Best Kept Secret in Animal Kingdom Park

Best Kept Secret in Animal Kingdom Park

Walt Disney World is full of activities to keep your family busy from sun up until sun down.  Matter of fact, we have spent roughly 1.5 months collectively in the World and still have yet to do everything.  While we all want to do and see as much we can on these magical vacations, let’s face it, we aren’t as young as we used to be! I don’t know about you, but I often wonder where my children get their endless energy.

With that being said, I have the perfect solution! The best kept secret at Animal Kingdom Park is The Boneyard.  Our boys LOVE this area (We may love it even more)!  It is a giant play area with rope climbing, slides, caves, and even a large area made to look like an archaeological site where the kids can unearth dinosaur bones.  The best part is that the majority of it is shaded with areas to sit! There is only one way in and out with a cast member standing duty monitoring who comes and goes.  They don’t let any kids leave by themselves so you don’t have to worry about them sneaking away from you.

Our boys ask to go here every time we are making our plans for Disney World.  It makes the must-do list for Animal Kingdom! So, next time you are there, go ahead and take a moment to put your feet up while your children run freely and burn some of that wonderful energy….the only downfall is that they don’t let you take in beer.

Food & Wine Sans Kids

Food & Wine Sans Kids

Gentlemen – One of the best parts of going to WDW on family vacations year after year is not feeling guilty when I take the Mrs. on a long weekend to the House of Mouse for something special.  It’s a chance to get away and relax (yes, it is very possible to relax there) and just enjoy hanging out together without having to worry about any one else’s wishes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my kids’ faces when we’re there, but I also love being adults and chuckling under my breath as I see the thousands of other parents frantically running around trying to make their kids happier than humanly possible.  No people…your three year old does not understand how many thousands of dollars you shelled out to see them smile.  They only care about how tired they are since you’ve been going non-stopped for the last four days.  Party-on!!

One of the better weekend getaway options is during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  First of all, Epcot is at the top of the list as far as favorite places to be for me.  Future World is ok.  Well, let’s face it…it needs some work.  But the World Showcase – we love.  Where else can you experience all that culture, people watch, and sip on drinks from all around the world?  Secondly, they take what is already an excellent experience and cart in countless little food shacks themed to any number of other cool international destinations, pumping them full of intriguing culinary options and alcoholic delights.  To be fair….it is NOT cheap.  HOWEVER…there’s only two of you…so you can afford a little extra magic, right?

So, here are a few tips for enjoying the F&W festivities…

Make good use of the International Gateway.  I’m surprised that more people don’t fully understand what this is.  Think of it as the secret back entrance that dumps you directly into the middle of the World Showcase between France and the UK.  On the other side of the gateway is the Boardwalk, which is a great place to escape whenever you need a break from F&W.  My favorites on the Boardwalk are Big River Grille & Brewing Works – they have a great beer flight – and Ample Hills Creamery – holy sweet glorious ice cream.

And then, if you’re anything like us, you can walk the path over to Hollywood Studios.

Okay, back to F&W…get the food at the kiosks, NOT THE BEER.  You can get real, man-sized beers at the quick-service restaurants that are there permanently.  Also, stay away from the weekend nights.  It tends to get a little crowded.

Leave your comments and let me know what you do on your WDW trips without kiddos.  I’m always looking for something new to try!

The New Welcome Show

The New Welcome Show

Okay, so I’m not going to lie….I will miss the welcome show.  We are about to go back down in a couple of weeks to see Wishes for the last time AND the new welcome show at the Magic Kingdom.  I mean, I get it.  I know there were legit safety issues that led to this permanent change.  That said, I’m REALLY going to miss the original welcome show.  There was something about that first morning of another Disney vacation and listening to Casey Jr. coming down the track that really set the stage for a great vacation.

Oh well, we will see how good the new one is.  I suppose getting to go down Main Street early is an okay thing.  And to think…we never got picked to be the family that rode in on the train….

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