On Tuesday morning, we got up early and went to our first character meal. It was a Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy meal at the Beach club resort. We had made reservations the day before and only waited a few minutes once we arrived. We sat down and before we could get our food, Donald Duck was there to see us! This was the first character that the kids had seen up close. (they had seen several characters in the parade the day before, but none of them tried to get close to B or B :) ) Donald walked right up to Braxton, in his high chair, and started heading his head :) I have to admit, I winced when I saw him get close to Braxton, anticipating a scream or cry, but my little man loved it! He was grinning from ear to ear :-). Brookelynne was less sure about Donald but went right up to Minnie when she arrived a few minutes later ;)
After finishing breakfast, we headed to animal kingdom! This was my first time in that park, and I was surprised at how pretty and "earthy" it was. It was about 10 AM at that point, so we headed straight to Minnie – Mickey camp. When we got there, the lines to meet the characters were practically non-existent. We jumped in the line to see Minnie right away. Mitchell saw that they were signing autographs books for the children and wanted our kids to get autographs too. I had already decided against autograph books, because I don't like the idea of getting someone's autograph, and idolizing them. It's one thing to have them sign something significant, but just to sign their name to a piece of paper, like they are more important than other people kind of bothers me. but Mitchell was insistent, and I was resourceful, and we came to a compromise that I am very Very happy with. Instead of having them sign a piece of paper, we pulled out our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books and had the characters sign next to their picture in the book. That way, when we are reading our books (which we would do anyway) we can see their signatures and remember the time we met them at Disney World!
We went and saw Minnie, Goofy, and Mickey before heading into the lion King show. The Lion King show is in Minnie - Mickey Camp as well, and starts every hour on the half hour mark. It is a very good show, very entertaining and interactive. It was a little longer than my kids would have liked, but still a great show to take them to.
After that, we went to the Africa area and rode the safari ride. The kids enjoyed seeing the animals, all so Braxton slept through most of it. We then went over to the petting area and the kids got to pet some goats. They really enjoyed that, as well as seeing some pigs up close and personal. We then headed over to the A's loop and did the walk through attraction, with birds, tigers and bats. :) by the time we finished that, the kids were down for naps! We found a place to watch the parade and parked there until it started. :) once again we got a pretty good spot, in the shade, to watch the parade and the kids woke up just as it started. Brookelynne got up on daddy's shoulders, and all the people on stilts would come over and speak to her, it was so cute! :) once the parade was over, it was about 415 and we started back to the hotel.
They have a great time on this day as well and their favorite part was definitely getting to meet the character!