Disney Princess Trip, part 2, Animal Kingdom

Our first full day at Disney was an Animal Kingdom day!

Here is my pumpkin in her Minnie shirt.

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She wouldn’t wear these ears of course. And somehow they disappeared by the end of our trip. I was a little sad that they got lost (I have no idea how!) or stolen because I bought them for the baby we were supposed to have 2 pregnancies before her, so it was nice to give them to her. I made up for it on our recent 1-day visit to Disney (in June) by buying her another pair of baby Mickey ears and putting her name on them. I’ll be more careful about them.

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I have so many cute little headbands too, but she won’t wear them for more than a second.

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Starbucks breakfast first!

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Then straight to Animal Kingdom! We took in a safari first. It was pretty humid, so very sweaty pics.

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Despite it being early in the day, we saw so many more animals than usual, including a really great view of the lions.

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Afterwards we looked at some of the animals. They were feeding the meerkats. That one fellow is still faithfully on watch as the others eat. There was also a baby!

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Then the gorillas! Elena super loves gorillas for some reason and was enchanted to see them in person. She often hugs the picture of them in her safari book.

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Avatar-land!

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We wanted to eat counter service here, because I like the food, but of course the line was super long. But then I saw a “mobile order pickup” sign. Hmm. So I looked at the app, and sure enough! So we got out of line, found a table, I ordered food, the app said it was ready almost right away, Doug got it, and we were eating in a fraction of the time we would have been on line!

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The shrimp were new and they were really good.

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This is the kid’s meal. I was super stoked that nearly every restaurant had more food options for kids than just Mac & cheese and chicken fingers. (Perhaps because they get lots of non-Americans at their parks?) We really don’t want her to be a picky eater like I was, so we’re trying to avoid giving her kid restaurant entrees. She can’t develop a diet of only Kraft Mac & cheese if she isn’t given it. (I mean, we do Mac & cheese occasionally, but largely she eats what we eat.)

Anyway, this was their kid meal. She loved it!

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Dessert:

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Her new kicks. Which she outgrew almost immediately.

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Tree of life:

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We took turns on Everest:

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Note her change of shorts. Someone dumped water allllll over themselves and was soaking wet, and I didn’t pack a change. We stopped at the baby center (those things are genius and amazing) and they happened to have a shorts/onesie combo her size, so viola, new shorts!

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I like the new Up statues too!

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We met up with Conley and she did us a nice favor and baby wrangled for a little while so Doug and I could go on the Avatar ride! It really is a good ride.

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After that, we booked it over to Yak & Yeti (we just made it on time!) to meet with with Meredith & Family for dinner! We couldn’t get one big reservation, but the restaurant was nice and combined the two we had, so we could eat together. We got Elena some tempura chicken (ok, not so far afield from chicken fingers) and up until this point in her life, had been breaking everything into tiny pieces for her. But she wanted none of that and instead picked up the largest hunk of chicken and started gnawing at it. I mean, hey, if we don’t have to spend our meal making things into tiny pieces for her… It was kind of a big corner developmentally!

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Dim sum basket:

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With Auntie Conley:

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Bedtime! Long day!

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