New Experience at Animal Kingdom: Animation Experience

New Experience at Animal Kingdom: Animation Experience

There’s a new experience at Animal Kingdom that just started two days ago! It’s called the Animation Experience and it’s located in the Conservation Station.

Yup, that’s right! The train to the Conservation Station where you can pet the animals, see the vet area and experience a few other things is open again and it has a new feature: you can learn to draw some of your favorite Disney animals!

The Animation Experience Conservation Station Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

We were able to check out this area again last night and draw our own Timon. What I really loved about this is that they were, of course, very child friendly. There are picnic style tables with crayons in the back and a matching coloring page for kids. Or they can sit with the family and draw with a pencil. Elodie chose to do a mix of the two (and of course some running around, because she’s a toddler haha). I was actually impressed at how family friendly this experience was as I thought it would be more geared toward adults and my husband would be out petting the animals with Elodie while I got some mom quiet time – which would also be a nice option!

The Animation Experience Conservation Station Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World The Animation Experience Conservation Station Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

They run the Animation Experience at specific times, currently it’s around every 45 minutes from 10 AM to 4:45 PM as listed in the picture below. You can get a FastPass+ for it if it’s available although I’ve noticed they’ve been not too available yet. Yesterday, it wasn’t needed but I’m not sure if it would be worth usually getting one – it will probably depend on how popular this gets as there is only enough room as the seats allow. If you definitely want a good seat, it would probably be worth trying to get one. Otherwise, I’d probably opt for the longer wait rides like Flight of Passage and Kilimanjaro Safari!

The Animation Experience Conservation Station Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Overall, I loved this opportunity to learn how to draw Timon from one of my favorite movies of all time, Lion King. And I loved that it was a nice, relaxing, cool (love anything with AC in the summer) activity for the whole family!

Tell me… will you be checking out The Animation Experience at the Animal Kingdom? Are you excited that The Conservation Station and the train are open again?

Father Daughter Photo Session in Club Cool, Epcot

Father Daughter Photo Session in Club Cool, Epcot

If you’ve been to Epcot in Walt Disney World, you’ve probably stopped in at Club Cool, a Coca Cola store and soda sample spot. At Club Cool, you can taste “flavors around the world” for free as well as buy Coca Cola merchandise and coke slushies. With Epcot’s renovations scheduled later this year, Club Cool may be changing so we wanted to document one of our favorite spots before it does.

Club Cool Coca Cola Epcot Orlando Disney Photographer

Club Cool Coca Cola Epcot Orlando Disney Photographer

My husband has always loved Club Cool and loves popping in there for a quick, sweet taste. So I did a Father’s Day photo session here at Club Cool with my husband and daughter for the “Best Pop Ever.”

If you’ve tried all of these flavors before, you’ll know all about the “Beverly Face” so be sure to check out Elodie’s Beverly Face! Haha

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The Scoop on Ice Cream at Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs

The Scoop on Ice Cream at Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs

Earlier this month Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs started serving vegan ice cream again just in time for these hot summer months. And it tastes like Disney magic!

Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is an all vegan, gluten free, soy free and kosher bakery based out of New York City with a location in Disney Springs. This is a hot spot for those eating a plant based diet and also for families that have food allergies. They offer a variety of bakery items such as coffee cakes, tea cakes (the raspberry chocolate is amazing), cupcakes, brownies, bagels, eclairs and more.

Recently, they started offering hand scooped ice cream.  It is perfectly creamy and delicious! I have tried the vanilla with salted caramel in a cup and the ice cream cookie sandwich with both vanilla and chocolate ice creams.  My favorite so far has been the vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich. The ice cream with salted caramel topping was also really flavorful and creamy.

When I used to go to Disney World with my family as a child, my mom and I would eat a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich together on Main Street from the Main Street Ice Cream Shop. It’s a special memory enjoying a special treat by the castle with family. This ice cream sandwich tasted just like my childhood memory of ice cream sandwiches on Main Street.  Let’s hope they start offering this option in more locations like inside the parks! (Fingers crossed.)

Here’s the “scoop” on their current ice cream situation as this is written on June 15, 2019:

  • The ice cream is hand-scooped and coconut based (ingredient list for vanilla below)
  • You can get scooped ice cream in Small, Medium or Large cups
  • They have toppings available to make it a sundae
  • Both chocolate and vanilla flavors are currently available
  • They do sell out occasionally, so it may be best to check before going
  • Pricing list in photos below

I hope you’re able to try this “nice cream” and love it as much as I do!

And then be sure to enjoy your time at Disney Springs as well. Disney Springs is an outdoor shopping mall where it’s free to go and free to park! There are many restaurants and fun shops to check out. There is often live entertainment, usually in the evenings. You’ll even find some fun photo opportunities here!

