Welcome to Part 2 of our Disney adventure (read part 1 here) and we start on Day 5 at Hollywood Studios!
We jiggled our fast passes around to have a lazier start to the day and help with the girls not getting overtired, it worked a treat and we had a great day. We only rode Tower of Terror (cue wobbly legs from me) and Toy Story Mania, but they were both amazing. We also queued to meet Woody and Buzz which Lyla adored; watched Disney Junior Live, which we didn’t have high hopes for but it was actually really good and seeing the girls enjoy it was priceless; and ate the most delicious Funnel cake whilst the girls slept (I know, mean parents).
We ate dinner at Hollywood & Vine, an all you can eat buffet with some lovely healthy choices, with the bonus of the ‘big five’ characters – Minnie, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and, of course, the main man himself. Such a great experience which we all loved. We love having the flexibility of being able to do short days in the parks and being back by sunset and in bed for ‘normal’ bedtime was a refreshing change.
We woke the next day knowing that we had a lovely relaxing day ahead of us. Again, we had jiggled our plans around to allow for a bit of down time. Staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort (we were at Old Key West) means you get a lot, and I mean A LOT, of extra facilities all included in the cost. I put a couple of washes on in the laundry (free) and then we headed to the Community Hall for Lyla to do some craft activities (free) and to hire Moana to watch in our room (again, free).
We mooched around the resort and then had lunch at Olivia’s cafe where I had the most insane salad, and gorgeous cocktails. It was heaven.
Lyla and I then went for a swim in the pool whilst Daisy napped, before all hopping on the bus over to Animal Kingdom. We had a fast pass for the Rivers of Light nighttime show, so figured we would grab a quick service dinner there beforehand. But, as with most of the Disney parks, it took a while to actually make it to our plans as we bumped into Chip, Dale and Thumper on the way in, and then one of the amazing AK carnival shows was on which we stopped to have a dance to.
We eventually made it through to the auditorium (which we had seen being constructed when we were here 2 years ago, and had been excited for ever since), and sat down to watch the show. It was spectacular, I cried, but that really doesn’t take much these days! The downside? You are so far into the park that getting out again along with the other 4,996 people is no mean feat…
After a fair amount of park days, it was now time for a bit of time away to recharge our batteries. We had arranged to hire a Mustang (yeah, baby) which we collected in the morning and then headed straight to the Vineland Outlets to grab some bargains. 4.5hrs later, with enough Levi’s, Nike’s, Osh Kosh dungarees and a new Kate Spade bag, to keep us going until next time (wink wink), and we headed to Animal Kingdom Lodge.
This is one of my favourite resorts, unfortunately it is always out of our price range but we absolutely love visiting it, and it is home to one of our favourite restaurants, Boma. We transferred two sleeping girls into the stroller and had a wander round taking in all the surroundings, and had a lovely ice-cold beer in the sun. The girls woke in time to see all of the animals gather on the Savannah right in front of us, a magical moment. Our dinner reservation at Boma was the perfect end to the day, the food here is so good and with the amazing setting of AKL you can’t really go wrong.
The next day we had planned to head over to the west coast of Florida for a beach day, but after calculating that it was a 4+ hour round trip we just decided that it wasn’t fair on the girls, and we really should take it even slower today. Next time we head back to FL we will book a few nights on the Gulf Coast to make sure we take in the beauty of the rest of the state. After filling up on a Denny’s breakfast, we made our way to Disney’s Blizzard Beach. We had THE BEST day ever. We went round and round on the lazy river, played in the waves, went on lots of water rides, and laid in the sun whilst the girls slept. The perfect ‘down day’.
Due to the change in our plans we also made it back to the resort in time for dinner and cupcakes, and then marshmallow toasting on the campfire (guess what, completely free), something we were struggling to find time to squeeze in! As the sun was setting over the water and palm trees behind us, we had another ‘how lucky are we?’ moment.
Make sure to check back for part 3 in a few days <3