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Thursday, August 29, 2013

DisneyWorld and Disney Cruise - Day 2 - Magic Bands, Animal Kingdom and Pop Century Pool

August 29, 2013

POP Century is participating in the MagicBands testing.  We were excited to get a chance to try out the new technology.

Here's a picture of Max wearing his MagicBand.


The bands work for about everything you do at Disney.  They are your ticket, room key, credit card, fastpass, photopass (in the future), your bus ticket at the airport, the MagicBand can even save you a spot at a parade or fireworks show.  I think we could have even skipped the front desk at the hotel if we would have checked-in online.

I really like the technology, but the process does have a couple of drawbacks.  First of all, I'm sure some people don't like Disney constantly knowing what you're up to at all times.  Also, to really take full advantage of the program you have to do a lot of planning ahead of time.  For us, that's not a problem because Kyrie likes to plan everything about our trip down to the last detail, but I'm sure some families would prefer a more spontaneous approach.

Okay, so enough about the MagicBands for now.  I'll write about them throughout our trip when I think it's relevant.  Now, on to Animal Kingdom...

We picked Animal Kingdom for the first day of our trip, because it kind of eases us into the trip. (That, and it was projected to be a low crowd day there according to my sources.)  That park doesn't take all day and can be done at an easy pace.

Hopefully, we can keep these smiles all day!

Well, not everyone was smiling...

We started the day on Primeval Whirl and Triceratops Spin.  We tend to do those first because the boys love Primeval Whirl and like to do it a bunch of times before the crowds build up.  The rest of the rides there they don't mind just doing once or twice.


Bummer...


Then Kyrie took Jacob and Ella on Dinosaur.  We tried to talk four year old Ella out of going on the ride, but she really wanted to go, so we decided to give it a try.   When they came back from the ride I asked who was going to ride with me.  Only Ella!  Jacob said he had to keep his eyes closed and wasn't ever going on that ride again, but Ella was eager to go again!

Snacktime!  Zoe wanted a "Noly Bar" (granola bar), but had to settle for a soft pretzel.

Expedition Everest...a great rollercoaster

It was super hot today - mid 90's.  A wet, oppressive heat that beat down on you whenever you accidentally stepped out of the shade.  None of us minded getting drenched on the Kali River Rapids ride.

(Poor Zoe wasn't tall enough to ride it!)







For lunch we ate at Yak and Yeti, an Asian themed restaurant run by Landry's (the people who own Rainforest Cafe).  I thought the food was great, but the kids weren't that thrilled.


Lettuce Wraps

Beef and Broccoli
(This is a half portion, since Marc and I split it so we could enjoy appetizers and dessert too.  And it appears to be upside down, if food can be upside down.  Whatever!)

Fried Wontons for dessert


After lunch we went on the safari.  Always a good time.

This was officially Zach's first ride. He slept through most of it.











Baby Giraffe


By mid-afternoon we were ready to hit the pool, so we headed back to the hotel and went in the Hippy Dippy Pool in the 60's section of the resort.


I really enjoyed the music at the pool which was hits from the 60's through today, but more heavily weighted from the 80's forward.



All of the kids had a great time swimming and getting out the heat for a while.  They had a photo scavenger hunt that the boys and I participated in.  They gave us a list of clues and then we had to run around the property taking pictures of the answers.  We came in a close second!

Here are some of the pictures:




We had dinner at the food court again.  This time, Marc went in to get it and we ate outside in our swimsuits.  Conveniently located, but still not very good or fast.  



The kids loved climbing on these oversized numbers.  Max joked about how they were "stuck in the '80's."


This was an Elvis cupcake:  Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting topped with candied bacon and filled with banana creme.  It was gross, but we needed to try it!


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