When we last left off, we had spent the evening at Epcot for extra magic hours, and made it back to AKL to turn in for the night. Day 3 (Saturday May 21) Part 1 We didnt get in bed until after midnight, and the alarm was set for 6 am. Knowing our track record, where we going to make it to rope drop at Animal Kingdom? We got out of bed at 6:30 and started getting ready. At 7:15 we were up in the CL eating out breakfast, which is a morning ritual now. Fresh fruit, pastries, and yummy juice we had about the same thing every morning. On this particular morning I had pineapple juice and DH had mango juice. We loved the variety of fresh fruit available. It was a great day to start a Disney day you know, since we were probably eating about 5000 calories of yummy a day. The heat and all the walking cancels it out though, right? LOL. We were at the bus stop by 7:45. I was getting nervous. Where we going to make it? We only waited 3 minutes for a bus and were walking up to the AK gates right at 8:00! We didnt actually see the rope drop per say, since we were in the back. But we were there waiting for them to open. WE DID IT! We stopped and had our first picture at AK taken. Baby Simba! We didnt exactly have a plan, but we knew what we wanted to do that day, does that make sense? We decided to head towards EE and get a FP. There was a 0 minute wait, so we hopped on and rode. We both had full bladders so we went and found a rest room after our ride, and then decided to ride again because it was still a walk on ride. Amazing! Getting up early pays off big time at Disney. I didnt take a picture of either of our ride photos, neither one of us made any good faces it was just boring. We thought about pulling a FP for later, but decided against it so we could FP something else. We set off for Dinosaur next. We spotted a FP photographer with no wait I was excited to have PP at AK with a new background! I dont know why but I really like this ride. Since I know where the camera is there, I always try to make a good face but clearly DH and I both failed on that one. After making our way out of Dinoland (it seems like it was extra confusing for some reason) we headed over to see Its Tough to Be a Bug! Weve never done this before, so I didnt realize you could get this close & personal with the tree of life awesome! And here is us in our super cool bug glasses waiting for the show to start. Cute show. After the show was over, Kali River Rapids was finally going to be open. We headed over to the ride to grab a FP for later when we were hotter & more miserable than we already were. On the way, we spotted this guy and stopped to get our picture taken with him. Its Flik! After our visit with Flik, I decided I was hungry. It was way too early for lunch though. I wanted a snack and sadly I had a very boring frozen lemonade that wasnt even that great. DH grabbed a bottle of water. We took our drinks and headed for the super secret trail that Dee had told me about. It was SO cool to be that close to the tree of life. How have I been to AK this many times and not known that? Bad DISer! After our walk through the trail, it was time we could go grab another fast pass, so we joined the masses and headed towards Africa. Is it just me, or does it seem like EVERYONE is in Africa at AK? We got fast passes for the safari. Then we headed over to Camp Minnie Mickey just to check out who was on the greeting trails. This trip we were not interested in long waits for characters, especially ones that we have seen in the past. (there was barely a wait for Flik and we had never seen him before). I never noticed these details the last time we were at Camp Minnie Mickey on our honeymoon. Hughie, Louie, and Louie as my little brother used to call them The regulars were there in their safari gear. And Thumper & the brown female bunny. There was a short wait, so we hopped in their line since we had never seen Thumper before. How exciting! Continued in next post .