up for fast pass. The nachos made up for it but still……

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    Bites for Foodies
    June 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    It never ceases to amaze me the variety of things there is to do in Orlanda! Every time I read someone’s post, I find out about new places to visit, new restaurants to eat out at!

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    June 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Animal Kingdom is the one park we missed during our last visit. I plan on making sure we see it the next time around. My Kiddies would absolutely love the Crayola store….we may never leave there!

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    Erica Bodker
    June 27, 2016 at 3:03 am

    OH how much fun and what awesome pictures to capture the memories! I can’t wait to take my kids and family to Flordia… Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

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    June 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I really enjoyed Animal Kingdom as well. We rode the rapids twice. Once was booked through FastPass. When we finished that ride, there wasn’t a line so we went back again! It was one of RJ’s favorites.

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    Aileen Adalid
    June 29, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    That looks awesome! I haven’t been to this part of the world yet but I’m surely looking forward to it. Your kids looked like they had an absolutely great time though!

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    Winter White
    June 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I went to Disney World last year for a work conference and I swear I felt like a big kid! I had the BEST time! There’s just something about Disney that makes you feel happy and free. So much so when I got back to Cali I bought a year round pass to Disney Land.

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    July 1, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Like you, I also loved Animal Kingdom too. Some people told me that I could bypass that amusement park compared to the others but I’m so glad I went. We saw the Lion King show too. I was a little surprised that no animals came out too 🙂

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    July 16, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Did y’all go to the M&M store too? I love that mall when I visit Florida. I believe the Crayola store was still being built the last time we were there.

    I would be mad too standing in a long line for a short ride!!! Crazy!!!!!

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      July 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Yeah we went the M&M store it was fab….the fat kind of fab I only did two things of candy lol

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