Somewhere on the bus to Animal Kingdom, however, probably right before this photo was taken, I realized one horrible fact:
Himself and I quickly got off the bus two resorts down from our own. We ran to the shuttle and stood there a while, then realized the shuttle between resorts for breakfast stops running at 11:00. We flagged down the concierge who quickly ordered a van to come and pick us up.
And, here's what I love about the company I work for - they not only picked us up to take us back to the resort for something I had brainlessly forgotten, but our driver asked, and received permission, to wait for us and drive us straight to Animal Kingdom.
The group kept reassuring me that they were fine and waiting for us in the Rain Forrest Cafe at the gate of Animal Kingdom. Glenna recorded these for me. =)
We finally got in! Our goal was to enjoy a few rides, eat at the BBQ place here, and then head over to Hollywood Studios.
|Kelly's Asian Tourist pose|
|I think Himself took these. Glenna trying to get her hair off her neck for a while . . .|
|. . . . and the requisite sibling photo bomb.|
|Is it just me, or do I look like my Aunt Sharry here?|
Thankfully, they took advantage of the 45 minute show time and rode Expedition Everest!
Animal Kingdom really is a beautiful park, and it offers many opportunities for great photos. The bridge is a favorite spot, so I grabbed Himself for a photo.
These two decided they should have bridge photos, too. I wish I had recorded the dialog. Glenna just kept snapping pictures.
|Let's get our bridge photo!|
|I'm going to keep the same expression. . .|
|Wait. Where should we stand?|
|Right here? No! That's lame with the beam in the way!|
Fine. Forget it then!
At Hollywood Studios, my friend Adam had set me up with many fast passes, so we were in no hurry.
|Love the old Hollywood California feel of this place!|
The ride scares the bejeebers out of me.
We went right through the queue and onto the ride without my seeing him. As our "elevator" was going through the star corridor on the way to the drop, I may have said too loudly I can't believe I'm on this STUPID RIDE AGAIN which caused a chuckle to go through the group. I finally figured out that if I squeezed myself to my seat by holding on to the hand grips, it's about 21% tolerable. All that, and I didn't even see Adam!
We ended our evening with dinner at the Captain's Grill, which is in the Yacht Club resort. I was so thankful for Jessie, thinking ahead and calling around to get us in! I was distracted by Paul's magic band not working and trying to get it straightened out, so having her take care of that detail was such a blessing. The food was delicious and I would definitely eat there again.
Back to our rooms after midnight again, but I'd say any day with my babies (and Paul) was a successful day!