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Disney Magic, Part 4: Animal Kingdom & Our Last Day

>> Friday, February 24, 2012

Oh my word, almost 2 months after the fact I am finally going to wrap up our Disney series. I'd like to say that I'm not sure where the time has gone, but to say we've been busy is an understatement. We just finished up having a week of house guests and Mardi Gras - and it's detox time at the Wilsons.

More about that in a bit, this post is about our last two days at Disney!

On our third full day at Disney, panic set in as this was our last full day and we were so not ready for the magic to be over.  Our bodies were beyond exhausted, but we felt like we still had so much to do and so much to take in!

The weather was the prettiest it had been the entire trip and it only got nicer as the week went on.  When we arrived it was crisp/cold and wet and by the time we left, we could have gone swimming!

We started our day just as we did every other, with coffee and muffins and made it out of the hotel around noon.  However, Mr. got up extra early to run over to Hollywood Studios to get FASTPASS for Buzz & Woody's Toy Story Mania.  At park opening, our returning time was at 6:45PM, which just shows how crazy packed the parks were!  We literally had to plan our day around that time.

So, our first stop for the day was Animal Kingdom, followed by our late lunch/early dinner reservations before our call time back at Buzz & Woody.
We arrived at Animal Kingdom and had a pretty awesome time, although It's Tough to be a Bug! totally freaked Jackson out:) We quickly changed gears, and headed to DinoLand where he was happy as can be! Jackson and Amelia even took a quick nap while the adults cooled off with some adult beverages and rides. 
Before we knew it, it was time to head over to the Animal Kingdom lodge for our dinner reservations at Boma inside the resort.  When we got to the lodge we were able to walk around and check out all of the amazing animals roaming around.  We considered staying there, so we wanted to see what the grounds had to offer.  I have to say that while it would have been pretty awesome to have giraffes outside our window each morning, we much preferred the location and convenience of the Swan.
Dinner was so much better than we expected it to be, we were all a little nervous about the African cuisine.  But, the only thing we didn't care for was the African beer (we had to stick with our around the world beer tour theme). 
After dinner our group parted ways and we headed back to Hollywood Studios to take Jackson on Toy Mania while the rest of the group went back to Animal Kingdom to ride Expedition Everest.  It was the first time that we had been just the three of us all week, so we enjoyed some quality family time! Toy Mania was a bit of a disappointment, but with our FASTPASS we were in and out of the park in no time and headed back to Magic Kingdom.
We spent the rest of the night with Jackson checking out the castle, touring the haunted mansion, carouseling through progress, and doing a little shopping on Main Street before the last parade of the night.  I don't think any of us wanted the night to end, but sadly Jackson got tired and it was time to get him to bed.  By the time we got back to the hotel, Loli & Pop had the bed all ready for him and it was time for our last sibling night out!

I'm pretty sure our feet never hurt so bad and we were craving our beds with every bone in our body, but even Mr. wanted to get in our last 2 hours at Disney:) So, fish and chips were washed down with cold beers and we made our way around the world at Epcot again and closed down the night at the Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, in our UGGs on the dance floor.  Have you ever tried to dance in UGGS?!? :)
The morning quickly came and it was time to pack up and load the cars to head home - but not without one last walk through Epcot to get more pictures for Loli & Mickey Mouse for Jackson!

So long Disney, hopefully we'll see you again soon (and with a couple more grand kids for Loli & Pop!)


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