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#TripReportTuesday – Uncooperative Animals

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It was a new day and we were headed to one of my favorite parks, but lets face it, they are all my favorite at one time or another! This AM, we were headed to Animal Kingdom for just our favorite rides.

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Our first order of business was Kilimanjaro Safari because we had a FastPass that was itching to be used, meaning it was about to expire. To our surprise, the FastPass line was weaving outside the queue, apparently some of the animals were being disruptive and blocking the road so the trucks couldn’t pass and caused quite the backup. This happens pretty often on this ride, so just be prepared if you have a FastPass and this happens the line will move slowly. I only mention this because so many people were complaining in the FastPass line that they could’ve rode standby if they wanted to wait this long. Sheesh. It’s not FastPass or Disney’s fault that the LIVE animals decide to move into the road. What do they want the CMs to do? Run them over? That doesn’t exactly scream family friendly attraction to me. Oh well, rant over. Soon enough we boarded our rugged caravan.

I prefer to be in the seat farthest away from where you board, I feel you get the best pictures this way, but we weren’t and the animals were just in a weird mood this day and I didn’t get too many great shots, but a couple of good ones. That is the thing with Kilimanjaro Safari, it is really never the same experience twice. We recently rode it on Valentine’s Day and got the best shot! I honestly am going to do a separate post on it soon! Anyways, sometimes you get a lackluster safari ride, but always fun just the same.

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After our Safari we headed to Dinoland USA. Since it wasn’t time for our Dinosuar FastPass, we filled the time with riding Primeval Whirl. This one gets mixed reviews amongst the Disney community, but I think it is fun. People complain about the theming and how it looks cheap, but the idea is that that area is supposed to look like a sad little parking lot carnival! If you look closely, you will even see parking spots on the ground in the area.

Primeval Whirl is a little rough if you aren’t expecting it, so just brace yourself because it definitely whips you around!

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By the time we we made it through the queue and rode Primeval Whirl, we headed to Dinosaur, aka: the Disney ride I have never seen the ending too because I am covering my ears and eyes. I am really a 5 year old adult.

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Yup, nearly every ride photo in the Time Rover of ours looks just like this.

Edited to add: On Valentine’s Day, I actually did it! I saw the end of the ride, of course, we don’t have Memory Maker being locals, so I don’t have photographic evidence, but I promise, I actually saw the entire ride!

Next, we went to walk through one of my favorite Animal Kingdom attractions, Maharajah Jungle Trek. This is the walking trail where you can see the bats, tigers and bird area among others. The animals must have been on strike this day because here is the best view we got of the tigers, which happens to be my favorite part!

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A paw! That is all they were giving us!

Good thing these guys were out and active:

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The birds were especially photogenic too!2015-05-11-13h12m26

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Feeling cheated out of the tigers, we found this display and figured this would just have to do for our tiger photography this go around.

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With some time to kill before we took on the Yeti on Expedition Everest, we decided to get some PhotoPass pictures have ourselves an Everest photoshoot.

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Soon we were on the other prettiest roller coaster in the world. (7 Dwarfs Mine Train is the other one if you are keeping score).

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We were trying to be cute and do the “Nameste” greeting, but as you can see the couple in front of us rudely put their arms up and blocked my dear husband. It happens. The poor girl in the front looks like she is holding on for dear life, I feel like her dad/grandpa doesn’t even care that his daughter/granddaughter is about to get thrown from the train. Am I the only one that makes up stories for the other guests who appear in your photos?

I am pretty sure we also rode Kali River Rapids as our final ride before heading back to the hotel to get ready for an early 3:40 dinner at T-Rex Cafe at the then Downtown Disney now Disney Springs. If I am not a 5 year old adult then I am definitely a senior citizen given this dinner time. There is no in between.

Tune in next Tuesday for our T-Rex experience!

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#TripReportTuesday – A Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Review

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It’s Tuesday, so that means a new installment of the trip report!

I was so excited to get ready for our dinner because we were doing a true Disney classic for the first time: The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue! This dinner show musical comedy held at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Camground is one of the country’s longest running dinner shows as it opened in 1974!

Here is what we were in store for from Disney’s website:

Frontier-Style Family Fun

Join the Pioneer Hall Players for 2 hours of rousing Wild West dancing, singing and zany vaudeville comedy.You never know what to expect when Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy hit the stage. But you do know that it’s not going to be dull! Get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along and have a good ol’ time at rustic Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

In between skits and song standards, chow down on buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, as well as a tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake.

Unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria are included for Guests 21 years of age and up (proper ID required). Soft drinks are also included.

Doesn’t that description just sound like so much darn fun!? Not only was I excited to see the show, but also visit Fort Wilderness because this was the first Disney resort I stayed at when I was 4 years years old, I just don’t remember it!

The show is held at Pioneer Hall, but in order to get there, you have to take a bus from within the resort because the campground is so big and spread out! I definitely did not take this into account in my planning, so we just made it! Make sure if you book, you give yourself plenty of time to get to the resort and use the in-resort transportation! I think the bus ride to get to Pioneer Hall can take up to 20 minutes depending on when you catch the bus, so just plan ahead! When we arrived to Pioneer Hall, we were one of the last people to get there and pick up our tickets so we didn’t have much time to explore because just as we picked up our tickets, they were opening the doors and having people be seated.

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A hostess brought us to our table which was so close to the front it felt like we were on the stage. When you make your reservation, you choose which section you wish to be seated in and there are 3 different categories. Category 1 is the main floor, Category 2 is in the back and some upper balcony looking straight on to the stage, and Category 3 is on the balcony to the sides of the stage. We had chosen Category 1 and really lucked out with our seats! We were also right next to the piano!

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Since they have to put on 3 shows a night, they start the show right away and soon the talented actors took to the stage and it was seriously hilarious! I did not know what to expect, but that was half the fun! I don’t want to give to give too much away, but I love how they use the audience interaction. There really never is a dull moment in this show and you will definitely be entertained the entire time!2015-05-10-16h28m59 2015-05-10-16h29m10 2015-05-10-16h30m16 2015-05-10-16h30m44 2015-05-10-16h29m40 2015-05-10-17h14m27

In between all the rootin’ tootin’ fun, your servers are bringing you literally buckets of fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, corn, beans and salad. All of which is incredibly tasty!

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One of the most fun parts of the show is the way they present dessert! It is a whole production centered on Strawberry Shortcake and even your servers get in on the action! So much yum!2015-05-10-17h31m16

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Be prepared because this show is LOUD! And when you think it can’t get any louder, it does! And when you think it can’t get any funnier, it does! 2015-05-10-17h45m532015-05-10-17h35m19 2015-05-10-17h35m46

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We really enjoyed the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and were glad to cross it off our Disney Bucket List and I know we will definitely visit it again soon! The food is good and plentiful, but the actors are what make this show so great – I wish I had an ounce of their talent! If you are looking to kick back, have fun, laugh and just have a wild and loud time, book this dinner show!! If you are looking for a more quiet, laid back atmosphere, then this is definitely not for you!

I came across this great article on The Disney fan club site,  D23, which commemorates Hoop-Dee-Doo’s recent 40th Anniversary. There are some great old photos, a fun video and lots of history about the show. I have linked it HERE! Go and check it out.

See you next Tuesday when we head back to the Magic Kingdom for the evening (do we even go anywhere else?)

 

 

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