Day 2 in Review

Alright day 2, another great day at Disney (but lets face it, are there bad days at Disney?).  In our original plan I had us getting up around 6:45 or 7 and getting to Animal Kingdom by 8am for extra magic hours, but after nearly a 20 hour day on our first day we opted to sleep a little later!  We still caught the last 15 minutes of Extra Magic Hours, and were able to enjoy a nice short line at Starbucks!

We started out with our first fast pass for Kilimanjaro Safari, and lucked out with seeing a Rhino run, and seeing a male lion actually awake!  On all of our Safari rides we’ve yet to see a male lion, so yay!  Because we got on the Safari right after the park opened, we got off in plenty of time to make it over to the new Harambe Theater for the 10am showing of Festival of the Lion King!  What a great show!  It’s so exciting!

  
When the show was over we headed to Asia for my favorite Disney coaster- Expedition Everest!  On our way to our third and final fast pass we stopped for a free cup of water at the Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafe, and smelled some of their amazing foods!  We had planned to go to Flame Tree BBQ for lunch but ended up back at the Yak and Yeti for something new!  Their menu has an Asian flare as well a vegetarian option!  I had the chicken sandwich and Craig had the honey chicken.

  
After lunch we decided to head back to the resort for some relaxation! We enjoyed some time at the pool and some rest.  We love to take a break during the hottest parts of the afternoon to keep us fresh for the rest of the day!

Around 4pm we headed over to Epcot and jumped onto spaceship earth (only a 5 minute wait…SCORE!). After we had planned to head to test track and do the single rider line and it was down! That was a good thing though, it allowed us to try something new! We rode Ellen’s Universe of Energy for the first time! We generally hit our favorites and move on, but we’ve been trying hard to experience new things! 

  

We had dinner at Biergarten restaurant in Germany! It’s one of my favorites!!! Great food and atmosphere! We did a little shopping and then found a great spot for illuminations! 

   
 

And here are today’s mileage stats-  

  
 

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 20 “Favorite Disney Stage Show”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

There have been many difficult decisions during this 30 day challenge for me, and today is NOT one of them!  My favorite stage show at Disney is the “Festival of the Lion King” at Animal Kingdom.

I love the energy, artistry, colors, and music of this show.  I feel like it is appealing to all ages, and is fun for all!  There are songs, dance, acrobatics, and of course the antics of Pumbaa and Timon!  If you’ve never seen this show, it’s a must see!

The Tumble Monkeys

The Tumble Monkeys

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ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 7 “Favorite Animal Kingdom Ride”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

Animal Kingdom is another park where there are more “attractions” than actual rides. There are tons of beautiful animals to see as well as fabulous entertaining shows. When it comes down to rides, there is no question that “Expedition Everest” is my favorite ride in the Animal Kingdom Park (It may actually take the cake as my favorite Disney Coaster!)

I do wish they would have a fully functional Yeti in the ride, BUT it’s still a great thrill and a smooth coaster!

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The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1)

I was going to write about the many “Behind the scenes” experiences at Disney World, but Charming Travels has a well written blog post, so why re-invent the wheel!?!  Check out Charming Travel’s blog post on the awesome behind the scenes tours available at WDW   (click on the link)

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1).

Tumble Monkeys and Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Update

If you’re a regular here at Mouskaholic.com you know that yesterday I posted about RunDisney’s- Disneyland 1/2 marathon registration opening at noon on February 10th.  Within 35 minutes the Dumbo Double Dare (DDD) was sold out!  How crazy is that?  If you’re still interested in running at Disneyland, do not dismay!  The 1/2 marathon is 80% full!  If you’re interested in running that you’ll want to jump on the band wagon quickly!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

Alright, enough about running and RunDisney, here is a completely different form of athleticism at Disney.  This is in the form of performances, not guests having to do anything physical 🙂  Today I’d like to share with you a video from the Disney Parks Blog about the “tumble monkeys”!  If you’ve ever been to the Animal Kingdom, you know that “The Festival of the Lion King” is one of their most popular shows!  It’s full of energy, excitement and music.  This spectacular is great for all ages!  I took my Godson to see it when he was 18 months old and he LOVED the monkeys!  As and adult I even love the show and make it a point to see it every time I visit the Animal Kingdom!  It’s hard not to leave the show full of energy and whistling Hakuna Matata!  Enjoy this video featuring the “tumble monkeys”

The Tumble Monkeys

The Tumble Monkeys

Tired of monkeying around trying to plan your own Disney vacation?  Contact Ashley- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

She can help you with all your Disney planning needs!

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

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Register today for the Expedition Everest Challenge 5k

I’ve written In the past about how I LOVE to participate in RunDisney events because these events combine two of my favorite things- running and Disney!!!!  With that being said, today is an exciting day because registration will officially open for the Expedition Everest 5k Challenge. The event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  This event is an incredibly unique RunDisney event for several reasons.

1) This is the only RunDisney event that is a stand alone 5k.  There are many 5ks held throughout the year on Disney properties, but this event is centered around the 5k rather than a larger event.

2) This event is a night time race.  There are only a few other select RunDisney events that are held at night

3)  This 5k is also a “challenge event” and includes a few obstacles such as a hay bail jump, tires, and a crawling net.

4) There is a scavenger hunt to complete after you run the 5k.  You will be timed separately but the scavenger hunt is part of the “Challenge”

5) This event is held solely on the grounds of the Animal Kingdom park.

6) There is a MASSIVE after party for the participants and select rides are open during the party!

While I’ve never had the opportunity to run this event I interviewed Michael and Tiffiny Wyscarver who participated in the event as a team in 2014.  Tiffiny described the event as “Fun, fun, and more fun!”  and Michael loved that it was “running through the Animal Kingdom park, obstacles, and a scavenger hunt combined.”

2015 will be the final year that RunDisney offers the Expedition Everest Challenge (which was a disappointment to Michael and Tiffiny).  So make sure that if you’re interested in this race that you register quickly!  Spaces will more than likely fill quickly because of it being the final year!

Net climb obstacle during Expedition Everest Challenge

Net climb obstacle during Expedition Everest Challenge

Expedition Everest Medals

Expedition Everest Medals

If you decide to run this awesome challenge be sure to contact Ashley with Charming Travels LLC to book your trip!

Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

Tuesday’s Tip

If you really want to catch certain attractions, but can’t stand the thought of the long wait, check to see if there is a “Single Rider” option!  There are several rides that offer this, and it can significantly cut your wait time.  This option should only be used if you’re okay with not riding with your entire family all in one car, because chances are you won’t get that opportunity.

The follow rides have the single rider option-

Animal Kingdom- Expedition Everest

Epcot- Test Track

Hollywood Studios- Rockin Roller Coaster

This option reduces wait time for you, and maximizes coaster/ride capacity for the parks!  More seats filled per ride keeps everything moving 🙂

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