Happy Friday, friends! It's the final installment of my Disney birthday trip report, and today we are talking about Animal Kingdom! If I'm being honest, Animal Kingdom is my least favorite park. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I don't love it like I do Magic Kingdom or Epcot. Usually after I've done Dinosaur and Festival of the Lion King I'm ready to leave.
So my group, mom, dad, Emily, Kaitlyn, and myself, got up Sunday morning and we had breakfast reservations at Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge! If you've never been to the Lodge, it's well worth the trip over from where ever you might be staying just to take a look around. It's beautiful, and they have animals outside with "Safari Guides" to answer any questions you might have or just to be there to chat. When you enter the Lodge you are on the second floor, and Boma is on the first, so we followed our nose and headed downstairs for breakfast.
Boma is a buffet that serves breakfast and dinner. I highly recommend either! My fam-jam and I have eaten there for both meals many times and have never been disappointed. For breakfast they have anything you can think of, from a carving station with ham that I dream about!, to eggs and simba waffles, fried plantains, a huge pastry bar with homemade nutella, and so so much more. Boma is seriously one of the best breakfasts on Disney property. We also need to discuss jungle juice. It's a mix of different tropical juices, and it comes with breakfast, and it's glorious! They need to sell this at Publix so I can get it for my breakfast at home.
After breakfast and walking around the resort for a while we went to Animal Kingdom. A very hot Animal Kingdom. It's always about ten degrees hotter at Animal Kingdom than it is at any other park at Walt Disney World because the park is shaped like a bowl, so the breeze doesn't come through, creating that "jungle effect." This is why Cast Members say, "It's a jungle out there." We had a few fast passes that day, one for Kilimanjaro Safari, one for Festival of the Lion King, and one for Dinosaur.
One thing I've noticed about the Safari is it really depends on what driver you have, especially if the animals aren't as active because it's the middle of the day. Sometimes you can get drivers who really stick to their script and don't want to crack jokes or interact with guests, and other times you can get really great drivers who tell you facts, ask questions, and point out things on the trail that you might not have noticed before.
Festival of the Lion King is always a winner. Not only because it' inside, where the best attraction "Air Conditioning" is, but because the show is just fantastic! It's one of those thing I can see a million times and still want to see it again. It's really hard to make my heart feel things, but Festival of the Lion King does it. (Along with the lantern scene in Tangled, and Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks at Hollywood Studios)
All in all, Animal Kingdom was very basic. Do what we had fastpasses for, and get out. We were at the park for a grand total of three hours. But after a weekend where we closed down two parks and got up early to go to different things, those three hours were enough.
So that's how my birthday weekend went! If you have any questions, or want to see more of my Disney adventures be sure to follow me on Instagram!
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