Thursday, July 23, 2015

Disney's Animal Kingdom Dining Tips

Just a few days ago you probably read my Animal Kingdom Tips and review of our very first visit to Animal Kingdom. Well, today I am going to share with you some reviews and tips on the dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are so many great options to choose from ranging from quick service choices to sit down restaurants at Animal Kingdom.

If you are looking for a super fun character dining experience then I would highly recommend breakfast at Tusker House. Join Donald Duck in his adorable safari gear for an all you can eat breakfast buffet. The price for adults is $29 and children ages 3 and up are $15.99. Tusker House offers a wide range of delicious foods including the ever popular jamba juice.

Animal Kingdom has a wonderful Rainforest Cafe which is a really nice spot to relax in the air conditioning and enjoy great food, if you have time for a sit down restaurant. If not, I would recommend grabbing a quick meal at Pizzafari (my children loved the pizza here) or Flame Tree BBQ. My children are very picky and did not like the kids meal options at Flame Tree BBQ so what we did was my husband went and got them pizza kids meals from Pizzafari and I ordered my husband and I bbq from Flame Tree BBQ. We ate outside near the water at a really nice shaded seating area beside Flame Tree BBQ.

If you are really pressed for time and not super hungry or maybe on a diet, etc. I would recommend the kiosk located at the Harambe Market. There are some great options of fresh fruits, yogurts, veggies, wraps and even Mickey pretzels.

Mickey pretzels make a great afternoon snack!

We absolutely loved the Dawa Bar located near the Harambe Market!! It was so nice to relax with a nice refreshing drink and listen to the live music. Also they offer a happy hour and drinks are half off!! I loved the "Lost on Safari" drink which was a yummy mixture of Captain Morgan and Pangani Punch. 

Lost on Safari drink

Overall, Animal Kingdom has many nice restaurants in many different price ranges for everyone. If you are looking for a nice sit down experience I'd recommend Yak and Yeti or Rainforest Cafe. Be sure to save room for the yummy snacks available at the various kiosks. My children really love the classic Mickey Ice Cream Bar. 

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Disney's Animal Kingdom Review + Tips

My family finally visited Animal Kingdom for the very first time this past May. We had not visited before because I had read mixed reviews that Animal Kingdom was geared towards older children, etc. so we waited for the kids to be a little older. After visiting, I can say that Animal Kingdom is geared towards children of ALL ages. I wish we had visited sooner actually! My children, ages 8, 5 and 4 absolutely loved Animal Kingdom!! They enjoyed the Safari ride the best and they loved the Dinosaur ride. The Lion King show is absolutely fabulous and really comparable to a broadway production in my opinion. The Lion King show captured my children's attention and they were all mesmerized. My son wanted to see it again.

Be sure to meet Mickey & Minnie who are dressed in adorable safari attire. I would recommend using a Fast Pass for this meetngreet. 

The Mombasa Marketplace is wonderful. This was a great spot to shop, relax, listen to the live music and grab a drink at the bar. 

There were some really authentic African gifts available in the Mombasa Marketplace 

Tip: if staying on property take advantage of the free package delivery service to your resort so you don't have to carry around your park purchases.

My son wanted to purchase these African drums :)

 Tips on visiting Animal Kingdom:
Arrive early and head directly to the Kilamanjaro Safari ride. The earlier the better because the animals will be up and active.

We saw many beautiful animals on the Safari including giraffes, hippos, lions, elephants, etc.

Be sure to bring a stroller for your little one because Animal Kingdom is a big park and you will be doing a lot of walking. 

Pick up a park map and show times and be sure to watch the Lion King show and Finding Nemo Musical. These are must see shows if you have little one's. Also a great way to cool off inside!

Take time to explore the area around the Tree of Life. There are some really neat exhibits with animals throughout the Tree of Life area.

Fast Pass recommendations if you are visiting with younger children:
Mickey & Minnie MeetnGreet
Expedition Everest
Kilamanjaro Safari

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Smithsonian's National Zoo Review

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are discussing zoos that your family needs to visit.

If you are looking for an amazing zoo to visit with your family be sure to check out the Smithsonian's National Zoo located in the heart of the nation's capital, Washington DC. National Zoo is located just a few hours from my house so we love to take our three children and visit each summer. The zoo is FREE and offers a small parking lot that does tend to fill up quickly. If you can, it is best to ride a metro to the National Zoo and walk. The Zoo grounds are open from 6:00 am until 8 pm. The exhibit buildings are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

My kids love the National Zoo

Be sure to purchase a ticket to ride the Carousel (tickets are $3 each)

The National Zoo has many gift stores located throughout the park, but my favorite is the Panda Shop. There are some really adorable stuffed animals in the store, so be ready to make some purchases :) 

National Zoo has so many unique and beautiful animals and amazing exhibits. My children absolutely love the Children's Farm which includes a petting zoo area and a really neat playground. The Pizza Garden Playground is an educational and hands on experience geared towards children ages 3-8 years old. 

Be sure to check out the map of the zoo before you visit so you can get an idea of just how many exhibits there are and what type of animals you will get to see. 

Eating at the Zoo

There are many affordable options at the National Zoo. If you are on the go and don't want spend a lot of time in line I would suggest just grabbing a quick hot dog from a kiosk. If you have more time and want to cool off inside head to the Mane Grill. They have great kids meals and they come with adorable little keepsake boxes that the kids can play with later. Here is a list of all of the options at the zoo. I would highly recommend the Panda Overlook restaurant which serves smoothies, paninis ad wraps.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I Love Legoland Florida

Welcome to this month's Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing fun things to do on your summer vacation outside of the Disney Parks.

After visiting Legoland Florida last May I knew that my children would love to return again. Unfortunately the new Legoland Hotel was not yet open when we visited this April. It is however open now for anyone planning a fun weekend getaway. Legoland Florida is so much fun that I would recommend spending at least two to three days at the park to ensure you can ride all of the attractions and see all of the shows and enjoy the water park.

 My children really love the Safari Trek where guests can drive a safari jeep through a jungle filled with Lego animals.

My 4 year old loved driving me on the wild safari

Each safari jeep has two steering wheels so that both guests can 'drive'

You never know what wild animal you will see next on the safari

If you are visiting with children under 5 years old be sure to check out the super cute Duplo Valley. All of the rides are geared towards the younger crowd. My 4 year old loved the Duplo Train ride and the Duplo Tractor ride was a hit with my son!

 There is even a water splash area for children located in Duplo Valley:

There are super cute play area's located throughout the park for children to enjoy

Be sure to visit the Forestman's Hideout which is a huge playground for children of all ages. The playground includes a climbing net, bridges, a huge slide, etc. There are also benches for parents to relax while the children play.

FOOD At Legoland 

Be sure to save room for the Apple Fries!! These are surprisingly amazing!

For lunch we opted for the Market Restaurant which is similar to a food court. There are plenty of great choices including chicken nuggets, pizza, macncheese, fresh fruit, salads, etc. 

The Market Restaurant is located near the entrance

Inside the restaurant there is a Lego play area for children to build while parents eat

The macaroni and cheese was delicious and my children loved their chicken nuggets.

Overall, we had a lot of fun on visit to Legoland and I would highly recommend it. We hope to visit the new hotel next time! 

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