A better sleep for everyone resulted in a small lie-in, showers and a late breakfast at IHOP where pancakes were the order of the day. Smallest had one pancake with Apple Cinamon topping, sausage, bacon and scrambled egg. Small had a pile of chocolate chocolate pancakes, Huffle had White chocolate and raspberry pancakes and I had Double Blueberry pancakes with my own pot of coffee. That set us up nicely for the rest of the day.
Today we went to Animal Kingdom. We have been here before but this was Huffle's choice and him and Small had chosen our FastPasses (without consulting me - probably wise considering what they had chosen!). Huffle and Smallest both had birthday badges today and received 35 and 50 happy birthdays respectively. That was a lot!
We started on the Kali Rapids which was a wet one. We all got a bit wet but nothing like the man who sat opposite us who got completely soaked (in fact we saw him an hour later and he was still soaked). This was a great ride and we all liked this one.
To dry off a bit, we walked around the Animal Safari Trail where we saw bats, Tigers, birds and a Komodo Dragon. We spent a lot of time in Dinoland (but I won't mention it too much else Huffle will get annoyed. For some reason we kept ending up here). Our first FastPass was Primeval Whirl which looked strange but was really good. It was based on time travel and was an old fashioned white knuckle ride. Twirling, spinning, rickety roller coasting fun. Everyone loved this one.
Next we went on a tame Triceratops Spin. While we were on it we spotted Pluto and Goofy and queued up to have a huggle with them. We had quite a wait but we were fine with that. Goofy kissed my hand (the dirty dog). As we were walking away we spied Donald Duck and queued to have photos with him too. He wished Smallest a Happy Birthday (without speaking obviously) and Smallest got confused when the person with him asked how old he was (because it wasn't his actual birthday - silly bear).
We headed next for the Expedition Everest and had watched it on the way. It looked like a scary roller coaster. Both Smallest and I were a little dubious but the others pushed us along. Because we had FastPassed it, we didn't have time to worry about it and got straight on the ride. OMG, I don't think I have been on anything as scary. It went very very high, then twisty turny drops, then climbed, stopped, went backwards in the dark (at this point I had lost all sense of direction and had no idea whether we were going backwards, forwards or upside down). From this point I didn't really care as long as I didn't die! There was a yeti that broke the track and then we fell ARRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH. What a ride! I clutched my phone so tightly (Small sitting next to me kept saying put your phone away mummy quickly) and pressed my legs against the bars so hard, they left a mark. At the end I turned to look behind as that is where Smallest and Huffle were, and poor Snallest had a very pale hue and looked scared to death. When we saw the photos on the screen we laughed lots.
Smallest said he didn't scream (I beg to differ)
We grabbed a bite to eat from our bag of homemade stuff and went to watch the Lion King show. This was fabulous. We were feeling a little wobbly so this was perfect. Smallest and I wanted to be the monkies on the trampoline and Huffle wanted to be a trapeze monkey.
We went straight into the Its Tough to be a Bug. This was very funny and had me squealing when I had the effect of bugs on my seat. The kids thought this was great.
We joined a queue but didn't know what it was for, found out it was to meet Mickey and Minnie and decided to stay until a woman told us it was a twenty five minute wait. Everyone left the queue at which point we decided to rejoin it because it meant the wait time had gone down considerably.
Kilimanjaro Safari was next. Our driver was ill and disinterested and very dull (last time we went on this the driver was very animated and dramatic), ours just kept coughing and pointing and mumbling. Still, we got to see some lovely animals and this time I knew they were real. The woman behind me was annoying too though as she kept saying 'that's a not a real tree, it's made of concrete and painted' 'the Tigers are in an enclosure, I can see the fence!'. Stupid woman, ruining it for the kids!
Dinosaur was next. A dark ride, a bit like a ghost train but with dinosaurs. I hate the dark and I held on to poor Small all the way through, especially when a big dinosaur tried to bite me! This park closed at 5pm so we headed off to Epcot (saving our receipt from the car park, meant we didn't have to pay again - clever Huffle).
Our first ride was Space Ship Earth. This was a nice relaxing ride up into the Giant Golfball or Disco ball as Smallest called it. We got to travel through the past and into the future and then sent Grandad and ourselves a postcard of our future lives. Nemo ride was next where we sat in a clam and watched a quick version of Finding Nemo whilst gliding around in our shells. It ended in an aquarium where we spent some time wandering around watching the fish. Living on the Land had no queue so once again we hopped on. It was a boat trip which was very educational about some of the experiments they are doing in Epcot regarding growing of fruits and Vegetables using Aquaponics (I think that's the right word). This was a relaxing trip and the four of us had our own boat.
By the time we got out it was dark so we headed for 'England' and went to visit Christopher Robins room where we met Pooh and Tigger. Tigger bent down to give me a hug and a kiss and I heard a squeaky kiss sound from inside (naughty Tigger). Pooh wanted to hug Huffle because it was his birthday but he wouldn't let him. Small hugged Pooh because he knows he is my favourite. I was very excited and Tigger just wanted to bounce (I bet he did!).
We couldn't get a ride on Test Track or Soar because the wait was at least 60 mins so we opted instead for Space Mission. We didn't expect much and at the front of the queue it asked the normal questions 'do you not like enclosed spaces, dark, extreme force and movement, motion sickness?' OH YES ALL OF THEM. Once again I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. However, it was a simulater and all four of us had our own 'pod' and were secured by a neck/shoulder restraint. It was a very tight space and we each had our own screen. This ride was fantastic and I still feel a little weird and wobbly (two hours later). We went into space and the G-force (how do they do that?) was incredible. We couldn't lift our arms properly. It was very clever. There was such a lot of faff beforehand that I really thought it would be rubbish but we all thought this was one of our favourites.
We were about to go home until we realised the fireworks were about to start so we headed for the lake and sat on a bench. We saw these ones last time we were here but they were still spectacular (and noisy).
It was 9:30pm before we left and the boys were bouncing around as high as kites, silly as ships. They both went straight to bed when we got in.
Tomorrow is Huffle's 40th birthday and we are going to have a short day at Hollywood Studios followed by a Birthday Dinner with MrGator, Truly Scrumptious and Madam Courvoisier.
*while we were waiting to meet Mickey and Minnie, one of the cast members came in and shouted "is there a Winky in here?" While we were giggling a Southern drawl answered 'yes I'm Winky' (in our house, a Winky is a willy so we found this hilarious), "your husband is looking for you Winky". 'Wayl he caan just wayt for urs ouwatside then caynt he?" Said Winky (we were still giggling).