Safaris and Wishes…..day 18

After a nice sleep in, it was off to Animal Kingdom this morning. The clock was ticking down on our stay and we were filling in with some of the things we’d missed and visiting our favourites again. Fay was a distant memory and the day was HOT! The sky was blus with those lovely white fluffy clouds, just like Andy’s wallpaper in Toy Story….

We parked up at AK, took the tram to the park and headed through the Oasis and over to Africa. Will popped over to collect fastpasses for the safari whilst I took Natty into the shade to apply more sunspray. It’s been so much easier since Frank introduced us to Coppertone spray….no rubbing and more importantly moaning with the gloopiness of factor 50 or 30!

Our fastpasses were for about 80 minutes later, so we jumped on the little steam train to Conservation Station. It’s a very nice detour. There is lovely aircon and some interesting things to see. Natty had a good chat with one of the veterinarians, who rewarded her interest with a giraffe temporary tattoo. It was the second of the day, as we’d bumped into Matt (who had earlier guided her on the animal tracking session) and after completing a task, she gave him one of her little thank you cards. He gave her a dinosaur temporary tattoo!

Any hoo, after handling some animal poo and meeting Jiminy Cricket, we headed outside so that Natty could brush the goats. Will lifted Natty into the spray fan mist, something he’d done when she was only 13 months old and every year ever since…..it won’t be long before he can’t do that anymore! So, goats brushed and more animal encounters (she held a snake and saw a beautiful owl) we collected cold drinks and took the train back to Africa for our safari.

The safari guide was fantastic and we saw loads of animals again. I had said I would just ride this time but temptation was too great and as soon as the animals got close I had to start snapping…..oops! After the safari, Natty was desperate to head over to Dinoland so she could ride Primeval Whirl, so that’s just what we did….via shops, snacks and pin trading. After we’d been spun into a whirl, we let Natty have a go on one of the fairground type games ~ the Mammoth Races. She won the race and we left Animal Kingdom with yet another cuddly toy – this time a large red and yellow frog!

On the journey out, we realised that we’d not eaten at Beaches and Cream. We needed to pop back to the resort for more trading pins (which I’d ordered online as shed traded all the others), so we ate lunch at Beaches and Cream. Yummy! It was cool and quiet, no queue! Will and I had the lovely roast beef sub au jus and we shared an ice cream sundae. Natty had a hotdog and a cute Mickey Sundae.

Having sent Will to collect the car, we drove over to Magic Kingdom. Once there, I popped over to grab fastpasses to Splash Mountain whilst Will and Natty held a spot for the parade. They have started entertaining the kids by sending Cast Members on to Main Street with various toys to play with. When I returned to Main Street, she was happily playing with a beachball with some other kids, whilst Will sat and held our spot. She was having a great time, ending up with seriously pink cheeks! The parade was wonderful. They’ve been very creative with the floats of the Dreams Come True parade, as the parade route had been altered and shortened. Well done Disney, very nice.

Parade over, we walked to Frontierland and collected fastpasses to Big Thunder before riding Splash. Natty was still unsure about the ride despite having ridden it every year since she was 4, and we tried to establish why she was still so troubled by it. Was it the big drop (she loved Big Thunder, Space Mountain and Everest) or was it getting wet (she loves the water slides)? She thought it might be the getting wet when you are wearing clothes, so we put on her rain cape. She made Will sit in the front and we sat behind. He was thrilled that he weighed down the front, so allowing an even bigger splash! Great!

Natty squealed and LOVED the ride. I suspect that this year she had begun to enjoy all the thrill rides, so even with a wet bottom, she wanted to ride again….We then meandered over to Big Thunder and we rode in the dark. As we were about to board, Natty announced that she’d be riding alone, and that Daddy and Mummy would ride together!!!! She’s feeling the need for speed…….

Late dinner at Cosmic Rays, a few photos and a bit of shopping later. we stood together in the middle of Main Street waiting for Wishes. This is one of my most precious parts of every trip. My little family, standing together, hugging, whilst we watched the beautiful fireworks. I always end up in tears and the words mean so much, combined with the tremendous spectacular above the castle. I’ll say good night with the words to the end of Wishes…

BLUE FAIRY-Remember, we must always believe in our wishes, for they are the magic in the world.
Now, let’s all put our hearts together, and make a wish come true.

Star light, star bright,
first star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish, I wish tonight.
We’ll make a wish, and do as dreamers do,
and all our wishes,
will come true.

JIMINY – You see, its just like I told ya.
Wishes can come true, if you believe in them with all your heart.
And the best part is, you’ll never run out of wishes.
They’re shining deep down inside of you.
‘Cause that my friends is where the magic lives

Wishes! Dream a dream (fate is kind)
Wishes! Set it free (she brings to those who love)
Wishes! Trust your heart (the sweet fulfilment of)
Just Believe (their secret longing)
Just Believe (just believe)

Like a bolt out of the blue,
fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star, your dreams…come…true

Make a wish, and do as dreamers do (just do as dreamers do)

Make a wish!
(Wishes!) Dream a dream!
(Wishes!) Cross your heart!
And your wish…will…come…true!

JIMINY – Ha-ha, see what a little wishing can do?

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