Happy Friday everyone! What a perfect way to end the week then with finishing up my Disney recaps! On Wednesday, I had left you off with our visit to the Magic Kingdom.
On the Wednesday we decided to take a little trip away from the Disney stuff. We loaded up a taxi and headed over to Universal Studios. I had been to this park a long time ago when I was very little! It has changed SO much! The main attraction I wanted to see this time around was Harry Potter! When we arrived we headed straight to the gates and I was stunned by how real it all looked! I felt like I had stepped into the movie!
There were a couple of fun rides at Harry Potter and around the park! We went on Spiderman, Dr.Seuss rides, and I even beat Ryan at a Men In Black alien shooting game! Woo hoo!
After a busy day at Universal we headed back to our hotel early for a relaxing evening and supper.
The next morning we were up early to have a delicious buffet breakfast at our resort. We slowly ate and then around 10 took the 5 minute bus ride over to the Animal Kingdom.
Again, I wasn’t sure if this would be a hit or miss for Ryan. It’s a smaller park with less rides because it’s more about seeing different animals. I was surprised to learn that Animal Kingdom day ended up being everyone’s favorite day!
We started out with Bugs Life 3D show and then headed over to the dinosaur section for a couple of fun rides!
We had a quick bite to eat at the Asia section and then headed over to Africa to see all the animals! We went on the African safari which can always be a hit or miss, depending on if the animals are out or not! Luckily, they were ALL out and we had a great view of all the animals! It was amazing how close some of them were!
As we were leaving the park, a live band had just started to play so we decided to grab a cocktail at the bar next to it and enjoy the show for a bit!
We were back to our room by the early afternoon for a rest and then got ready for a delicious supper at the Rain Forest Cafe located at Downtown Disney. This was my first time at this restaurant and it was awesome!
The Friday consisted of sleeping in and spending the 27 degree and sunny day by the pool reading and relaxing! It was wonderful!
After being lazy bums all day, the four of us got ready and headed to Downtown Disney to do some shopping, play arcade games, have a fun and eat delicious supper at The House of Blues!
Hulk made out of Lego.
Ryan’s favorite, Disney Quest. 5 floors of free arcade games! He was in heaven!
Ryan got extra special treatment the whole time that we were at Disney! Since it was his very first visit they gave him this button to wear around! With it Disney people would stop and thank him for coming and ask how his trip was going. Disney employees would also stop to make sure there was nothing we needed help finding! What amazing customer service!
Unfortunately, on Saturday morning Mom and Dad boarded an early morning plane for home! Ryan and I decided when booking the trip that we would stay a couple extra days!
That Saturday morning we headed back to the pool to relax and then in the early afternoon headed to Epcot to go on a couple of extra rides that we wanted to try again. That evening, we had reservations in Mexico at a little cantina! The Coronas and chips were awesome!
That evening we watched the fireworks at Epcot! As nice as they were, there was no designated seating spots and after waiting for an hour it was only a 15 minute show. It was beautiful but if they had bleachers for people it would be even better!
The next (and last) morning, we found our check out package on our door. Was pretty sad to think that our trip was already coming to a close.
One of the neat things about our last few days at Disney was that it landed on the same days as the Disney Marathon weekend! On our last day, we decided to go to Hollywood studios (Rys favorite) and got to watch some of the runners going by as they raced through the park. It was so inspiring to see!
We were in luck that morning at Hollywood Studios! The place was dead because everyone was either running or watching the runners! We headed to our two favorite rides and walked right on! No waiting at all!
After 3-4 rides, it was time for lunch so we headed to a little pizza place that we had discovered on our first day there with Mom and Dad. The personal size pizzas were soo fresh and yummy!
We headed back to our hotel to lay by the pool again. We then cleaned up for supper and walked over to another part of our resort called Kidani Village for supper. While waiting for our table the hostess invited us to go out on their deck with supplied night vision goggles to watch the wildlife. It was awesome to see through the night vision glasses and watch the giraffes and zebras roaming around.
We had a delicious supper that night but packed it in early to our room to pack up! It was sad packing up all of our shorts and Disney souvenirs knowing that we would be back in Canada by that time the next day!
Tucker was well taken care of by friends and neighbors Josh and Amanda. He had a blast all 10 days hanging out with his buddy Scooter! Thanks guys again for looking after him for us!
Disney ended up being one of the best vacations we have every had! It was both relaxing and fun! We got to be like carefree kids! I kept telling Ryan to enjoy this trip as an adult because probably the next time we come back we will be catering the trip towards our children! Weird to think!
I am so glad that we saved and planned for this trip for so long. It was everything we had hoped for and can’t wait to go back one day!
Hope you have a great weekend!