Hubby is getting a bit grumpy - lack of morning coffee - until we re-fuel him at breakfast. We take the bus to the Animal Kingdom (it stops at Blizzard Beach on the way). We arrive before my Mom so I phone her to see if she’s on a bus yet. Indeed she’s en route and at Blizzard Beach so I tell her she only has a few minutes before she arrives the Animal Kingdom. We wait for her just past security. Morning hugs and then…we are on our way!
It’s 8 a.m. and we have 8:05 a.m. reservations. Hakuna Matata! We line up at the character breakfast entrance, give our name and then are able to enter the park. The walk to Africa is beautiful and before long we are arriving at the Tusker House restaurant. I send the family to find a table in the shade where they can wait while I check us in.
Soon, our name is called and we are entering breakfast. Due to hubby’s fuel needs and our tummy grumbles, we skip the picture and the host takes us directly indoors to our table.
For the entire trip, I point out to my Mom how the guests at WDW just “follow the herd”. There are actually two different buffets with the same food and yet the guests are all lined up on one side of the restaurant like sheep going to a …well, it’s not polite breakfast conversation to go further. So, when I go to the empty space to begin going through the buffet with the same food, I get some looks as to why I’m not waiting in the long line. I explain that at this point the food repeats and that there are two buffet lines. A few people who perhaps already have had their morning caffeine perk right up and follow my lead. The rest..well, they remain in the herd wondering why we are the special people.
The buffet food is delicious. I love breakfast. I love Mickey waffles! Hubby is now smiling again as the coffee revives him. Hakuna Matata!
Nicolas has his autograph book ready and we are prepared with camera and video cam. Donald Duck, Daisy, Mickey and then Goofy
greet our table. They are wearing safari clothes. During breakfast, the kids are invited to go up and get a musical instrument and then march around the room. Our son can’t wait to jump in line and do his thing!
Around 9 a.m. my hubby goes out to see if the Kilimanjaro Safaris FastPass distribution has opened. It has not. We finish breakfast, make stops at the rest rooms and then go on safari. It’s the longest line I’ve ever waited in at the safari but it moves quickly. The park just opened about 15 minutes ago. A guest waiting in line ahead of us is nervous as her family never arrived as planned. I let her borrow my cell phone. (At the Philly airport, I had offered my phone to a young girl that was on our cancelled flight and thought she was going to miss her Mother’s open heart surgery. It’s just the right thing to do!)
Back to the herding... I wanted to get out a megaphone and tell everyone “please calm down. You will all be on the safari in just a few minutes. Those with strollers. Relax. Stroller parking is just up ahead.” Actually this line did frighten me a bit about what to expect the rest of the week but I had nothing to fear. My obsessive planning paid off well and we did not wait in any long lines.
We get seated in the rear of the vehicle. This is nice for taking pictures but it guarantees a bumpy journey. Hold on tight!