For our first day in Orlando, FL we of course went to Disney World! It was the main attraction we wanted to see and we figured might as well get it out-of-the-way. My husband went to get our tickets while Abby and I were still sleeping. When he was buying the tickets the guy selling them told him that since it is the slow season we could do 2 parks in one day easily so my husband purchased 3 Park-Hopper Tickets. Yes, it was expensive. I will just round it up and say $300 for all 3 tickets. Let’s see if it is worth it!
It took us only 20 minutes to get to Walt Disney World from our hotel. Once we entered the park it was another 10 minute drive to the first park we were going to hit: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When we entered the parking lot for the Animal Kingdom we paid $19 for parking but this lasts all day at all the parks so we only have to pay once. Once we parked we took an open air tram to the front gate. We walked in got our map and rented a stroller for my daughter which cost $14. We walked in and then we saw it:
That tree is really huge! You can’t see it in the picture but there are animals carved into the trunk. The park was already busy and we got there within 30 minutes of the park opening. The first thing we wanted to hit was the petting zoo which is all the way in the back of the park. We headed in that direction to find out that we had to get on a train too. We passed by this mountain on the way.
It has a crazy roller coaster going through it! No thank you.
When we got to the train station many other people were waiting for the train as well. We got on the first train that came around though. The train ride was only 5 minutes long if that. Once we got off the train it was a short trek to the petting zoo that was a lot smaller than we thought it would be. It was a fenced in area that had pigs, goats, llamas and some other animals that you could pet and brush. My favorite was this guy…
Abby went right to him and touched his snout and he didn’t even move. After the petting zoo, we got back on the train to get back to the main park. We walked around some more looking for activities and rides that Abby would like. I saw on the map Tom Sawyer’s Island so we headed in that direction. Only to find out that to get to Tom Sawyer’s island you had to ride on a wooden raft across a very small body of water. They could have put up a bridge! We passed on that since the line was already way too long and stopping Abby from trying to get into the water was too much for us.
We then walked around a bit more, got some drinks and snacks and then decided to head back towards the entrance. We saw some neat things and animals but I don’t this park really impressed my 3-year-old daughter at all. We decided it was time to pull out the big guns and take her to the Magic Kingdom!!! To be continued….