Recently, Abby and I traveled to Walt Disney World for a fun daycation. First, Abby conquered her first kids race, then we packed up the car and headed on over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a few hours of fun with my pals Matthew and Jillian! It was a totally fun day and great experience for Abby’s first park visit – thanks to 3 vital “ingredients!”
Minimal Planning, Maximum Flexibility
Thanks to Matthew, who had done the planning for us, we had two big ticket Fastpasses: Festival of the Lion King (FoLK) and Kiliminjaro Safaris! I was really excited about both of these, as it had been years since my last visit to the park (my last trip: 2014’s runDisney Expedition Everest Weekend). The rest of the afternoon was unplanned, which allowed for plenty of time to trek, view animals, and browse shops!
Yummy Eats & Treats
Since we were in the park for just about 4.5 hours, we didn’t want to take too much time with a dining reservation, but of course, that’s enough time to get hungry, too! Luckily we did not go hungry thanks to two different stops: one at Tamu Tamu Refreshments, for an ice-cream topped chocolate waffle and the second at the new Nomad Lounge, for cocktails and tapas! The timing worked out perfectly, as Abby napped in her stroller while we had some yums, and then she was able to enjoy a food pouch and puffs on the go!
One of the best parts about visiting Disney is the chance to see so many friends! As a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, it’s always a blessing to be able to run into so many friends, past and present around the parks, plus with it being a runDisney weekend, there were even more fun people around!
It was truly a magical day and it reminded me just how much I love visiting the Disney theme parks. Being a semi-local keeps the experience low-stress, and always something new, no matter how many times I’ve visited. I cannot wait to see the new additions to the park in a few months, too!
What makes your perfect Disney day?