Epcot and Magic Kingdom with Kate

We have another visitor, this time Margaret’s sister Kate over from England – and of course we’re back at Disney! On Sunday we went to Epcot (after breakfast at Boma with friends Pedro & Laura and Christian) doing Soarin’, Spaceship Earth, Figment, Living With The Land, and NEMO (and some great butterfly views!). We gave up walking round World Showcase because Kate’s not used to the Florida heat …

 

On Monday (later in the day to catch the fireworks) we went to Magic Kingdom; there we did Buzz Lightyear, TTA, Haunted Mansion, Small World, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, and Winnie The Pooh (after fireworks – really quiet so we rode twice in a row!) … and of course the amazing castle projection / fireworks show:

 

A fun couple of days!

 

Magic Kingdom with Michael

Our Gloucester friend Michael is visiting us for a few days and we took him to Disney Magic Kingdom today (we took him in 2013¬†and 2010 and before that he hadn’t been since the 1970s!). Margaret planned fast pass rides that Michael likes, and managed to book even more once we’d done our three – with that and a few short queue rides, we had a very busy day!

We did the Swiss Family Robinson tree, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, It’s A Small World, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World (again! Michaels favorite), Under The Sea, TTA, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates Of The Caribbean …

Some photos from our day:

Toy Story Land

Our first visit to Toy Story Land at Disney Hollywood Studios – it’s a very nicely themed colorful area, but with long lines for the new (slinky dog roller coaster and alien spinning) rides so we didn’t try them – but we did have a fast pass for the (older) Toy Story Mania, and it was so much less busy that we got on three times within half an hour! Took lots of colorful photos, too.

We also watched The Little Mermaid show, and the new Dumbo movie trailer (which made it even less likely we will bother watching the full movie!) – and stayed for the spectacular but hard to photograph Star Wars “fireworks” which is much more a lighting show and photo story sequence, than a traditional fireworks …

Animal Kingdom Safari on a good day!

Today seemed to be a particular good Africa Safari drive at Animal Kingdom! I took my high zoom camera which certainly helps capture better views – but there were many animals about and easily visible, too. Our driver seemed better than some as well, pausing enough for me to get quite a few good shots, though some animals (Mandrills, Cheetah, for example) are always hard to see!

 

Beyond the safari drive, we saw Kevin (from “Up”) and also walked the Africa and Asia trails for more animal views …

 

We finished our Animal Kingdom trip with lunch at Sanaa (we’ve not been for nearly two years!), which meant more chances to see animals in the savannah between the hotel buildings …