Walt Disney World Day 5 (5/03/14) – summary & trip log

A check of the savanna as I walked through the resort to reach the bus stop at Kidani Village
A check of the savanna as I walked through the resort to reach the bus stop at Kidani Village
As I waited for the bus at Kidani the rain picked up  and it was a sign of the day ahead...
As I waited for the bus at Kidani the rain picked up and it was a sign of the day ahead…

Started off this rainy morning boarding a bus to Epcot just after 8:30am.

The entrance topiary display at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.
The entrance topiary display at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.

Arrived at the park and the rain picked up. I met up with a friend and they wanted some coffee so we stopped by the Fountain View then went into the building behind (where the Epcot timeline is on the wall) and hung out while the rain continued to fall.

We were completely surprised that the Fountain View was nearly empty this morning.  With the rain we figured guests would need/want something to get going this morning.
We were completely surprised that the Fountain View was nearly empty this morning. With the rain we figured guests would need/want something to get going this morning.

Chip and Dale paid us a visit for a while as we waited.

As we talked and watched the rain Chip and Dale paid us a visit.  Here they are with Deb Koma from AllEars.net, they took my seat.
As we talked and watched the rain Chip and Dale paid us a visit. Here they are with Deb Koma from AllEars.net, they took my seat.

The rain eased up so we ventured out and started to circle World Showcase.

We eventually ventured out.  Here are some of the flower beds this year (not many pics since I was jugle an umbrella and cameras) -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
We eventually ventured out. Here are some of the flower beds this year (not many pics since I was jugle an umbrella and cameras) – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Fantasia Topiary Display featuring the Sorcerer's Apprentice Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Fantasia Topiary Display featuring the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

First stop the MIB (Muppet Investigative Bureau) and then we strolled through Mexico and stopped by Norway’s Bakery and the Stave Church.

The kiosk for the MIB
The kiosk for the MIB
A look inside the booklet of the MIB (more pics in the full update)
A look inside the booklet of the MIB (more pics in the full update)
This was an appropriate sign for outside today too.. - Epcot Norway
This was an appropriate sign for outside today too.. – Epcot Norway
Stopped by the bakery in Norway.  Waffles
Stopped by the bakery in Norway. Waffles
Viking Chocolate Mousse
Viking Chocolate Mousse
Olaf treats
Olaf treats

Continued on past China and around to Germany followed by Italy and the American Adventure as part of the MIB activity.

Timon and Pumba topiaries  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Timon and Pumba topiaries Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries are new this year at  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries are new this year at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
A clue for the MIB
A clue for the MIB
Stopped by Italy on our quest.
Stopped by Italy on our quest.
Lotso Topiary near the American Adventure -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Lotso Topiary near the American Adventure – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Strolled by Morocco and into France.

Chip and Mrs. Potts in France -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Chip and Mrs. Potts in France – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Circled back so they could eat in Morocco then wrapped up the World Showcase walk and headed for the front of the park.

Disney Nature Bears sand sculpture -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Disney Nature Bears sand sculpture – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I hopped on the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom and met some of my group on Main Street.

Arrvied at the Magic Kingdom just past 1pm
Arrvied at the Magic Kingdom just past 1pm

Grabbed a quick bite at Cosmic Rays then we wandered by the Mine Train and through Fantasyland to Liberty Square.

The shortest I have seen this wait.. only 120 minutes (2 hours!) to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen
The shortest I have seen this wait.. only 120 minutes (2 hours!) to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen

Decided to go for a ride on the Liberty Belle and then found a spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

The Haunted Mansion from the Liberty Belle
The Haunted Mansion from the Liberty Belle
Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle
Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle

After the parade found the rest of our group on Main Street and they all decided to stop for Dole Whips and Citrus Swirls.

Festival of Fantasy Parade - Magic Kingdom
Festival of Fantasy Parade – Magic Kingdom
Anna & Elsa in the Festival of Fantasy Parade #Frozen
Anna & Elsa in the Festival of Fantasy Parade #Frozen

We then parted ways, some staying at MK and doing the Jungle Cruise. The rest of us made a quick Fastpass+ request for the Safari at Animal Kingdom and headed off via bus to the park.

Animal Kingdom wait times around 4:30pm
Animal Kingdom wait times around 4:30pm
The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom
The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Once we arrived at the Animal Kingdom strolled through the park and out to the Safari and walked right on.

A giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom
A giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A giraffe on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom
A giraffe on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A lion that did not want to look at us on A giraffe on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom
A lion that did not want to look at us on A giraffe on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Once back walked through Pangani Forest.

Same goes for these three gorillas along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
Same goes for these three gorillas along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

At this point the rest of the group headed back to Kidani and I hopped on a bus to the Beach Club and walked to Epcot.

Passed through the Beach Club to get to Epcot.  Looking toward the Villas.
Passed through the Beach Club to get to Epcot. Looking toward the Villas.
Cinderella & Prince Charming topiaries at the  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Cinderella & Prince Charming topiaries at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
The skies looked threatening again...  World Showcase Lagoon
The skies looked threatening again… World Showcase Lagoon

Grabbed a quick dinner at Liberty Inn then found a spot for the Flower Power Concert.

The Flower Power concert featuring Starship starring Mickey Thomas
The Flower Power concert featuring Starship starring Mickey Thomas
The Flower Power concert featuring Starship starring Mickey Thomas
The Flower Power concert featuring Starship starring Mickey Thomas
Captain Hook and Peter Pan in the UK -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Captain Hook and Peter Pan in the UK – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

After the show walked around World Showcase stopping to watch Off Kilter in Canada then made my way to the park entrance and hopped on a Monorail to the Magic Kingdom arriving with about half an hour until the MSEP.

Off Kilter performing in Canada - Epcot World Showcase
Off Kilter performing in Canada – Epcot World Showcase

Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto Topiaries -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto Topiaries – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Donald topiary at the entrance to Epcot -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Donald topiary at the entrance to Epcot – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Daisy Topiary -  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Daisy Topiary – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Decided to walk up Main Street,

Main Street USA - Magic Kingdom
Main Street USA – Magic Kingdom
Plenty of Glow with the Show Ears for sale.
Plenty of Glow with the Show Ears for sale.

through Liberty Square and Fantasyland to check out the Mine Train After Dark.

Cinderella Castle this evening.
Cinderella Castle this evening.

About 5 minutes until parade time made my way up Main Street and found a spot in the second row right in front of Exposition Hall.

Time for the Main Street Electrical Parade
Time for the Main Street Electrical Parade

A mine train that is more my speed - Main Street Electrical Parade
A mine train that is more my speed – Main Street Electrical Parade
Pete & Elliott - Main Street Electrical Parade
Pete & Elliott – Main Street Electrical Parade

The light drizzle turned to a light rain and as the parade wrapped up and the eagle made its way up Main Street the rain really began to fall.

As the parade made its way up Main Street the rain started to fall harder.
As the parade made its way up Main Street the rain started to fall harder.
Plenty of rain falling in Town Square.
Plenty of rain falling in Town Square.
A large number of guests were leaving right after the parade.
A large number of guests were leaving right after the parade.

At 9:45pm Celebrate the Magic was started and it was raining fairly hard at this point. It let up a bit during the show.

Celebrate the Magic went on as scheduled even though it rained fairly good during most of the show.
Celebrate the Magic went on as scheduled even though it rained fairly good during most of the show.

I stuck around for Wishes at 10pm then made my way to the bus stops and back to Kidani to call it a night and dry out.

Closed out the night with Wishes.
Closed out the night with Wishes.

I managed just over 13 hours, most of which was in the rain today.

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