Lastly, a couple money saving tips: 1. A cup and a cookie or brownie bite ordered separately would be less expensive than a cookie sandwich. 2. If you’re a Disney Annual Passholder, remember to ask for your discount!

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Topping

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Cup Sizes Offered

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Erin McKenna’s Pricing Menu

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Ingredients List for Ice Cream

Through My Lens: Animal Kingdom Adventures

Through My Lens: Animal Kingdom Adventures

“The best camera is the one you have with you.”

This is the reason a majority of our daily adventures are captured with an iPhone. It’s rarely practical to carry around a camera all day. But I do regularly bring my camera with me, especially for short adventures.

Today, I brought my professional camera to Animal Kingdom and was able to capture some of these special memories of my daughter in high quality images. I love the way I’m able to capture more of what I see and feel when I bring out my camera.

Elodie did amazing today. She sat through a long design appointment and barely complained at all. So we wanted to give her lots of space to play and run around while also having some fun family time. She had a magical evening playing throughout Animal Kingdom. And I was able to find a good amount of time to play along and some time to capture the moment through photography as well.

If you have a camera, how do you find the balance between capturing your family’s memories and carrying around equipment? Leave a comment here letting me know.

Animal Kingdom Photography

Misty puddle jumping

Animal Kingdom Photography

Misty Dancing

Animal Kingdom Photography

Gorilla Falls Waterfall Dancing

Squirrel Safari

She remembered Pocahontas giving her a leaf here and found one and did some leaf dancing herself

Animal Kingdom Photography

Pandora Waterfall

Adventurers Outpost

Kissing Mickey

Animal Kingdom Photography

Disney Animal Wall

Animal Kingdom Photography

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Our Adventures at Typhoon Lagoon

Our Adventures at Typhoon Lagoon

Recently we went to Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World. This was a part of an Annual Passholder Event where the park was open just for the special event.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Babywearing in a Water Carrier

I had not been to a Disney Water Park since I was a teenager and was really curious how we would like it as a family and if we would want to upgrade our Annual Passes to include the water park as a family with an almost two year old.

What I loved about Typhoon Lagoon was that it definitely has the Disney feel to it.  It is an extremely clean and well organized water park.  I felt safe and comfortable the whole time.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

There are several age appropriate activities for toddlers.  The large wave pool has a beach style entry where my daughter could walk in on her own and happily played for hours.  She loved the big wave and she had a whole system down by the end of the night. There is also a lazy river and splash pad area perfect for younger children as well.  I would not hesitate at all to bring a family with young children here.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool

There are also plenty of big slides and rides for the older kids too.  I’ve been told that the waits are usually pretty reasonable for these as well.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Typhoon Lagoon Rides

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Water Slides

We were able to enjoy a plant based dinner at the quick service Leaning Palms.  There is an entire plant based menu with several options as well as an allergy friendly menu. I enjoyed the plant based rice bowl which was both vegan and gluten free.  My husband and daughter enjoyed the Impossible burger and Beyond brat sandwich.

Typhoon Lagoon Vegan Plant Based Food Disney

Plant Based Rice Bowl (Gluten Free)

Typhoon Lagoon Vegan Plant Based Food Disney

Beyond Plant Based Brat

Typhoon Lagoon Vegan Plant Based Food Disney

Impossible Plant Based Burger + Fries

There are snacks like popcorn and pretzels as well. There’s plenty to choose from here for a plant based family.

Overall, we had a blast and would happily go play here any time.  We decided for our family, we won’t upgrade our passes to include the Disney Water Parks for now but only because we have so many other resort style pools available to us within about the same driving distance.  I would absolutely recommend to any family with young children wanting to visit Typhoon Lagoon to do so whether it’s a whole summer cool off plan or just for one day!

If you choose to go, I recommend having a plan for your belongings.  We did not really have a great plan and the locker area was extremely busy. It may be best to go with just the bare minimum like towels and a room a Magic Band. Otherwise, I’d plan on getting a locker if you’ll be there for the day.

The large wave pool was definitely the highlight for our family.  Our daughter refused to get out the entire time.  Plus, it really is neat to watch! Check out the video of Typhoon Lagoon below:

Have you been to Typhoon Lagoon?  What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Coming to Orlando!

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Coming to Orlando!

Have you been to Disney on Ice? We went last year and LOVED it! Find tips on going with young children here: Six Tips for Disney on Ice with Young Children

This year, Disney on Ice just announced they will have a new show which sounds equally as amazing: Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Who doesn’t love a good road trip adventure?! Read on below for more information from Disney on Ice.

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Tickets go on sale May 21.

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.” Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Orlando!

For ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com.

Orlando Show Times: Friday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Venue: Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801

For group rates and information, reach out to 866-248-8740. Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #RoadTripAdventures
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

*Note, some photos and information on this post have been provided by Feld Entertainment.

Check out this video of Mickey, Minnie and all of their friends from last year: