Our Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom – travel blog
Welcome to part two of the Disney trip blogs (& vlogs). I’m not even halfway done blogging about this trip, and we’ve already booked my tickets back! If you haven’t read part one, make sure to check that out and then hop back over here! Day two started pretty dang early for me, but more for Caitlin. She was up at 2:30 am and out the door at 3 am to head to her first race (yup, more than one.) I woke up at 5 am, grabbed some coffee, and headed to the 10k finish line to meet her. Oh, and if you’re wondering, she kicked butt!
We made it back to the resort at 7:00 am and decided to have a quick breakfast before getting ready for the day. We ate at Coronado’s Rix Cafe because it’s quick, inexpensive, and there was no wait. I had an egg white omelet filled with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spinach with a bowl of oatmeal on the side. And the coffee wasn’t half bad.
We headed back to the room to rest our eyes for thirty-minutes, shower off, and get ready for our day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. We started at Hollywood Studios around 10 am. Caitlin was running the half marathon on Sunday morning, so she chose the best treat to start carb loading, the Mickey pretzel, and a beer. You can stop at the Anaheim Produce for Mickey pretzels, fresh fruit, margaritas, and beer.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios was packed on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect on Saturday, which meant a very crowded park.
We walked around exploring the shops, the street performances, Toy Story Land and watched the Muppets 3D show, and then grabbed some much-needed coffee. There’s a hidden Starbucks in every Disney Park 😉
MICKEY PRETZEL HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
The lines were way too long at Hollywood Studios, so we just spent a few hours walking around exploring. We are going back on a weekday so we can experience it without the crowd. Hollywood Studios is filled with tons of restaurants and all kinds of good food. When we go back, we’ll ride Tower of Terror.
Later in the afternoon, we took the bus over the Animal Kingdom! I was SO EXCITED about this. I think Animal Kingdom is my favorite park.
There was so much to see and do. I love how beautiful the park is set up, and you honestly don’t even feel like you’re in the U.S. anymore.
First up, pizza for Caitlin at Pizzafari. She ordered the veggie pizza and a Caesar salad. The Pizzafari is a quick spot to grab food, drinks, and it has so much seating. Inside & out!
PIZZAFARI THE ANIMAL KINGDOM FOOD FOR LUNCH
You HAVE TO watch the video of the Harambe Village Acrobats. Honestly, this was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen! I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life. Add this to your Animal Kingdom checklist.
One of the best parts of the day was riding the Expedition Everest. I wanted to ride it again and again! What a fun roller coaster!
After conquering the rollercoaster, we needed something refreshing. We decided to split a Khumbu Icefall from Thirsty River. If you see people walking around with fancy signature drinks, they most likely bought them from there! The Khumbu Icefall is a frosty mixed drink made with smooth raspberry puree mixed with Cruzan Guava Rum and blended with coconut. You can also get them made non-alcoholic.
KHUMBU ICEFALL FROSTY DRINK THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
I stopped at the Harambe Fruit Market for some roasted corn and pineapple slices!
There are a lot of fresh and healthy options at Animal Kingdom available. The pineapple was super fresh and sweet!
FRESH FOOD VEGAN DAIRY FREE HEALTHY THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
I was so excited to get the roasted sweet corn. After grilling the corn, they usually dip it in butter and sprinkle it with spicy curry. I’ve never liked curry and didn’t want the butter, so I asked for it plain off the grill. It had so much flavor and reminded me of sweet corn from Iowa ❤️
ROASTED CORN ON THE COB THE ANIMAL KINGDOM GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EATS
Animal Kingdom is known for its “Instagrambale spots.”
Bicycle Land-Mauzo Huduma
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS AT THE ANIMAL KINGDOM WALT DISNEY WORLD
The World of Avatar was unbelievable. Next time we go, we are going to do the Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey.
They close the Safari at 4 pm, so the animals can eat and sleep. We were sad we missed it, but that’s OK because…NEXT TIME 😉 There is so much to soak in that you need extra days for each park. On a side note, Flamingos are hilarious birds.
If you’re spending the day at Animal Kingdom, make sure to make a dinner reservation at Tiffins. I mentioned in my last post that Caitlin selected some really awesome spots for our trip, and this was just another one of them. We’ve already added some of your recommendations for our next trip!
DINNER AT TIFFINS ANIMAL KINGDOM
Tiffins is located in Discovery land. You’ll want to get a reservation to lock in your spot, but they did take walk-ins with a bit of a wait time.
We started with a house-made charcuterie board. It consisted of a selection of cured and smoked meats.
We both ordered the pan-seared Alaskan halibut. It came with herb-roasted tomatoes, haricot verts, fingerling potatoes, saffron aioli, and kalamata marmalade. The halibut and everything about this dish was cooked and flavored to perfection. To make mine dairy free, I had them leave off the aioli. This was such a light dish to end the day with.
A sweet end to dinner ❤️ A South American Chocolate Ganache with caramelized banana and cocoa nib tuile.
It was early to bed night for us! I’ll be back with part-three! We ate our way around the world at Epcot during the food and wine festival!
Questions for you!
- Have you been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom?
- Who is your favorite Toy Story character?
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